Phoenix is a city known for its nice weather, allowing visitors and residents alike to partake in outdoor activities year-round. This includes bicycling, walking and playing outdoor sports like golf. Yet, Phoenix is also a bustling metropolis where motor vehicles can be seen zipping through the city’s streets at all times of day and night. The juxtaposition of these two facts can make for a dangerous situation, especially when a negligent driver is thrown into the mix.
To see an example of just how dangerous this situation can be, take a look at a recent bicycle accident that left one dead and another injured. According to reports, a man was struck by a vehicle that was apparently driven by an off-duty, intoxicated police officer with the Navajo Nation. The wreck occurred when the officer’s vehicle jumped a curb after striking an SUV. The driver then fled the scene, but was later apprehended after hitting a police car at a nearby roadblock. A witness to the accident was also injured.
The driver now faces multiple counts, including drunk driving, manslaughter, failure to remain at the scene of a fatal accident and felony endangerment. If convicted, this man could face years behind bars. However, mere retribution probably won’t be enough for the victim’s surviving family. After all, they will have to cope with the emotional turmoil of unexpectedly losing a loved one, as well as the financial losses associated with medical expenses, funeral costs and lost wages.
Although a lawsuit cannot bring a loved one back, it can help a family find closure, as well as assist with the recovery of compensation for damages suffered. Whereas a criminal conviction requires proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, winning a personal injury lawsuit only requires proving the case by a preponderance of the evidence. Therefore, in instances like this one, a family may be able to impose liability and recover compensation even if a criminal conviction is not obtained. With this in mind victims and their loved ones may want to discuss their situation with an experienced personal injury attorney of their choosing.