14 May Glendale Car Accident Kills 17-Year-Old Pedestrian
A 17-year-old high school student was killed early this morning when he was hit by a vehicle as he was crossing the street in Glendale. Although emergency responders attempted to save the pedestrian’s life, he was ultimately pronounced dead at the scene of the accident due to the severity of his injuries. At this time, authorities overseeing the case have reported that, while the investigation is ongoing, they do not suspect the driver of having been under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the accident, nor have they arrested the driver for any crime.
Even if no criminal charges are ultimately filed in this case, the driver may still be at fault for damages if the family of the victim decides to purse a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver of the car. Grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit include any negligence or recklessness on behalf of the driver that led to the fatal car accident. Examples of such negligent behavior could include:
- Distracted driving, such as texting or otherwise using one’s cellphone while driving
- Running a red light, failing to stop at a stop sign or otherwise failing to obey traffic laws
- Driving while fatigued, which some studies have reported can be as dangerous as driving while intoxicated.
Additionally, the family of the victim may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit against:
- A vehicle equipment manufacturer if it is ultimately determined that equipment, such as the car’s tires or brakes, were defective and that this defect contributed to the fatal car accident
- The entity (such as the city or county) responsible for keeping the roadways safe if it is ultimately determined that roadway hazards, such as lack of signage or poorly designated crossing areas, contributed to the fatal car accident
If you were injured in a car accident or lost a loved one in a wrongful death accident, the Phoenix car wreck lawyers at the Law Office of Richard Langerman will fight to help you obtain the maximum possible compensation you deserve to cover your pain and suffering, lost wages, and medical bills. We have extensive experience representing clients both inside and outside of the courtroom against both defense attorneys and insurance company agents alike. Our attorneys will fight to protect our clients’ rights, ensuring they obtain the compensation they deserve. Because we accept cases on a contingency basis, you will pay no attorney fees unless we recover financial compensation for you. To learn more about your legal rights and receive a free initial consult, contact us today by calling (602) 240-5525.