Possible Impaired Driver Hits and Kills Toddler in Stroller

IMG_6175.jpg Car accidents occur every day in Phoenix and many of them result in injuries to the drivers and passengers involved. Though some collisions may be unavoidable, the majority of them are due to the negligence or reckless of one or more individuals involved. Often, crashes of this type may lead to traffic tickets, criminal charges, or other penalties levied by the State of Arizona against those responsible. In addition to any charges by the state, though, an at-fault driver may also be held legally liable to the victims of the crash for the damages they sustained. In many cases, this can include medical bills incurred and likely to be incurred in the future, lost wages, and less tangible damages like pain and suffering.

But people in automobiles are not the only ones at risk when a driver acts in a negligent manner. In fact, anyone in the area of the driver, including bicyclists, motorcyclists, and pedestrians may be at risk for involvement in a crash and may suffer injuries as a result. The same laws that allow victims inside cars to recover for their damages allow anyone involved in an accident with the potential right to seek recovery for their injuries. Speaking with a lawyer who handles car accident cases may help you understand if your incident entitles to you relief.

Unfortunately, in some accidents, children are injured or even killed. Injuries to children and minors are always tragic and can never be undone, However, the children and their parents or legal guardians may be entitled to legal relief that can help pay for expenses for a child’s injuries or for the losses sustained when a child is killed, though no relief can ever properly compensate a family for the loss of a child’s life.

In what officials have described as a horrifying scene, a three-year-old child was killed after being struck by a car in Phoenix yesterday afternoon. Police in Phoenix responded to the scene of the incident which occurred near a Walmart parking lot. They determined that a 22-year-old individual was operating a car in the area and approached a babysitter pushing the child in a stroller. The driver reportedly stopped at a stop sign and then continued forward towards the sitter and child reportedly without slowing or stopping, thereby causing a collisions with the stroller in which the child was riding. The driver allegedly continued for a short distance and then stopped when the driver realized a collision occurred. When police responded, they determined that the driver may have been under the influence and that marijuana may have been present in the car, leading to the driver’s arrest and an investigation into the driver’s actions.

Police have also reported that the child’s father was in the area for unrelated reasons and that the man was drawn to the commotion caused by the scene. He reportedly realized that the victim of the crash was his own child. Police are continuing their investigation at this time and there has been no word on whether the driver will face criminal charges in this matter.

If your child has been injured or killed through the actions of another, call the Phoenix injury lawyers at Abels & Annes, P.C. today and let us provide you with a free, no obligation telephone consultation. We are standing by 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year to take your call toll free at (855) PHX-LAWYER or locally at (602) 819-5191 and everything discussed will remain confidential. If an accident has harmed your child, call us today and let us help you get the relief you deserve.

Prior Blog Entry:

Multi Vehicle Crash Leaves Motorcyclist Dead, Phoenix Injury Lawyer Blog, published March 20, 2014.

Resource:

3-year-old child killed by car; driver detained at scene, Fox 10 News, published March 21, 2014.