When you drive, do you obey all posted signs and follow all driving-related laws? If every motorist did in the state of Arizona, the roads would be much safer than they are and fewer car accidents would result. But today, that is not the case as thousands of drivers act negligently every year with many of those located in the greater Phoenix area. it only takes one driver making a mistake to threaten the safety of dozens on the road or even to lead to a multi-vehicle crash.
But what are victims supposed to do? You may not know it, but the rights of accident victims are protected in Phoenix and elsewhere in Arizona by laws that are designed to hold at-fault drivers liable for the consequences of their actions. This goes beyond any possible traffic citations or criminal charges brought against these drivers and encompasses civil claims for injuries – a type of action that belongs to a victim and cannot be prevented by those who caused the crash. The ability to seek financial compensation exists but victims must take affirmative steps to get the relief they deserve, and speaking with a personal injury lawyer is a good place to start that process if you have questions or if you are looking for assistance.
Early this morning, a collision occurred near Scottsdale that claimed the life of one person involved. Local officials responded to the scene near Longmore Road and McKellips Road shortly after midnight on the Native American reservation in the area. At this time, police believe that a southbound vehicle in the area ran a stop sign and collided with a second car nearby, causing a serious accident that left one person dead and two others injured. Emergency crews responded to the scene and evaluated the victims, transporting the two survivors to area hospitals for greater assistance. The conditions of those victims is not clear at this time.
Police have not yet confirmed the identities of those involved in the crash nor have they confirmed from which vehicle the victim who was killed was in prior to the impact. The official investigation began on the scene, which was opened by approximately 8:00 a.m., but continues off-scene at this time. The results of that investigation may determine whether any charges will be issued or any additional legal action taken.
When a loved one is killed, no amount of compensation can ever be considered adequate to cover that loss, but nonetheless, the surviving family members of that victim may be able to obtain relief to help them cope financially and provide for expenses during their time of need. Surviving victims of crashes may have their own claims that can be brought to cover medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering as well as anything else that might be lost due to a collision.
The personal injury lawyers at Abels & Annes, P.C. believe in fighting for those who have been hurt by the actions of others, and if a collision has affected your life, we want to help you. We have a lawyer standing by 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year to take your call toll free at (855) PHX-LAWYER or locally at (602) 819-5191 and to provide you with a free case consultation. There is no obligation on your part for speaking with us and everything discussed will be kept confidential, so do not hesitate. Call Abels & Annes, P.C. today and let us fight for the relief you deserve.
Prior Blog Entry:
Rollover Accident Kills 2 Teenagers, Phoenix Injury Lawyer Blog, published December 29, 2014.
1 dead in crash on Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, by Steve Stout, CBS5AZ.com, published December 30, 2014.