High School Teacher Killed in Arizona Car Accident
Drivers owe a legal duty of care to their passengers. Therefore, when a driver makes a mistake that leads to harm of his or her passengers, that driver can be legally responsible for the damages suffered as a result. While it's too early to know with certainty how fault should be assigned in an Arizona car accident that killed a high school teacher, what is known is that the loss of life suffered was tragic. Police are looking into the cause of the single-vehicle crash that led to a gruesome scene.
According to authorities, this fatal Arizona car accident occurred just before 2 a.m. on Thursday morning in Fort Mojave in the northern part of the state. 32-year-old Robert Day was driving his Ford sports car on Aztec Road near the Mojave Crossing Event Center when it suddenly left the road. The vehicle flipped as it did so and came to rest along the side of the road. The driver suffered moderate injuries but will recover, but the passenger, 29-year-old Valerie Palermo, a teacher at Mohave High School, was killed in the crash. Police have not ruled out alcohol as a factor, but samples taken from the driver will take between 60 and 90 days to be returned.
Arizona Car Accident Statistics
First and foremost, we'd like to offer our sincere condolences to the family and friends of the woman who was killed. Not only will her family and friends suffer from grief, but her students will also feel this loss heavily. In addition, this Fort Mojave car accident will now become part of the overall statistics regarding Arizona car accidents. Every year, more than 140,000 such crashes occur, leading to more than 65,000 injuries and to more than 1,000 fatalities.
Arizona Wrongful Death Lawyers
Even though an investigation should be completed before any legal analysis can be offered with finality, it is possible that if the driver is found at fault for the family of the woman who was killed to file an Arizona wrongful death lawsuit. If such a lawsuit is filed and is successful, it could lead to an award of damages that compensate the family for their medical, funeral and burial costs as well as their lost income and loss of companionship.
If you have lost someone you love in a crash, you need to seek the help of Arizona wrongful death lawyers who have been successfully fighting for the rights of suffering families for many years. Contact Phillips Law Group today to schedule a free initial consultation.