Studies routinely show that drowsy or tired drivers can be extremely dangerous on the road. They are more likely to run stops signs and red lights, fail to yield to oncoming traffic, and cause a collision than drivers who are properly rested. Despite all the risks, tired drivers are on the roads of Phoenix every day, posing a risk to themselves, their passengers, and others on the road.
Often, a tired or sleepy driver makes mistakes that result in violations of traffic laws. Any of these can lead to a ticket issued by police or even charges brought by the State of Arizona. In addition, though, a driver who causes an accident may be held liable for any damages that result. That can include the medical bills and pain and suffering endured by anyone hurt in an accident, regardless of whether that victim was in the same car as the negligent driver or another vehicle. Speaking with an injury lawyer who handles cases in Phoenix or the surrounding areas is the best way to understand your legal rights after a crash.
Though still early in the investigation, Yuma County Sheriff Officers believe that a three car collision may have been caused by a driver who fell asleep behind the wheel on Saturday. Officials believe that a 35-year-old man driving a Honda was traveling northbound on Highway 95 when he approached an area blocked off by Cocopah police officers who were investigating a prior fatal accident. The Honda driver reportedly stated that he fell asleep behind the wheel before he collided with a marked police vehicle and pushing it into a second police vehicle. A volunteer in the area had been directing traffic when the collision occurred. His leg was pinned between two of the vehicles involved and he needed emergency medical treatment. One of the officers involved was also injured but both victims are expected to survive.
The driver of the Honda has been cited for his role in the collision and may face additional charges depending on the outcome of the investigation. He refused medical treatment at the scene.
Most car accidents are due to the negligence of one or more drivers involved. When that happens, those who suffer injuries in the crash may be entitled to seek relief against the responsible driver or drivers in the accident. These claims can be sought by victims regardless of whether an at-fault driver receives a ticket for the accident because the claims are separate from any charges brought by local authorities.
A personal injury lawyer can help you understand whether you may have a valid claim for your damages and whether you may be entitled to relief. At Abels & Annes, P.C., our team of Phoenix-area lawyers has experience helping those who have been hurt through the fault of others. We offer a free case consultation to all those injured who call us toll free at (855) PHX-LAWYER or locally at (602) 819-5191 and we offer the consultation without any obligation on your part. We are standing by 24 hours a day, seven days a week to take your call so do not hesitate: if an accident has left you injured, call us today and let us help you.
Prior Blog Entry:
Chevy and Pontiac Recall Underway for Cobalt, G5, Phoenix Injury Lawyer Blog, published February 14, 2014.
YCSO deputy, volunteer hurt in 3-car collision, by Breann Bierman, CBS5AZ.com, published February 16, 2014.