Congress, AZ (July 12, 2022) – A mother-to-be was killed in a head-on collision with a suspected driver under the influence in Yavapai County on Sunday, July 10th.
The incident took place on Highway 93 just outside of Congress when, according to the Department of Public Safety, a southbound Jeep Liberty SUV collided head-on with a northbound Honda Civic.
The driver of the Honda, 32-year-old Karen Garcia-Rodriquez, and her unborn child were killed in the crash.
The driver of the Jeep, identified only as an adult male, showed signs of intoxication.
He sustained unspecified injuries and is currently being treated at a hospital in Phoenix.
We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victim, Ms. Karen Garcia-Rodriquez, at this time.
Driving Under the Influence in Arizona
In Arizona, it is unlawful to get behind the wheel of any type of motor vehicle if your blood-alcohol level is greater than 0.08%. Drivers are obligated to have a BAL under this amount for at least two hours prior to driving or otherwise being in control of an automobile.
If the driver in question is the operator of a commercial vehicle, such as a tractor-trailer, their blood-alcohol level must be under 0.04%.
It is against the law in Arizona to drive any type of motor vehicle, including motorcycles, as well as some scooters and mopeds, if you are impaired in any way. This means, that even if your blood-alcohol level is well below the legal threshold of 0.08% but you are still showing signs of impairment, you can not legally operate a motor vehicle.
When a motorist chooses to violate the state’s drunk driving laws and then gets into a collision, they will quite probably be arrested and have criminal charges filed against them. After their arrest, they will be issued a summons to appear in criminal court where they will face prosecution by the state’s attorney. They could also be looking at imprisonment and numerous hefty administrative fines.
By comparison, a personal injury case is handled in a civil court. These claims allow injured victims to seek monetary compensation for the injuries and losses they endured. Should the respondent is ordered to remunerate the victim for their losses, these payments are not the same as court-ordered fines. The purpose of the remuneration is to compensate the victim for the expenses, such as medical bills, they sustained due to the respondent’s negligent or reckless actions, such as driving while under the influence.
If you were injured in a collision with a drunk driver, contact an Arizona personal injury attorney from Saavedra Law Firm, PLC by calling (602) 753-8917 to schedule a free case review with a member of our law firm as soon as possible.
Note: Our writer used outside sources in the creation of this post. These sources include local news reports, local and state police incident reports, social media outlets, and eyewitness accounts about serious injury accidents that take place in Arizona. We have not independently verified all of the facts surrounding this accident. If you find any information that is not correct, contact Saavedra Law Firm, PLC as soon as possible so that we can correct the post to reflect the most accurate information available. We will remove this post upon request.
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