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Suspected drunk driving car accident results in one death


A negligent or distracted Arizona driver could easily be the cause of a serious or fatal accident. When a driver fails to follow the speed limit, does not follow traffic signs or signals, fails to use a turn signal, does not yield to traffic, texts while driving or operates a vehicle while intoxicated, this not only risks their live, but the lives of others traveling on the roadway. Following a car crash, a victim could suffer a serious or fatal injury, and the driver at fault could endure criminal and civil liabilities.

Authorities in Phoenix were recently dispatched to the scene of a head-on-collision. The car crash occurred around 10:10 p.m. on Beeline Highway in East Valley. According to preliminary reports, authorities believe that the driver of a Ford Mustang crossed the centerline and collided head-on with a SUV.

When emergency crews arrived at the scene, they assessed everyone involved. The passenger of the Mustang was pronounced dead at the scene, and the female driver of the Mustang was transported to the hospital for the injuries she suffered. The driver of the SUV suffered minor injures and also received medical treatment at the hospital.

Investigation is still ongoing, and authorities believe that alcohol was a factor in the crash. No citations or arrests have been made at this time. If a driver is under the influence and causes an accident, they could be liable for the injuries, deaths and damages they cause. A personal injury claim or wrongful death claim could be filed. These civil lawsuits could provide those affected with compensation, which could be used to cover expenses, such as medical bills, funeral costs, lost wages and damages.

A negligent driver could affect several people on the roadway, as well as their loved ones. Following a drunk driving accident, it is important that victims have the incident investigated. Guidance should be sought so they can better determine what steps to take and whether they will file a cause of action.

Source: CBS 5, "1 killed in head-on crash on Beeline Highway," Steve Stout, May 2, 2014

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