The Phoenix Fire Department says that a pickup truck, driven by an unidentified man, crossed into oncoming traffic near 53rd Avenue and Van Buren Street on March 4 at around 9 p.m. The truck smashed into a sedan that was carrying a woman and her young daughter. Both of them were killed.
The woman was 27-year-old Tania Robledo-Muniz. He daughter was 3-year-old Litzi Robledo. This incident is still under investigation and it is not known what caused the truck to cross into oncoming traffic. No charges have been filed at the time of this writing.
At Lorona Mead, we think this article shows just how unpredictable the roadways in and around the city can be. Even when you follow all traffic laws, you cannot control the actions of other people. Do you need a Phoenix truck accident attorney? If so, call us today so we can get to work on securing the compensation you need.
What Do The Numbers Tell Us?
For the latest reporting year in Arizona, we know that there were over 127,000 total vehicle crashes. Out of those, there were:
- 1,000 confirmed fatalities
- 55,474 injuries
When we talk about vehicle crash injuries, there are a wide range of outcomes. Often, the injuries are minor but we need to let you know that even minor injuries can lead to major medical bills. A ride to the hospital in an ambulance, an X-ray, and some Tylenol can cost thousands of dollars.
For major injuries, the expenses can quickly reach into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Consider the following injuries:
- Spinal cord trauma
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Broken and dislocated bones
- Internal organ damage
- And more
Along with immediate emergency medical expenses, victims of these injuries often require long rehabilitation times which cost money and prevent people from returning to work and earning an income.
How They Happen
If we use the Arizona DOT’s numbers, we can put together a picture of vehicle causes. The top driver citations are:
- Speed too fast for conditions
- Failure to yield
- Disregarding traffic signals
- Following too closely
- Unsafe lane change
- Made improper turn
Often, these violations are the result of distracted driving and occur when a driver is looking at their phones or other devices when they should be watching the roadway.
Over 28% of the fatal vehicle crashes in Arizona were the result of alcohol-related incidents. It is never acceptable to get behind the wheel while impaired.
How You Can Move Forward
We know that you never expected to be dealing with injuries from a truck accident, especially not one that was caused by someone else’s negligence. At Lorona Mead, we want to help make sure you are treated fairly by the insurance companies and that you get the compensation you need for all of your crash-related expenses. This included coverage for:
- Your medical bills
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Pain and suffering
- Lost income and benefits