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I-10 car accident may spur conversations about seatbelt use

It has been quite some time since we broached the topic of seatbelt use. After all, “buckle up” campaigns in Arizona and across the United States have become just as common as distracted driving reminders. However, a recent accident involving a child passenger is an unfortunate reminder of how many people still do not use seatbelts. 

According to an report, an eight-year-old girl was reportedly ejected from the car she was riding in when it was involved in a two-car accident last night on Interstate 10 in Phoenix. The Department of Public Safety reports that four other people were injured in taken to local hospitals for treatment.

Authorities are still in the process of investigating the accident and have no solid information on how the accident occurred, or how the child was ejected from the vehicle. In the meantime, authorities shut down all lanes of westbound I-10 in order to obtain clues to determine how the accident occurred.

At this point, it is difficult to highlight the legal implications, because there are limited facts to go on. However, this much is apparent; Arizona law follows the doctrine of comparative negligence, meaning that an injured party’s recovery can possibly be reduced based on the level of their own negligence in an accident. Essentially, if an injured party is found to be entitled to $200,000 in compensation for their injuries, that recovery could be reduced based on the percentage of their own negligence. So for example, if the injured party is found to be 30 percent negligent, the recovery would likely be reduced to $140,000 ($200,000 x .30 = $60,000).

If you have questions about comparative negligence, an experienced personal injury attorney can help. 

Source: “Five injured on I-10 in crash near 32nd Street,” Katie Bieri, June 17, 2014

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