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Arizona car crash may have involved alcohol

Car accidents are devastating under any circumstances. If they result in fatality, the family of the victim may wonder if anything could have been done to prevent the car crash. When the accident is caused by a drunk driver, that pain can be even more heart-wrenching, as the possibility is strong that the accident was avoidable. Arizona police claim that a recent fatal accident may have been due to the an intoxicated driver, though they are still investigating.

Authorities say that the crash happened on a recent late evening well after midnight. A minivan was heading through an intersection when a car allegedly ran through a stop sign and struck it on the side. A female passenger in the minivan was thrown from the vehicle and crushed underneath it. The drivers of both vehicles had to be rushed to a local hospital for treatment.

Police claim that they found alcohol and marijuana inside the car that is accused of causing the accident and that the driver's blood-alcohol content was above the legal limit, according to hospital testing. They also say that the BAC was so high that it qualifies as a "Super Extreme DUI" in accordance with Arizona law. Though the driver has not had any criminal charges made against him at this time, police have stated that they will likely file drunk driving-related charges in the future.

Despite the outcome of any possible criminal charges, the family of the woman who died has the right to pursue a civil claim against the driver who is currently considered responsible for the car crash. A claim such as this could result in financial restitution that would likely be useful for the victim's family to cover expenses related to the accident. It may help the family to focus on remembering their loved one rather than worrying about finances.

Source: azfamily.com, "MCSO: Drunk driver ran stop sign, T-boned minivan in Laveen", Catherine Holland, Aug. 21, 2014

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