According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 26 percent of all Americans aged 16 or older have been injured in a car accident at some point in their lives and needed medical treatment as a result. More than half of those who are hurt require additional, follow up treatment and some will suffer from their injuries for the remainder of their lives.
While almost any activity can lead to an injury, car accidents pose a particular threat because the actions of other drivers affect everyone’s safety. Therefore, cautious and defensive drivers can still be hurt in a collision if another motorist acts in a negligent or reckless manner. When a crash strikes, those who suffer may bear no fault for the cause of the collision yet may be forced to endure pain and suffering in addition to serious injuries. Medical expenses can quickly put victims in debt and can affect their abilities to provide for their families and themselves. Following an incident, those who have been hurt may be shocked to learn that the efforts of police and state’s attorneys to punish at-fault drivers do not benefit the victims directly; rather, if an injured accident victim wants relief, it is up to that victim to seek and obtain it alone or with the help of a personal injury lawyer.
Around 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday evening, two vehicles collided near Interstate 17 and New River in Phoenix and caused devastation to those involved. Three people were left with life-threatening injuries and at least another two people were hurt in the collision. Police have not yet revealed a suspected cause of the crash but they have confirmed that their review is ongoing at this time.
The three victims facing life threatening injuries were transported by helicopter for emergency treatment at an area hospital while the remaining two victims were taken by ambulance. Southbound I-17 was closed while the injured were evacuated and while emergency crews removed the debris from the crash.
Collisions are a daily occurrence in Phoenix and they often leave people injured. But those people are not just the drivers involved but can include vehicular passengers or even pedestrians in the area. Regardless of where you were in a collision, if you were injured, you may be entitled to bring a claim and seek relief for you losses.
At Abels & Annes, P.C., our law firm is comprised exclusively of personal injury attorneys who represent only those who have been injured in accidents and we never represent insurance companies. We have helped numerous car accident victims obtain help following a collision so that they can get the medical treatment you both need and deserve.
If a crash has affected your life or has injured or killed your loved one, we want to help. We offer a free case consultation to all those who contact us toll free at (855) PHX-LAWYER or locally at (602) 819-5191 and we keep an attorney standing by 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There is no obligation on your part for speaking with us and everything discussed will be kept confidential so do not wait; if you have been hurt, call us now and let us fight for you.
Prior Blog Entry:
20 Year Sentence for Former Teacher Convicted of Sexual Conduct with Minor, Phoenix Injury Lawyer Blog, published January 7, 2015.
3 critical after crash on I-17 near New River, by Phil Benson and Steve Stout, CBS5AZ.com, published January 7, 2015.