Two people have been seriously injured in a car accident in Phoenix involving a car and several motorcycles. According to an Associated Press news report, the two who were injured in this crash were transported to an area trauma center. It is not quite clear if the injured victims were in the car or on motorcycles at the time of the collision. Details of how the car accident occurred were not immediately available. A third person reportedly suffered non-life-threatening injuries. The investigation into the cause of this injury collision is still ongoing.
Common Causes of Car Accidents
The National Safety Council estimated that approximately 40,000 people were killed in motor vehicle accidents in 2016, a number that has increased over the past several years. Studies have shown that human driver error is the cause of more than more than 90 percent of car accidents nationwide. Some of the most common causes of car accidents include:
- Driving while impaired: When a driver operates a vehicle under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, they put themselves, their passengers and others on the roadway in harm’s way. Driving requires a person’s full attention. Drivers need to be able to make quick decisions on the road, to react to changes in traffic and execute challenging maneuvers behind the wheel. Driving while intoxicated could impair one’s judgment and skill, making it potentially lethal.
- Distracted driving: According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2015 alone, 3,477 people were killed, and 391,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers. During daylight hours, about 660,000 drivers are using cell phones while driving. Statistics show that teens are the largest age group that is reported as being distracted at the time of fatal crashes.
- Speeding: Under Arizona law, drivers are required to follow posted speed limits and drive at a speed that is reasonable and safe given traffic, roadway and weather conditions. Crashes that occur at high speeds almost always result in major injuries or even fatalities.
- Failure to yield: Failing to yield the right of way to other vehicles is one of the main cause of car accidents, particularly at street intersections. This could result in head-on collisions or T-bone crashes, which could prove devastating.
- Running the red light: Not stopping for a red light or stop sign at an intersection also leads to major injury collisions at street intersections. Disregard for the rules of the road can lead to serious injury car accidents.
If You Have Been Injured
If you have been injured in a car accident in Phoenix, there are a number of steps you can take to protect your legal rights. First, file a police report and make sure you get a copy for your own records. Gather as much evidence as possible from the accident scene including photographs of the vehicles, your injuries, information for other parties involved and contact information for anyone who might have witnessed the crash. Obtain prompt medical attention, treatment and care for your own injuries. Contact an experienced Phoenix car accident lawyer who will fight to protect your rights and help you secure maximum compensation for the injuries, damages and losses you have sustained.