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Phoenix Motor Vehicle Accident Law Blog

Deadly car crash claims 2 lives, including 3-year-old girl

Two members of an Arizona family were killed and another two were injured in a car crash that happened near Ukiah, Calif.

The driver, a 22-year-old man, was attempting to pass another vehicle when his car, a 2010 Chevy Express, barreled into a 1998 Cadillac sedan. He allegedly admitted that he was playing with the radio controls when the two vehicles collided.

2 charged after Arizona multi-vehicle crash on Interstate 17

Personal injury claims can be filed by victims injured by negligent Arizona motorists. Wrongful death lawsuits can be brought by surviving relatives who have lost a family member in a deadly car crash. Both types of suits seek compensation for individuals harmed by others.

A recent fatal accident in Phoenix involved vehicles on both sides of Interstate 17. The accident occurred when a Chevrolet Malibu crashed into a median and was struck by a second car. A female passenger in the Malibu was thrown from the vehicle.

Sudanese man receives 10 years after deadly car crash

A Sudanese man was sentenced to a 10 year prison sentence related to a hit-and-run accident that left an 11-year-old boy dead. In addition to the prison sentence, the defendant also received a supervised probation sentence of five years and required assistance for substance abuse.

The accident happened last year. The defendant was in the parking lot of a Maricopa County apartment complex and had been drinking. The defendant backed over the young boy and then helped others pull the boy out of from underneath the car. The young boy later died at a local hospital.

Arizona teen charged with 2 felonies for causing fatal crash

In 2012, the Arizona Department of Transportation reported 32 deaths among teen drivers and an equal number of teen passenger fatalities. The death rate was low compared to older drivers, but the number of teens with drivers' licenses was much smaller. Teens made up less than four percent of the state's 4.7 million drivers.

A 19-year-old Arizona woman is charged with two felonies in connection with the death of a companion last year. The fatal accident victim was a passenger in the defendant's car. A minivan containing four of the girls' friends, ages 16 to 20, was in Sierra Vista traffic and headed in the same direction.

Arizona driver facing manslaughter charges after deadly car crash

Interstate 17 in Phoenix was temporarily closed Saturday morning after a chain of accidents left one person dead and another three in the hospital. The interstate remained closed for eight hours after the initial accident.

A female driving a Chevrolet Malibu lost control of her vehicle on northbound I-17 and collided with the interstate's median, where her vehicle was then hit by a Mercury Cougar. The driver of the Malibu was sent to the hospital, though her injuries were not life-threatening. The driver of the Cougar was also hospitalized. His injuries were also not life-threatening.

Maricopa County teens to be tried as adults over injury crash

Arizona pedestrians were involved in 1,575 traffic accidents in 2012. State transportation officials at recorded 1,354 injuries and 131 deaths in pedestrian accidents. The statistics seem slight compared to the overall statewide accident count, which topped 103,000, but the numbers represent individuals whose lives were changed suddenly and sometimes permanently.

A Phoenix landscaper was critically injured while doing his job. The 61-year-old man was mowing a lawn at the time Maricopa County officials said two teens were street racing nearby. A 17-year-old driving a Ford Mustang apparently was competing against a 16-year-old driver in a Chevrolet Avalanche.

Classic car split in half after accident involving a bus

Phoenix firefighters say that a woman in her mid-thirties is lucky to be alive after her classic car collided with a city bus, cutting the Thunderbird in half. The accident occurred on Peoria Avenue and Cave Creek Road. Authorities say the woman was traveling south on Cave Creek Road when she crossed over the centerline and crashed with the bus.

A witness who saw the bus accident compared the impact to that of a grenade exploding. He says that the crash sound also contained a deep rumbling bass which he felt in his chest and reminded him of a car with a loud stereo system.

Arizona border highway deadly for U.S. Marines

The Arizona Department of Transportation reported more than 103,000 traffic accidents statewide in 2012. More than 33,000 crashes involved injuries and 738 accidents were fatal. The report translated to about 136 daily injuries -- one injury every 10.54 minutes -- and more than two fatalities every day.

Statistical analyses break down details about who gets hurt and under what conditions. For instance, records showed most 2012 state accidents happened during the day and that alcohol-related crashes made up over one-third of all fatal accidents. Certain segments of the population also are at greater risk of being in a serious motor vehicle accident than others.

Maricopa County deputy could be facing charges

A Maricopa County sheriff's deputy could be facing charges following an accident that involved a civilian driver. The accident occurred in December of last year. The civilian driver was killed.

According to investigators, the deputy was doing 81 in a 40 mph speed zone. The deputy was tracking a suspect. As the deputy attempted to pursue the suspect, the civilian driver pulled out in front of the deputy's vehicle. The deputy attempted to swerve to avoid broadsiding the vehicle, but was unsuccessful.

Federal agency wants school bus seat belts in Arizona and U.S.

School bus crashes are well publicized but, perhaps, not as common as Maricopa County residents believe. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says school buses are safer modes of transportation for students than walking or riding in cars. The federal agency has reported about 139 school transportation-related deaths annually since 2000.

Ninety-two percent of fatally injured victims were pedestrians or people in other vehicles. Just 8 percent were killed while riding in school buses or other school transportation vehicles. An average of 13 school-age pedestrians and six children aboard school buses die each year.

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