A student's vehicle was struck outside Thunderbird High School in North Phoenix around 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 3. The 17-year-old girl and the 78-year-old woman driving the other vehicle were each transported to an area trauma center for treatment of serious injuries. Both were expected to recover, according to police.
The student was exiting the school parking lot following a competition and traveling through a green light when the other driver approached in an SUV along Thunderbird Road, according to police. The driver of the SUV had apparently failed to notice that she was running a red traffic light, and she struck the teenager's sedan.
The teenager suffered broken bones and required extrication from her badly damaged car. According to a witness who helped the driver of the SUV from her car, the woman had inhaled a large amount of smoke that had been emitted by her vehicle but was conscious.
A distracted driver can cause serious injuries when his or her failure to stop for a traffic light triggers an accident. In a case such as this one, depending on their severity, bone fractures could cause lasting damage that might require extended and potentially costly rehabilitation for the fullest recovery possible.
In order to offset costs that insurance might not adequately cover following an accident, a personal injury lawsuit may be helpful. An attorney could examine various factors in order to determine whether the other party's insurance provider has acted reasonably for compensation offered. Among these factors may be current and projected medical expenses for a plaintiff as well as amounts that are normally awarded following similar accidents.
Source: azfamily.com, "78-year-old woman, teen seriously injured in Phoenix crash", Jason Volentine, September 05, 2014