A fatal accident near Kino caused the westbound I-10 to close for over four hours while it was being investigated and cleared. The incident, which happened right after 8 a.m., left one man dead and two others critically injured.
The car crash occurred when a Pontiac sedan rear-ended a Toyota truck that was traveling westbound on the I-10. The truck then rolled after its driver over-corrected to compensate for being hit by the sedan. The sedan slid into the median of the interstate.
One of the passengers in the truck, a 20-year-old man, was killed as a result of the injuries sustained during the accident. Two others who were in the truck were also injured. A 48-year-old man and a 13-year-old boy suffered life-threatening injuries and were transported to UAMC for treatment. The 32-year-old driver of the sedan, who was not injured in the crash, was taken into custody and charged with one count of manslaughter and one count of aggravated assault. The accident caused traffic backups for about three miles.
In a case such as this, the victims or their families might be entitled to compensation for their pain and suffering. The potential plaintiffs may face a long and expensive recovery period while they cope with the emotional and financial loss associated with their loved one’s death. Since the driver of the sedan was arrested for manslaughter and aggravated assault, there is the possibility that his actions could be considered negligent. The guidance of a lawyer might help the plaintiffs figure out if they should seek compensation and what information they need to follow up in this case. In order to sway a judge or jury in favor of the afflicted family, a lawyer might question whether a blood alcohol content test was administered, and if it was, what the man’s level was at the time of the accident.
Source: KVOA, “Westbound I-10 reopens after fatal accident“, Scott Oathout, September 15, 2013