Rear End Collision Liability and Lawsuits in Arizona
Posted on behalf of Phillips Law Group on Dec 01, 2010 in Auto Accidents
Every year, more than 95,000 Arizona car accidents occur that involve more than one vehicle. Of these crashes, nearly half, or almost 44,000, are rear-end collisions. More than 13,000 Arizona rear-end collisions result in at least one injury to someone who was involved in the crash, and there are more than five fatal crashes per month in the state that result from rear-end collisions. As a result of these staggering numbers, thousands of people every year need the help of experienced Phoenix car accident lawyers in order to help hold those responsible for the injuries suffered accountable. Below is a brief overview of how liability tends to attach in Arizona rear-end collisions.
Rear-End Collisions - Determining Fault and Liability in Arizona
Generally speaking, motorists are supposed to provide an adequate amount of following distance between their vehicles and those that they are following on any road. The rule usually states that at least two seconds of following distance on city streets and four seconds of following distance on highways should be provided. Therefore, when an Arizona rear-end collision occurs, it's often because the trailing driver did not provide enough distance between the vehicles involved. As a result, there is generally an assumption of fault on the part of the trailing driver when an Arizona rear-end collision takes place. There are exceptions to this notion, such as when the motorist in the lead does something reckless that puts those trailing in a position of unreasonable risk, but the vast majority of these crashes assume that the trailing driver was at fault.
When an Arizona rear-end collision occurs and fault is assigned accordingly to the parties involved in the accident, it can give rise to the filing of a qualified Phoenix personal injury lawsuit by the those who have been harmed against the motorist who was at fault. If such a claim is filed and is successful, it could lead to an award of damages that compensate those who were harmed for the following types of losses:
- Property damage
- Medical costs
- Lost income
- Pain and suffering
If the driver who was not at fault is killed in an Arizona rear-end collision, it could change the legal aftermath such that an Arizona wrongful death lawsuit could be filed. Successful Arizona wrongful death lawsuits can lead to awards of damages that compensate plaintiffs for:
- Medical costs
- Funeral costs
- Burial costs
- Lost income of the person killed
- Loss of companionship
Lawsuits and Compensation for Rear-End Collisions in Phoenix
While each situation is somewhat different, Arizona law allows for the pursuit of these damages when these situations arise depending on the specific facts of the crash that led to the filing.
If you or someone you love has been harmed in an Arizona rear-end collision, you need to seek the help of Phoenix personal injury attorneys who have been holding those responsible for these types of losses accountable for many years. Contact Phillips Law Group today to schedule a free initial consultation.