Most traffic offenses are pretty minor. Failing to use a blinker, for example, is probably something a lot of people have done at one time or another. While infractions like this, including speeding and failing to yield, can pose an accident risk to other motorists, they pale in comparison to some driving behaviors that can be considered criminal in nature.

Some of this dangerous driving occurred recently, leaving one individual dead and four others injured. Phoenix police indicate that a 26-year-old woman crossed the center line of a road and collided head-on with another vehicle. A 67-year-old passenger in that second vehicle was killed in the wreck, and two other adults and one child in the vehicle were taken to the hospital with serious injuries. The police believe that the errant driver was intoxicated at the time of the accident. That woman is now facing numerous criminal charges, including manslaughter and aggravated assault.

The physical and emotional toll thrust upon these victims and their families is difficult, if not impossible, to calculate with any certainty. Their injuries may leave them coping with pain and suffering for months, disfigurement may leave them scarred for life, and the loss of a loved one’s support can be crushing. Those affected by this car accident may find some comfort in the fact that criminal charges were levied against the errant driver, but that legal outlet won’t provide them with the relief they truly need.

Instead, accident victims and the families of those who are killed in these wrecks may be able to recover compensation for their damages through a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit if it can be shown that negligence caused the accident in question and any injuries or death that resulted. This can be a challenging feat, especially when victims and their families struggle to recover in the aftermath of a wreck. This is why strong legal advocates stand ready to help these individuals with their personal injury and wrongful death claims.