Five young people, ages 15 to 22, were killed in a rollover accident that occurred on the night of Tuesday, March 6th in northern Arizona near Colorado City. The accident occurred on a dirt road and was not discovered until Wednesday afternoon when the victims’ friends went looking for them. One person, an 18 year-old woman, was the sole survivor of the crash. She was transported to a Utah hospital for treatment.
According to the report, the accident occurred in a rural area on a dirt road. The Chevy Suburban allegedly rolled when the driver missed a curve. The five victims were all ejected from the vehicle in the crash. Law enforcement officials suspect that low visibility and alcohol were contributing factors. The young people were reported to be celebrating someone’s birthday on the night of the accident.
The report did not disclose who was driving the vehicle when the accident occurred. The families of the victims may file civil lawsuits against the person who was responsible for causing the accident if he/she can be identified. A wrongful death claim may be brought by the survivors of someone who has died due to another person’s negligence. If the victims’ families sue for wrongful death, they will request the damages that the victims would have been able to collect from whoever was responsible for negligence if they had survived the attack. Arizona Revised Statutes §§ 12-611 – 12-613 govern wrongful death lawsuits.
The woman who survived the crash may also file a lawsuit against the person responsible for the accident for her physical, financial, and emotional injuries. Arizona law allows personal injury victims up to two years following their injuries to file their personal injury claims.
If you have been injured due to another person’s negligence, please contact the Phoenix personal injury lawyers at the personal injury law firm Oracle Law Group today.
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