No matter how many public service campaigns focus on the dangers of drinking and driving, many motorists continue to engage in this dangerous behavior. Sadly, a significant number of Arizona families have been devastated by auto accidents ultimately attributed to an impaired driver. One recent crash resulted in one death and two others suffering injuries.
According to Arizona officials, a 26-year-old man had a blood alcohol level that was double the state's legal limit of .08. According to the report, the driver was engaged in reckless driving behavior along the 202 Loop that included allowing his vehicle to intentionally drift out of its travel lane. At some point, the driver lost control and the car ran off of the highway and collided with a pole.
One person was killed in the crash. Two other people suffered injuries, though further details regarding the victims or their injuries were not disclosed. The driver was taken into police custody on a $250,000 bond and is awaiting further proceedings.
Arizona officials may file charges for second-degree homicide as well as aggravated assault and endangerment. Families of deceased victims are often faced with the additional burden of monetary damages from such devastating losses. When these types of auto accidents are caused by the negligence of another party, then victims -- or their surviving family members -- may decide to pursue a personal injury or wrongful death claim, as appropriate. An attorney can help determine whether a civil lawsuit against the parties deemed liable may be warranted in order to seek recovery of documented financial damages.