A family’s life can change in the blink of an eye. Those who have lost loved ones to motor vehicle accidents know that pain all too well. When that accident is tied to impaired driving, it can seem all the more cruel, since the tragedy could have been avoided. This is what one family is likely enduring after a young man lost his life in a motorcycle accident that also left his girlfriend injured. Arizona police allege that the person who caused the crash was driving under the influence.

The accident happened late on a recent evening when the man and his girlfriend were riding on his motorcycle. Authorities say that a woman driving an SUV tried to make a left turn and struck the motorcycle, throwing both the man and his girlfriend from the bike. Both riders were wearing helmets, but the man did not survive. His girlfriend suffered injuries that were not considered life-threatening.

Police took the driver of the SUV into custody and have charged her with manslaughter, aggravated assault and endangerment. The man’s family say they are devastated and that they thought the man would end up marrying his girlfriend. They worry about what she is having to endure due to this horrible tragedy.

Even if the driver of the SUV is not convicted of the criminal charges, the injured victim and the family of the  deceased victim could decide to pursue civil litigation against her. Successfully-litigated claims could result in monetary damages that could be used to cover outstanding expenses from the motorcycle accident, such as medical bills or funeral costs. An attorney here in Arizona with extensive experience litigating wrongful death and personal injury claims would be able to advise of all of the available options.