After a car accident occurs, drivers usually speak to one another and call local police to file a report. But even in the most minor of incidents, an injury or even fatality can still occur, especially if the drivers involved do not exercise care and caution for one another. It appears that this may have been the case in an unusual accident that took place in Scottsdale on Saturday at a local grocery store’s gas station.
Police have reported that an 86-year-old man and a 74-year-old woman were both at the store’s gas pumps. The 86-year-old man backed his vehicle into the 74-year-old woman’s car, causing a minor collision between the two vehicles. The woman was inside her car at the time of the impact and she exited the vehicle afterwards to look at the damage. But for reasons that are not yet clear, the man continued to back up and struck the woman, running her over with his Jeep and dragging her a short distance.
Emergency crews responded to the scene of the incident and attempted to help the woman but her injuries were too severe. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The man was not believed to be intoxicated at the time of the incident and at this moment, he is not expected to face criminal charges related to the woman’s death.
Regardless of whether or not charges are brought by the State of Arizona following any accident, an injury victim may still have a separate claim for relief against anyone who caused the victim to become injured. In the event that a crash leaves a victim dead, the victim’s surviving family members may be able to bring a claim for their losses.
Often, these claims seek compensation for expenses incurred by the victim, like medical bills, lost wages, or even pain and suffering, and the claims can be brought against a negligent driver, owner of a vehicle, or even the company that a driver was working for if the driver was actively on the job at the time of a crash. Since the facts of each accident are different, it is important to understand exactly what happened in your crash. Speaking with a lawyer can help you realize what legal options may be available to you so that you can obtain adequate relief.
If a car accident has left you injured or has claimed the life of your loved one, call Abels & Annes, P.C. today and let us help you seek the relief you deserve. We provide a free consultation to all those who call us at (602) 819-5191 or toll free at (855) PHX-LAWYER and we are standing by 24 hours a day to speak with you. If someone else’s mistake has cost you, make sure you get the compensation you deserve. Call us today and let us get to work for you.
Prior Blog Entry:
Blown Tire Causes Rollover Crash in Phoenix that Injures 5, Phoenix Injury Lawyer Blog, published January 3, 2014.
Woman dies after being run over at Costco gas pumps, Fox 10 News, published January 5, 2014.