When a car accident of any kind happens, those involved may speculate whether the incident could have been prevented. Sometimes, there are very clear indications that a crash was entirely preventable. When a motorist makes the choice to drive after consuming alcohol or another substance that can cause impairment, it is a decision that can have disastrous consequences. One Arizona teen considers herself lucky to be alive after she was involved in a car accident with a driver who authorities say was impaired at the time of the crash.

The teen was driving her mother’s minivan when the collision happened. She was running errands while the rest of her family was with friends. According to the teen, a truck jumped a curb and crashed into her vehicle. She was able to relay her contact information to bystanders who called both first responders and her mother.

Authorities issued a warrant for a blood sample of the trucker accused of causing the crash. At this time, it is not clear whether charges will be filed in connection with the incident. Even so, the young girl’s family hopes that people will learn from this incident and take proper precautions to ensure they do not cause a similar event.

Even if police decide not to file criminal charges against the truck driver, the family of the girl in the minivan could decide to pursue a civil claim in relation to the car accident. Litigation is often the best way to hold a negligent driver accountable for his or her actions. Anyone here in Arizona who has been hurt by an impaired driver may wish to consult a personal injury attorney to determine the best course of action to seek justice.