Mesa Car Accidents
Like many areas in Arizona, Mesa has experienced significant population growth within the last few decades. With an estimated population in excess of 430,000 people, Mesa is now the third largest city in Arizona and the 38th largest city in the nation.
With increased population comes an increase in motor vehicle traffic on the streets. While some people use alternative means of transportation, including walking, biking, or taking public transit, the most popular mode of travel remains automobiles, especially in the summer months when the extreme heat sets in.
The increased road traffic unfortunately translates to a high number of car crashes within Mesa every year. Some crashes are minor and result in no injuries while others are serious or even fatal. In fact, in 2009, there were 19 fatal car crashes that resulted in 21 deaths in Mesa alone.
Car accidents exact a heavy toll on the area. Not only is it costly for those involved but it is also expensive for the community. In addition to the costs associated with repairing or replacing the cars involved, there may be other costs including medical bills incurred, wages that cannot be earned due to injury, or worse, the losses associated with the death of a motorist.
Mesa residents are injured in car accidents at home and across the state. According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, there were 103,423 car crashes in 2011 of which 33,030 caused injuries and 754 were fatal. These numbers mean that the lives of many in Arizona are adversely affected by accidents every day and that those accidents result in an average of 2 deaths daily.
Single car collisions can occur when a driver is unfamiliar with the area or is not paying attention to road signs, traffic signals, or weather conditions. They may involve the car flipping, rolling over, or spinning out as well as leaving the road surface and striking a fixed object, like a concrete wall. Single car crashes may be caused by weather or by the negligence of the driver.
Multi-car crashes involve as few as two vehicles but can also be a large chain reaction collision. In collisions with multiple cars, the force of the crash is often intensified when vehicles are traveling in different directions and there may be multiple points of impact. This can lead to entrapment in a vehicle or serious injuries when the impact occurs in the area of a passenger.
Unfortunately Arizona also experiences a number of hit-and-run collisions each year where one driver flees the scene of an accident. The law makes it illegal to leave the scene without speaking with police but this does not deter some motorists who fear the punishment they may receive if they are found to be at-fault for the accident. However if the driver is located, they may face much stricter penalties for leaving the scene than they would have if they chose to remain present until an officer responded and questioned the driver.
Another type of collision that is all too common in Mesa and Arizona at large is one caused by a driver under the influence of drugs or alcohol. In the state, it is illegal to drive under the influence of either and drivers are presumed under the influence when their blood alcohol content is 0.08 or greater. Any amount of detectible drugs in a driver’s system is usually used to claim impairment by authorities. While driving under the influence may result in criminal charges, drivers often fail to realize that if they hurt or injure others, they could be subjected to legal claims for damages as a result.
Regardless of how the crash occurred, if you are involved in a Mesa car accident and you are injured, you may have a right to monetary compensation for your injuries. The law in Arizona holds drivers liable if their negligence causes damage to another and also requires drivers to carry insurance to cover those losses. When injured, a victim may be able to make a claim against an at-fault driver, the at-fault driver’s insurance company, or the victim’s own insurance company, depending on the facts of the collision.
Personal injury claims resulting from a car accident often include damages caused by injuries, medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and loss of a normal life. You can also seek compensation for any future expenses that are expected to arise like future surgeries, medical appointments, and nursing care.
At Abels & Annes, P.C., we are personal injury lawyers who only represent the victims in car crashes and never the insurance companies. We know the laws and we know how to fight for our clients’ rights. Regardless of the size of your case, we stand by our clients and seek justice for their losses.
If you have been injured in a collision or if a family member has been injured or killed, call the Mesa car accident lawyers at Abels & Annes, P.C. today for a free, no-obligation consultation or use our online form. We will discuss the facts of your case and whether you have a claim for your injuries as well as answer any questions you might have. We have a lawyer standing by 24 hours a day, seven days a week to take your call so you can call us now at (602) 819-5191 or toll free at (855) 749-5299.