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Intoxicated 14-year-old driver allegedly causes car accident

According to reports, in a recent accident involving a sedan and a sport utility vehicle, at least two individuals and a 3-year-old child were critically injured. Local law enforcement in Phoenix indicated that the accident occurred when a 14-year-old driving while under the influence disregarded a red traffic signal and subsequently collided with the SUV with at least three people in it.

The SUV was being driven by a 28-year-old man. According to reports, because of the collision, the driver of the SUV and a 31-year-female passenger became trapped and emergency personnel had to retrieve them by cutting through the vehicle. Both the man and the woman in the SUV were in critical condition. Additionally, a 3-year-old girl in the SUV was ejected from the vehicle and was also listed in a very critical condition.

Based on the in field tests performed, authorities allege that the 14-year-old driver drunk driver and his 17-year-old passenger were both under the influence. The 14-year-old driver is facing numerous driving under the influence-related charges. Presently, in Arizona the legal drinking age is 21 and one must be at least 16 to get a graduated driver's license.

It is hard for many to understand how such an auto accident can happen. However, the reality is that no matter how safely one is driving, it is the other drivers who may not drive safely and cause an accident resulting in very serious injuries and even death. Serious injuries can have life-long implications for all involved. When a car accident occurs, in many cases affected parties may feel numb and helpless and may try to piece together what happened. Recovering from any injuries suffered is of utmost importance, but pursuing damages from the negligent driver is also important to prevent similar accidents from happening again. A personal injury law firm can examine the facts of one's case and determine if an injured party may be entitled to compensation.

Source: AZ Central, "14-year-old driver suspected of DUI in crash; 3-year-old ejected from car," Anthony Marroquin, July 13, 2015

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