Arizona is primarily a desert state, and has its share of unique weather phenomena. And while most Arizona drivers do not need to deal with slick or icy roads, sudden gusts of extreme wind are quite common. In fact, weather hazards are a major cause of Arizona car accidents, including wind-related accidents.
Wind-related car accidents are unique in that there often is little a motorist can do to foresee a sudden gust of wind. However, heavy winds often frequent the same locations, due to the topography the land, or the shape of the land. Thus, motorists should always remain vigilant when driving on Arizona highways, especially during times of high winds and other potentially hazardous weather conditions.
One night earlier this month was so windy that it caused several accidents. According to a local news report, the accidents all occurred on Interstate 10, between mileposts 83 and 84. Evidently, the winds were so strong that six semi-trucks and tractor-trailers rolled; two on the westbound side of the road, and four on the eastbound side of the road. Each of these crashes involved only a single truck; however, one of the truck drivers died as a result of the injuries he sustained in the accident. Two others were injured, and the remaining drivers were uninjured.
The Department of Public Safety (DPS) noted that it was lightly raining at times during the evening, which likely played a role. However, DPS officials believe that wind was the primary cause of these accidents.
Recovering after an Arizona Weather-Related Accident
Anyone who has been injured in an Arizona car accident may be entitled to monetary compensation for the injuries they suffered in the accident. Often, weather-related accidents involve more than just a single vehicle. Frequently, a careless driver will encounter a weather-related hazard that they are not expecting, lose control of their vehicle, and crash into another motorist. In other cases, an unsuspecting motorist may encounter a disabled vehicle, or parts of a vehicle, that was recently involved in a wind-related accident.
Under Arizona personal injury law, anyone injured as a result of another motorist’s negligence can pursue a claim for compensation against the at-fault driver. Establishing causation is a critical element of a personal injury claim, which requires the accident victim show that the at-fault driver’s negligence was the proximate cause of their injury. In some Arizona chain-reaction accidents, especially those involving weather hazards and multiple vehicles, proving causation can be tricky due to the various factors involved. A dedicated car accident lawyer can help accident victims pursue a claim for compensation by skillfully navigating their case through the system.
Have You Been Injured in a Car Accident?
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