The causes of motor vehicle accidents are as varied as the types of vehicles on the road. When there are questions regarding the cause of an accident, it is crucial to consider all of the circumstances of a crash. Authorities here in Arizona are doing just that as they work to determine what caused a recent semitruck accident that cost two people their lives.

The crash happened on a recent afternoon in West Phoenix. Law enforcement alleges that a semi truck was traveling west on a local road. The truck reportedly turned into oncoming traffic and struck a pickup truck that was heading east. Two adults and two children were in the pickup. One adult and one child died at the scene, while the other two were rushed to a nearby hospital where they remain in critical condition.

A portion of the road was closed until that evening while investigators worked to figure out exactly what occurred. There is not report on whether the driver of the semitruck was driving under the influence or distracted, two common causes of crashes. Authorities say that another vehicle was damaged in the accident, but not seriously, and no one in that car was physically harmed. Though the semi truck was the kind that normally transports other cars, it had no cargo at the time of the incident.

When crashes like this occur, it can leave the survivors wondering how to proceed. Anyone here in Arizona who is injured or loses a loved one in a semitruck accident may be facing a great deal of financial hardship due to medical bills, lost wages or even funeral expenses. A skilled attorney who knows how to handle a personal injury or wrongful death claim may be able to obtain monetary compensation on behalf of victims or their family members.