One of the most dangerous aspects of driving occurs when motorists merge from one lane into another, either voluntarily to change lanes for the driver’s preference or due to necessity because a lane is ending. Often, other traffic may be difficult to see due to a car’s blind spots on the rear sides of most vehicles, meaning that if a motorist is not extremely careful, it is possible to believe a merge is safe when it fact another car is present in the intended lane.
These instances often result in side-swipe car accidents and can cause serious damage to vehicles, both of a potential at-fault driver and of any other motorist involved. But in addition to the physical damage done, injuries may result and may require medical assistance by the victims of a crash. If you have ever been involved in an accident, you may be aware that crash-related medical treatment can be very expensive and can financially harm a driver or a passenger who did nothing wrong before the crash occurred. Fortunately, the laws in Phoenix and in Arizona recognize that it is unfair to ask victims to bear these costs and instead allow victims the right to seek financial relief for their damages against an at-fault driver, an owner, a municipality, or an insurance company, among others. The facts surrounding a crash determine the availability of these claims so victims should consider speaking with a personal injury lawyer to learn about their options and to make sure their rights are protected.
Police in Phoenix have confirmed that a driver involved in a Wednesday morning accident lost his life due to injuries. At this time, they are still investigating and reviewing all relevant information.
The crash occurred near the Loop 101 and the exit ramp to 19th Avenue and involved two separate vehicles. Officials believe that a driver exiting the Loop 101 at 19th Avenue collided with a vehicle that was traveling on 19th but they are not sure what caused the two drivers to crash, including whether either driver acted negligently before the impact. The driver of the exiting vehicle was transported to an area hospital in critical condition but his injuries were too severe and he died a short time thereafter. The driver of the second vehicle also sustained injuries but was believed to be in better condition than the first. That second driver also was taken to a hospital where the driver is expected to recover, though the nature and extent of any injuries have not been disclosed.
A car accident takes only seconds to materialize in Phoenix and no one is guaranteed safety from these crashes. Following an accident, many victims realize that they need help, yet they do not know where to turn to make sure their interests are represented.
The personal injury lawyers at Abels & Annes, P.C. want you to know what options exist if you have been hurt in a collision or if your loved one was injured or killed in the greater Phoenix area. We offer a free case consultation without any obligation to those who call us toll free at (855) PHX-LAWYER or locally at (602) 819-5191 and we are standing by 24/7/365 to take your call.
Do not let a car accident continue to define your life after the dust settles. Call Abels & Annes, P.C. today and let us fight for the relief you deserve.
Prior Blog Entry:
Semi-Truck Strikes, Kills Bicyclist in Phoenix, Phoenix Injury Lawyer Blog, published November 11, 2014.
Man killed in Phoenix 2-car crash, by Phil Benson, CBS5AZ.com, published November 12, 2014.