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Wrong-way driver in Arizona collides with van and kills 3

Serious accidents occur on the roadways with depressing regularity. Although some accidents do simply happen, when it comes to automobile collisions, it is usually a result of negligence. When a driver fails to adhere to their duty of care while they are behind the wheel, a serious or fatal accident could ensue. This usually occurs when a driver is distracted, speeding, fails to follow traffic signs and signals or is under the influence. A negligent driver could affect numerous unsuspecting victims.

The Arizona Department of Transportation reported that a recent head-on collision resulted in three deaths and caused some southbound lanes of Interstate 17 to be closed just north of Phoenix. According to reports, authorities received calls just before 4 a.m. about a wrong-way driver.

Five Highway Patrol units were dispatched to the area as well as a helicopter in effort to stop the driver. Officers were unable to intercept the wrong-way driver as it traveled more than 20 miles near the Carefree Highway area. The driver then proceeded to head north in the southbound lanes of Interstate 17 and collided head-on with a van carrying six people.

When emergency crews arrived at the scene, they found three dead and three in serious condition. The three injured were transported to the trauma center of the hospital and their current conditions were not available at this time. It is not clear if the wrong-way driver was injured in the crash. Investigators are still determining the cause and have not ruled out impairment.

Once investigation is complete, the wrong-way driver could face criminal and civil liability. A wrongful death suit could be filed by the loved ones of the deceased while a personal injury claim could be filed by the injured parties. A serious and fatal collision leaves the victims with substantial hardship. A civil claim could provide them with compensation to cover medical bills, funeral costs, damages and other financial hardships associated with the accident.

Source: Azcentral.com, "Arizona wrong-way crash kills 3, closes southbound Interstate 17," May 16, 2014

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