As experienced Paradise Valley car accident attorneys, we know that some accidents are caused by the element of surprise, and we are deeply concerned for the safety and current condition of the drivers involved in the accident on State Road 51that occurred on Tuesday evening, February 28, 2012, according to CBS 5. The collision occurred when a loose dog ran out onto the highway between Thunderbird Road and East Cactus Avenue during rush hour traffic and drivers attempted to avoid hitting the animal. Police chased the dog along SR51, but it has not been reported whether they were able to catch it or identify the owner. Our hearts go out to the drivers involved in this incident. Although the current condition of the involved drivers has not yet been released, we wish them all a speedy recovery.
How Arizona State Laws Affect This Paradise Valley Car Accident
The drivers involved in this Paradise Valley car accident were no doubt surprised when a dog ran out onto the street during rush hour. The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) reports that more than 1,500 car-on-animal collisions occur each year in the state, but this number does not account for the many accidents caused by drivers attempting to avoid hitting an animal. The state of Arizona also has strict laws concerning property and personal damage caused by a dog at large (dog not on its leash). ARS 11-1020 indicates that a dog’s owner is responsible for all property damages caused by a dog that is off its leash. The same statute also makes provisions for injuries sustained by people who come in contact with an unleashed dog. Both provisionary sections are subject to a one-year statute of limitations.
How Can an Experienced Paradise Valley Car Accident Attorney Help?
The drivers in this Arizona car accident should contact a qualified personal injury attorney as soon as possible to ensure that their rights are protected. All of the victims in this crash may be able to benefit from the advice of a personal injury attorney who understands the law and its limitations in these types of collision cases. A skilled personal injury attorney can help ensure that those injured in this car crash receive fair compensation for their injuries and also for medical bills, property damages, and wages lost during the recovery period. If you or a loved one was injured in an accident involving animals, call the Husband and Wife Law Team today for your free consultation.