PHOENIX, Arizona—A woman died after a semi-truck crashed into her car on I-10 eastbound near 67th avenue. The accident occurred in the early morning of October 27, 2022.
According to police reports, a semi-truck rear-ended the woman's car and pushed the vehicle a few hundred feet into another semi-truck, causing the second semi-truck to burst into flames. The big rig and the woman's car were engulfed in fire when emergency personnel arrived.
Police found the woman trapped in her car, and she was later pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. The condition of the driver in the second semi-truck is unknown. The driver of the first semi-truck was uninjured, and authorities suspect the driver may have been impaired at the time of the accident.
The eastbound lanes of I-10 near the incident were closed for several hours and reopened around 9:00 a.m. on the 27th.
An investigation into the accident is ongoing. No further information is currently available.
Semi-Truck Accidents Must be Investigated For the Family to Receive Answers
Even though the facts clearly show that the first semi-truck driver is likely at fault for this crash, it is important to determine all other contributing factors to ensure the family receives the answers, justice, and compensation they deserve. If this crash is really the result of the driver being impaired at the time of the crash, the driver must be held to the full weight of the law. However, after handling similar cases involving large trucks and passenger cars, we have learned that there are often other parties that contributed to the crash that are not readily apparent at the crash scene.
For example, authorities often overlook mechanical defects when determining the causation of a crash. Additionally, first responders sometimes base their accident reports on the statements of the parties involved. Therefore, an independent investigation into the cause of motor vehicle crashes is often necessary for victims and their grieving families to know what truly happened in the moments leading up to a tragedy.
Semi-truck manufacturers must design and build trucks to minimize the risk of injury for drivers and motorists on our roadways. Sometimes, however, manufacturers will implement cost-cutting measures at the expense of safety. In these cases, our attorneys have seen where brake failures in semi-trucks have caused multi-vehicle accidents and where tire failures have resulted in semi-truck drivers unexpectedly losing control of their trucks. Of course, these issues can be challenging for law enforcement to detect without investigating the manufacturing of each truck.
Here, the deceased woman's family will likely want more answers as to why a semi-truck rear-ended her vehicle and how another semi-truck could have caught fire so quickly. Indeed, these questions may not be resolved by an ordinary investigation of the crash site and may require other trained professionals to evaluate the facts. We are equipped to help families through these difficult times by identifying responsible parties who may be held accountable for the wrongful death of a loved one or who might hold insurance to compensate victims' families. Our thoughts go out to the family of the woman killed in Phoenix; we are deeply saddened to learn of another life gone too soon.
The Ammons Law Firm is a nationwide personal injury firm focused on catastrophic injuries and wrongful death. Contact the Ammons Law Firm today for a free accident review.
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