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Speed, inattention frequent cause of serious auto accidents

Getting a driver's license is often seen as a right of passage in this country. However, no matter one's age, every motorist is required to drive with due care in order to prevent serious auto accidents. Unfortunately, two Arizona children were recently injured when a driver apparently failed to pay close attention.

Police were called to the scene of a crash involving two vehicles and two pedestrians. The report indicated that a motorist was stopped at a traffic signal located at a pedestrian crossing. As the driver of that vehicle waited for the signal to change, a family was crossing at the marked walkway. A driver approaching from the rear purportedly failed to control her speed to avoid a collision.

The 88-year-old driver of the second vehicle collided with the rear bumper of the stopped car. The impact shoved the first car into the crosswalk. The vehicle struck two children who were crossing at the time. Police stated that a 10-year-old child was pushing a 3-year-old in a stroller when they were hit.  The rest of the family were a few steps behind and were uninjured.

The 3-year-old suffered serious injuries while the 10-year-old was less seriously hurt. The driver who was cited for causing the wreck was also injured and taken for medical care. Arizona officials said that failure to control speed was a factor in this crash, though impairment is not suspected. Anytime serious auto accidents are caused by the negligence of another party, the lives of innocent victims are often negatively impacted financially, physically and emotionally. It may be possible to recoup documented damages through a successful civil lawsuit against the party or parties deemed responsible.

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