Earlier this month, two truck drivers were tragically killed in a fatal truck accident just north of Wickenburg, Arizona. According to a news report covering the tragic accident, the two drivers were both driving semi-trucks, but heading in opposite directions. Evidently, the southbound truck crossed over the center median, although it is not yet known why, and the two vehicles crashed head-on. Unfortunately, both drivers were pronounced dead at the scene. Additionally, US-93, where the crash occurred, was closed for several hours in the aftermath of the accident.
While some accidents occur with no one to blame, far too many accidents happen as a result of distracted or fatigued driving. This is especially common with truck drivers, who have financial incentives to drive long distances each day, often with very little sleep beforehand. Because they are driving for such extended periods, boredom may cause them to check their phones, call or text loved ones, watch videos, or even play games. Unfortunately, even a few seconds of distracted driving can cause an accident. For example, a driver watching a video on his or her phone may accidentally veer across a median into oncoming traffic, causing a tragic accident like the one described above. Other times, a driver may become fatigued from their long hours and zone out or even nod off, causing them to crash.
While nothing can bring back a loved one after a tragic accident, Arizona law does allow the surviving family members of a deceased accident victim to sue the responsible party in a wrongful death suit. If successful, the family members may be able to receive monetary compensation to cover funeral and burial expenses, medical bills and emergency care from the accident, the value of lost wages the deceased would have earned, and the loss of companionship suffered by the loved one’s untimely death. When recovering from the untimely death of a loved one, however, it may be difficult for surviving family members to navigate the often complicated process of filing a wrongful death suit, especially while still in mourning. For this reason, potential plaintiffs are encouraged to contact a personal injury and wrongful death attorney who can help navigate the process and alleviate some of the pressure felt by the surviving family members.