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Scottsdale Injury Lawyers Advances Personal Injury Case for Canadian Resident Injured In Scottsdale Hit and Run Car Accident
This week the personal injury attorneys at Scottsdale Injury Lawyers were hired to represent a man from Canada who was severely injured in a hit and run car accident. The accident occurred on January 31, 2019 in Old Town Scottsdale. As the client was attempting to hail a taxi on East Indian Plaza, he was struck by a driver in a late model yellow Corvette.
The front of the Corvette struck the client in the right lower leg causing a significant injury. The driver of the Corvette failed to stop and left the scene of the accident. The client’s leg was severely deformed and obviously injured. Emergency medical responders were called to the scene and transported the client to the emergency room at Scottsdale Osborn Medical Center.
Once at the hospital, diagnostic x-rays were taken. The x-rays revealed that the client suffered a fracture of both lower leg bones in his right leg. Specifically, the client sustained comminuted and displaced fractures of the distal shafts of his right tibia and fibula. A CT of the client’s brain was also performed which was unremarkable.
An emergency surgery was performed due to the nature of the leg fracture. The surgery included the installation of a rod inside of the client’s tibia (larger lower leg bone). The surgery involved boring a hole through the inside of the tibia and then hammering a rod into place so that both sections of the broken bone would align. Once the rod was in place, screws were affixed to lock the rod in place with the bone.
Due to the extent of the injury, the client has a long course of recovery ahead. His future medical treatment will include physical therapy and learning to walk again on the broken leg. The client may also need a second surgery to have the metal rod and screws removed from his leg after the broken sections of bone fuse at the fracture site. The client will likely suffer some sort of residual effects and lifelong permanent problems as a result of the injury. This is in addition to the potentially multi-year recovery he will undergo just to obtain basic functioning of his right leg.
Following the collision, several witnesses identified the vehicle because it had unique features. A subsequent investigation led the police to the driver who hit the client and then left the scene. Criminal charges were recommended by the investigating officer against the driver who fled the scene. Specifically, for violating Arizona Revised Statute Section 28-661(A)(2).
Arizona Revised Statute Section 28-661(A)(2) requires a driver to remain at the scene of any collision or car accident resulting in death or injury to another person until they provide the information required by Arizona Revised Statute Section 28-663. Section 28-663 requires a driver, who causes injury to another in a car accident, to remain at the scene and provide his or her name, address and vehicle registration information. The driver is also supposed to render reasonable assistance to the injured person and make arrangements for that person to receive necessary medical care. If a driver fails to remain at the scene and provide his or her personal information and registration, they are guilty of a class 3 misdemeanor. If the driver fails to arrange for necessary medical care for someone he or she injured, he or she is guilty of a class 6 felony.
According to Section 28-661(B), “A driver who is involved in an accident resulting in death or serious physical injury…who fails to stop or to comply with the requirements of section 28-663 is guilty of a class 3 felony, except that if a driver caused the accident the driver is guilty of a class 2 felony.” In this case, the driver who hit our client is likely to face felony prosecution. Both our client and firm are working with law enforcement to ensure that justice is delivered and that the driver is held responsible for the injuries he caused.
The particular injury suffered by our client is not unfamiliar to our attorneys. Tony Piccuta, the lead personal injury attorney for Scottsdale Injury Lawyers, has represented several clients who sustained the exact same injury—fractures of the fibula and tibia requiring surgery with hardware. In 2017, Piccuta obtained a six-figure federal court jury verdict for a client who sustained that injury. In 2018, Piccuta obtained a 1.925 million dollar verdict for a client who sustained the same injury. In addition to this case, Piccuta currently represents one other client who sustained a tibia and fibula fracture that arose from a motorcycle collision.
If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury due to a car accident or someone else’s negligent acts, contact Scottsdale Injury Lawyers today. The personal injury attorneys at our firm have experience handling serious injury cases. One of our attorneys is available now for a free consultation.
About the author: The content on this page was written by Scottsdale personal injury attorney and civil rights lawyer, Tony Piccuta. Piccuta graduated with honors from Indiana University-Maurer School of Law in Bloomington, Indiana (Ranked Top 35 US News & World Report 2018). Piccuta took and passed the State bars of Arizona, California, Illinois and Nevada (all on the first try). He actively practices throughout Arizona and California. He is a trial attorney that regularly handles serious personal injury cases and civil rights lawsuits. He has obtained six and seven figure verdicts in both state and federal court. He has been recognized by Super Lawyers for six years straight. He is a member of the Arizona Association of Justice, Maricopa County Bar Association, Scottsdale Bar Association, American Association for Justice, National Police Accountability Project and Consumer Attorneys of California, among other organizations.
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