Wickenburg Head-on Collision Kills Three
Our Arizona auto collision attorneys were so saddened to hear about this recent fatal accident involving an off-duty police officer. According to AZcentral reports, a fatal accident occurred on U.S. 93 north of Wickenburg last Tuesday night, September 20, 2011. Based on the police reports, around 8:41 in the evening a gray 1995 ford Explorer that had two men in their 20s inside were traveling south on U.S 93. They tried to overtake to pass a slower vehicle, but then collided head-on with a Chevrolet Lumina, which was heading north at milepost 188, driven by a 46-year-old civilian helicopter pilot with the Department of Public Safety. All three men involved in the accident were pronounced dead at the scene. The two men riding in the gray 1995 Ford Explorer have yet to be identified.
Our hearts and prayers go out to the surviving family of these deceased men. Although we do not know the victims, we want to let the family know that we are offering our sincerest condolences to the family members and friends of the deceased victims. Read the rest »
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows a record that every 50 minutes in the United States someone is killed due to alcohol impaired driving that resulted to road accidents. That sums up to 10,839 people who died in alcohol-impaired driving accidents in 2009, which has a percentage of 32 of all traffic deaths.
ABC15 reports that an accident occurred due to a two vehicle collision last Wednesday. The police responded to the scent south of Casa Grande after 3 in the afternoon. The investigation shows that the 56-year-old driver lost control of his 2005 Crown Victoria and swerved into oncoming traffic on Jimmie Kerr Blvd. It hit a 2006 Chevrolet ¾ ton pickup truck in which the driver and the passenger didn’t sustain any life threatening injuries. While the 56 year old driver was found unconscious, not breathing and was trapped inside his vehicle. When he was removed from his car, he was immediately transported to Casa Grande Regional Hospital and was then pronounced dead. Read the rest »
Alcohol has been a major factor in fatal car accidents throughout the country. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that 32 percent of road crash fatalities in 2009 were from drunk driving accidents.
In recent news, a man was killed in Flagstaff after being hit by an alleged impaired driver on East Route 66 (ABC15 08/20/2011). According to the report, the 20-year-old victim, who was the son of a former Coconino County Sheriff’s Office sergeant, died in a hospital of his injuries late Friday.
The driver of the SUV attempted to flee, only to be caught a few blocks away from the scene of the accident. The 19-year-old suspect was booked into the Coconino County Jail and is being held on “suspicion of manslaughter, aggravated assault, leaving a scene of an accident with serious injuries, extreme driving under the influence of alcohol and underage consumption.” Read the rest »
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reveals that 20% of injury crashes in 2009 involved distracted driving. There were about 30,797 fatal crashes in the United States roadways and 5,474 were killed.
AZCentral reports that a 49 year old man was convicted guilty of murder, unlawful flight from law enforcement, endangerment and shoplifting as ordered by Maricopa County Attorney’s office. His car collided into the car driven by a 27 year old man when he was running from the police after stealing several cases of beer from a west Phoenix store. The 27 year old man died due the severe injuries from the crash, he was known to be a student at Arizona State University. As the police investigated the accident the 49 year old man was driving with an alcohol concentration of .121 percent and also showed presence of cocaine. Read the rest »
Motor vehicle crashes are among the top ten causes of death for Americans of all ages and the leading cause of death for those ages 5 – 34 years. Every day, people are taken to emergency departments for treatment after a motor vehicle crash. However, crash-related deaths and injuries are preventable.
Just last week, a woman died from a 4-vehicle crash, just north of the Valley (ABC15 05/26/2011). The sequence of events happened when a pickup truck was struck from behind by a commercial vehicle. The pickup truck was then pushed into the vehicle which was occupied by the 34-year-old woman, the victim. The woman’s car was then pushed into oncoming traffic where it was hit by another commercial vehicle. Footage of the accident showed the pickup truck on top of the woman’s black sedan. Due to a HAZMAT situation at the accident site, the roadway was closed for a few hours. Read the rest »
Emergency staff receive many patients each day that have been involved in motor vehicle accidents. In2009, there were more than 2.3 million adult drivers and passengers who were treated in emergency departments as a result of being injured from motor vehicle crashes (Centers of Disease Control and Prevention).
There was a 10-mile backup of traffic on Interstate 17 recently because of a collision between two vehicles, resulting in two people being killed (ABC15 06/19/2011). The collision happened just before 1 in the afternoon, and involved an SUV and a two-door coup which rolled over and ejected at least one person. It was reported that there were 5 people in the vehicles, 2 died on the scene while the 3 others have been flown to hospitals. Read the rest »
Three people were killed and one other person was injured after a fatal auto accident in Peoria. According to a news report in The Arizona Republic, the fatal car accident occurred at the intersection of 107th Avenue and Northern. Officials say a Chevy S-10 pickup truck, was going south on 107th Avenue when it ran a red light and collided with a Ford F-250 pickup truck. Both cars caught fire and three people died at the scene. The driver of a third vehicle that was struck was transported to a hospital with injuries, but is expected to survive. Police are looking into whether alcohol or drugs played a part in this crash.
A number of fatal car accidents in Arizona are caused by drivers who break the law. Driving under the influence, distracted driving such as texting or talking on a hand held cell phone, speeding, running a red light or racing on a public roadway are all examples of violations of the law that could lead to a fatal car accident. Read the rest »
A 46-year-old man has been charged with manslaughter following a fatal Mesa car accident. According to a report by My Fox Phoenix, the fatal car accident occurred on February 6, 2011 at Higley and Southern avenues in Mesa. Officials report that the man crashed into a stopped vehicle, which was then forced into another stopped vehicle. One person was killed in the chain-reaction collision and two others were injured. According to blood test reports, the man had marijuana, amphetamine and methamphetamine in his system, which led to the manslaughter charges.
Manslaughter charges are filed when someone causes the death of another while behaving in a negligent or reckless manner. The penalties increase depending upon what the driver was doing at the time of the crash. A driver under the influence of drugs or alcohol, for example, may face felony manslaughter charges. Drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol may also be held civilly liable for their actions through a wrongful death claim. Read the rest »
A 76-year-old woman was killed in a Maricopa County car accident when the golf cart she was driving was struck by a Ford F-150 pickup truck. According to a news report in The Arizona Republic, the fatal Arizona car accident occurred at R.H. Johnson Boulevard and Trail Ridge Drive in Sun City West. An investigation is underway to determine what caused the golf cart and the truck to collide at the Maricopa County intersection. ABC 15 reports that the intersection has a four-way stop. The female driver of the Ford pickup sustained minor chest and neck pain but was not hospitalized. It is unclear if she will be cited for the crash.
According to Arizona Revised Statute 28-644, drivers are required to “obey the instructions of an official traffic control device applicable to the driver.” Drivers must stop at all stop signs. Arizona motorists at four way stops must yield right-of-way to bicyclists, motorcyclists, golf cart drivers and scooter riders as they would to a car. Failure to obey a stop sign or to properly yield right-of-way can result in serious injury accidents. Read the rest »
In the United States, a leading cause of death for Americans of all ages is car crashes. Emergency departments treat more than 3 million people in the U.S. for crash-related injuries each year; and more than 40,000 die as a result of these injuries.
A just south of Chandler fatal traffic collision between a passenger of the car and a medical transport van on Highway 87 near Gilbert Road, resulted in the death of one person, multiple injuries to others and forced other drivers to go on a detour (ABC15 4/29/2011). The passenger car was found off the road, severely injured, and the medical transport van sustained damages to its front end. Those in the medical transport van were the driver, who was treated with non-life threatening injuries, and the patient, who was not injured but was being checked at the hospital.
Crashes can be devastating occurrences, resulting in injuries and ultimately, death. There are a few basic things which can be done to avoid car crashes. Read the rest »