Intoxicated Driver Causes Rollover That Kills 17-Year-Old Passenger
A 23-year-old man was arrested Saturday, October 20, 2018, after the vehicle he was driving rolled over near milepost 208 near Apache Junction. Police found his blood alcohol content to be three times the legal limit, which they say contributed to his losing control of the vehicle and veering into the median, causing the rollover.
The driver was transported to the hospital but continued to deny consuming alcohol. The 17-year-old who was killed was a passenger in the car at the time of the crash. The driver was arrested at the hospital on one count of second-degree murder.
Rollover accidents can be deadly, especially when they involve alcohol. When a driver is intoxicated, he often doesn’t have the ability to control speed, make overcorrections, stay in the lanes, or obey traffic signs and signals.
Out of a total of 127,064 crashes in Arizona in 2017, 4,854 involved alcohol, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation. Of these, 286 were fatal and 320 people were killed. More than 2,000 people were injured. While the number of alcohol-related crashes in 2017 was slightly lower than in the previous five years, there were more people killed in 2017 than in all of the preceding five years except for 2015, when there were 329 people killed.
Overturning, or rollover accidents, accounted for 242 of the 4,854 alcohol-related crashes and caused 41 deaths in 2017. More than 200 people were injured in this type of accident.
Alcohol-related crashes take a serious emotional toll on the victims. Victims and their loved ones suffer for the rest of their lives. The financial toll is very high as well. Alcohol-related crashes caused more than $2 billion in economic losses for the state, for victims, and for insurance companies in 2017. Victims and their families often face high medical bills, prolonged periods of missed work, years of rehabilitation, and more. These costs can change a family’s financial future forever. Many people have to dip into their savings, borrow, and go bankrupt because of the costs.
The Husband and Wife Law Team works hard to recover these costs through settlements negotiated from insurance companies. Contact us today for a free consultation to see if you have a case.