It is unfortunate that the roadways that numerous people rely on are also the location of tragedy. Serious automobile collisions can happen at any time and can drastically change the lives of many. Drivers who fail to uphold their duty of care often cause car accidents. Whether it is because they are speeding, texting while driving or failing to yield to other vehicles, a negligent driver creates serious dangers and risks on the roadways.
A fiery and fatal car accident took place recently in Tucson. According to the police officers that responded to the crash, the accident occurred when a car was rear-ended, which resulted in the vehicle becoming engulfed in flames.
Preliminary reports indicated that a speeding automobile was traveling southbound when it struck another vehicle from behind. When emergency crews arrived to the scene, they saw the vehicle on fire while a bystander attempted to pull the passenger out of the car.
Emergency crews were unable to get the male driver of the flaming vehicle out in time. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The passenger was transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. The driver of the car that rear-ended the other vehicle was also injured in the crash and was transported to the hospital for treatment; his injuries were described as non life-threatening.
According to authorities, speed was a factor in the accident and they suspect that alcohol was also involved. No charges have been issued at this time, but the driver of the speeding vehicle could face both criminal and civil liabilities.
When a person is injured in a crash, they could have a cause of action against the other driver involved. A personal injury claim could result in compensation for the victim to cover the expenses associated with the accident.
A serious accident caused by a negligent driver could lead to life-changing injuries or even the loss of a loved one. Those affected should understand their options so they can preserve their rights and interests.
Source: KVOA, “Man dies in fiery crash on Southside early Saturday morning,” Scott Oathout, Feb. 8, 2014