Recently in Phoenix there have been a slew of hit and runs that have resulted in death. On Friday night November 30th a man’s life was cut short due to a hit and run. Phoenix police say Michael Olson was killed off Interstate 10 and 51st Avenue when he was hit by a semi-truck, but the driver just kept on going.
“I think this was a complete accident. I truly believe that,” Blodgett said. “My problem is, you didn’t stop.”
Surveillance video from a nearby QuikTrip shows several trucks driving through 51st Avenue, but police say they believe a tanker truck that zooms by is the truck linked to the hit and run. According to Phoenix fire officials, the crash happened near 16th Street and Broadway Road around 8 p.m.
On September 23rd tragedy struck another family when a woman and her child were involved in a deadly hit and run. Since 2010 numbers of hit and run crashes continues to slowly rise and last year there was reported of 15014 cases in Arizona.
Deadly hit-and-run crashes are devastating for the victim’s family. If your loved one was killed in a hit-and-run crash, not only may you have a wrongful death claim on your hands, but the driver at fault has run away. Below are 4 steps you should take in order to handle and protect yourself from a deadly hit-and-run:
1) See if there is Uninsured Motorist Coverage
If the deceased or any other vehicle in the deceased’s household has Uninsured Motorist Coverage, this benefit could be used to pay for expenses from the accident. Uninsured Motorist coverage, also known as UM or UIM for Underinsurance Motorist, helps to fill in coverage gaps when a driver needs additional benefits in a car accident claim.
2) Open an estate for the deceased
In Florida, a wrongful death situation requires that a Personal Representative is appointed. The Personal Representative acts as the person responsible on behalf of the deceased. This person is usually a family member, such as a surviving spouse or parent. Download my free Probate Special Report to learn more about the 13 responsibilities that a Personal Representative has, and what you need to organize to move the probate process along quicker.
3) Look to Personal Injury Protection benefits for funeral expenses
Personal Injury Protection insurance provides a death benefit of $5,000 per person where a death arises out of the ownership, maintenance or use of a motor vehicle.
4) Look for surveillance cameras
Cameras are everywhere. They are on nearby buildings, at intersections, and even dashboard cameras are in most cars these days.There are also cameras in most commercial trucks as well, the driver just has to hit “record” when an accident happens to capture what happened before and after the incident. Do a survey of the area where the accident happened. A recording camera could be the key to finding the hit-and-run driver.