When you step into a car in Phoenix and go for a drive, you place your safety at risk. A lapse in concentration, a failure to observe a light change from green to yellow, or even distraction may lead to a collision that can result in injuries to you and to others involved. But car accidents in Phoenix are also caused by the mistakes of others, meaning that even the safest, most attentive driver in the Valley cannot be assured that he or she will remain crash-free and uninjured while driving. Being the victim of a car accident can not only cause you injuries but can also lead you to incur expensive medical bills, miss time from work, and otherwise suffer financially, all due to the actions of another on the road.
The victims of these collisions often do not have to suffer in silence, though, as the laws in Arizona are designed to hold negligent and reckless drivers as liable for their actions, including any injuries they cause. Victims may be entitled to seek relief through the use of a civil claim for damages, an action that is separate and distinct from any charges brought by local authorities and one that can be available even if a traffic ticket is not issued. Speaking with a personal injury lawyer in Phoenix who has experience with car accident cases may help you understand your legal options and whether you have a valid claim.
Police say that five people were inside a car traveling over 100 miles per hour on State Route 51 around midnight Thursday morning, and that two of those people were young children. According to officials, a police officer was in the area when a car sped past, leading the officer to initiate chase of the vehicle. Upon being followed, the car reportedly tried to exit SR 51 southbound at the Bethany Home ramp where the driver lost control, drove through signs, and ended up stopped on a concrete median.
According to witnesses, two adult males in the vehicle attempted to flee the scene on foot. Both were stopped by officers a short distance from the scene and have been arrested. In addition to the males, an adult woman was in the car as were a 2-year-old child and a child reported to be either four or six months old. Police believe that the father of the two children was behind the wheel at the time of the crash and that the woman in the car was the children’s mother though that has yet to be confirmed.
Police reportedly arrested all three adults and are investigating whether alcohol and/or drugs played a role in the incident. The children were placed with the Department of Child Safety while an investigation takes place. It appeared that one of the children suffered minor injuries in the accident while the other remained unhurt; the physical conditions of the adults is not known.
If you have been injured in a Phoenix car crash that was caused by the actions of another, you may be entitled to relief. The lawyers at Abels & Annes, P.C. are 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. We offer a free case consultation to all injury victims who call us and we provide it without any obligation on your part.
At Abels & Annes, P.C., we believe in the rights of the injured and we make it our business to fight for the best possible outcome in every case we handle. If an accident has left you hurt or has claimed the life of your loved one, call us today and let us help you seek the relief you deserve.
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Prior Blog Entry:
Semi Truck Kills Pedestrian in Phoenix, Phoenix Injury Lawyer Blog, published August 12, 2014.
High speed pursuit ends with crash near SR 51, Fox 10 Phoenix, published August 14, 2014.
3 arrested after high-speed chase on SR 51 with kids in car, by Steve Stout and Breann Bierman, CBS5AZ.com, published August 14, 2014.