Tucson police were in the midst of investigating a fatal motor vehicle accident recently. The pickup truck accident appears to have had two distinct parts, and the first part would appear to raise several Arizona wrongful death legal issues. The tragedy resulted in one and personal injuries to at least one party.
While all Arizona motorists owe a duty of reasonable care to others on our roadways, that duty is not always honored. While the law and common decency require us to be on the lookout for fellow travelers, we also have the responsibility to safeguard ourselves. Defensive driving has saved a good number of people from a car accident resulting from a sudden change in circumstances. Unfortunately, even the most alert drivers sometimes simply find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time. That may explain what happened in one recent crash that proved fatal for a driver in Scottsdale.
Boating can be a risky activity if the proper safety measures are not taken. Unfortunately, there appears to be a few unsafe factors that may have caused or contributed to a fatal boating accident that occurred in March of last year on Lake Havasu. The Arizona man who was operating the boat now faces one felony charge and two misdemeanors. As the man will be called to account for his actions, the victim's family may still be trying to move on from the tragic loss of their loved one.
Recently, an Arizona high school student was struck and killed as she was walking in an unmarked crosswalk. While this is tragic in and of itself, the tragedy is compounded by the fact that the driver who struck her is also a teenager. The circumstances of what caused this fatal pedestrian accident are still unclear, and the driver does not face any charges at this time.
News around the nation has focused on the 'Fast and Furious' sting operation and the subsequent Border Agent death in Arizona. The man accused of purchasing two high-powered rifles found at the scene of the agent's death has been sentenced to serve several years in a federal prison. Although he was not charged in the agent's death, there is speculation his weapons could have been the ones to fire the fatal shots. The agent's family has since filed a wrongful death lawsuit.
When a pedestrian is struck by a motor vehicle, the odds for escaping serious injury or death are not in their favor. The simple act of crossing an Arizona roadway can be deadly when struck by a vehicle that is operated by someone driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. A pedestrian accident that occurred just over a year ago has recently resulted in a criminal conviction and prison sentence.
A noted neurologist was killed when his bicycle was rear ended by a pickup truck in Fountain Hills on a recent Sunday afternoon. When the fatal accident occurred, the doctor was struck from behind as he rode in a bicycle lane. A witness saw the accident, though he did not realize a person had been hit. Nevertheless, the witness was surprised the driver did not stop at the scene, an observation that may become a factor in the Arizona criminal proceedings to follow, as well as any civil wrongful death claim the surviving family may wish to pursue.
The Arizona Department of Public Safety has identified the driver of an SUV suspected to be connected with an accident that has produced tragic and fatal consequences. After being kept stable on life support following an early October motorcycle accident, a second victim has died after being airlifted to a nearby Las Vegas hospital. The driver of the SUV was seen making a sudden U-Turn directly in front of the motorcycle, leading to the accident and possibly a wrongful death claim.
Recent data from the Arizona Department of Transportation reveals that the state has seen an increase in the number of fatal car accidents for the first time since 2006. Statistics indicate that the number of people killed in Arizona car accidents rose 8.7 percent from 2010 to 2011.
Accidents are usually difficult to deal with, and understandably so. But this is especially true of a car accident that happened in Arizona on June 2. The collision happened as a family was trying to turn left into their own driveway in Buckeye Valley. According to reports, an SUV hit the vehicle from the back, and the car immediately caught fire.