Ten People Injured in Phoenix Car Crash

A collision between two minivans resulted in ten people being taken to Phoenix area hospitals. The car accident, which occurred on August 1, 2012, is still under investigation. According to Larry Nunez, spokesman with the Phoenix Fire Department, none of the victims sustained life-threatening injuries. Because of the age and size of the crash victims, they were taken to the medical facilities as a precaution.

There is “heavy front damage” to both vehicles, said Larry Nunez, but he could not specify for sure if the crash was a head-on collision. It was unclear if any of the accident victims suffered common head-on crash related injuries such as head and neck injuries, concussion or whiplash.

The cause of the car accident is yet to be determined. According to the Director of the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, Alberto Gutier, speeding, impaired driving, unused seat belts and driver inattention are the leading causes of fatal car accidents in Arizona. It was unclear whether all the vehicles passengers were wearing seat belts, or if the small children were restrained in child seats, at the time of the accident.

Police report that one of the minivans was occupied by a lone adult while the other contained another adult and eight children. The ages of the children ranged from a 1 year old to 17 years old.

Children in Car Crashes Face Higher Risk

SeatbeltAccording to the Arizona Department of Transportation (www.azdot.gov), there are over 100,000 car crashes in the state of Arizona every year. In 2011 over 3,100 children under the age of 15 were injured or killed in motor vehicle crashes. Nationwide, the National Highway Transportation Administration (NHTSA)(www.nhtsa.gov) reports that the number one cause of death for children aged 1 to 12 is a car accident. In fact, the NHTSA recently ran an educational program targeting older children. Much of the focus in the past decade has been on infants and young children and the safe use of car seats and booster seats. The NHTSA found that the 8 to 15 year old age group, which has not received this safety focus, had a severe decline in seat belt usage.

At this time, there are many details of the crash which are unclear. However, authorities did close the roadway, near 67th Avenue and Lower Buckeye Road, to perform an investigation into the cause of the accident.