Deadly Drunk Driving Accident in Phoenix
Posted on behalf of Phillips Law Group on Jan 24, 2011 in Auto Accidents
Drinking and driving is never a good decision, and all that's available to differentiate between these situations involves measuring how much damage is done as a result of this conduct. Tragically, one of the worst-case scenarios possible as a result of drinking and driving played out over the weekend as one man was killed and two others were injured in a suspected Phoenix DUI accident. Police are continuing to investigate the situation, and they have stated that they believe that impairment was a factor in the crash. If you or a loved one has been recently injured or killed in a drunk driving accident in Arizona, contact a Phoenix car crash lawyer today to discuss your rights to legal action.
Statistics on Drunk Driving Accidents and Injuries in Arizona
According to authorities, the latest suspected Phoenix DUI accident occurred on Saturday afternoon at approximately 4 p.m. 23-year-old Strahinja Jankovic had just pulled out of a private driveway and started moving in a northbound direction in the southbound lanes of Thunderbird Road. Soon thereafter, as he approached 35th Avenue, he collided head-on with a vehicle containing two 17-year-old girls. The man was killed as a result of the impact and the girls were seriously injured, but they are expected to survive.
If it turns out that the driver who was killed in this suspected Phoenix DUI accident was in fact impaired, it would hardly be the only time this occurs in Arizona. Every year in the state, almost 7,000 alcohol-related crashes occur, and these Arizona DUI accidents lead to more than 300 deaths and to more than 4,700 injuries. These numbers have held very steady in recent years despite the efforts of many groups and law enforcement entities have made in attempts to curb this dangerous practice.
Phoenix DUI Accident Lawyers
There are times when making sure that the legal rights of those who were injured can seem harsh and cold. This could be one of those situations if the girls who were injured decide to file Arizona personal injury lawsuits against the driver who was killed. However, it appears that the injured girls did nothing wrong, and the law allows for them to recover damages for their medical costs and their pain and suffering as a result of this incident if they file successful lawsuits against the driver's estate.
If you or someone you love has been injured by a drunk driver, you need to seek the help of Arizona DUI accident attorney who have been holding those responsible for this type of harm accountable for many years. Contact Phillips Law Group today to schedule a free initial consultation.