One Killed, One Injured in Arizona Car Accident
Arizona law places a duty of care on drivers towards the passengers in their vehicles. What this means is that drivers are supposed to avoid situations that place their passengers into situations of unreasonable harm. While it's too early to know with certainty what type of mistake was made, something clearly went very wrong in a one-vehicle Arizona car accident in Avondale that killed the vehicle's passenger and seriously injured the driver. Police are still investigating the cause of the accident.
According to authorities, this Avondale car accident occurred on Tuesday shortly after noon. 54-year-old Carol Stewart of Phoenix was westbound on Thomas Road near 104th Avenue when she suddenly lost control of her vehicle. The vehicle crashed into two trees and ultimately slammed into a light pole before coming to rest. The 83-year-old passenger in the vehicle, Dorothy Gardiner, was killed after hitting the wind shield. She was not wearing a seat belt. The driver is currently listed in serious condition.
Arizona Car Accident Statistics
First and foremost, we'd like to offer our most sincere condolences to the family and friends of the woman who was killed. We would also like to express our hope that the driver is able to survive the injuries she suffered and to get back into her life's routine quickly. In addition, this Avondale car accident will now become part of the overall statistics regarding Arizona car accidents. Every year, 140,000 such accidents occur, leading to more than 65,000 injuries and to more than 1,000 fatalities.
Phoenix Wrongful Death Lawyers
It seems that the driver was at fault for this Avondale car accident, but the passenger shares some of the blame for the result because she was not wearing a seat belt. Therefore, if the family of the passenger who was killed files an Arizona wrongful death lawsuit, it would be subject to Arizona's comparative negligence standard. This standard basically assigns a percentage of fault to each party before deducting that percentage from the damages award that the plaintiff would have otherwise recovered.
If you have lost someone you love in a crash, you need to seek the help of Phoenix wrongful death lawyers who have been successfully defending the rights of grieving families for many years. Contact Phillips Law Group today to schedule a free initial consultation.