12/19: Weekend Closures

Happy Friday! This is going to be one of the most dense travel weekends of the year. We're happy to report that we aren't showing any major closures on the I-10 freeway. That means your holiday traveling will be much easier. 

Please make sure you drive safe. Distracted driving is on the rise, don't become another statistic. We hope everyone has a fantastic weekend and Happy Holidays!

Safe Travels!

Impairment suspected in I-10 crash involving car, semitruck

12/17/14 – Investigators suspect impairment may have been a factor in a crash on Interstate 10 at around 3:15 a.m. Tuesday.

According to the Department of Public Safety, a woman lost control of her vehicle and plowed into a semitruck in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 10 near "The Stack." 

Officers said the vehicle actually went underneath the semi. There was significant damage to the front end of the woman's vehicle and she had to be extricated.

She was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries but is expected to survive.

19-year-old arrested in deadly I-10 crash

12/15/14 - An arrest has been made following a deadly crash Friday morning on the I-10, The Department of Public Safety says.

A 19-year-old driver in the one-vehicle crash was arrested after being released from the hospital Sunday, a news release reported Monday. The crash closed eastbound lanes of I-10 at US 60 after the car slammed into the median .

DPS confirmed five people were in the car at the time and 16-year-old Davonna Crouch, a passenger, was killed.

The crash caused serious delays into the afternoon. DPS says the 19 year old is facing one count of second-degree murder, three counts of aggravated assault with a dangerous instrument, one count of aggravated assault resulting in serious injury and one count of endangerment. It is not yet clear whether impairment was a factor in the crash.

How do I protect my legal rights after a trucking accident in Arizona?

Trucking accidents in Arizona can be very complex. Not only are there many variables involved, but there are many steps that need to be taken to make sure that your rights are protected after being involved in one of these types of accidents.

The best thing you can do is make sure that you are represented by the right law firm. Having the right law firm can truly make all the difference in your case. 

Semi crash closes I-10 eastbound lanes near Quartzsite

12/11/14 - A semi-truck wreck on Interstate 10 about 20 miles east of Quartzsite closed the eastbound lanes Thursday morning, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

The driver was not injured, but the wrecked semi had leaked fuel all over the roadway, said Tim Case, a spokesman for the Department of Public Safety.

ADOT encouraged drivers to seek alternate routes, including U.S. Route 60 eastbound 10 miles east of Quartzsite.

The closure is reported at milepost 42, according to the department. There is no estimated time for lanes to reopen.

Arizona Supreme Court Hears Case About State Liability For Roadway Accidents

12/10/14 - Tuesday morning the Arizona Supreme Court heard a case about state liability for roadway accidents. The case involves a fatal car crash from 2007 that happened on Interstate 10 south of Phoenix. A car crossed over into oncoming traffic injuring one person and killing two others.

A jury held the state responsible for not having the proper safety equipment such as median barriers. Attorney Timothy Aiken represents the family involved in the crash. “You don’t get to sue just because someone changed the national standard," he said. "But this is different, this is maintaining safety.

We aren’t just saying 'Oh, a median barrier would have been a good idea here.'" Aiken said the barriers were needed because there have been high numbers of accidents on the same stretch of Interstate 10. The two sides disagree on whether median barriers are considered maintenance. Fred Zeder is the attorney for the state.

He argued an Arizona statute excludes the state from liability from road accidents as long as the roads met standards at the time they were built. “The question here is did this accident arise from that design? The answer is yes," Zeder said.

"Does the state have a duty to keep its roads safe? Of course it does. But it is circumscribed by this statute. And that statute says that duty does not include a duty to upgrade.”

Chief Justice Scott Bales referenced court documents that show a crossover crash on this stretch of road is 29 times more likely than on the average highway.

12/5: Weekend Closures

Happy Friday! We aren't showing any major closures throughout the I-10 Freeway. That makes for a smooth commute for those who will be traveling. Remember to drive safe and smart! Don't drink and drive, and don't drive distracted! Keep updated with us as we will update if there is any closure announcements over the weekend. Have a great weekend!

Van exiting I-10 hits semi, tree, killing driver, DPS says

12/02/14 - A van exiting Interstate 10 in Phoenix Monday evening hit a semi-truck and then a tree, killing the driver, officials said.

The van ran into the bed of the semi on the eastbound off ramp at 67th Avenue, veered left and then crashed into a tree on the downward-sloping median between the off ramp and I-10, said Bart Graves, public-relations manager for Arizona Department of Public Safety.

The first impact occurred about 5:30 p.m. and was forceful enough to lift up the bed of semi, Graves said. The tree prevented the van from heading back into I-10 traffic, or the damage might have been much worse.

The driver of the van died at the scene. I-10 lanes were not closed, but the scene slowed down traffic on the interstate, backing up eastbound traffic.

 The off ramp to 67th Avenue is closed and authorities expect it to be reopened at about 8:30 p.m.

An investigation is under way. Authorities are withholding the identification of the driver until relatives can be contacted.