Phoenix wrong-way motor vehicle accidents now total 13 for 2018

Wrong-way accidents can have devastating consequences, and they are particularly difficult to avoid after dark. One such Arizona crash that occurred on a recent Monday evening was reportedly the 13th wrong-way collision in and around Phoenix so far this year. Authorities say it was the first such incident in May, following two wrong-way motor vehicle accidents that occurred in April.

A report by the Arizona Department of Public Safety indicates that a 70-year-old woman was heading north in the southbound lane of SR-347 at approximately 8:30 p.m. She crashed head-on into a vehicle operated by a 26-year-old Maricopa woman who had a man and two children as passengers. Both drivers died at the crash scene, and a 4-year-old child and the man suffered injuries that were reportedly not life-threatening. They were taken to a hospital while a 1-year-old child received treatment at the crash scene.

The initial collision led to a third car being involved. The driver of that vehicle was a 57-year-old man who had two teenage passengers. One boy was treated at the scene while the driver and the second teen was hospitalized. Their injuries were also not considered life-threatening. Authorities could not yet say whether the wrong-way driver was impaired at the time of the crash.

The reason for this driver to head in the wrong direction is not yet known, but the injured victims and the surviving family members of the deceased driver appear to have grounds to pursue claims for financial relief. This process could be complicated, and an experienced personal injury and wrongful death attorney will be able to assist the victims, including the surviving family of the deceased victim. Such lawsuits would likely be filed against the estate of the deceased wrong-way driver, as well as any separate owner of the vehicle she was operating.

Source:, "SR-347 wrong-way crash: Maricopa mother killed in crash", May 14, 2018

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