Driver Fleeing Police Pursuit Allegedly Caused Fatal Crash

photo%202%20%282%29.jpg As a driver in Phoenix, you may be aware that the actions of other motorists directly affect your safety while on the road. People tend to acknowledge that speeding drivers, motorists who fail to yield the right-of-way, or drivers who travel in the wrong direction are a threat to others, whether they are drivers, passengers, or even pedestrians.

But in many cases, the cause of a collision is not as simple as one mistake by a driver. Several factors may combine to lead to a dangerous situation where a collision can occur. In more than 50 percent of all accidents in the United States, speed is believed to be a factor but generally speed is combined with another action, like following too closely for safety, to lead to a crash.

Victims of car accidents in Phoenix are often left to suffer from injuries they sustained in the collision, regardless of what factors contributed to the crash. These victims may incur medical expenses, lost wages missed from time off work, and other damages including pain and suffering. While these victims cannot be returned to their pre-injury state, they can obtain financial compensation for their losses against an at-fault driver under the laws of Phoenix and of Arizona. Speaking with a personal injury lawyer in the Valley of the Sun or elsewhere across the state may help you understand your options if you believe you were hurt by the actions of another.

Police in Phoenix believe that a series of bad decisions led to a car accident that claimed the lives of two people late last week. They believe that a female driver and a male passenger were in a sports car after leaving a restaurant in the area of 75th and McDowell. Employees at the restaurant indicated that the couple dined but did not pay their bill and alerted authorities, who quickly spotted the suspects’ car with the help of a helicopter. At least one officer on the ground pursued the vehicle for some distance but as the sports car increased in speed, police say the officer ended pursuit and allowed only the helicopter to keep following the vehicle.

The female driver of the sports car reportedly lost control near the intersection of 67th and Van Buren, leading to a collision with a second vehicle that turned deadly. The female driver of the sports car survived the crash but her male passenger and a male driver of the second car both lost their lives due to their injuries. It is not clear whether the female driver was hurt or whether she needed medical attention.

 

 

Police are still reviewing information related to this accident and trying to determine all factors involved through an on-scene review, interviews with witnesses, and other investigative approaches. It is not clear whether any citations or charges have been brought against the female driver in this case or what charges are planned though police have indicated that they are moving forward with all issues in this case.

When a car accident occurs in Phoenix, the results can turn tragic. Making sure your legal rights are protected should be a priority for victims and the families of those who lose their lives in a collision that is cause by the actions of another.

At Abels & Annes, P.C., we dedicate our practice to the representation of those who have been injured or killed in accidents, including car collisions in Maricopa County, and we want to help you as well. We offer a free, no obligation case consultation to those who call us toll free at (855) PHX-LAWYER or locally at (602) 819-5191 and we are standing by 24 hours a day.

If an accident has affected your life, let Abels & Annes, P.C. pick up the pieces. Call us today and let us help you seek the relief you deserve.

Prior Blog Entry:

Safe Driving in Phoenix when Bicycles are Present, Phoenix Injury Lawyer Blog, published September 18, 2014.

Resource:

Dine and dash leads to deadly crash, Fox 10 News, published September 19, 2014.