So far in June, several people in Arizona have lost their lives in auto-related accidents. When a fatal car crash occurs, the victim's surviving family members may be left emotionally and economically devastated. Thankfully, according to state laws, they may have legal recourse.
Over the week of June 13, in the Tucson/ Pima Country area alone, two pedestrians, a driver and two motorcyclists were killed in collisions. One of the motorcyclists -- a 41-year-old male -- was hit when the driver of a truck disregarded a stop sign. The victim died at the scene of the crash. The other motorcyclist -- a 23-year-old male -- was hit in an intersection by the driver of a van who was attempting a left-hand turn. The victim was transported to an area hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
Two pedestrians, in separate accidents, were struck while crossing the street. One -- a 37-year-old female -- died at the hospital, while the other -- a 43-year-old female -- died shortly after impact. At this time, police are still investigating these incidents. Speed and impairment are not believed to be factors in these collisions.
Finally, an elderly woman lost her life in an accident on Interstate 10. This is believed to be a single-vehicle crash. For reasons unknown, the victim lost control of her vehicle. She died before she could be transported for medical treatment.
In each of these cases, the surviving family members of the victims may question if negligence contributed to their loved one's deaths. Driver error or distraction, auto defects and various other factors may be considered when reviewing these cases. If negligence of any sort is believed to have played a role in a fatal car crash, the victim's family may pursue wrongful death and any other applicable civil claims in an Arizona court in an effort to seek compensation for any recoverable damages.
Source: tucson.com, "Deadly week for pedestrians, motorists in Southern Arizona", June 15, 2016