Experts believe that speed plays a factor in approximately 50 percent of all car accidents across the nation, including those that happen in the Phoenix area. One reason is that speeding is a fairly common event among a large number of drivers; many give into the temptation to travel faster than legally allowed because they are in a hurry, want to catch a green light, or simply because they like to drive fast. But being common does not make it legal and those who choose to drive in excess of posted limits risk not only a ticket but also being at-fault for a car crash.
Drivers who act in a negligent or reckless manner and cause a collision may face a number of penalties. Traffic tickets can lead to fines, loss of a driver’s license, or even incarceration. If the accident causes anyone involved to sustain an injury, those victims may be entitled to seek compensation for their damages against the at-fault driver, including fair and adequate payment to cover medical bills. These claims are separate and distinct from any charges brought by the State of Arizona and can be available to injury victims even if an at-fault driver never receives a ticket for the crash. Speaking with a lawyer who has experience representing victims of car crashes may help you understand your legal rights and your legal options if you have been injured in an accident.
Police in Phoenix responded to the scene of a one car collision on Monday afternoon near the northbound ramp from State Route 51 to the eastbound Loop 101. When they arrived, they found the vehicle on its roof with five teenage passengers inside. Police believe that a 17-year-old male was driving the car but that the driver did not have a valid license and did not own the vehicle. Authorities believe the male was speeding and lost control of the car, sending it into one wall and then bouncing off the first wall before striking a wall on the opposite side of the road. At some point after the initial impact, one of the vehicle’s tires blew and officials believe that the blown tire started the rollover process in the crash.
In addition to the driver, two 14-year-old females and one 15-year-old female were in the car as was another teen whose age and gender are not clear at this time. It is believed that the passengers in the vehicle may have been drunk at the time of the impact but there is no indication that the driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
All five teens were transported to area hospitals for examination and treatment with four of them in serious condition. One passenger was unconscious at the scene and may have sustained a head injury as a result of the collision. The current conditions of the victims is not clear at this time.
If you have been involved in an accident with a driver in Phoenix, call the lawyers at Abels & Annes, P.C. today and let us provide you with a free case consultation. We are standing by 24 hours a day, seven days a week to take your call toll free at (855) PHX-LAWYER or locally at (602) 819-5191. We provide the free consultation without any obligation on your part and all details discussed will be kept confidential. If you have been hurt, call us today and let us help you understand whether you are entitled to relief for your injuries.
Prior Blog Entry:
Phoenix ATV Accident Leaves 2 Girls Dead, Phoenix Injury Lawyer Blog, published April 21, 2014.
4 teens seriously injured in rollover crash, by 3TV/AZFamily, published April 21, 2014.