Arizona residents who are injured in a car accident often experience tremendous pain and agony in addition to the emotional and financial losses. In the case of a fatal accident, these losses affect not only the accident victim but also the victim’s family and friends.
Tragedy struck in Mesa, Arizona, recently when a 5-year-old girl was fatally hit by a pickup truck while she was crossing a street. The girl was reportedly crossing the street on a tricycle with her parents when the pickup truck driver allegedly ran a red light. The driver stopped after the accident. The car accident investigation is still underway.
In 2012, there were reportedly 33,561 fatalities related to motor vehicle accidents in the United States, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. There were also approximately 2.36 million injuries related to motor vehicle accidents in 2012. According to authorities, there was a steady increase in both with a rise of 3.3 percent in fatal car accidents and an increase of 6.5 percent in injuries.
Each of these accidents can have a devastating impact on the families involved. When a person is injured in an accident, medical bills and other costs can pile up while the injured person is unable to work. In the case of a fatal accident, the victim’s family is left without their loved one’s company and income. When the accident was caused by another driver’s negligence, the injured or their families may be able to be compensated for these and other damages through a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. An Arizona attorney with experience handling these emotionally difficult cases can help the injured and grieving families to understand their rights and how the law may apply to the unique circumstances of their case.
Source: KVOA.cm, “5-year-old Mesa girl killed crossing street,” July 13, 2014