More than drivers might be liable for motor vehicle accidents

Losing loved ones in crashes that are caused by negligent or impaired drivers is not something wished onto anyone. When such tragedies occur, it is only natural for the surviving family members to want to hold the drivers who caused the crashes liable for damages. However, in Arizona, other parties might carry some of the blame for drunk driving motor vehicle accidents.

This was underscored by the fine of $9,000 that the Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control issued against a restaurant that served excessive volumes of alcohol to a man who caused a fatal crash in April 2017. The restaurant's liquor license was also suspended for a limited period because of allegedly selling alcohol to an already intoxicated individual. It also allegedly allowed that person to remain on the restaurant's property, and it failed to protect the safety of other patrons.

The parents of two sisters also filed a lawsuit against the restaurant, alleging it was partly responsible for the deaths of the two women who were 20 and 18 years old when they were killed. It is claimed that the 21-year-old suspect spent hours consuming alcohol at the restaurant before getting into his vehicle and entering the interstate in the wrong direction. Accident reports indicate that he traveled south in the northbound lanes of I-17 shortly after 2 a.m. on April 14, 2017.

Surviving family members of deceased victims of motor vehicle accidents in Arizona can pursue financial relief, but it might be a good idea first to discuss the case with an experienced personal injury attorney. A lawyer can assess all the circumstances and suggest the most appropriate steps to take to get maximum recovery of damages. While an alleged negligent driver -- or the estate if the driver did not survive the crash -- can be sued in the civil court, the attorney can determine whether any other parties could be named as defendants.

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