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Phoenix, AZ – Injuries Reported in Wrong-Way Crash on SR 51 at Shea Blvd

Phoenix, AZ – Injuries Reported in Wrong-Way Crash on SR 51 at Shea Blvd

Phoenix, AZ (September 26, 2020) – State Route 51 has reopened following a crash that happened at the Shea Boulevard exit on Saturday morning around 1:45 a.m.

Per reports from the Arizona Department of Public Safety, serious injuries were reported in the accident, and one person is currently in police custody. Officials say that witnesses called in to report a driver heading the wrong way down SR 51, also known as the Piestewa Freeway.

All traffic was directed to exit at 32nd Street as officials investigated the scene throughout the early morning hours. Phoenix EMTs were at the scene shortly after the accident occurred and transported at least one person to an area medical center.

It’s unclear how the accident was caused, though investigators are still piecing together the events leading up to the crash. The accident remains under investigation, and no word on the victims’ current conditions has been given.

Our thoughts are with the injured victims and their families. We hope for their full recovery.

Wrong-Way Accidents in Arizona

Phoenix, AZ - Injuries Reported in Wrong-Way Crash on SR 51 at Shea Blvd

Usually caused by impaired, distracted, or otherwise negligent drivers, wrong-way crashes mean severe consequences for those involved. In fact, wrong-way collisions, more than any other type of crash, occur when drivers are under the influence. Furthermore, studies show that nearly 90% of these wrong-way accidents are caused by some sort of driver negligence.

Plus, the interstates across Arizona are some of the most dangerous highways in the country, ranking in the top five across the nation for fatalities and injuries. For example, nearly 300,000 motorists travel on the Interstate 10 in Phoenix’s stretch of the highway on a daily basis, putting many drivers at risk for serious collisions on the major thoroughfare.

Tragic, unforeseen consequences may plague victims and their families after these wrong-way accidents. Due to the nature of these serious crashes, which are often head-on collisions, victims are much more vulnerable to serious injury or even death. But those affected can contact a Phoenix accident lawyer for help, and in some cases, seek the fair compensation they deserve from a personal injury suit or wrongful death suit.

In fact, at ELG, when we represent a client and an adverse insurance company asks us to allow for a recorded statement from our client, 99% of the time the answer is a definitive no! Our recommendation is to tell them you will seek out counsel first, then call us at ELG. We will gladly review the facts of your case and tailor our advice to match the specific needs of your case.

At ELG, we do not cut corners and use intake specialists or a non-attorney to talk or meet with you. Our experienced, compassionate staff guarantee your consultation will be with one of our injury attorneys who only handle accident matters, so you and your family can feel confident and rest assured that we will answer all your questions.

Our team of injury accident lawyers in Arizona at ELG specializes in fighting for victims and their families after a wreck. Contact our Arizona accident attorneys today at (623) 877-3600 to schedule your free consultation for legal aid.

Note: As a result of the secondary sources that were used to complete this post, the information included within has not been independently verified by our own staff and may include misinformation. If you read something that, to your knowledge, is incorrect, please contact us as soon as possible and we will correct the inaccuracy.

Disclaimer: As members of the local Phoenix and broader Arizona community, we hope everyone in our community is safe and protected. We cover the events included in this blog as a way to offer support to the victims in similar circumstances and to provide relief during these difficult times. However, this information should not be misconstrued as legal advice, and you should speak with a trained legal professional for more information regarding your situation.