Alcohol lowers a drinker’s inhibitions and raises the amount of time they need to respond to external stimuli. Larger amounts of alcohol can cause a drinker to lose physical coordination and interfere with cognitive function. That can be a deadly combination when the drinker gets behind the wheel of a car. A drunk driver can make terrible decisions, fail to see obstructions and other people until it’s too late, and wait too long to hit the brakes or steer out of the way.
According to recent reports, two police officers were hurt when a drunk driver in Phoenix struck their patrol vehicle. A preliminary investigation revealed that the crash occurred near I-17 and Bell Road at around 10:45 p.m.
At the time of the crash, the officers were conducting an investigation at a traffic stop they initiated. This is when another vehicle crashed into the rear of their patrol car at a high rate of speed. Emergency crews transported the two officers to the hospital with minor injuries.
The driver of the other vehicle suffered injuries as well. That driver was transported to the hospital for treatment of injuries. It was reported that this driver was later booked and released on DUI charges. Further details of the crash and charges were not reported at this time.
A drunk driving accident can have serious and tragic results. Those harmed in an accident caused by a drunk driver should understand the legal recourses available to them. By proving fault through a personal injury action, an accident victim can hold a drunk driver accountable for the damages caused. This legal action could help a victim recover compensation to address these losses.