A fatal accident occurred on Saturday, August 21 involving a pick-up truck and a 15-passenger van, according to The Arizona Republic. A Buckeye man was driving on I-10 when one of the tires on his Ford pick-up blew out, causing the vehicle to lose control and crash into a Ford van carrying 11 people. The van, which was traveling in the same direction as the truck, swerved into the center median and rolled over, ejecting several passengers. Of the 11 passengers in the van, one victim suffered fatal injuries, with several others being taken to local area hospitals. The driver of the van was injured; however, his condition was not released and the driver of the pick-up was not injured.
It is unclear exactly what caused the pick-up truck’s tire to blow out. The driver could have run over debris in the road, his tire pressure could have been low, or the tire could have been defective. Should the investigation of the Maricopa County auto accident determine the latter, those who were injured, and the family of the deceased victim could be entitled to compensation in an Arizona product liability lawsuit.
Automakers and manufacturers of vehicle components have a responsibility to motorists to provide safe, reliable car parts that will not cause accidents or increase the risk of injury or fatality in the event of an accident. However, when that responsibility is overlooked, defective auto products can be allowed into the market and cause harm to motorists everywhere.
The skilled Phoenix personal injury attorneys at Breyer Law Offices, P.C. understand the difficulty and frustration that a serious injury caused by someone else’s negligence can have on victims and their families. With numerous successful verdicts and settlements acquired for our clients, we can help you understand your rights and make the best decision for you and your loved ones. Call us today at (602) 978-6400 for a no-obligation and consultation.