It is reported that one in every four injuries resulting from car accidents in the United States, including Arizona, involves a drunk driver. In addition to endangering their own lives, drunk drivers can also cause personal injury or death to passengers and others in or near the roadway. It is, therefore, not surprising that authorities regularly engage in enforcement programs to limit the devastation caused by drunk drivers.
The effects of alcohol vary from one person to the next, but drowsiness is often caused by alcohol consumption. When a driver falls asleep while driving, his or her foot on the accelerator may cause the car to increase speed and even veer across the center line. At certain levels, the blood alcohol content could affect a person's perception of distance, and his or her ability to remain in one traffic lane will be impaired. This often leads to side-swiping and rear-ending accidents.
Alcohol consumption can also cause blurry vision, and may result in a driver's inability to see or read road signs. This may cause drivers to run stop signs or traffic lights, and it may also be the reason for drivers to enter highways via exit ramps and travel in the wrong direction. Wrong-way drivers have caused countless road accidents -- many of them fatal.
Arizona residents who have suffered injuries in auto accidents in which alcohol was deemed to have played a role, they may be entitled to seek financial recovery. The same goes for families who have lost loved ones in drunk driving accidents. If sufficient evidence is available to prove negligence on the part of another party, injured victims and surviving family members retain the right to file personal injury and/or wrongful death claims in a civil court. Compensation for medical expenses, end-of-life costs and other documented financial losses may be sought.
Source: anellixavier.com, "Types of Accidents and Injuries in DUI Cases", Accessed on June 30, 2015