The majority of car accidents that occur in Phoenix are due to negligence on the part of at least one person involved in the crash. In many cases, a driver will fail to operate in a safe manner, leading to a collision. In others, though, someone involved in designing a car or a tire may have erred, leading to an issue that makes a vehicle prone to crash. Regardless of how an accident occurs, if negligence is involved, the victims of a crash likely are entitled to seek relief for their damages.
Determining if negligence played a role in an accident can be incredibly difficult for the average driver to ascertain. Speaking with a lawyer who handles claims on behalf of car accident victims may be a good place to start if you want to learn about your legal rights and legal options following a crash.
In a large number of accidents, multiple vehicles are involved but only one driver acted in an erroneous manner. This can happen if a driver runs a red light or a stop sign, fails to yield the right of way, or even drives to fast for conditions and places his or her car in the same spot as another vehicle that is being driven in a safe manner. At this point in time, officials are trying to determine if that is what caused two SUVs to collide this weekend in Phoenix.
Police have reported that two SUVs were in the area of Central and Broadway when the two vehicles collided for reasons that have not yet been determined. One vehicle held a family of five while a female driver was the sole occupant of the second. The force of the collision caused both cars to slide into a Phoenix Fire Department truck that was stopped at a red light at the intersection, waiting to proceed towards the truck’s home station. The second impact caused several of the doors on the fire truck to become pinned shut, forcing the firefighters on board to escape through the cab of the truck. They began immediately assessing those inside the SUVs for injuries once they had freed themselves from the truck.
Two front-seat adults and a 16-year-old back-seat passenger in the first SUV were injured and were transported to hospitals for treatment. Two other children, aged 8 and 10, did not appear to be injured and were not in need of medical help. The sole occupant of the second SUV, a 28-year-old woman, was seriously injured and was transported to a trauma center for assessment and treatment of her injuries. Her current condition remains unknown.
Several of the firefighters suffered minor injuries including cuts and bruises but all were expected to be fine. Local police are still investigating the crash including the factors that may have caused it and they are trying to determine whether anyone involved in the accident will be cited for their actions.
If you have been involved in a car accident in the greater Phoenix area and you suffered injuries, know that you have legal rights that may entitle you to financial relief. Call the lawyers at Abels & Annes, P.C. today and let us provide you with a free, no obligation telephone consultation regarding your accident and your legal options. We are standing by 24 hours a day at (855) PHX-LAWYER or locally at (602) 819-5191 to take your call. If an accident has left you with injuries, do not let yourself continue to suffer. Call us today and let us help you get the relief you deserve.
Prior Blog Entry:
Possible Impaired Driver Hits and Kills Toddler in Stroller, Phoenix Injury Lawyer Blog, published March 21, 2014.
Wreckage from 2-car crash slams into Phoenix fire truck, by Phil Benson, CBS 5 Phoenix, published March 23, 2014.