It is not uncommon to see or hear of impaired drivers on Arizona roads. This is not just a state problem though. Impaired driving is most certainly a national issue. As a drunk or otherwise intoxicated driver is likely to cause a car crash, it is certainly reasonable for lawmakers, law enforcement officers and the general public to feel concerned.
It is believed that 32 percent of all fatal auto accidents are the result of impaired driving. Many such incidents are said to involve teenagers and young children. On top of the numerous fatalities, thousands of individuals are injured every year in collisions involving intoxicated drivers.
Millions of individuals have admitted to driving while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. Such substances are known to inhibit one's ability to make sound decisions and can greatly reduce reaction time. So, it is easy to understand why individuals who are under the influence of impairing substances are more likely to cause auto accidents.
Those who drive while intoxicated, regardless of which substances they have in their systems, may be held criminally negligent and liable for any resulting damages. Arizona residents who have been injured or lost loved ones to impaired drivers may pursue legal claims in order to seek monetary damages for their losses. If a car crash is found to have been the result of impaired driving, victims or -- in the event of fatalities -- surviving family members may be awarded relief for any economic and non-economic damages sustained.
Source: ncadd.org, "Driving While Impaired -- Alcohol and Drugs", Accessed on May 1, 2016