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July 31, 2014

Another Wrong Way Crash Leaves 4 Hurt in Phoenix

007.jpg The last few months have shown an outbreak of wrong-way driving on the expressways and interstates in Phoenix and the surrounding Valley cities. Some of these instances have been stopped by local police before a collision occurred, limiting the effects by these wrong-way drivers. Unfortunately, though, several of these incidents have ended only when a car accident occurred, leaving those involved injured, and in some cases, dead.

Officials in Phoenix have discussed these incidents and are trying to determine why so many have occurred and what can be done to prevent wrong-way driving in the future. Some have suggested new methods of painting the roads' surfaces to alert drivers of the intended direction of traffic. Others have blamed the on- and off-ramps from the expressways as being poorly designed and leading to driver confusion. And in many cases, impairment due to alcohol and/or drugs seems to play a factor.

Many motorists are becoming the victim of wrong-way accidents in Phoenix every year. These people may be left with the financial burden of medical expenses and lost wages to handle in addition to the pain and suffering they must endure while on a path towards recovery. These victims are not without relief, though, as the laws in Arizona grant the right to victims to bring a claim for their damages against those who caused a car accident. Through a civil claim, a victim can obtain a financial award to properly and adequately compensate the victims for all damages done. Speaking with a personal injury lawyer can help you understand your legal options if you have been involved in a collision.

According to Phoenix police, a driver entered southbound I-17 while driving north, against the flow of traffic. Approximately 20 different phone calls reported the wrong-way driver to 911 and authorities raced to the area to attempt to bring the driver to a stop. The wrong-way driver reportedly evaded police and side-swiped a southbound vehicle, leaving two inside that vehicle in serious condition. The wrong-way car then allegedly continued northbound and collided head-on with a third vehicle, incapacitating both the wrong-way driver and the driver of the third car. At the time of the last update, both of those drivers were in critical condition.

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July 30, 2014

Driver Allegedly Fled Scene on Foot After Phoenix Expressway Crash

photo%205%20%281%29.jpg Car accidents in Arizona are responsible for thousands of injuries every year. Many of those who are harmed are injured due in no part to their own actions but rather to the negligent or reckless conduct of other drivers. These victims may be left with mounting medical bills and with no means to pay the expenses they incur due to a crash.

But the laws of Arizona aim to hold responsible driver liable for their actions, including the injuries they cause. To make this possible, the victims of a car crash are often entitled to seek a financial recovery for their losses through the use of a civil claim. These claims are available to victims regardless of whether an at-fault driver receives a traffic ticket in the accident and they are also may be available even if an at-fault driver cannot be identified or did not have insurance. Speaking with a personal injury lawyer can help you understand the legal implications of a crash, including your rights to seek relief, if you have been injured.

Early this morning, a two vehicle collision occurred on northbound I-17 in Phoenix near 7th Street. Early reports indicate that a Toyota pulled over to the side of the expressway and that a man in his 30's exited the car to examine something under the hood. The man reportedly returned to his vehicle before a truck approached and struck the rear of the Toyota.

Officials say the truck was driven by a 25-year-old man who stopped his vehicle and initially approached the two occupants of the Toyota, the man and a woman in her 30's. The second driver spoke to the occupants of the Toyota for a moment and then allegedly ran away from the scene on foot, leaving the truck behind at the site of the crash. Police responded to the scene to evaluate the accident and emergency medical personnel tended to the two Toyota occupants. The man sustained injuries described as minor but the woman was seriously injured and was taken by ambulance to an area hospital for treatment. Her current status is unknown.

According to officials, the 25-year-old driver of the truck was apprehended shortly after the collision when police noticed him standing near an intersection by the scene of the crash. It is not clear whether the man has been charged in connection with the collision but officials are looking into whether impairment played a role in the crash. Traffic in the area was diverted for some time as authorities investigated and cleared debris.

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July 29, 2014

PJ Tucker of Phoenix Suns Arrested, Charged with DUI

photo%20%282%29.JPG PJ Tucker, small forward for the NBA Phoenix Suns, was arrested in May on suspicion of driving under the influence. Though the arrest was made some time ago, the incident has just become public knowledge.

Tucker was drafted in the 2006 NBA Draft by the Toronto Raptors. He played for the Raptors before being sent to the NBA Developmental League and then moving to play in Europe and the Middle East. Since 2012, Tucker has been with the Suns and just last week, he signed a three year contract extension reportedly worth $16.5 million.

But Tucker's on-the-court play is not the breaking news today. According to Scottsdale police, Tucker was operating a motor vehicle in May when he was pulled over on suspicion of DUI. Blood tests reportedly confirmed that Tucker had a blood alcohol content of 0.222, nearly three times the legal limit of 0.08 in Arizona. Under the state's laws, a BAC of .222 is considered super extreme driving under the influence and can mean incarceration if a driver is convicted.

The incident reportedly occurred on May 10, shortly after midnight, when an officer noticed Tucker's vehicle allegedly run a stop sign. When Tucker was pulled over, officers reportedly noted that Tucker had glassy eyes and slurred speech, and, when questioned, he reportedly admitted that he had one beer at a local bar in the Valley.

It is not clear when Tucker is due in court or whether he has had any major appearances up to this point. At this time, the Phoenix Suns have not commented publicly on the arrest. Though no specifics have been made available, Tucker may face fines, fees, loss of a license, or even jail time if he is convicted in this incident.

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July 28, 2014

Police Searching for Hit-And-Run Driver that Injured Child in Phoenix

photo%202%20%282%29.jpg Children should not have to suffer from the negligence or mistakes of adults, but when it comes to car accidents in Phoenix, that is often exactly what happens, Children who are passengers in a vehicle, riding their bicycles, or even walking as pedestrians are injured every year in traffic accidents and some even lose their lives.

These children unwittingly become victims when adults err or otherwise act egregiously while driving. Injuries to children and minors can lead to medical bills incurred and potentially no means for parents to pay for them. Fortunately, the laws in Arizona enable these families to seek relief against those who have caused the harm, including a responsible driver or the owner of an at-fault vehicle. Speaking with a personal injury lawyer in Phoenix or across the rest of the Valley may help you understand the legal implications if your child has been injured in an accident, including whether you and your child have valid claims for relief.

A tragic incident in Phoenix last week that left a four-year-old child seriously injured. The four-year-old boy was holding his stepfather's hand as the pair crossed the street near Broadway and 48th Street. A car in the area approached the two and the stepfather had just cleared the area when the car reportedly accelerated and struck the child, running over him and dragging the boy for a few feet before the child broke free. The driver involved in the incident allegedly did not stop at the scene to see if the child was hurt and instead fled the scene before police had an opportunity to arrive.

A witness drove the child and his stepfather to an area hospital where the child was in critical condition. He spent a week in the hospital recovering from his injuries which include a broken pelvis, broken legs, multiple lacerations, broken teeth, and an open head injury. Though he is at home with his family, the victim is in a wheelchair with casts on both legs and still is experiencing a lot of pain.

Police have not yet identified the driver involved in the crash and they are asking anyone with information to step forward and provide any relevant knowledge.

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July 25, 2014

Tempe Hit-and-Run Crash Still Being Investigated

009.jpg The greater Phoenix are experiences more hit-and-run accidents every year than most residents realize. In 2013 alone, there were 11,679 hit-and-run collisions in Arizona - nearly 11 percent of all traffic-related incidents across the state.

The reasons given by fleeing drivers vary but often share some of the same themes. Some running drivers claim they were afraid of the punishment that might result if they remained at the scene. Other drivers are under the influence of alcohol or drugs and flee so that their intoxication cannot be proved. Yet in other instances, drivers claim ignorance and state they did not realize they were involved in a collision.

The victims of these crashes may be entitled to relief if they sustain injuries, regardless of whether the at-fault driver is apprehended. Arizona laws entitle car accident victims to seek compensation against those responsible for an accident, and if the responsible driver flees and cannot be identified, the victim may be able to seek relief against his or her own insurance company. Speaking with a personal injury lawyer who has experience representing accident victims may help you understand whether you have a valid claim for your injuries if you have been injured in a collision.

Tempe police have reached out to the public to ask for their assistance regarding a hit-and-run crash on Monday night. Officials say a man was walking his bicycle on the north side of Broadway Road around 9:00 p.m. against traffic. According to the victim and eyewitnesses, a car in the area appeared like it was going to pass the pedestrian without issue but then veered at the walker, colliding with him and causing a crash. The driver of the car fled the scene and has not yet been identified.

Police believe that the vehicle involved was possibly a Dodge Stratus or a Chrysler Sebring manufactured between 2001 and 2006. An exact color is not known but witnesses describe the vehicle as dark. It may also have some damage from the collision. Anyone with information regarding the accident or the suspected driver is asked to call the Tempe Police Department.

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July 24, 2014

Coconino Rollover Accident Leaves 1 Dead

IMG_2115.jpg Rollover accidents in Phoenix often begin with a specified incident, usually a tripped or untripped event that leads to an imbalance in the weight distribution of the vehicle, causing an initial roll onto the vehicle's side or roof. Several factors combine to determine whether an incident will lead to a rollover with a chief factor being speed. The faster a vehicle is traveling, the more likely that it will roll if an incident does occur.

Tripped rollovers are those that being with an initial impact, like an initial collision with a car or striking a curb. At a high speed, the force of these crashes can propel a vehicle off its center of gravity and cause it to roll. Untripped rollovers can be just as dangerous as tripped but they do not begin with an initial impact. Rather, an incident like a blown tire or taking a sharp corner at a high rate of speed can lead to an untripped rollover.

When the actions of another lead to a rollover accident, whether it is the actions of another driver, the driver in the vehicle in which you are riding as a passenger, the entity who manufactured or installed your tires, or even a municipality who designed an unsafe road, the victims of those accidents may be entitled to legal relief in Phoenix. A civil claim for damages can help a victim seek a financial recovery to properly compensate him or her for all financial losses experienced, including payment for any medical bills incurred. Speaking with a personal injury lawyer in Phoenix may help you understand your legal options if you have been involved in a crash.

Sheriffs in Coconino County confirmed a rollover crash on Monday evening. The incident, which involved a single vehicle, occurred east of Bar Heart Ranch near Williams and may have involved speeding. Police believe that the driver was near the bottom of a hill and possibly traveling over the speed limit when the driver lost control and crashed, leading to a rollover. The driver, a 32-year-old man, initially survived the incident and was taken by air ambulance to Flagstaff Medical Center where he died from his injuries. Officials believe the driver was thrown from his vehicle during the incident.

A second individual was riding in the car as a passenger and sustained injuries in the crash. That person was taken to Yavapai Regional Medical Center for treatment and is expected to survive though the extent of the passenger's injuries are not known.

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July 23, 2014

Hit-And-Run Punishments Becoming Stricter in Arizona with New Law

377.jpg It has always been against the law in Arizona to leave the scene of a car accident without being cleared by police or other officials first. These laws are designed to hold drivers responsible when they cause collisions but they are also designed to promote safety. In the event that the driver or a passenger involved in a crash is unable to call for help themselves, others involved in the collision may be able to do so, speeding up a potential response time and decreasing the odds of death or permanent injury.

Yet in the eyes of many, the laws as they existed were not strong enough to properly punish those involved in hit-and-run accidents. Drivers who fled the scene may have received a range of punishments based on the charges brought against them, if any. Starting Thursday, that is changing as a new law in Arizona takes effect.

Known as "Joey's Law," the new law will make it a felony if a driver fails to stop after an accident where someone is hurt and that driver was involved in the crash. This charge can lead to serious time behind bars as well as other forms of punishment, including substance abuse treatment if a driver is found to be under the influence at the time of the impact.

These changes to the criminal and traffic penalties facing hit-and-run drivers are not the only punishment that may result, though. Victims of these crashes will still be entitled to seek financial relief for their damages regardless of what citations, if any, a hit-and-run driver receives. That is because the right to pursue a recovery belongs to a victim and is the victim's to bring. These claims can seek compensation for lost wages, medical and surgical expenses, pain and suffering, and even loss of a normal life, depending on the facts surrounding an individual crash. Speaking with a lawyer who has experience representing hit-and-run accident victims in Phoenix may help you understand your legal options if you have been involved in a collision.

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July 22, 2014

Motorcyclist Killed in Arizona Accident

photo%203.jpg Motorcycle accidents prove to be fatal more often than car accidents because riders on motorcycles are less protected and therefore more likely to be harmed in a crash. In fact, in 2010 alone, 4,500 bikers were killed in traffic accidents across the nation, averaging out to more than 12 riders killed per day. In addition, 80,000 riders were injured, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

With the staggering numbers of those injured and killed in motorcycle accidents, it may be easy to understand the physical, emotional, and financial toll caused by these crashes in Phoenix and across the rest of the Valley. Whether it is medical bills accumulating, wages that cannot be earned while work must be missed, loss of support for your family, or even the damage done by a loved one's passing, these accidents can affect victims and their families in numerous, devastating ways. Though nothing can turn back the clock and erase a collision once it has occurred, victims of these crashes may be able to seek relief so that they can be properly and adequately compensated for their damages. Speaking with a personal injury lawyer in Phoenix may help you understand your legal options if you have been hurt in a motorcycle collision.

Police in Prescott were alerted to a downed motorcyclist near Summit Point and Senator Highway on Saturday. When officers arrived, the rider was not responsive and was on the ground, next to his motorcycle on the side of the road.

Emergency medical crews tended to the victim and transported him to an area hospital but the man's injuries were too severe and he died as a result of the crash. Though it is early in their investigation, police believe that the man may have lost control of his bike, causing him to be thrown from the motorcycle. He may have hit his head as he struck the ground. At this time, it is not clear what caused the rider to lose control and whether any factors, including a mechanical failure or debris in the road, contributed to the crash. Authorities have reported that the man was wearing a helmet but that this helmet came off during the crash, also for reasons that are not yet clear.

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July 21, 2014

Tire Failure Likely Caused Tucson Rollover Crash

Fall%202007%20-%20Early%202008%20062.jpg Tire blowouts and tire defects lead to numerous crashes across the nation every year. Some of those accidents take place in Arizona and result in injuries to those involved, and in the worst cases, death of a driver, passenger, or even a pedestrian in the area. Tire failures can be caused by a number of factors which can make sorting through these incidents difficult to impossible unless you have experience and some expertise in the area.

Tires may be manufactured with a flaw or defect that later leads to a blowout. But in other cases, failure to maintain the tires may be the cause, like driving on a tire that is significantly underinflated. When a tire failure leads to a collision, the victims of that crash may be entitled to relief against the manufacturer of the tire, the owner of the vehicle, or even a garage that may have improperly installed the tire on a wheel. Speaking with a personal injury lawyer in Phoenix who has experience representing car accident victims may help you understand your legal options if you have been involved in a crash.

Authorities in Tucson have reported a single vehicle collision involving a family of five traveling from California to Mexico. According to officials, a father and his five children were in the vehicle with one of the adult children, a 22-year-old male, behind the wheel when a separated tread caused a tire failure on I-10. The tire failure led the vehicle to roll over, ejecting a 15-year-old girl and injuring all five people in the vehicle. Two children suffered minor injuries, a third had critical injuries, and the 15-year-old sustained life-threatening injuries in the crash. The 50-year-old father was in serious condition immediately following the impact.

Emergency crews transported the family members to area hospitals for treatment where their current conditions are not known. The incident, which occurred on Saturday afternoon, is still being investigated by local police who remained at the scene for some time after the crash.

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July 20, 2014

Pedestrian Killed by Suspect Drunk Driver in Phoenix

439.jpg Too often, pedestrians walking in Phoenix, Mesa, Glendale, Tempe, or elsewhere in the Valley become the victims of car accidents when a motorist fails to notice his or her surroundings. When compared to a car, a pedestrian is small and more challenging to see, meaning that a driver in a hurry or one who is not specifically looking for the presence of a walker at an intersection might not notice foot traffic until it is too late. Pedestrian accidents in Arizona totaled 1,596 in 2013 alone. In those accidents, 158 pedestrians lost their lives.

The toll enacted by pedestrian accidents in Phoenix is staggering and very real. These victims may suffer serious or permanent injuries or may be killed, leaving behind family members and loved ones who are expected to move forward in life but who will never be the same. The laws enables these victims and family members to seek relief for the damages they are forced to incur through a legal claim for compensation. Relief can cover actual expenses like lost wages and medical bills as well as other sufferings like pain, scarring, and the permanency of damages. Speaking with a lawyer who has experience in the arena of pedestrian accidents may help you comprehend your legal options if you have been the victim of a Phoenix-area crash and you were hurt.

A collision in Phoenix on Friday night left one man dead and led to the arrest of a second. According to local police, a 66-year-old man was driving when he came upon and collided with a 53-year-old male pedestrian. Reportedly, the driver initially stopped at the scene after the crash but fled once police arrived, leading police to track down the suspected driver and arrest him. The driver has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident and driving under the influence. Police believe that impairment on the part of the driver either contributed to or was the sole cause of the collision though their investigation is open and ongoing at this time.

The pedestrian involved in the collision was tended to by emergency medical personnel at the scene. He was transported to an area hospital for treatment but the man's injuries were too severe and he died as a result of the crash.

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July 18, 2014

Phoenix Crash Sends Car through House Wall

373.jpg To an average driver, it may sound hard to believe that car accidents where a vehicle leaves the road occur with some regularity in Phoenix. But in fact, it is true, with several incidents over the last few years involving a car, truck, or van that leaves a road's surface and collides with a building. Last year, at least one such collision proved fatal.

When a car accident spills over to involve a building, the potential reach of damage extends to include pedestrians outside and near the establishment as well as the driver and passengers inside the car. Common injuries that may result include broken or fractured bones, back and neck injuries, and head injuries like concussions. Often, the victims of these accidents require medical treatment that can last for months, years, or even a lifetime.

As the expenses incurred from an accident start to accumulate, many victims do not know where to turn. The laws in Phoenix and the rest of Arizona step in to provide a means for victims to seek relief through the use of a civil claim for damages, a legal action separate and distinct from any traffic or criminal charges that may result from a collision. If you have been involved in a car accident, speaking with a personal injury lawyer in Phoenix may help you understand your legal options, including whether you have a valid claim against an at-fault driver, your own insurance company, or another person or entity involved in a crash.

Authorities in Phoenix have confirmed that another collision involving a home occurred early this morning in the area of Campbell Avenue and 12th Street. Though the investigation into the incident is ongoing, police believe that one car with three occupants left the road and struck a home in the area, crashing through an exterior wall that led to a bedroom within the home around 1:00 a.m.

One individual reportedly was home at the time of the crash but was in another part of the house and therefore did not suffer injuries. The three occupants of the car allegedly took off running away from the scene. Police have since apprehended one of the occupants and are searching for the other two at this time.

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July 17, 2014

Glendale Motorcycle Crash Leaves Pedestrian Dead

436.jpg It can be dangerous to be a pedestrian in the greater Phoenix area. In 2011 alone, 154 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents in Arizona with many of those deaths taking place in the Valley. Pedestrians face threats from cars, trucks, and vans as they walk but those are not the only dangers. Motorcycles and bicycles are involved in some pedestrian accidents in Phoenix as are public transit trains.

Regardless of the vehicle involved, if a pedestrian is hurt in a traffic accident, the laws in Arizona may entitle that victim to financial relief for his or her damages. A civil claim an help a victim recover for medical expenses incurred and to be incurred in the future, lost wages, and pain and suffering among any other damages that result from the crash. A personal injury lawyer who handles claims on behalf of pedestrians can help you understand the legal intricacies of any claims you may have if you have been involved in a crash.

Police in Glendale were called to the scene of a collision near Glendale Avenue and 48th Avenue shortly after 7:00 pm last night. A motorcycle riding in the area came upon a pedestrian who was reportedly crossing the street outside of a crosswalk when a collision occurred. Emergency medical personnel responded as well and transported the pedestrian, described as a 61-year-old female, to an area hospital for emergency treatment. Unfortunately the woman's injuries were too severe and she died as a result of the crash.

The operator of the motorcycle stayed at the scene and spoke with police officers. At this time, neither impairment nor speed on the part of the biker were believed to be a factor in leading to the impact, though authorities have not made a definitive determination as to the cause of the collision. At this time, the investigation is ongoing.

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