A terrible car crash in Tucson on Sunday left two young men dead in the early morning hours. The crash occurred in the 5000 block of East River Road near North Craycroft Road around 2:30 a.m.
Police believe than an 18-year-old man driving a Corvette westbound on East River Road lost control of his car and crossed the center line. The Corvette entered the path of travel of an eastbound Honda Civic and caused a serious head-on collision.
Both cars reportedly spun after the impact and left the surface of the road. The 18-year-old driver of the Corvette was thrown from the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene. His 20-year-old passenger was trapped inside the car and also died in the crash.
There were at least two people in the Civic who were injured and were taken to a local hospital for treatment. Both Civic passengers suffered what authorities described as non-life threatening injuries and they are expected to survive.
Police are still investigating the crash but have determined that the driver of the Corvette was speeding. They are not yet sure if alcohol was also involved.
While any type of car accident can be serious and can result in injuries, head-on collisions are especially dangerous. Though not very common, these crashes result in a disproportionately large number of injuries and fatalities. In 2012, head-on collisions were responsible for 1.75 percent of all Arizona accidents but they caused 12.71 percent of all accident-related fatalities. With such disparity, head-on collisions must be seen as a serious threat to the safety of all Arizonians. These crashes often occur where traffic traveling in opposite directions share the same roadway without a median or other barrier separating the lanes of traffic as well as at intersections where one driver fails to yield to a traffic sign or signal.
Losing a loved one to an accident caused by the negligence of a driver is devastating. The loss is permanent and there is nothing that can change that. However the law does provide for some relief in cases like this and allows those who are injured or killed to bring a civil claim for damages against the responsible driver. This is true for all victims, even those that were in the same car as the at-fault driver.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a head-on collision, call the Phoenix car accident attorneys at Abels & Annes, P.C. today for a free case consultation. We will take your call 24 hours a day at (602) 819-5191 or toll free at (855) PHX-LAWYER. At Abels & Annes, P.C., our only focus is protecting the rights of those who have been injured and fighting for their right to a recovery. We are ready to fight for you. Call us today and let us help you on your road to recovery.
Prior Blog Entries:
Phoenix To Get a Bike Share Program, Phoenix Injury Lawyer Blog, published June 29, 2013.
Suspected DUI Accident Kills 1, Injures 1 in Yuma, Phoenix Injury Lawyer Blog, published June 28, 2013.
2 killed in crash on River near Craycroft, by Veronica M. Cruz, Arizona Daily Star, published July 1, 2013.
2 dead after driver loses control, collides with another, Fox 10 News, published June 30, 2013.
Arizona Motor Vehicle Crash Facts 2012, The Arizona Department of Transportation, published May 31, 2013.