The presence of impairment can affect a driver’s ability to safely operate a motor vehicle in various ways. Those who drive while under the influence may struggle to make vital judgment calls, and their actions could act to place the well-being of others nearby at risk. Impairment and failure to yield are suspected as contributing factors in a recent car accident that claimed the life of a 78-year-old man in Arizona.
Law enforcement agents say they received reports of the multiple-vehicle crash at around 4:30 p.m. on a recent Thursday. According to reports, the incident took place as a man was attempting to pull out of a nearby driveway. While he was turning onto the road, authorities say the driver of a nearby truck failed to yield the right-of-way and crashed into his vehicle, subsequently prompting a collision involving up to five vehicles in total.
Emergency responders say that the driver of the first truck suffered life-threatening injuries and was transported to a medical facility for treatment. Unfortunately, he succumbed to his injuries and passed away soon after arrival. Authorities have advised that, in addition to failing to yield, the driver of the truck may also have been impaired at the time of the crash.
When the unthinkable occurs
No family should have to endure the loss of someone close in a car accident due to the actions of a drunk driver. Individuals in Arizona who experience the unthinkable and have questions about their available options for legal recourse could benefit from speaking with an attorney for guidance. In doing so, a person could gain much-needed advice in preparing to pursue the restitution entitled through a wrongful death claim.