Drunk driving and driving under the influence of drugs continues to be a significant issue in the Phoenix area. Every day, motorists take to the wheel of their cars when they are impaired and should not be driving, risking not only their own safety but the safety of others in their car and all other people in the area.
And that continues to be one of the real tragedies that comes out of drunk driving accidents in the Phoenix area: often, it is the innocent who suffer the consequences. Whether those victims are in the same car as an impaired driver, another car, or they happen to be pedestrians or bicyclists, the possibility for serious injuries is high. In the worst of these collisions, victims may be killed or may suffer from life-altering harm that can never be repaired or undone.
A drunk driving accident will change anyone’s life forever but the financial toll enacted by the crash does not have to. Victims and/or their surviving family members may be entitled to payment for their damages if they were hurt in Maricopa County and they can collect through the use of a personal injury claim. Speaking with an attorney who represents injury victims may help you realize whether you have a valid case for your damages and if so, whether someone will be held legally liable for your suffering. A claim can help you recover for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, inconvenience, loss of a normal life, lost wages, permanency of harm, and any other damages that stem from the collision which left you hurt.
Unfortunately, another drunk driving crash happened in Maricopa County on Friday night, according to local authorities, and this one proved to be fatal for one passenger involved. The incident took place near Desert Green Drive and Rancho El Dorado Parkway and involved a single vehicle driven by a 53-year-old female. For reasons that are not yet clear, the car crashed and trapped the driver inside. A female passenger was partially ejected in the incident and critically injured, prompting emergency crews to transport her to an area hospital for help but her injuries were too severe and she died as a result of the crash.
Police have reported that the driver’s blood alcohol content was .254, more than three times the legal limit of .08 in the State of Arizona. The driver has been charged with several offenses including driving under the influence and manslaughter with possible additional charges pending the outcome of the investigation into the collision.
If your life has been affected by a collision with a drunk driver and you were hurt in Maricopa County, make sure you have a full understanding of your rights and your legal options by calling the personal injury attorneys at Abels & Annes, P.C. today. We can be reached toll free at (855) PHX-LAWYER or locally at (602) 819-5191 and we always have a lawyer standing by, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
At Abels & Annes, P.C., we believe in fighting for the best possible outcome in every case we handle and if you have been hurt, we want to fight for you as well. Call us today to learn about your chance for relief with our no-cost, no-obligation case consultation.
Prior Blog Entry:
Motorcyclist Killed on Northbound Loop 101, Phoenix Injury Lawyer Blog, published August 24, 2015.
Police: Passenger killed in Maricopa DUI crash, by Phil Benson, CBS5AZ.com, published August 24, 2015.