With several months still remaining on the calendar, many have been surprised how many wrong way car accidents have taken place in the greater Phoenix area this year. Several of these have been widely reported due to the injuries that have resulted or the damages stemming from the crashes, making wrong way collisions in the news more often than generally occurs in a given year. The tragic nature of these accidents mean that those who sustain the greatest injuries are sometimes innocent victims who were not to blame for a collision, leaving them to incur medical expenses and substantial pain and suffering.
Victims of Phoenix-area car accidents may be entitled to seek financial compensation for their losses when they are the unwitting victims of a crash. Speaking with a personal injury lawyer in the area may provide you with the information you need to understand your legal options, including whether a recovery is possible in your case, and if so, who may be legally responsible for your damages.
A collision on I-10 involved at least four vehicles yesterday morning and left several people injured. Now, authorities believe that the crash started when a driver failed to maintain control over a vehicle and left the eastbound lanes, crossed a center median, and entered the westbound lanes of traffic while still traveling east. The suspected wrong-way driver collided head-on with a second vehicle in the westbound lanes and at least two other vehicles were involved in subsequent impacts before all involved cars came to a rest.
Two people were seriously injured in the accidents and needed to be transported to area hospitals for treatment where their current conditions are unknown. At least one vehicle, possibly a truck, was believed to have fled the scene after being involved in the crash; it is not known whether anyone inside that vehicle was hurt in the incident and officials are still looking for information on the fleeing driver at this time.
While the investigation continues, officers are trying to determine why the initial vehicle reportedly drove against traffic on I-10 and caused the initial impact. There has been no word on whether any tickets will be issued at this time.