Drunk drivers can be found just about every day on roads throughout the country. Sadly, this is true in Arizona as well. As a result, numerous DUI-related auto crashes occur and rather frequently. When such a car accident does happen, the victims or -- in the event of fatality, their surviving family members -- are often left facing challenges which can be difficult to overcome.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, approximately three people are killed every two hours in collisions that can be attributed to alcohol. This means that thousands of people lose their lives every year as a result of impaired driving. In some respects, it is amazing that the number of fatalities is not higher, but at the end of the day, any loss of life due to intoxicated driving is simply too much.
Arizona, like most other states, is constantly working to reduce alcohol-related auto accidents. Safety campaigns are often seen throughout the year to help educate the public, and local authorities can be seen out in force in the hopes of stopping impaired drivers before accidents happen. Unfortunately, despite these efforts, DUI is still a local and national concern.
Those individuals and families in Arizona who have been victimized by drunk drivers may have legal recourse. Wrongful death, personal injury or any other applicable legal claims may be filed against the individuals deemed responsible for impaired driving auto accidents. A monetary judgment for any and all recoverable damages resulting from such a car accident may be awarded if negligence can be established in court.
Source: rita.dot.gov, "Drunk Driving by the Numbers", Accessed on June 10, 2016