Glendale, AZ (May 16, 2022) – Two adults and two children are in the hospital after being involved in a collision in the area of Maryland Avenue and 51st Avenue on Sunday, May 15th in Glendale.
All four injured parties were transported via ambulance to area hospitals. Their injuries are believed to be serious but non-life-threatening. No updates have been provided thus far.
One of the involved drivers is currently being investigated by police for driving under the influence.
The accident scene and surrounding area were closed down for several hours following the incident to allow for road clean-up and police investigation.
Our thoughts are with the injured victims and their families at this time. We hope for their full recovery.
Drunk Driving Laws in Arizona
In the state of Arizona, it is against the law to operate any kind of motor vehicle if your blood-alcohol content is more than 0.08%. Drivers are required to be under this limit for a minimum of two hours before they drive or are otherwise in control of a vehicle.
If the driver is behind the wheel of a commercial vehicle, their blood-alcohol content has to be less than 0.04%.
It is against Arizona law to operate a motor vehicle if you are, in any way, impaired. This means that, even if your blood-alcohol content is well under the legal limit of 0.08%, if you are still impaired, you may not lawfully drive or otherwise operate a motor vehicle.
An individual who is under the state’s legal drinking age of 21, who is caught driving while under the influence or with a blood-alcohol content of anything other than 0.00% can be convicted, and, in the event that the drunk driving leads to a lawsuit, their conviction will act as strong evidence of negligence.
Driving under the influence of drugs, illegal or certain prescriptions, is also against the law in Arizona. Drugged driving typically falls under the umbrella of driving while under the influence. Here, it is unlawful to drive with any illicit drug in your system. Due to modern technological advancements, just as they can with alcohol, law enforcement has the ability to prove that a driver was under the influence of drugs.
When someone violates drunk driving laws in Arizona and then causes an accident, they will most likely be apprehended and criminal charges will be filed. Following their arrest, that suspect could be required to appear in criminal court where they will be prosecuted by the state’s attorney. They could face incarceration and will almost certainly be required to pay hefty fines.
By contrast, a personal injury claim is a matter for a civil court. Personal injury claims make it possible for injured victims to pursue financial compensation for any injuries and damages they sustained. If the respondent is mandated to pay reparations for these damages, these are not the same as fines. The purpose of the compensation is to reimburse the victim for the expenses they incurred due to someone’s reckless or negligent behavior, such as driving while drunk.
If you were injured in a collision with a drunk driver, contact our Arizona personal injury attorneys at (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.
Disclaimer: This post is not a solicitation for business. None of the information in this post is intended to be medical or legal advice. If you have been injured in an accident, seek the help of a medical professional. The photo used in this post was not taken at the actual accident scene.