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Fatal Phoenix Motorcycle Accident Worst in AZ History

Posted on behalf of Phillips Law Group on Mar 31, 2011 in Auto Accidents

Motorcyclists tend to enjoy riding in groups because it adds to the overall experience of using this form of transportation. Motorcyclists who ride in groups also tend to enjoy a higher degree of safety than solo riders, as they are more likely to be seen than someone who is riding alone. Large groups tend to help people avoid the need for help from Phoenix motorcycle accident lawyers. Tragically, that was not the case last week as what is being called the worst Arizona motorcycle accident in history occurred. All told, four people were killed and another five people were injured, and police are continuing to investigate the situation.

Arizona Motorcycle Accident Injury Attorneys

According to several reports, this fatal and disastrous Phoenix motorcycle accident occurred on Thursday afternoon at 1 p.m. at a traffic light located near 27th Drive and Carefree Highway in North Phoenix. A total of eight motorcycles were waiting together at the light when suddenly, the driver of a dump truck came from behind and plowed into all of them. The collision sparked fires, sent bodies and motorcycles flying and dragged some of the riders under the truck as it continued for a short time before stopping. The five people killed were identified as Lyde R. Nachand, 67, Stephen Punch, 52, and Daniel L. Butler, 35 and Veronica Downs-Totonchi, 47, who died the next day. Five others were injured in the crash, at least three of them critically. No arrests have yet been made by police.

There is little that can be said in the wake of such a tragedy. We send our condolences to the family and friends of the people who were killed and we most certainly hope that those people who were injured are able to recover from the harm they have suffered. In addition, this Phoenix motorcycle accident will now become part of the overall statistics regarding Arizona car accidents. Every year, almost 3,000 such accidents occur, leading to approximately 2,500 injuries and to more than 10 fatalities every month.

Help Available For Motorcycle Accident Victims

If the available facts are accurate and the dump truck driver was at fault for this terrible Phoenix motorcycle accident, it's possible that both he and his employer could face multiple Arizona wrongful death and Arizona personal injury lawsuits. If these lawsuits are filed and they are successful, the plaintiffs in these cases could obtain damages awards that compensate them for their several different forms of collective and individual loss.

If you have lost someone you love in a crash, you need to seek the help of a personal injury lawyer who have been holding those responsible for this type of loss accountable for many years. Contact the Phillips Law Group today to schedule a free initial consultation.

Phillips Law Group - Ph: 1-800-706-3000

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