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Driver Reportedly High in Fatal Tempe Car Accident

When it comes to driving a vehicle in Phoenix, each motorist’s individual actions directly leads to that driver’s safety and the safety of his or her passengers. But it also leads to the safety of others on the road as car accidents routinely involve multiple vehicles, including those that have made no mistakes or wrong turns. Similarly, the actions of other drivers threaten your safety whenever you are behind the wheel. But what can you do to protect yourself from this constant threat of drivers on the roads? Unfortunately, in Phoenix, there is little you can do to ensure proper conduct by other drivers other than to watch out and take evasive action when needed. This means that any driver can become the victim of a crash with little or no warning and without disobeying any traffic rules.

One of the greatest threats on the interstates of Arizona and in the Valley of the Sun is that posed by drunk drivers or drivers under the influence of drugs. Drunk driving accidents claim the lives of more than 250 victims across the state every year. In addition to those victims, thousands suffer due to these losses as nothing can bring back a life that has been cut short too soon. While these collision can happen at any point in the day, they are most likely to occur on weekends and in the overnight hours as that is the time that many people choose to drink or do drugs. Often, in the aftermath of a crash, there is no one to speak for a victim and make sure that victim’s rights are protected. If a collision has affected your life and you were hurt, speaking with a personal injury lawyer in Phoenix may enable you to seek the relief you deserve.

New reports have surfaced regarding a fatal car accident that occurred on Friday in Tempe and they could lead to additional criminal charges. According to police, the driver involved, a 19-year-old man, allegedly admitted to smoking marijuana just hours before getting behind the wheel. The teen also drove without a valid license in the area of I-10 near U.S. 60 just before 5:00 a.m. when he reportedly lost control of his vehicle.

At least one witness estimates that the driver was traveling 105 miles per hour at the time of the crash which sent the vehicle into a concrete median. The car also struck a light pole as it spun before coming to a rest.

A 16-year-old female in the vehicle was killed in the crash and other passengers sustained serious injuries, including fractured bones. The driver has been arrested and is facing charges including suspicion of second degree murder and aggravated assault and endangerment. Blood tests are pending and could lead to additional charges against the driver, depending on the outcome.



Drivers who operate impaired are a threat to all on the roads and when their actions cause harm, the entire community suffers. The personal injury lawyers at Abels & Annes, P.C. believe that these reckless drivers should be held responsible in court for their actions to the full extent of the damages done, including any losses incurred by victims.

If you were injured in a crash or if your loved one was hurt or killed, we want to help you. Our legal team may be able to help you obtain a financial recovery to compensate you for losses like medical bills and pain and suffering and can cover wages you missed while you were recovering. To help you understand your crash, we offer a free 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.

Do not let a crash leave you suffering long after the dust settles. Call Abels & Annes, P.C. today and let us fight for the relief you deserve.

Prior Blog Entry:

Phoenix Car Crash Leaves 1 Dead, Phoenix Injury Lawyer Blog, published December 16, 2014.


Witness: Driver in fatal Tempe I-10 crash going 105 mph, by Jesse A. Millard, The Republic,, published December 15, 2014.

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