Deadly Crash in Chandler after Car Runs Red Light

Early Friday morning, the intersection of McQueen Road and Ray Road in Chandler saw a fatal collision between a truck and a minivan after one of the vehicles ran a red light.

Details are not yet clear as to who caused the crash but local police have confirmed that one of the drivers failed to stop at a red light and caused the collision by entering the intersection at the same time as the other driver. While they have not said which car is believed to be at-fault, police did say that the driver of the truck, who was also hauling a trailer, may have been impaired at the time of the collision.

The minivan had five passengers in addition to the driver while the truck had a driver and four passengers. Passengers from each vehicle were able to speak with police and said the other driver ran the red light. The driver of the truck was killed in the crash and it is not clear if anyone else was injured.

With no independent witnesses known, proving who was at-fault in this collision may prove difficult. In a “he said, she said” situation, police officers and investigators must try to determine fault from the evidence at the scene as well as their personal experience with other crashes. This can be a frustrating process for any victims injured in an accident.

While police are in charge of a criminal and traffic investigation, they do not work for a victim’s right for a civil recovery. That is what a personal injury attorney does through the use of a civil claim, or a claim or lawsuit for damages including any injuries and pain and suffering caused by a crash.

Arizona experiences thousands of accidents every year that are caused by one driver failing to yield the right-of-way to another. These failure to yield crashes may be caused by a distracted driver on a cell phone, an intoxicated driver or a driver under the influence of drugs, or even by a driver who is daydreaming and fails to pay attention to traffic for even a moment. Regardless of how this type of accident is caused, these crashes can be very dangerous because often the driver who fails to yield is traveling at a high rate of speed at the time of impact. Without slowing down, the force of the collision can be great and often results in injuries.

If you have been injured in a car accident where a driver failed to yield, you may have a claim for your injuries. Call the Phoenix car accident lawyers at Abels & Annes, P.C. today at (602) 819-5191 or toll free at (855) PHX-LAWYER for a free telephone consultation regarding your accident and your injuries. We have a lawyer standing by to take your call at any time, so please call us now and let us help you.

Prior Blog Entries:

Toddler Drowns in Arizona Pool After Parents Lose Sight of Her, Phoenix Injury Lawyer Blog, published June 12, 2013.

Mark Grace, Former Diamondback, Released from Jail after DUI Sentence, Phoenix Injury Lawyer Blog, published June 11, 2013.


One person killed in red light crash in Chandler, by Nick VinZant,, published June 14, 2013.