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The tragedy of auto accidents often leaves many feeling the loss

Those who travel the busy interstates throughout the nation all have different destinations but the same goal of arriving safely. Unfortunately, negligent or reckless motorists can cause serious auto accidents. Recently, the actions of one driver has left several families and the music community reeling after a fatal crash on an Arizona highway.

On a recent Wednesday morning, shortly after 1 a.m., a passenger van carrying a musical duo on tour from overseas was being driven by their tour manager. The group had performed at a club in Phoenix and was on their way to another show. As the van traveled west on Interstate 10, another vehicle headed east in the westbound lanes. The two vehicles collided at highway speeds, and neither vehicle appeared to brake before the crash.

The impact caused both vehicles to catch fire. When emergency crews arrived, it was too late to save any of the victims. The driver of the wrong-way vehicle, a 63-year-old man, also died in the wreck. The occupants of the van, a 37-year-old sound engineer and musician from Minnesota, and 24-year old and 25-year-old members of a British duo, all perished at the scene. The duo, known as "Her's" had recently released their debut record and were touring the U.S. to help promote it.

Arizona officials have not completed their investigation, and it is unclear why the other driver was going the wrong-way. Auto accidents leave more than death and devastation in their wake. They may also create significant financial hardship for surviving families. An experienced attorney can provide an assessment of the evidence and advice as to whether surviving family members could pursue recovery of monetary damages through a civil lawsuit against the responsible parties or their estates.

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