Motor vehicle accidents: Teen passenger dies after rear-end crash

A police investigation is underway after a fatal accident that occurred in Maricopa County. Although there is no indication that drugs or alcohol played a role in this crash, motor vehicle accidents in Arizona that involve death are typically subject to criminal investigations. Reportedly, the wreck happened shortly before 8 p.m. on a recent Monday.

A preliminary crash report indicates that a 59-year-old male driver with a 46-year-old woman and two children, ages 11 and 13, as passengers were stopped at a red traffic light at an intersection in Goodyear. A 30-year-old pickup truck driver allegedly failed to slow down as he approached the intersection, and he smashed into the rear of the stationary car. There were two young children, ages 5 and 3, with the driver in the pickup truck.

According to a spokesperson for the fire department, rescue workers arrived at the accident scene to find an off-duty fire department captain performing CPR in an attempt to save the life of the 13-year-old boy. This teen was transported to the hospital along with both the drivers and all other passengers. Sadly he succumbed to his injuries later. The conditions of the other injured parties were not reported.

Regardless of the outcomes of criminal investigations after fatal motor vehicle accidents, the surviving family members of those who lost their lives may pursue financial relief through the Arizona civil justice system. An attorney can assist with the establishment of negligence and the documenting of claims. Typical damages claimed in wrongful death lawsuits include financial losses such as funeral and burial costs, along with current and future loss of income when applicable, and emotional damages sustained.

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