Fourth of July weekend is one of the most notoriously dangerous holiday weekends on the road because of drunk driving -- in Arizona and throughout the United States. According to the Arizona Governor's Office of Highway Safety, 443 people were arrested for driving under the influence between Friday and Sunday of the holiday weekend. In over one-third of those arrests, the blood alcohol content of the motorist was over .15. The legal limit in Arizona is .08 percent. Police blamed a fatal car crash in Phoenix over the holiday weekend on negligent drunk driving.
Around 6 a.m. on Saturday, July 4, the 25-year-old male driver of an SUV is said to have barrelled through an intersection, running a red light. A police report states that his SUV hit a truck, sending the two vehicles spinning together, colliding twice before coming to a halt. The driver of the SUV and his two passengers, as well as the driver of the truck, were all taken to a nearby hospital for moderate to severe injuries.
According to the court documents, the wreck caused a fractured neck vertebrae for the truck driver. Tragically, the SUV driver's girlfriend, a passenger in his vehicle, died in the hospital because of the severe head injury she suffered in the collision. The initial police evaluation stated the SUV driver's blood alcohol content was over .168 percent. After hospital workers drew blood, they recorded his BAC at .18 percent, over twice the legal limit. The SUV driver was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter, aggravated assault and endangerment.
In Arizona, when someone is injured in a drunk driving car crash, he or she has the right to pursue a claim for compensation from the party or parties deemed negligent. In the case of death resulting from a drunk driving accident, the victim's surviving family may choose to file a wrongful death claim in civil court. Getting past the pain and suffering from the loss of a loved one does not also have to be a financial burden; compensation may be available based upon proof of negligence.
Source: azcentral.com, "Phoenix police: Drunk driver kills girlfriend in wreck", Ben Margiott, July 6, 2015