Father, Son Injured in Arizona Car Accident Because of Texting Behind the Wheel
At this point, most people understand that sending and reading text messages while driving is an extremely dangerous practice. Unfortunately, understanding this reality and adhering to responsible practices in response to this knowledge are two different things. Sadly, this reality was reinforced yesterday when a man and his son were injured in a single-vehicle Arizona car accident when the texting driver did not notice that he was about to collide with an oncoming train.
This Arizona car accident occurred yesterday at approximately 12:30 p.m. in Pinal County. The driver, 30-year-old Jason Michael Hair was driving his Pontiac with his four-year-old son in a child seat in the back in a westbound direction on Arizona Farms Road near Queen Creek. A witness who had previously been passed by Mr. Hair stated that the driver was sending text messages while he was driving. As a result, he did not see the oncoming railroad crossing until it was too late even though the lights were blinking and the guard rails were down. His vehicle collided with the train and flipped on its side. Both people had to be extricated from the vehicle by rescue workers. Mr. Hair suffered a head injury, and his son was also taken to a hospital as a precaution.
Arizona Car Accident Statistics
First, we'd like to express our relief that no one was killed in this accident, and we hope that the injuries suffered are soon a thing of the past. We're also glad to know that the driver was wearing a seat belt and that the little boy was properly secured in the back seat, as these measures may have saved both of their lives. In addition, this Arizona car accident will now become part of the overall statistical body in regards to these occurrences. Every year, more than 65,000 people are injured and more than 1,000 people are killed in these collisions.
Arizona Personal Injury Lawyers
This situation only reinforces the fact that texting while driving is not only extremely dangerous, but can be deadly. According to the American Automobile Association, or AAA, the chances of being involved in an accident rise by a factor of 50 percent when someone is focusing on a hand-held device in this manner as opposed to concentrating on the road. Distracted driving has historically been a leading cause of accidents.
If you or someone you love has been harmed by a driver who was paying attention to a phone or texting device, you need to seek the help of Arizona car accident lawyers who have been holding distracted drivers accountable for the harm they have caused for many years. Contact Phillips Law Group today to schedule a free initial consultation.