Maricopa County Jury Awards $7.8 million in Negligence Case Against ADOT


On February 9, 2012, a Maricopa County jury returned a $7.8 million jury verdict against the State of Arizona and Arizona Department of Transportation in a roadway negligence case.

On August 19, 2007, the Glazer family was returning home after taking their daughter to Tucson to start college at the U of A. As they approached Phoenix on Interstate 10, an eastbound vehicle lost control, crossed the median and hit their van. There was no median barrier to prevent the errant vehicle from reaching the opposing lanes. The evidence showed that there was nothing the Glazers could have done to avoid the crash.

50-year old Michael Glazer and 6-year old Sydney Glazer died in the crash. Plaintiff alleged that the State and ADOT were negligent for failing to install median barriers at this location and that a median barrier would have prevented the collision. The evidence showed that in the 3.5 years prior to the crash, there were ten other crossover crashes, resulting in five fatalities. Nine months after Michael and Sydney Glazer died, two more people died in another crossover collision at the same location. A lawsuit based on that collision is pending.

There is still no median barrier at this location, and ADOT does not presently have any plans to install one. Remarkably, ADOT continues to maintain that the highway is “not dangerous”.

Below is the client testimonial of Mrs. Diana Glazer:

I truly cannot thank you enough for everything that you have done for me and my family. I am so grateful that you had a "vision" to look beyond what everybody else said could or could not be done. From our very first meeting, I could feel your passion for my situation. As we moved forward in this process, I truly felt that I was getting the best legal representation that I could. Whatever happened after that was up to the court.

I would also like to comment on your wonderful office staff. Everyone I dealt with over the past 4+ years was extremely professional, helpful, and thorough! It really makes a big difference.

I am so appreciative for everything, thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Warmest Regards,
Diana Glazer 

 In August of 2007, Diana Glazer forever lost her husband and 6-year-old daughter in a crossover collision on interstate 10 south of Phoenix. Despite a good number of crossovers that had occurred, the I-10 had no median barriers. Two other law firms turned her case down, believe it was too difficult. Zachar Law Firm believed otherwise and began a vigorous investigation. In February 2012, after years of contentious litigation, a Maricopa County jury returned a verdict in favor of the Glazer family. finding the Arizona Department of Transportation 100 percent liable, and awarding the Glazer family $7.8 million. To date, ADOT still has done nothing to remedy the dangers on the I-10.