The first major dust storm of the year created some issues for Arizona drivers. Two auto collisions were reported July 18, on the I-10 in Pinal County. It is unknown if anyone was injured in either car crash.
According to reports, the dust storm cut visibility down to less than half a mile. A total of seven vehicles were involved in two separate car accidents -- four in one crash and three in the other. Clearly, visibility played a big role in each of these collisions. Authorities are investigating if any other factors contributed. As of the latest report, it is still unknown if any serious injuries occurred.
Dust storms are something Arizona residents have come to expect during monsoon season. Hundreds of auto accidents have been attributed to this weather-related issue since the year 2000. To help make roads safer for drivers, the state has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on warning systems and roadside stabilizers, but automobile collisions do still occur.
When a car crash happens during a dust storm, those involved may wonder how fault is determined. At the end of the day, investigators will have to look at every aspect of an accident, including whether either driver failed to make appropriate adjustments for inclement weather conditions. Arizona residents who have been injured in dust-storm related accidents may have legal recourse. If the drivers believed responsible for such collisions are found to have been negligent in any way, personal injury claims that are successfully litigated may be awarded monetary judgments for any damages sustained by the victims.
Source: trivalleycentral.com, "Dust storm causes crashes that close I-10", July 19, 2016