Articles Posted in Drunk Driving Accidents

82715(2)Alcohol creates a myriad response in the bodies of those who drink. From slowed response rates to a tiredness that can onset quickly, these effects may have a dramatic effect among drivers who have been drinking. For these reasons and others, driving while intoxicated is illegal in every state in the nation and doing so can lead to significant consequences. Drunk driving car accidents cause billions of dollars in damages annually and Arizona suffers from these instances every week.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, alcohol impairment is a factor in approximately 31 percent of all traffic-related fatalities. In 2014 alone, 9,967 people lost their lives in traffic collisions that involved alcohol impairment which is an average of more than 27 lives lost daily that year.

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122315(2)Every state in the nation bans drivers from operating their vehicles after they have reached a level of intoxication, but despite these widespread and commonly known laws, millions of drunk drivers plague our public roadways every year. In fact, in 2013, 28.7 million Americans admitted to driving under the influence of alcohol that year based on a survey done by the federal government, and that number is believed to be low since many impaired motorists are unwilling to admit to their conduct.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has determined that every two minutes, someone is hurt in a drunk driving collision in this country. Unfortunately, far too many of those accidents are happening right in our backyard and across Maricopa County, affecting the lives of those who live in Phoenix or the nearby cities and those who come to the Valley to work.

There is a common misconception about who is driving drunk in Phoenix. Nationally, the rate of drunk driving is highest among 26 to 29 year olds, those who are old enough to consume alcohol legally. So many of these motorists go on to cause drunk driving collisions that in 2014 alone, 9,967 people were killed on American roadways in drunk driving accidents.

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122315(2)Tens of millions of Americans consider themselves fans of professional football, and if you count yourself among them, you may have watched Super Bowl 50 last night. Even if you are not a fan of football, you may have watched the game just to see the famous television advertisements that accompany it or simply because your friends and family were watching.

But even if you avoided the game entirely, know that the Super Bowl could have a significant impact in your life as experts relate an increase in the incidence of drunk driving on America’s roads with Super Bowl celebrations. This can translate to innocent victims becoming injured due to drunk driving accidents and having their lives changed forever due to the actions or inactions of others.

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122315(2)Today marks the end of 2015 and all that it brought to those who call Phoenix home. Whether it was a banner year for you or one you’d rather forget, this year is ending no matter what. And with the closing of the year comes a celebration for many as they look forward to the promise of 2016.

Tonight, many will gather with friends and family members to partake in traditional New Year’s Eve events. Many of the cities in and around Maricopa County also will have public festivities for those wishing to take part and some local establishments are advertising a family-friendly way to celebrate. Regardless of your plans, know that there are certain risks for injuries associated with a typical New Year’s Eve and that your conduct tonight may go a long way toward determining whether you and your family remain safe or whether you may become an accident victim.

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Drunk driving is a popular topic in the media in Phoenix. In fact, Arizona has some of the strictest laws against drunk driving in the nation which lead to many arrests, charges, and sentences related to driving under the influence of alcohol. But with all the attention and with all the legislation related to this activity, it still surprises many that thousands take to the roads in our state each and every year after they have been drinking, contrary to an in violation of the law and against all indications related to public safety.

There are many costs to drunk driving. There is the cost of a traffic ticket should a driver be caught in the act. There is also the cost of a lawyer if that drunk driver needs one for criminal charges. There may be court costs, fines, and fees associated with an act of driving under the influence. A convicted motorist may have to pay to have an ignition interlock device installed in her car. He may have to pay a higher automobile insurance premium once points are assessed against his license. And he may have to pay the price of public embarrassment and shame if it becomes known to family and friend that he drove while drunk.

But the biggest price that is paid for drunk driving is one that cannot be reduced to a monetary value: the price of life. Tragically, a person loses her life every hour of every day in this country due to the actions of drunk drivers. In 2013 alone, more than 10,000 people lost their lives needlessly because a motorist opted to drive after drinking.

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121815Drunk drivers are on the roads every day in Arizona, and unfortunately, they often cause car accidents that can lead to injuries among those involved. While a crash with a drunk driver can happen at any time, certain days of the week, hours of the day, and times of the year are more likely to see collisions than others.

The next few weeks are more likely to see drunk driving accidents than most other times of the year. Across the country, many Americans will be celebrating holidays with those that they love, and a lot of those celebrations will involve alcohol. And if prior years are any indication, some of those individuals will take to the roads after drinking and will drive contrary to and in violation of Phoenix laws that ban impaired or drunk drivers from operating a car. These motorists will risk not only their own safety but the safety of others in their vehicles, drivers in other cars, and even pedestrians or bicyclists near their vehicles simply by choosing to drink and drive.

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82715%282%29.jpgArizona has some of the strictest laws against driving under the influence of alcohol in the nation. Even first time offenders face the possibility of jail time and/or the loss of their driver’s license if they are apprehended drunk driving in the Phoenix area. Yet despite these laws prohibiting the conduct and despite national campaigns warning against driving drunk, every day in Arizona, drivers get behind the wheel when they are impaired and should not be driving.

Impairment comes in many forms and those who drive while impaired may be guilty of breaking the law even if they have no alcohol in their systems. Street drugs, prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, and other chemical substances can be intoxicants if they lower a driver’s ability to operate a vehicle in a safe manner. While the incidents of drunk driving accidents have been decreasing across the nation in recent decades, the number of drivers who operate while high on drugs and cause collisions has been increasing substantially.
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82515%282%29.jpgDrunk driving and driving under the influence of drugs continues to be a significant issue in the Phoenix area. Every day, motorists take to the wheel of their cars when they are impaired and should not be driving, risking not only their own safety but the safety of others in their car and all other people in the area.

And that continues to be one of the real tragedies that comes out of drunk driving accidents in the Phoenix area: often, it is the innocent who suffer the consequences. Whether those victims are in the same car as an impaired driver, another car, or they happen to be pedestrians or bicyclists, the possibility for serious injuries is high. In the worst of these collisions, victims may be killed or may suffer from life-altering harm that can never be repaired or undone.
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81915%282%29.jpgIt takes only a moment for a car accident to occur. A driver might lose control of a vehicle, or a tire might blow. A motorist may ignore a red light or might be distracted behind the wheel. Whatever the cause, most accidents happen in a matter of seconds which means that those involved may not see them coming or even have a clear understanding of what happened.

After the dust settles on a crash, it can still take time to sort through the details and have a complete understanding of all the factors that led up to and contributed to the impact. Often, professional accident reconstructionists get involved to aid local law enforcement officials with their reviews. But the victims of these crashes are not usually kept informed at each step of the process, leaving them wondering what happened and whether a collision could have been prevented.
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72815.jpgAre drunk driving accidents a threat to your personal safety? If you act responsibly and refrain from drinking and driving, you may think that you do not need to concern yourself with impaired and drunk driving statistics because you will never be a victim of such a crash. That thinking is incredibly dangerous though as thousands of innocent victims are harmed in Arizona annually by the actions of another driver, like a drunk driver, and those innocent victims did nothing to bring about the harm.

The Arizona Department of Transportation reports that more than 250 people lose their lives each year in drunk driving related accidents. That averages out to one death every 18 hours spread over the year. Some of these unfortunate victims are in the same car as an impaired driver while others may be in a separate vehicle; yet some may be pedestrians, bicyclists, or even motorcyclists. When a crash claims the life of someone, that victim’s family members are the ones left behind to pick up the pieces and attempt to move beyond the crash and onward with their lives.
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