Last week, a 39-year-old woman was killed in a car accident in Gilbert. Police believe that the cause of the accident was a driver who ran a red light.
Despite the best efforts of first responders, who administered first aid at the scene, the woman did not survive. Authorities say they think that a 51-year-old male driving a work truck “failed to stop for a red signal.”
While police have not yet determined whether or not criminal charges will be filed in this incident, at Lorona Mead, we know that Phoenix drivers face uncertainty every time they hit the road. Do you know where to turn if you are injured in a vehicle accident?
For Arizona’s latest reporting year, there were over 125,000 vehicle accidents. Out of those, there were:
- 1,000 fatalities
- 55,474 injuries
While most accidents only had property damage and minor injuries, there are times when they cause severe injuries that can alter people’s lives. It is not uncommon to see the following:
- Paralysis due to spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Major internal organ damage
- Severe lacerations or amputations
- Broken and dislocated bones
When these injuries occur, emergent and extensive medical care is often required. Many times, long-term rehabilitation is needed for an accident victim to make a full recovery.
Will your insurance cover all of these expenses?
What if you have to miss work? Will you have enough money to care for your family without an income?
How They Happen
Many of the accidents that cause injuries happen due to driver negligence. Here are some of the common ways in which careless or reckless driving cause injuries on Arizona roadways (all 2017 numbers):
- Speeding caused 22,158 injuries and 285 fatalities. Drivers who speed and operate aggressively are often not able to stop in time in dangerous conditions.
- Drunk driving causes more fatalities than speeding. For the latest reporting year, impaired drivers caused 3,095 injuries and 320 fatalities.
- Distracted driving statistics are not kept uniformly across all jurisdictions, but we know that these incidents are happening more and more as technology expands. If a person is paying more attention to their phone screen while driving then they are not watching the roadway.
What You Can Do
If you have been injured in a vehicle accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, please seek legal assistance. At Lorona Mead, we know that dealing with an accident can be confusing, especially if you are recovering from injuries.
Let us help you secure the compensation you need. This can include:
- Coverage for your accident-related expenses
- Lost income if your injuries keep you from working
- Pain and suffering damages
- Punitive damages against the responsible party