Posted on:May 11, 2022

Phoenix, AZ – Arizona DPS Director Hospitalized Following Accident on Valley Fwy

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Phoenix, AZ (May 10, 2022) – The director of the Arizona Department of Public Safety, Mr. Heston Silbert, was hospitalized after a two-car accident on Valley Freeway left him injured on Monday, May 9th.

According to an internal email, Silbert was transported to a regional hospital with injuries that are believed to be non-critical.

The driver of the other vehicle was transported in serious condition. 

The accident took place at about 6:00 p.m. in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 10 in the area of State Route 143.  

In order to avoid colliding with gridlocked traffic, the driver of the other vehicle swerved, causing him to lose control of his pick-up truck and crash into Silbert’s vehicle. 

Silbert accredits his comparatively minor injuries to the fact that he was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the incident, a detail the driver of the other vehicle seemingly overlooked. 

An investigation has ruled out driver impairment as a factor in the collision.

No further information has been made available. 

Our thoughts are with the injured victim and their family at this time. We hope for their full recovery.

Compensation for Rear-End Accidents in Arizona

When one vehicle crashes into the back of another and the driver of the non-striking vehicle is left with injuries, there are many kinds of financial compensation that can be sought. Some examples of common types of compensation include:

  • Medical expenses: Medical expenses accumulate quickly following a rear-end accident in Arizona, especially when you take into account that the most common injuries caused by rear-end accidents include traumatic brain injuries and whiplash.
  • Property damage: If your motor vehicle or other personal property is damaged, such as a laptop you had in your trunk, you might be able to collect reimbursement for the costs associated with repairs, renting another vehicle, or for the cost of your vehicle in full if it was totaled.
  • Lost wages: If you were badly injured, it may be the case that you are not able to work for a period of time. This causes your circumstances to become even more taxing as medical expenses continue to pile up.
  • Pain and suffering: These are intangible damages caused by your injuries that directly affect the quality of your life.  

If the victim of an Arizona rear-end accident dies, the legal landscape has now been altered in such a way that a claim of wrongful death can now be filed. If successful, wrongful death claims can potentially lead to damage awards that compensate the victim’s surviving family members for:

  • Medical expenses 
  • Burial and funeral costs
  • Lost wages the deceased would have earned 
  • Loss of consortium

If you were injured in a rear-end accident, you should immediately seek the advice of a Phoenix rear-end crash attorney to determine what forms of financial compensation you may be entitled to from more than one party.  

If your loved one died in a car accident, reach out to our Arizona personal injury lawyers to schedule a no-obligation case review with a member of our law firm as soon as possible.

Note: Our writer used outside sources in the creation of this post. These sources include local news reports, local and state police incident reports, social media outlets, and eyewitness accounts about serious injury accidents that take place in Arizona. We have not independently verified all of the facts surrounding this accident. If you find any information that is not correct, contact Saavedra Law Firm, PLC as soon as possible so that we can correct the post to reflect the most accurate information available. We will remove this post upon request. 

Disclaimer: This post is not a solicitation for business. None of the information in this post is intended to be medical or legal advice. If you have been injured in an accident, seek the help of a medical professional. The photo used in this post was not taken at the actual accident scene.  

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