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New Arizona Law Increases Penalties for Impaired Hit and Run Drivers

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A revision to a law named for an Arizona teenager who lost his life in a hit and run accident will increase penalties for impaired drivers who leave an accident scene.

“Joey’s Law,” which went into effect in 2012, is named for 18-year-old Joey Romero.  The high school student was struck by a hit and run driver while walking home from work in Peoria in 2010 and died in the hospital a few days later.

Police say that Laura Flanders was dazed and on medication when she struck Joey on a sidewalk and kept going.  She was indicted on one count of manslaughter and leaving the scene of an accident.

She was sentenced to six years in prison, which Joey’s father, Jesse Romero, considers a “slap on the hand.”

Romero fought to increase the time a hit-and-run driver’s license could be revoked from five years to ten years.

HB2505, signed by Governor Brewer in April, amended the existing provision of the Arizona Revised Statutes concerning failure to stop after accidents involving death or physical injury.

The injury attorneys at Phoenix Accident and Injury Law Firm in Phoenix have significant experience in helping clients who have been victims of DUI accidents, including hit and runs. If you need help filing a claim for one of these awful, life changing accidents, we are here to help you get the compensation you deserve. Our offices are conveniently located in Chandler, Peoria, and North Phoenix, and we can meet in-person or over the phone or video call.  You can contact us for a free consultation, or read on to find out more.

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Hit and Run Accident Lawyer: What You Must Do after a DUI Injury Accident

The law already provided that the driver of a vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury or death of a person shall:

  • Immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident or as close to the accident scene as possible; and
  • Remain at the accident scene in order to:
    • Provide his or her name, address, and vehicle registration number,
    • Show his or her driver’s license to the person struck or the driver or occupants of the vehicle collided with, and
    • Render reasonable assistance to a person injured, including making arrangements for an injured person to get to a doctor or hospital.

Failure to comply with these requirements is a felony.

Alcohol and Drugs as a Contributing Factor

Under the new version of the law, the court shall order the person involved in the auto accident to complete alcohol or drug screening.  This is especially true if a court finds that a person’s use of alcohol or drugs was a contributing factor to the accident. If the screening reveals that alcohol or drugs were a factor in the accident, the impaired driver may be ordered to complete alcohol or drug screening as a condition of license reinstatement.

A person who fails to comply with the screening requirements will be guilty of a class 6 felony.

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At Phoenix Accident and Injury Law Firm near you, we have more than 15 years of experience helping clients obtain compensation for their personal injuries from DUI accidents, including hit and runs, in the Phoenix area. When you’re ready to talk, please contact our office to arrange a free initial consultation by phone or at our Chandler office, conveniently located near you.

If you have been in a DUI accident, contact Phoenix Accident and Injury Law Firm in nearby Chandler, AZ to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney. We provide personal injury legal services to clients in your area including Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Tempe, and Peoria.