As we head closer to the Christmas holiday weekend, we hope our readers are having a happy and festive holiday season. It remains to be seen how many people will be arrested for driving while under the influence of alcohol, but it is worth noting because alcohol related accidents are particularly tragic during the holiday season.
Not only can such crashes have criminal implications, there are civil consequences as well. A drunk driver who causes a crash could be held liable for pain and suffering, lost wages, medical expenses and a host of other costs incurred.
Nevertheless, despite the warnings about the dangers of drunk driving and the importance of using designated drivers, some will still venture out on the road after leaving a private party, bar or restaurant, thinking that they are not impaired, only to end up in an accident.
Such is likely the case in an accident that led to five deaths in Chandler after Thanksgiving. According to an azcentral.com report, the two-car crash occurred at the intersection of Dobson Road and Hunt Highway. Four people were pronounced dead at the scene, while a fifth person was taken to the hospital when he later passed away.
It is unknown at this time what led to the accident, as investigators are still piecing together information to learn who (if anyone) was at fault. When a cause is determined, it is likely that the surviving members of the deceased's family will initiate a wrongful death lawsuit against the offending driver and their insurer.