Phoenix Injury Lawyer Blog

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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July 16, 2014

Loop 202 Crash Caused by Suspected Wrong-Way Driver

photo%205%20%281%29.jpg The Valley has seen a number of car accidents caused or contributed to by wrong way drivers in 2014. Many of these collisions have resulted in injuries to those involved and some even proved fatal, including a recent crash involving a law enforcement official.

With the large number of wrong-way accidents on the Phoenix highways and elsewhere across Arizona, officials are trying to devise ways to decrease these collisions from occurring by reducing the incident of wrong-way driving as much as possible. Current suggestions include redesigning entry and exit ramps from freeways and revamped street surface painting to indicate the approved direction of travel.

Hopefully changes will be implemented that help reduce the incident of wrong-way driving but until all crashes are eliminated, drivers, passengers, and pedestrians are still at risk for suffering injuries or even death in the event of a crash. Those harmed in car accidents in Phoenix may be entitled to seek financial relief for their injuries including payment for medical and surgical expenses incurred, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Speaking with a personal injury lawyer who represents car accident victims may help you understand your legal options if you have been involved in a crash, including whether you are entitled to bring a claim for damages.

According to local police, a 33-year-old woman was driving the wrong way on the Loop 202 near Gilbert Road. The driver reportedly collided into an SUV, causing a crash that left both drivers in serious condition and in need of medical help.

The suspected wrong way driver was released from the hospital and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon among other charges. Officials are still trying to determine why she was operating in the wrong direction and whether any other factors played a role in the crash. The current condition of the driver of the SUV, described as an older woman, is not known.

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July 15, 2014

Teen Drowns in Glendale Apartment Pool

106.jpg During an average summer in Arizona, multiple children drown in swimming pool accidents, and many more suffer injuries in the water. In many cases, a swimming pool may not be adequately secured, allowing unauthorized access to the water and drawing in children who want to cool off from the heat. In other cases, the pool may be designed in an unsafe manner, leading to an unreasonable risk of drowning to all those using the pool. And yet in still other cases, inadequate supervision leads to children entering the water and unable to get out on their own.

When a child is injured in a pool incident, it may be difficult to know where to turn for help. A personal injury attorney in Phoenix who has experience representing those who have been injured or killed in a swimming pool may be able to help you understand your family's legal options, including whether a civil claim for damages is available. If a claim is possible, your child may be able to recover compensation for medical expenses incurred, pain and suffering, and even future damages if they exist. In the most tragic cases where a child loses his or her life, the child's parent or parents may have a claim for their damages, even though no amount of compensation can ever be adequate when a child is killed.

Firefighters in Glendale were called to an apartment complex on Monday night in the area of 59th Avenue and Beardsley after teens reported that someone was unresponsive. When they arrived, officials found that a 16-year-old male had been swimming with some friends in a pool on the apartment's premises when the teen went underwater and did not resurface. Reportedly, the teen's friends pulled the teen from the pool and performed CPR until paramedics arrived but the injuries were too severe and the teen was pronounced dead shortly thereafter.

Officials are still trying to determine the factors that led to the teen's drowning.

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July 14, 2014

Mesa Truck Crash Leaves 5-Year-Old Dead

439.jpg The safety of their children is the primary concern of every parent across the nation. Whether they are watching as a child rides a bicycle or walking a kid to school, parents take on the role of defender seriously, ensuring the greatest protection to their children as possible.

But parents can only do so much to keep their children safe, and when others act in a negligent manner, injuries to children and minors may result. Whether the cause of the injury is a car accident, bus accident, pedestrian accident, or other type of incident, if the accident was caused by negligence, the child and his or her family may be entitled to financial relief. Speaking with a personal injury lawyer in the Valley who has experience representing children who have been harmed may help you understand the legal implications of your child's accident, including whether your family may be entitled to financial relief.

Police in Mesa have confirmed the death of a five-year-old child who was hurt in a traffic accident, marking the second traffic-related death of a minor in the area in a week. Police have reported that a five-year-old girl was crossing the street near Gilbert Road and Main Street with her family at a mid-block crosswalk. A truck driven by a 43-year-old female approached the area and reportedly did not see the child, leading to a collision between the two. The girl was killed at the scene, according to local authorities, who are still investigating the cause of the crash and determining the factors that led to the impact.

The driver of the truck has been questioned in the incident. Neither drugs nor alcohol are believed to have been a factor but it is not clear whether the woman will face any other charges related to the accident. Police have noted that they are still working on this case at this time.

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July 11, 2014

Phoenix Crash Leaves 8-Year-Old Bicyclist Dead

402.jpg Across Arizona, many kids are out of school right now on summer break. With free time during the day, kids are going to friends' houses, swimming, and participating in summer camps. Often, children in Phoenix are getting around by riding bicycles with their friends or even with their families.

Most of the time, bikes are a great way for children to get around. Unfortunately, though, bicycle accidents involving children happen every year in the Valley and many of these crashes result in serious injuries or even death. When an accident with a car, truck, or bus occurs and it is caused in whole or in part by the negligence of a driver involved, the victim of that crash, including a minor and/or the minor's family, may be entitled to seek relief for their loses. Medical bills, pain and suffering, and even permanency of injuries can be compensated through the use of a civil claim. Speaking with a personal injury lawyer may help you understand your legal options if your child has been injured in a collision.

Police in Phoenix responded to the scene of an accident between an 8-year-old boy and a vehicle on Wednesday night around 9:00 pm. The child, who was on a bicycle at the time, was reportedly riding near the intersection of Broadway and 27th Avenue when a driver in her 30s allegedly struck the boy with her car.

Emergency medical personnel responded to the scene and transported the boy to Phoenix Children's Hospital in extremely critical condition. Doctors attended to the boy through the night but unfortunately the extent of his injuries was too severe and the child died on Thursday morning.

Police spoke with the driver while still at the scene of the accident. Though the investigation is still ongoing, police believe that the child may not have stopped at a stop sign before entering the intersection, leading to the collision with the vehicle. It is not clear whether anyone involved will be ticketed in the crash.

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July 9, 2014

9 Cars Involved in Chain Reaction Crashes in Tempe

443.jpg Wet, raining weather is relatively uncommon in the greater Phoenix area, at least outside of monsoon season. When rain comes around, it can be intense and heavy and lead to substantially decreased visibility. Drivers who find themselves on the roads during a Phoenix rain storm may experience slick roads and slowing traffic.

The weather in Phoenix is a factor in numerous car accidents that occur every year. Chain reaction collisions are a common type of car crash that occurs in inclement weather. Most of the time, though, weather plays only a minor role with driver error or negligence playing a large part in a chain reaction. Speeding, failing to slow for traffic, and following too closely are common reasons for a multi-vehicle crash.

If negligence or recklessness causes a collision, the laws in Arizona enable the victims of that crash to seek relief for their damages, including the injuries they incurred. These claims are often available even if an at-fault driver did not get a traffic ticket or other citation for his or her actions in the collision. Speaking with a personal injury lawyer who has experience representing car crash victims may help you understand whether you have a valid claim.

Police in Tempe responded to a collision near the Loop 101 and University shortly before midnight. In all, nine cars were involved in a chain reaction crash that occurred while it was raining. It appears that four separate collisions happened with only one of the four resulting in more than minor property damage. In all, four people were injured in the collisions including an infant. The infant appeared to be the most seriously injured and was transported to an area hospital for medical attention. The present conditions of those hurt are unknown.

The area of the crash was closed to southbound traffic for several hours as local officials investigated the accidents. Officers are still determining whether citations will be issued, and if so, to whom.

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July 8, 2014

Pedestrian in Wheelchair Hit and Killed by Car in Phoenix

IMG_2058.jpg At some point, everyone is a pedestrian. This concept has been used by several pedestrian organizations to increase the visibility of those who walk near and along streets as well as to remind drivers to look for pedestrians. But despite the fact that everyone is a pedestrian, and despite the fact that pedestrians are legally authorized to walk along sidewalks, accidents between these walkers and vehicles continue to occur in Phoenix and the rest of the Valley.

Pedestrian accidents claimed 154 lives in Arizona in 2011 and another 1,253 people were injured in crashes. In addition to these victims, countless friends, family members, and coworkers were affected by these collisions, many of which resulted in the need for medical assistance.

When a pedestrian is hurt in an accident and that accident was due to an error or negligence on the part of an individual involved, Arizona law may allow the victim or the victim's family members to seek a recovery for the damages incurred, including medical and surgical expenses, lost wages, and even payment for pain and suffering. Speaking with a lawyer who handles pedestrian accidents and other personal injury cases may help you understand whether you have a valid claim, and if so, what legal relief may be available to you.

Unfortunately a tragic accident occurred last night in Phoenix that claimed the life of one person involved. Police responded to the scene of the crash near Thomas and 32nd Street and determined that a man in a wheelchair had been trying to cross the intersection when he was struck by a car. The man was reportedly crossing at an intersection and in a crosswalk but the crosswalk was not marked. His age and name have not yet been released.

A driver that approached the intersection allegedly struck the man, leading to injuries that caused his death. At this time, the driver has not been ticketed or cited but police have stated that their investigation into the incident is ongoing at this time.

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July 7, 2014

Common 4th of July Injuries May Affect Phoenix Residents

Phoenix.jpg By now, the excitement of the 4th of July holiday weekend may be starting to wind down as Monday morning arrives and many people head back to work. But if you are like many in the Phoenix area, you participated in some type of celebration this weekend, whether it was a gathering of friends and family or taking part in one of the big city festivals.

Many of the cities in the Valley host community-wide events involving music, food, and fireworks for residents and visitors to enjoy. Fabulous Phoenix 4th, the 29th year of the festival, occurred and had all that plus rides and inflatables for kids to enjoy. Up to 100,000 people were expected to participate in Fabulous Phoenix 4th alone plus thousands of others at formal and informal celebrations in other areas of the state, but with the wet weather this weekend, plans changed for many families in the Valley with fewer people than expected able to participate in some areas.

Most people made it through the weekend injury-free and without incident this year. Unfortunately, though, not everyone did. Injuries are common over any 4th of July weekend in America and Phoenix is no exception in that regard. One of the most serious threats to personal safety over the holiday is the use fireworks.

Firework legality is governed by Maricopa County rules and laws for those interested in using the products in Phoenix. Generally, firecrackers are illegal, including bottle rockets and aerials. Other forms of fireworks are legal and are widely available in road-side tents across the city. Rules also say that fireworks purchased in Maricopa County can be set off in Maricopa County legally as long as they are on private property.

Even if fireworks are purchased legally, though, mistakes or negligence may result in an accident that can lead those involved in the firework display or even those simply watching with injuries. When this happens, the victims of these incidents may be entitled to seek a recovery for their damages against those responsible, including anyone who failed to act in a safe manner when handling fireworks.

But fireworks are not the only common form of injury over July 4th weekend. As alcohol is consumed by many in large quantities, the threat of drunk driving and drunk driving accidents is higher than normal. Those under the influence of alcohol or drugs may cause passengers in their car or drivers and passengers in another car to suffer injuries as a result.

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