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Wrong-way drunk driver kills one and injures another

Most drivers in Arizona are aware that driving is a privilege and upon issuance of a driving license, they have a legal duty to obey all traffic laws while operating their vehicle. Though many people take this duty seriously, others fail to do so. This breach of duty can cause harm to another, taking many forms. Fortunately, victims may be able to hold a negligent driver liable for damages and injuries stemming from the accident.

According to a spokesperson from the Arizona Department of Public Safety, a 26-year-old woman tragically lost her life recently after a 39-year-old drunk driver collided head-on with her vehicle. The accident is still under the investigation, but reports indicate that the 39-year-old admitted to being drunk and was driving in the wrong direction when the accident happened. In fact, his blood alcohol content was nearly four times the current legal limit of 0.08.

Additionally, the 39-year-old drunk driver's vehicle sideswiped another vehicle, causing its driver to suffer minor injuries. Authorities further indicated that the passenger in the vehicle with 39-year-old apparently told him that he was driving in the wrong direction. Nevertheless, the man continued to drive the wrong way in his drunken state, allegedly to reach his girlfriend who he claims was being sexually assaulted.

The 26-year-old woman who was killed in the wreck was a fire department dispatcher and had come back to work recently following from maternity leave. She left behind two children and a spouse, who will likely struggle emotionally and financially to recover from this tragic event.

Following a drunk driving accident, those who have lost a loved one likely are faced with doubt and questions. Honoring the memory of a lost life and healing from the loss is of utmost important. In some cases, taking legal action in an attempt to hold a negligent driver responsible for his or her actions may bring the bereaved some peace and give them a sense of justice.

Source: ABC News, "Police: Man Arrested in Wrong-Way Accident Knew He Was Drunk," Paul Davenport, Jan. 28, 2015

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