Deadly Crash in Tempe Kills Woman
During the last week of August, a woman died in a fatal car accident in Tempe. The cause of this single-vehicle crash is unknown; it happened on Loop 202 (Red Mountain freeway). The case brings to light just how quickly an easy ride can turn deadly, and reminds all Arizona drivers to use extreme caution when behind the wheel.
Often times, it’s impossible to know what someone was doing moments before an accident. However, just as a driver’s bad behavior can create an accident, good behavior can help prevent an accident.
These are the most dangerous things to do on the road, so when you’re driving, please don’t:
- Drive distracted. Whether it’s looking at a phone, eating, reading, or putting on makeup, distracted driving kills more people nowadays than drunk driving. The only thing a person behind the wheel should be doing is paying attention to the road and other vehicles on the road.
- Drive impaired or sleepy. Drinking and driving still causes far too many accidents, as does driving under the influence of drugs, prescription or otherwise. Any time a person is under the influence of any substance, he or she must get a taxi, use public transportation, or call a friend to get home safely. The same goes for drowsy or fatigued drivers.
- Drive too fast. Driving at high speeds can end up with you hitting another vehicle because there’s no time to stop. It can also result in loss of control that leads to a single-vehicle accident, like the one in Tempe. Speeding also increases the likelihood of fatality in an accident.
- Drive recklessly. Reckless driving includes swerving in and out of lanes, driving aggressively, and cutting people off. These behaviors are extremely dangerous and could easily result in a deadly crash.
- Forget to wear a seat belt. While passenger vehicles have much more protection than motorcycles, these safety features only work if the people inside the car use them. It’s true—seat belts save lives. By law they must be worn at all times in Arizona.
It’s important for drivers to follow the rules of the road to protect themselves and those around them. Not only can a crash kill a single driver, such as the accident in Tempe, but driving irresponsibly could also result in the death of someone else.
When another driver is found to be at fault for the wreck resulting in a death, he or she will face serious consequences, possibly even criminal charges. The deceased’s family members have a right to file a wrongful death lawsuit in order to claim compensation for the medical bills, loss of income, and loss of companionship that the deceased provided.
If your loved one has been killed in a Tempe car accident, and you believe another driver was to blame, contact Breyer Law Offices, P.C., at (602) 267-1280. We can take care of getting you compensation while your family focuses on making it through this difficult time.