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Arizona teacher sentenced for fatal drunk driving crash

When drivers in Arizona and elsewhere get behind of the wheel while they are intoxicated, this negligent and reckless act not only impacts their own life but can also damage the lives of others. A drunk driver is unable to uphold the duty to drive safe; therefore, it likely to put the lives of passengers and motorists in danger. Moreover, when a drunk driving accident occurs, the intoxicated driver is likely to face serious penalties, while those damaged and harmed by the incident could take steps to seek recourses for their losses.

According to recent reports, a former Chandler teacher was recently sentenced to 11 years in prison for manslaughter as well as three years probation for endangerment. This conviction stems from charges that occurred following a fatal drunk driving crash in December 2014. Based on reports, the recently convicted drunk driver had a blood-alcohol content of .238 percent at the time of the crash. This is almost three times the legal limit in the state of Arizona.

The collision involved two vehicles, and the driver of the other vehicle did not survive her injuries. The family member of the 66-year-old deceased woman spoke in the courtroom about their tragic loss. The daughter of the deceased claimed that her two young children continue to suffer from the emotional loss of their grandmother.

Along with the emotional pain that goes along with the loss of a loved one in a tragic automobile accident, these unfortunate incidents are also likely to cause financial burdens related to medical bills, funeral expenses, lost wages, loss of companionship and other related damages. Because these damages, and expenses can add up, it is important to understand that loved ones do have recourse available to them.

Through a civil action, such as a wrongful death suit, family members could recover compensation for their losses. While this will never replace the loved one that was tragically and suddenly take away from them, this can help with the coping process as well and the financial hardships caused by a negligent driver in a drunk driving accident.

Source:, "Former Chandler teacher sentenced to 11 years after fatal drunken driving crash," Bailey L Netsch, April 9, 2016

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