Phoenix Injury Lawyer Blog

March 2, 2015

Phoenix Car Accident Injures Mother and Child

3215%282%29.jpgNational studies indicate that the typical American will be involved in 3-4 car accidents in his or her lifetime. Those numbers are generalizations but they highlight the threat faced on a daily basis when we choose to drive or ride as a passenger in a car. Of course, some people will be lucky and may experience fewer, if any, crashes while they live but for every one of those individuals, there is another person on the opposite end of the spectrum who may be victimized in far more than 3-4 crashes. The resulting impact of these accidents may be minor or they may be severe; in the most extreme cases, people will lose their lives in a car accident in Phoenix or may be left to suffer permanent, debilitating injuries. When that happens, victims may wonder where to turn for help.

The laws in Arizona and those that apply in the Valley of the Sun enable victims to seek relief through the use of a civil claim for damages. This type of case can help a victim and that victim's family recover for losses including medical and surgical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. When in doubt, speaking with a personal injury lawyer can help illuminate your options and your possible routes for relief when a collision leaves you hurt.

The actions of a driver can lead to a car accident but those are far from the only factors that may contribute to a collision. Other issues like inclement weather, mechanical failures, and actions beyond the control of a driver can also cause a collision to occur. Today, police in Phoenix are attempting to review the factors that may have combined to cause a weekend crash that left a woman and her daughter injured.

Police were notified of the Phoenix-area crash this weekend and they responded to the scene along with paramedics. The paramedics evaluated the driver, a woman described as in her 20s, as well as her 4-year-old daughter who was in the vehicle. Both were injured and both were taken to area hospitals for additional treatment where the nature of their injuries and their current conditions are not clear.

It is not known why this collision happened or whether any other vehicles were involved but police have noted that their investigation remains open and ongoing at this point in time.

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February 20, 2015

2 Pedestrians Hit, 1 Killed in Scottsdale Car Accident

22015%282%29.jpgHow do you move about the Valley during a typical day? Do you drive your own car or take public transit? Do you carpool with friends or neighbors? If any of these modes of transit describe you, chances are that you must also walk at some point during your journeys, whether you are walking in a parking lot, along a sidewalk, or crossing a street.

For this reason, pedestrian safety should be a primary concern of all who call the Phoenix area home because almost everyone is a pedestrian at some point or another. Yet too often, the rights of pedestrians are ignored or poorly understood and a collision between a car and a walker happens. Following a pedestrian crash, the laws in Arizona are on the side of the victim of the incident and may entitle anyone injured to seek financial compensation for his or her losses. In the tragic event that a pedestrian is killed, the right to seek relief may belong to that victim's surviving family members even though no amount of money can ever be considered adequate in these cases. If you have questions about how a pedestrian collision may affect you, consider speaking with a personal injury lawyer in Phoenix to learn about your options and your rights and whether you may be entitled to relief.

Police in Scottsdale have confirmed a devastating pedestrian accident that happened on Wednesday morning and that claimed the life of one walker and left a second injured. The incident happened near the Loop 101 and Shea Road intersection and involved one vehicle and the two pedestrian victims. At this time and based on witness accounts, police believe that both pedestrians were crossing the road in a marked pedestrian crosswalk when an oncoming vehicle attempted to turn left, failed to yield to the pedestrians, and struck them both with the car.

Emergency crews responded and evaluated both pedestrians for their injuries. Unfortunately, one pedestrian did not survive and died as a result of the collision; the second was hurt but did survive and received treatment at an area hospital with injuries that have not been disclosed. The names, genders, and ages of the victims also remain unknown at this time.

The driver involved remained at the scene and spoke with police but police have not stated whether that driver faces any charges for his or her actions in this collision or whether any other factors are believed to have contributed to the crash at this time.

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February 18, 2015

2 Boys in Serious Condition after Dog Attack in Glendale

21815%282%29.jpgThe Centers for Disease Control estimate that nearly twice as many people will be bitten by a dog in the United States this year as will those who will be hurt in a car accident. Despite the high risk for a dog bite injury, may people do not appreciate the risks posed by these animals or the harm that may result.

Often, a friendly interaction with a dog can turn violent in an instant and can leave a victim with bite-related injuries. These may need medical treatment and often will scar; there are additional risks for infection and the transmission of diseases when a dog is the attacker and it may take time before a victim fully understands his or her injuries. Speaking with a personal injury attorney in Phoenix can help you understand your options and your rights if a dog bite has affected you or your loved one. In many cases, financial compensation may be possible.

Authorities in Glendale confirmed a dog attack case on Tuesday that involved two young boys and left both with serious injuries. At this time, officials believe that a family dog near the boys turned violent and bit both children who are age eight and age 13. The attack was serious enough to necessitate the removal of the 8-year-old boy by air ambulance to an area hospital where he is expected to survive but it is not clear what lasting effects may result. The 13-year-old boy was also in need of medical help but was taken by standard ambulance as opposed to air ambulance.

Reports indicate that the dog at issue was involved with multiple biting incidents previously and that he has been euthanized as a result of this most current incident. Officials have also stated that the 13-year-old who was attacked was not a member of the same household as the dog and instead was a neighbor. Adult owners of the dog may have been on the property at the time of the incident.

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February 16, 2015

Phoenix Crash between Car and Tractor Leaves 3 Critically Injured

tractor-1193967-m.jpgThe Phoenix area is known for its desert conditions and it barren landscape but that overgeneralization is not true in all spots. If you know the Valley, you know that there are areas with farming, lush green fields, and even spots of open water if you know where to look. With these alternative conditions may come some less-than-typical vehicles in the area and potentially on the roads.

The laws in Arizona govern which types of vehicles can travel on local roads and how these vehicles may use surface roads when they do drive. It is up to traditional drivers of cars and trucks to look out for these vehicles and to yield the right-of-way when required to do so; it is up to all drivers, regardless of the type of vehicle they operate, to avoid collisions whenever possible. Safety should always be the primary concern when it comes to driving in Phoenix.

On Thursday night, a collision happened between a farm tractor and a car in the area of 73rd Drive and Broadway Road. The crash, near Tolleson, happened for unknown reasons and officials are still investigating the facts surrounding the incident.

Local police and emergency crews were on the scene and they tended to three victims in critical condition. Reportedly, a man in his 30s was driving the tractor prior to the impact and was trapped underneath it following the collision. A 9-year-old girl and a 7-year-old boy were also on the tractor and were harmed in the car accident; it is not clear whether anyone inside the car was hurt or sustained injuries.

All three people on the tractor were listed in critical condition and were transported to area hospitals for treatment of undisclosed injuries.

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February 12, 2015

Maricopa County Crash Possibly Caused by Drunk Driver

21215%282%29.jpgThe Arizona Department of Transportation reports that on average, more than 250 people are killed in the state every year in accidents involving drunk drivers. Many of these victims are not the drunk drivers themselves but rather are other drivers involved, passengers in a drunk driver's vehicle or another vehicle, or even pedestrians and bicyclists in the area.

It is a crime to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs in Phoenix but despite these laws, many choose to operate their vehicles while impaired and they risk the safety of others when they do so. If a drunk driving accident happens, anyone hurt in that crash may be entitled to seek compensation for their injuries and their suffering, and speaking with a personal injury lawyer can help you understand your options if a collision has affected you. In many cases, you may be able to recover against a drunk driver personally or that driver's automobile insurance policy. In others, the owner of a vehicle may be legally liable for your suffering or the company that a driver was working for at the time. Yet in other collisions, a tavern, bar, or restaurant may be responsible if they served a driver and enabled that individual to become intoxicated. Often, several of these claims can exist in any given crash, so make sure you understand your rights and options as they apply to you.

A collision in Maricopa County on Wednesday afternoon left four people injured and closed a section of road to through traffic, according to local authorities. Police have confirmed that the incident occurred near Daisy Mountain Drive and Gavilan Park Parkway and may have involved the presence of alcohol.

While on the scene, police confirmed that the incident involved one vehicle T-boning a second and causing a serious collision that resulted in at least one person becoming trapped inside a vehicle. That victim had to be transported by air ambulance to an area hospital where the victim's condition was considered critical. Three other people were hurt in the accident, including two teenagers and a middle-aged woman, but all three of those victims are expected to survive.

There has been no conclusive determination as to why the two vehicles involved collided or whether the suspected impaired driver was one of the people who was hurt. Further reports indicate that the investigation into this incident is ongoing and that the results of any data review will determine what charges, if any, are brought.

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February 10, 2015

Elderly Driver Killed in Red Light Car Accident

21015.jpgThere is no such thing as a typical car accident in Phoenix because the facts that lead to any crash vary from those that lead to another. Despite this, there are commonalities among the majority of accidents that can be seen and observed and that can enable victims to understand what caused their collision. In many cases, an error or a mistake on the part of one driver leads to a crash with another motorist who acts appropriately. This can be distressing for a rule-abiding driver who is left to suffer from the actions of an at-fault motorist and may be forced to deal with physical injuries that stem from the crash.

In the Phoenix area, car accidents involving elderly drivers are common especially in the winter months as snow birds descend on the Valley. Some of these drivers are safer than motorists decades younger than them but others may be suffering from the effects of aging which can negatively impact driving skills. Whether it is decreased eyesight, increased mental confusion, or even being unfamiliar with the local roads, elderly and aging drivers can pose a threat to public safety. When a collision occurs and an elderly driver is involved, victims first need to determine whether the elderly driver was at-fault or was a victim and, regardless, whether the laws in Phoenix enable those who are hurt to seek financial compensation for their losses. If you have questions about a collision that affected your life, speaking with a personal injury lawyer in Arizona may help you get the answers you need.

Police in Phoenix believe that a fatal car accident on Sunday began when a driver ran a red light near the intersection of 15th Avenue and Bethany Home Road. The incident happened shortly after 12:00 p.m. and allegedly involved a Toyota entering the intersection against a red light which led to a collision with a Chevrolet nearby. Emergency crews responded to the accident and assessed both driver upon arrival. Unfortunately, the driver of the Toyota, an 84-year-old female, was pronounced dead at the scene due to her injuries. The driver of the Chevrolet, a 36-year-old male, survived the accident but was injured and was transported to an area hospital for additional treatment. That man's current condition is not known.

Police are still looking into this collision and trying to confirm what caused the collision and whether any outside factors played a role. One potential consideration in this matter is whether slow speed may have contributed to the crash, but at this time, there have been no conclusions released to the public.

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February 9, 2015

Impairment Possible in Glendale Car Accident

2915%282%29.jpgCertain times of the day and certain days of the week are more likely to experience drunk driving accidents than others, but despite the fact that these collisions are not equally spaced throughout the week, they can happen at any given moment. Drunk and impaired drivers are on the road at all hours of the day and night in Phoenix and they are responsible for thousands of collisions annually in the State of Arizona. The victims of these collisions may be left with injuries including broken bones, back and neck injuries, cuts, abrasions, open and closed head injuries, and soft tissue damages including internal bleeding.

These injuries can plague a victim for days, weeks, months, or years and in the worst cases may never fully heal when a collision happens, leaving a victim to suffer for the remainder of his or her life. The worst accidents can claim the lives of those involved and can cause irreparable harm to the victim's surviving family members, a harm that can never be erased and that can never fully heal. When a crash is due to the actions of a drunk driver, the suffering can seem even worse because these collisions are entirely preventable and never need to happen if motorists who drink simply choose another means of transit.

If a car accident happens to you and you are left injured, you may get the answers you need by speaking with a personal injury attorney in the Phoenix area who can explain your legal options and your legal rights, including whether you may be entitled to financial compensation for the suffering you have endured.

Police in Glendale confirmed a collision on Saturday afternoon that involved multiple vehicles and left at least two people hurt. The incident happened near 49th Avenue and Northern Avenue and allegedly began when one driver swerved to avoid rear-ending a second car. The swerving driver turned his vehicle into the path of oncoming traffic, causing a head-on crash with a third car traveling in the area and doing substantial damage. Police and emergency crews responded to the scene of the accident and determined that the driver of the swerving vehicle was injured and needed to be taken to an area hospital for treatment. His current condition remains unknown.

The second vehicle was not involved in the accident but the third vehicle was and a front seat passenger in that car suffered at least one broken bone. She is currently receiving treatment from the crash. The driver of the third car allegedly fled the scene on foot and police believe it was because there is an arrest warrant out for that motorist, leading her to flee. They are searching for her at this time to determine whether she was injured in the collision and to investigate the matter further.

Now, officials have stated that they believe the swerving driver may have been under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs prior to the impact and they are investigating to that end. When that driver is released from the hospital, he is expected to be officially charged in the crash but the precise nature of the charges have not yet been disclosed.

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February 7, 2015

While Drunk Driving Declines, Driving on Drugs Increases Nationally

2715%282%29.jpgOn Friday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ("NHTSA") released the results of two national studies on the effects of drinking and driving on American roads, and the results may be surprising to some.

Over the last four decades, the NHTSA has partnered with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety to conduct their Roadside Survey of Alcohol and Drug Use by Drivers. With the history of this survey, it is possible to analyze not only a current year's incidents of drunk and drugged driving but also to compare any given year to those that came before it. The data from 2014 concludes that the number of motorists who drove on American roads, streets, and highways with measurable alcohol in their systems decreased by nearly 1/3 from the level seen in 2007; further, the incidence of drunk driving was down nearly 3/4 from the first levels noted back in 1973.

The authors of this study were quick to note that while drunk driving levels decreased dramatically, it did not necessarily translate to safer driving conditions for all motorists because the occurrence of drugged driving or driving under the influence of drugs other than alcohol increased substantially. This included the use of marijuana as well as the use of prescription and street drugs that could lead to an intoxicating condition that may impair a driver's abilities while operating a vehicle. In 2014, one in five drivers surveyed had a compound in their systems that was considered to be intoxicating and potentially hazardous to public safety. When compared to the one percent of drivers who had blood alcohol contents of .08 or higher, it is clear that the issue of drugged driving presented twenty times as often in the results of the survey when weekending driving behaviors were analyzed.

The study relies upon drivers to accurately report their conduct and their driving behaviors and allows motorists to do so anonymously to encourage the accuracy of a study in any given year.

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February 5, 2015

5 Vehicles Involved in Phoenix Head-On Collision

2515%283%29.jpgAny type of car accident can cause devastation and injuries when victims are involved but some types of collisions are more deadly than others. Among all types of accidents, few pose the threat to safety that head-on collisions pose or cause the damage that results from these accidents. In most instances, a head-on crash involves at least one vehicle traveling at a moderate or high rate of speed and places the impact of a crash near the vehicle's location where a driver sits. Unlike a crash that may hit the rear of a car, there is always someone in the front driver's seat and therefore someone will always be near the impact zone when a head-on crash happens.

These collisions are commonly seen in several scenarios in the Phoenix area. Over the last 12 months, there have been numerous incidents involving wrong-way drivers on the local expressways including the Loop 202 and 101. When a driver travels the wrong way down a road or on a highway, a head-on crash is likely to happen. Additionally, if a driver is distracted, tired, or otherwise is not paying attention to a city road, it is possible that the driver will cross the center line and place his or her vehicle into the path of oncoming traffic, potentially resulting in a head-on collision. Finally, intersections are a common area where these crashes happen and result if one driver errs or makes a mistake when trying to cross from one side of the intersection to another.

If you are involved in a car accident in Phoenix, the law is on your side. You may be able to recover financial for your losses which can include the medical bills you have incurred or will incur in the future as well as your pain and suffering. Speaking with a personal injury attorney can help you understand if you have a valid case and, if so, what type of relief may be possible.

Phoenix police have confirmed that a head-on collision occurred this morning around 8:30 a.m. at Bell Road and 19th Street. At this time, authorities believe that a car traveling westbound in the area crossed the center line for reasons that are not yet clear. In doing so, the car caused a collision with four vehicles traveling eastbound and at least one of those vehicles was hit in a head-on manner.

Four people were hurt in the accident and two of them had to be removed from their vehicles. Three people were taken to area hospitals in extremely critical condition while the fourth was in better shape and was expected to survive.

At this time, authorities have not confirmed whether the suspected at-fault driver was hurt in the incident or whether that motorist is facing any charges in relation to his or her actions.

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February 3, 2015

Police Chase Leads to Serious Injuries in Phoenix Crash

2315%282%29.jpgYou can be the safest driver on a highway and it may not matter; if another motorist is acting in a reckless or negligent manner, your safety may be threatened and you may even become the victim of a Phoenix-area car accident. In some cases, nothing can be done to avoid these collisions or the injuries that they cause and the victims may be forced to deal with pain and suffering for months or even years after a collision ends.

Some collisions are clear and it can be easy to see who was at fault or who acted negligently in causing the incident. In other cases, the actions of multiple parities may combine and cause an accident and it can be difficult to sort these out from a legal perspective. Fortunately, victims of collisions have the right to contact a personal injury attorney to learn how the applicable laws may affect their ability to seek relief and to obtain compensation for their injuries when an accident happens in Arizona.

Some of the most confusion collisions involve a police vehicle or another emergency responder. The typical laws that apply to issues like a speed limit or a right-of-way may not apply in the case when an emergency vehicle is in the area with its lights and sirens activated. Instead, it may be the responsibility of civilian drivers in the area to allow those emergency vehicles to proceed regardless of traffic control devices like traffic lights and stop signs.

Now, local police are confirming that a collision that left two drivers hurt involved a high speed chase on I-17 near Thomas Road. The incident happened on Sunday night shortly before 12:00 a.m. Monday when a marked police officer attempted to pull over a pickup truck that allegedly had been driving erratically. Reports indicate that the driver of the truck refused to stop and instead left the scene at a high speed on southbound I-17 for some distance before exiting and traveling on Camelback Road. At one point, the driver reportedly was traveling at 110 miles per hour and returned to I-17 before exiting the highway a second time, running a red light, and colliding head-on with a second vehicle in the area.

The driver of the pickup truck was serious injured and was taken to an area hospital for additional treatment where the driver's condition is not known. Additionally, the driver of the second vehicle was also hurt but is expected to survive and received assistance both at the scene and at a hospital. The police officer in pursuit of the pickup truck was not involved in the crash and was not harmed.

Officials are still trying to determine why the driver of the pickup truck fled from the attempted traffic stop and whether any outside factors, like impairment, may have played a role.

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February 2, 2015

Multiple Vehicles Collide in Phoenix Car Accident

2215%282%29.jpgIf you were traveling in the greater Phoenix area, you may have noticed an increase in the amount of traffic on the roads. With both the NFL Super Bowl and the PGA Phoenix Open taking place in the Valley, there were an unusual number of vehicles on the expressways, local roads, and even private drives that snake through Phoenix, Glendale, and Scottsdale in particular. Unlike a typical day with heavy traffic, many of those on the roads yesterday were tourists who may not have been familiar with the areas in which they were driving, leading to some confusion and an increased risk of a car accident taking place.

The injuries that may be caused by a car accident can vary drastically depending on the facts surrounding the incident and the victims who were involved. Common injuries include broken and fractured bones, concussions and open head injuries, and damage to the muscles and ligaments in a victim's back and neck. These losses may cause not only pain and suffering but also a serious financial toll as a victim seeks the medical help he or she may need and may cause and entire family to suffer as a result. When a driver acts negligently and harms another person, the laws in Arizona make it clear that the innocent victim should not be held responsible for those costs but rather that an errant driver should have to pay. To make this possible, victims are able to seek relief through the use of a civil claim for damages and speaking with a personal injury lawyer in Phoenix can help you understand how those claims work if you have been hurt in a collision.

At approximately 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, police in Phoenix were alerted to the scene of a car accident involving three separate vehicles and leaving at least one victim injured. When police arrived near Greenway Road and 40th Street, they were able to determine that an initial impact occurred between a vehicle heading westbound and waiting to turn left and a car traveling eastbound. It is not clear which vehicle caused the collision or whether either driver will face charges for this crash but police have stated that they are still investigating at this time.

The first impact caused at least one of the vehicles to collide with a third and then one car left the road's surface and drove into a retention ditch nearby. A woman, whose name and age have not been released, was seriously hurt in the crash and was evaluated by medical personnel on the scene before being taken to an area hospital for additional treatment.

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January 30, 2015

Drunk Driving Accidents Likely on Super Bowl Sunday

13015%283%29.jpgIn two days, people of Phoenix will awake to the promise of a Super Bowl in their backyards. From the epic food spreads to the time spent with friends, many will partake in game day activities even if they will not be watching the game in person at the University of Phoenix Stadium. While most of these celebrations will be harmless and will involve responsible adults, statistics indicate that some adults will choose to drink and drive, making the roads in Arizona hazardous for all those in the area.

Across the nation, incidents of drinking and driving have been significantly elevated in recent years on Super Bowl Sunday when compared to a normal Sunday in January or February. For instance, California has reported an increase in fatal alcohol-related accidents over the last five years on Super Bowl Sunday. This happened even when California did not host the Super Bowl and its citizens were watching the coverage at their homes or at local bars and restaurants.

Officials in Arizona believe this trend will continue in Glendale and in Phoenix and may be even worse as those attending the Super Bowl may also drink and drive. In addition, authorities are considering the nature of Phoenix-area traffic congestion and standard traffic patterns and believe that a large number of cars on area expressways combined with the potential for drunk driving accidents may prove deadly.

Police in Arizona are urging all those in the state to refrain from drinking and driving this Sunday just like they should every day of the year. Instead, adults who want to consume alcohol are encouraged to designate a driver, take public transportation, or consider using a taxi cab to get around the Valley or to get home from the game.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ("NHTSA") encourages those who will be hosting a Super Bowl party to be on the alert for the safety of their guests and to discourage drinking and driving whenever possible. NHTSA suggests taking car keys away from any guest who has had too much to drink or offering to let intoxicated guests remain at your home until they can safety leave with the help of a sober driver or by an alternative means of transit.

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