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September 12, 2014

Wrong Way Driver Causes 4 Vehicle Crash on I-10

photo%205%20%281%29.jpgWith 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.

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September 11, 2014

Arizona School Bus Accident Injures 2 Children, 1 Adult

464.jpgWhen parents are rushing in the mornings to pack lunches, dress kids, and get them ready for school, most do not consider the fact that their children's safety may be threatened before the first bell of the day rings. But in fact, an average of two school bus accidents occur in Arizona every day; many of the annual collisions take place in Maricopa County, including the greater Phoenix area. Fortunately, many of these instances are minor and do not cause the children involved to be injured, but that is not the case with every incident. In some collisions and in many instances involving a child boarding or disembarking from a bus, injuries result and necessitate medical treatment.

Damages to a child who is harmed in a school bus collision can range from the minor to the severe but what often remains as a constant is that negligence on the part of one or more individuals involved caused the crash. Without that negligence, the child likely would never have been injured. The laws in Phoenix recognize that an innocent child and his or her family should not have to bear the financial burden caused by these collisions and therefore the laws enable these victims to seek compensation for their damages. Speaking with a personal injury lawyer who represents children and minors, particularly those who have been injured in school bus accidents, may help you understand your legal options if your child was hurt.

Eight children and one driver were on board a school bus in Paulden on Tuesday morning when the bus collided with a semi-truck for reasons that are not yet clear. The incident occurred on Highway 89 and resulted in significant damage to both the truck and the bus. Emergency crews responded to the scene and evaluated all those who were involved, including two injured children from the bus. Those two children were transported to area hospitals with injuries that have not been disclosed but that are believed to be minor. All other children and the driver of the bus appeared to sustain no injuries in the incident.

The driver of the semi-truck was seriously hurt in the collision and taken to a hospital in a nearby town. Police have stated that the investigation into this incident is ongoing at this time and there have been no reports as to whether any traffic citations or other charges will be issued as a result of the crash.

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September 10, 2014

Elderly Man Killed in Arizona Golf Cart Accident

golf-cart-1026602-m.jpg Car accidents in Arizona often involve multiple vehicles colliding with one another, whether slowly or at a high rate of speed, whether in optimal conditions or due to poor weather. But those are not the only types of car accidents that occur. Additional collisions may involve a bicyclist, a pedestrian, a motorcyclist, or another type of vehicle. In Arizona, ATVs, golf carts, motorized scooters, and even wheelchairs unfortunately are involved in car accidents on an occasional basis. When a collision involves a large, heavy vehicle like a car and a smaller, less protected vehicle like a scooter, golf cart, or ATV, injuries are likely to result and likely to affect the riders of the smaller vehicles disproportionately.

When a traffic-related accident occurs in the greater Phoenix area and one or more individuals involved sustains injuries, it may be possible for those victims to obtain financial relief for their losses. Damages including medical and surgical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering may be recoverable depending on the facts surrounding your unique collision. A personal injury lawyer based in Phoenix may help you understand your rights if your life has been affected by a crash and you were hurt.

A Tuesday morning collisions between a golf cart and a vehicle left an elderly man dead in Sun City, according to local officials. The incident occurred shortly after 11:00 a.m. in the area of Thunderbird and 99th Avenue when a Chrysler and a golf cart collided for reasons that are not yet clear. An 89-year-old man was allegedly operating the golf cart at the time and was thrown from the vehicle upon impact, sustaining critical injuries. Emergency medical crews arrived at the scene and transported the man to an area hospital but his injures were too severe and he died some time later.

The driver of the Chrysler was injured in the collision as well though the injuries were described as minor and that driver is expected to make a full recovery.

Officials have not yet determined what caused the two vehicles to collide or whether either operator acted in a negligent manner prior to the impact. The area was closed for several hours while investigators reviewed the scene but traffic was restored before the end of the day. The investigation continues at this time.

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September 9, 2014

Pedestrian in Critical Condition Following Car Accident

IMG_2058.jpgSchool is back in session, whether you are talking about college classes or kindergarten in the Valley. With back-to-school comes an annual increase in pedestrian traffic across Phoenix, Tempe, Chandler, and the rest of the Valley due in part to students but also to the year-round citizens who walk for transportation. In fact, in any given day, the average resident of Phoenix is a pedestrian at some point, whether while walking to a vehicle, walking to work, or walking to finish errands.

Those driving through the Phoenix area may have already noticed an increase in foot traffic along popular roads but some of these drivers will not exercise the caution necessary when walkers are in the area. Instead of putting the safety of pedestrians first, too often drivers put their own desires ahead of all else and create a potentially dangerous situation where a pedestrian accident can occur. These crashes lead to billions of dollars' worth of damages nationally every year when medical bills, lost wages, and other losses like pain and suffering are considered. The victims of these accidents may be entitled to seek relief for their losses through the use of a civil claim. Speaking to a personal injury lawyer who practices in the Phoenix area may help you understand your legal options if you have been hurt in a collision.

A man walking along Broadway Road in Phoenix at approximately 1:00 a.m. on Sunday was critically injured when a driver in the area came upon the man and struck him, leading to a serious crash. The pedestrian, described as a 32-year-old male, was taken to an area hospital where the nature of his injuries were not disclosed but where it was revealed that he was fighting for his life.

A 20-year-old female was allegedly behind the wheel of the vehicle involved at the time of the crash. According to police, the woman claimed that she did not realize she hit a person and initially drove away from the scene. After inspecting her vehicle with her parents at home, the woman reportedly returned to the scene where police and other officials had gathered and she reportedly spoke to investigators about the incident.

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September 5, 2014

Pedestrian Accident in Phoenix turns Fatal

1436.jpgPedestrian accidents in Phoenix occur in more ways than may people realize. Some take place while a pedestrian is walking through a parking lot while others occur when a pedestrian is in or near a crosswalk. In other cases, a pedestrian may dart out into oncoming traffic. Alleys, parking garages, school yards, and playgrounds are areas where pedestrians and cars mix, and often with tragic results.

The victims of pedestrian accidents often suffer serious or even fatal injuries in a crash and may incur other losses, including lost wages from time missed from work. This can happen even when a pedestrian did nothing wrong to cause an accident but merely was the victim of the actions of a driver. When a pedestrian is hurt in a collision, the laws in Arizona may enable that victim to seek a financial recovery for his or her losses, including any medical expenses incurred. Speaking with a personal injury lawyer in Phoenix who has experience representing pedestrians may help you understand your legal options if you have been involved in a crash.

Shortly after 5:00 this morning, a collision between a vehicle and a pedestrian on I-17 turned fatal for one of the individuals involved. Traffic in the area beginning at Middle Verde Road was being forced to exit I-17 and was being routed around the area while officials investigated at the scene. At this time, it is not clear why the collision occurred or whether either party involved acted in a negligent manner prior to the incident. Police are still investigating the incident through traffic is now able to use I-17 in both directions.

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September 4, 2014

Phoenix Car Crash Leaves Elderly Man, Teenager Seriously Hurt

210.jpg Any driver, even the most cautious among all motorists, can be involved in a car accident in Phoenix on any given day. The odds of a crash occurring increase if those around a driver act in a negligent or reckless manner or otherwise fail to put safety first. But when it comes to collisions, not all drivers are equal when it comes to the risks associated with being behind the wheel. Two groups of motorists that are more likely than others to be involved in an accident are teenagers and the elderly.

Teenagers tend to have less experience driving and therefore a decreased ability to make quick, rational decisions when a hazard presents itself when compared to more seasoned motorists. Elderly drivers are the opposite in some respects: though they may have been driving for decades, the physical ailments associated with age may decrease important skills, like the ability to process information quickly, the ability to see clearly, and the ability to stay clear-headed while driving.

The victims of these accidents who sustain injuries may be entitled to seek relief for their losses, whether the losses are in the form of medical bills, surgical expenses, lost wages, or even pain and suffering experienced because of the crash. Speaking with a personal injury lawyer who represents car accident victims in the Phoenix area may help you understand what options are available to you if your have been involved in a collision.

Police were called to the scene of a two vehicle collision in the 1700 block of West Thunderbird Road last night between 8:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. When they arrived, they were able to determine that the two drivers involved, a 17-year-old male and a 78-year-old male, were both seriously injured and in need of medical treatment. Emergency crews assessed both men and transported them to area hospitals where their current conditions are not known.

Photographs from the scene show significant damage to both vehicles in the front ends and driver's side areas. Police have not stated why the accident may have occurred or whether either driver acted in a negligent manner prior to the impact.

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September 3, 2014

Cause Unclear in Ahwatukee School Bus Accident

466.jpgParents rely on others to care for their children from time to time. Whether it is a child's education, daily care, or transportation, parents need help and they place their trust in officials to make sure that their children's safety is of the utmost importance. Across the country, millions of parents use school buses every day to transport their children to and from class and they trust that the drivers and operators of those buses to act responsibly.

Unfortunately, school bus accidents occur every year. Some of them cause the children on board to suffer injuries, and in the worst crashes, it may cost a child his or her life. No family should have to endure the suffering that follows a school bus accident, but if your family is faced with such a tragedy, know that it may be possible for you or for your child to obtain financial relief. Speaking with a personal injury lawyer may help you realize what options exist in your case if your child has been injured.

A school bus with children on board was traveling in Ahwatukee yesterday morning when it collided with a vehicle for reasons that are not yet clear. Nine children were reportedly on the bus when the crash occurred though none were believed to have sustained serious injuries. Police officials confirmed a crash between the bus and a second vehicle which then led to the bus jumping a concrete median and striking a pole.

At this time, authorities are still investigating the incident. They have confirmed that the bus driver has not received a citation in the incident; it is not clear whether the other driver involved was cited or whether any charges may be issued in the days to come.

After authorities came to the scene, another bus arrived and transported all the uninjured children to school.

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September 2, 2014

Fatal Crash Likely Caused by Driver on Drugs

photo%202%20%282%29.jpgHave you ever been involved in a car accident? If you have not, chances are that your spouse, your child, your parent, or your neighbor has been in a crash and may have even sustained injuries in that accident. On average, more than 100,000 traffic-related collisions occur in Arizona every year, leaving those involved left to pick up the pieces and attempt to move forward once the dust settles.

Car accidents can be, and often are, caused by a number of factors combining to form a hazardous set of circumstances that lead to a crash. Approximately 50 percent of the time, speeding if a factor, but speeding alone does not result in a large number of accidents. It is speeding combined with other issues like following too closely, failing to check a blind spot before changing lanes, or even failing to stop at a stop sign that cause crashes.

Drunk and drugged driving are unfortunately responsible for a large number of accidents and a large number of injuries that result from those crashes. These collisions are particularly troubling because drunk driving and driving while high on drugs are crimes in Arizona and therefore drivers should never operate a vehicle while impaired. Yet every day, motorists who are under the influence take to the road and risk their own safety as well as the safety of others because they are unwilling to use another form of transportation.

Authorities now believe that one of the drivers involved in a fatal car accident on Thursday may have been under the influence of drugs at the time of the crash. The incident, which occurred on eastbound US 60 in Phoenix, occurred around 7:00 a.m. and is believed to have taken place after a 25-year-old woman ran a red light and collided into a second vehicle. Police have since reported that the 25-year-old woman displayed signs of possible impairment at the scene and that drug paraphernalia was discovered in her vehicle.

The other driver in the crash, described as a 51-year-old woman, died as the result of the injuries she sustained. The 25-year-old driver is now facing criminal charges including reckless manslaughter and possession and could face incarceration if convicted.

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August 29, 2014

1 Killed in US 60 Car Accident

photo%203.jpgIn 2013, there were 107,348 traffic accidents in the State of Arizona. Of those, 777 were fatal and 34,047 collisions resulted in injuries to one or more individuals involved. Statistically, nearly one out of three Arizona car accidents resulted in injuries or death in 2013 alone. Not only were the lives of those involved affected by these accidents but their children, parents, siblings, neighbors, coworkers, and loved ones may all have felt a loss due to injuries or a death.

The victims of these crashes have to deal with doctor's appointments, pain and suffering, and potentially permanent damages like scarring. But the laws in Phoenix and the rest of the state are on the side of victims when it comes to the financial burden sustained in a car accident. Victims of these crashes who suffer injuries may be entitled to seek financial compensation for their losses, including any medical and surgical bills, through the use of a civil claim for damages. These claims are separate from any traffic-related charges that may be brought by authorities and the right to seek this relief belongs to the victims who have been harmed. Consulting with a personal injury lawyer may help you understand your legal options if you have been involved in a collision.

Shortly before 7:00 a.m. yesterday, two cars collided on US Highway 60 near 99th Avenue, leaving one person dead. The accident closed eastbound lanes for several hours as emergency crews tended to the victims of the crash and officers investigated at the scene. Authorities have not yet confirmed what factors led to the collision or whether either driver involved in the incident erred or acted negligently prior to the impact. It is also unknown how many passengers, if any, were traveling in the vehicles.

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August 28, 2014

Cyclist Killed in Phoenix by Fleeing Driver

photo%20%286%29.jpg Riding a bicycle is no longer just for children. In Phoenix and across the Valley, adults are also taking to the streets to ride on two wheels both for exercise and for transit. In response to an increased interest in bicycling and an increase in ridership, several Arizona cities have made their roadways more bike-friendly by adding bicycle only lanes, designating bicycle trails, and adding cycle-specific traffic lights.

In fact, bicycling.com recently ranked the top 50 cities in the United States for riding a bicycle and three Arizona cities made the list. Tucson was ranked 12th, Scottsdale was ranked 15th, and Tempe was ranked 18th. If you live in or work in these areas, that may not surprise you as you are likely to see riders on a daily basis. Yet it is a good reminder of the great advantages facing cyclists in these towns and in many other parts of the Phoenix metropolitan area.

With bicyclists taking to the roads, unfortunately bicycle accidents take place in Phoenix and across the rest of Arizona. These collisions are often severe and may result in serious injuries or even death. Though the victims of these crashes may be forced to deal with the damages, they may be entitled to seek financial relief to help ease the burden of their losses, including the medical expenses they must incur. Speaking with a personal injury lawyer may help you understand your legal options if you have been involved in an accident.

A cyclist riding in Phoenix was killed in a hit-and-run accident last night, according to local police. The incident took place in the area of Osborn and 43rd Avenue at approximately 8:30 p.m. and involved two separate vehicles. Witnesses reported a dark Jeep in the area striking the cyclist and knocking the rider to the ground. A second vehicle approached the site and was unable to avoid the cyclist and struck him a second time. Witnesses reported that the driver of the Jeep fled the scene of the accident without stopping to check on the condition of the rider or without alerting authorities.

The driver of the second vehicle remained at the scene of the crash and spoke with police. At this time, police believe that impairment was not a factor regarding that driver and have reported that the second driver is cooperating fully. Police instead are looking for any information regarding the dark colored Jeep that was involved in the crash, including any information on who may have been driving that vehicle.

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August 27, 2014

Motorcycle Accident in Mesa Seriously Injures 1

photo%203.jpg Arizona motorcyclists are likely to encounter a variety of road surfaces from multi-lane expressways to rural back roads. The changing seasons mean that bikers may be out in scorching heat or during a rain storm, and if riding north, even greater weather changes may occur. But bikers in Arizona tend to be experienced and tend to be prepared for the circumstances that will present themselves on any ride, whether it is to work, to the grocery store, or simply to visit friends.

Unfortunately, bikers are at a high risk for sustaining serious or even fatal injuries in the event that a motorcycle accident occurs. In fact, Arizona is one of about a dozen states that regularly experiences more than 100 fatal motorcycle accidents every year which means that many family and friends are left to suffer serious losses when their loved ones are killed. Numerous factors contribute to lead to a motorcycle accident including distracted driving, speeding, failing to stop, and failing to yield the right-of-way. The thing most accidents have in common is that they are caused by a mistake on the part of one or more motorist involved.

Financial relief may be available under Arizona laws to those motorcyclist and passengers who are injured when an accident takes place. The right to seek relief belongs to a victim and may be available even when an at-fault driver does not receive a ticket in the crash. Speaking with a personal injury lawyer may help you understand your legal rights if you have been hurt in a Phoenix area accident.

A motorcycle crash occurred in Mesa around 4:00 p.m. yesterday and left the rider in critical condition, according to local authorities. The crash shut down traffic in the area of Gilbert and 8th Avenue as police investigated and emergency medical crews tended to the victim. The rider was taken to a trauma center in Scottsdale where the nature of his injuries and current condition are unknown, though his injuries are believed to be life threatening.

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August 26, 2014

Driving Safely During Monsoon Season

mirror-648242-m.jpgRain is infrequent in Phoenix to say the least. Throughout most of the year, rain is sporadic and might not appear for weeks or months at a time. Most people consider the lack of rain and sunny skies to be a benefit of living in the desert but it poses issues as well. When rain does strike the Valley or when a monsoon hits, flash floods can appear in moments, cascading over roads and filling up ditches.

Monsoon season in Phoenix is now defined as June 15 through September 30 every year but storms can and sometimes do occur outside of this time frame. Monsoons are dangerous because they can occur with little or no warning, transforming a day from pleasant and dry to one with heavy rain in a matter of minutes. Arizona's dry landscape means that dust storms occur during this time as well, obscuring visibility and making outdoor tasks difficult.

When storms hit, driving becomes treacherous. Here are some tips to keep in mind when driving during wet or inclement weather:

- Slow Down: It may sound simple, but driving at a normal rate of speed can prove to be deadly once the rain begins. Instead, slow down based on the intensity of the rain, the wetness of the roads, and the ability of your car and its tires to handle the driving conditions. When it comes to water, slower drivers are less likely to be involved in collisions.

- Avoid Skids: Slamming on the brakes or taking corners at a high rate of speed are likely to cause a vehicle to skid when it is raining. Instead, apply moderate and consistent pressure to the brake pedal when you need to slow or stop and decrease your speed as necessary. Once a skid beings, do not panic but take your foot off the gas and steer your vehicle consistently until you regain control.

- Get a Tune Up: Keeping your car, truck, or van in good condition can help you in the event of poor weather. Having tires with plenty of thread on them and keeping the tires properly inflated can help reduce the risk of hydroplaning if standing water is on a road's surface.

- Drive Defensively: Keep a lookout for other drivers in the area. Even if you are driving safely, you may be the victim of a car accident if another motorist does not put safety first. Your best bet is a good defense by watching for hazards that might appear in your path.

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