Articles Posted in Drunk Driving Accidents

If you are not familiar with the Phoenix area, driving in the Valley can be very complex. With its congested highways and unusual layout, visitors to the area often express bewilderment at some of the driving skills needed to navigate with ease. Not only visitors are perplexed though as many who call Phoenix home struggle on the roads – though they often do not have novelty as an excuse.

Regardless of your familiarity with the Valley, it is the charged duty of each and every driver to operate safely on the roads and to ensure that his or her conduct does not pose a threat to others. Despite this clear legal requirement, drivers take to the roads every day and engage in dangerous, hazardous, and otherwise threatening actions that far too often lead to car accidents.
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According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, approximately one-third of all drivers who are arrested for or convicted of drunk driving are repeat offenders. This may seem logical when you consider the fact that MADD also reports an average drunk driver operates under the influence more than 80 times before he or she is arrested and charged for an infraction. While it remains a crime in Arizona to drive while drunk, countless motorists do so every day and they place the safety of others in jeopardy as a result of their actions.

Arizona, including Maricopa County, has some of the strictest drunk driving laws in the nation and many first time offenders are required to serve jail time as a result. That is a lesson that former NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb learned after a 2013 arrest for drunk driving outside of Phoenix and a subsequent guilty plea. Now, McNabb is facing similar charges after a traffic accident at a red light in Gilbert.
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Campaigns warning of the dangers of drinking and driving have been around for decades and many major cities have taken substantial steps to curb this activity since the 1970s. Despite public awareness of increased enforcement efforts, more than 250 people are killed in a typical year in Arizona in car accidents involving a drunk driver. In addition to those victims that lose their lives, thousands survive but are injured and many of those are forced to undergo medical treatments from weeks to years after the crash ends.

The fallout from these accidents typically involves medical expenses as well as inflicting pain and suffering on a victim, preventing that victim from earning wages because he or she is unable to work for a time, and potentially leading to permanent injuries that may never resolve. Some accidents affect a victim’s ability to lead a normal life or to care for his or her family. The unique facts surrounding any collision in the Phoenix area can determine what relief may be available for those who are injured or for those left behind if a loved one is killed and speaking with a personal injury attorney can help those individuals realize their options for financial compensation.
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Every year, many national organizations and some local to the Phoenix area attempt to forecast the travel that is anticipated during busy times like holiday weekends. These estimates can help motorists plan their routes or even adjust their thoughts on a weekend trip depending on the number of drivers expected on the roads and the peak hours in which those drivers will operate. This year, AAA anticipates 37.2 million Americans will travel during the Memorial Day weekend and that many of those will be doing so by road.

Increased traffic by itself can be a threat to safety as road congestion tends to lead to car accidents. As those who live in the Phoenix area know, highways and interstates in the Valley can turn to stop-and-go with little or no warning and when traffic backs up, it can take hours to clear again. All of this can happen with a normal amount of drivers on the road and conditions only worsen as a heavy dose of holiday traffic joins the masses.

But while traffic is somewhat of a concern, the greatest concern to many over Memorial Day weekend will be the threat posed by drunk drivers. Drunk driving accidents are responsible for approximately one out of every three traffic-related deaths in America each year and more than 250 people in Arizona are killed by drunk drivers annually.
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In Arizona, it is illegal to drive a car while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Any amount of alcohol or intoxicant can be a crime but there is a presumption that a driver is impaired if that driver has a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher. But the laws in the state do not stop there; additionally, a driver with a BAC of .15 or higher is guilty of extreme DUI and those who drive drunk with additional surrounding circumstances may be guilty of aggravated DUI.

These laws apply to all motorists in the state, regardless of who those drivers are. This is a lesson that former NFL wide receiver Braylon Edwards reportedly learned last week when he was arrested in Scottsdale for extreme DUI.
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Driving under the influence of alcohol is a crime in Arizona and the vast majority of drivers know that. But alcohol is far from the only substance that can lead to a charge of driving under the influence or driving while intoxicated. Additionally, recreational drugs, street drugs, and even some prescription and over-the-counter drugs may be a violation of state laws if a driver uses them or is under the influence while they drive. If a drug affects a motorist’s ability to operate a car, it might be against the law to use while driving.

Many drugs have a long lasting effect and therefore, if taken even hours before driving, they can still affect a driver’s ability to operate. If you have been involved in a collision with a driver who may have been under the influence of drugs or alcohol and you sustained injuries, you may be entitled to seek relief for your losses. Speaking with a Phoenix personal injury lawyer can help you realize your options and your possibilities if you have been involved in a crash.

A Wednesday pile-up in Tempe involved five vehicles and left several streets closed while authorities removed debris. Now, police report that the suspect admitted that he used marijuana prior to the incident.

A 20-year-old man was driving near the intersection of University Drive and McClintock Drive around 5:00 p.m. when he allegedly failed to slow down for traffic and collided with the rear of a second car. The second car struck a third, and that car then struck a fourth car. A fifth vehicle attempted to avoid the fallout from the crashes by leaving the road’s surface but that car was stopped when it struck a utility pole near the intersection. At least one person was injured and was taken by ambulance to an area hospital for unspecified injuries.

Police spoke with the 20-year-old driver of the first vehicle and officers have reported that the man admitted he smoked marijuana prior to the collision. He was arrested and is facing charges including assault and endangerment but may face other charges pending the outcome of an investigation.
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When a drunk driving accident takes place in Phoenix, the victims of that crash may be confused about what happens next and what options they possess for legal relief. In some cases, local or state police may arrive at the scene and assess the suspected intoxicated driver, potentially arresting that individual or otherwise issuing charges in the crash. In other cases, an impaired motorist may flee the scene before police have the opportunity to arrive and investigate. This can spurn a subsequent investigation into who the driver was, who owned the vehicle, and whether certain laws were violated prior to and during the crash.

If the police issue citations or criminally charge a suspected drunk driver, it is important for injury victims of that crash to understand that any penalties stemming from those charges are not designed to benefit the victim directly. Instead, fees, fines, and incarceration are possible punishments and are designed to benefit the State of Arizona and the community at large. If a victim wants to seek relief for his or her injuries, that victim may be entitled to do so but will have to take certain steps to initiate the process. Speaking with a personal injury attorney in Phoenix can help you understand whether you have a valid claim and, if so, whether you may be entitled to payment for your losses.

Police in Phoenix have confirmed a collision between a vehicle and a group of pedestrians that occurred on Wednesday morning and that left at least one person with significant injuries. According to reports, a 24-year-old male driver in a personal vehicle drove into a crowd of pedestrians in a bar parking lot, colliding with at least one individual and trapping that individual between the front of the vehicle and against a second car. The incident, which happened near Washington Street and 54th Street, caused police and emergency crews to respond to the scene and evaluate the pedestrian who was hurt but was expected to survive. That individual was taken to an area hospital with undisclosed injuries.

The driver of the car at issue remained at the scene and spoke with police. Reports indicate that the alleged assault may have started with a verbal altercation between the group of pedestrians and the driver though the exact exchange of words has not been confirmed. The 24-year-old driver was arrested and is facing charges including assault and suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.
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The Arizona Department of Transportation reports that on average, more than 250 people are killed in the state every year in accidents involving drunk drivers. Many of these victims are not the drunk drivers themselves but rather are other drivers involved, passengers in a drunk driver’s vehicle or another vehicle, or even pedestrians and bicyclists in the area.

It is a crime to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs in Phoenix but despite these laws, many choose to operate their vehicles while impaired and they risk the safety of others when they do so. If a drunk driving accident happens, anyone hurt in that crash may be entitled to seek compensation for their injuries and their suffering, and speaking with a personal injury lawyer can help you understand your options if a collision has affected you. In many cases, you may be able to recover against a drunk driver personally or that driver’s automobile insurance policy. In others, the owner of a vehicle may be legally liable for your suffering or the company that a driver was working for at the time. Yet in other collisions, a tavern, bar, or restaurant may be responsible if they served a driver and enabled that individual to become intoxicated. Often, several of these claims can exist in any given crash, so make sure you understand your rights and options as they apply to you.

A collision in Maricopa County on Wednesday afternoon left four people injured and closed a section of road to through traffic, according to local authorities. Police have confirmed that the incident occurred near Daisy Mountain Drive and Gavilan Park Parkway and may have involved the presence of alcohol.

While on the scene, police confirmed that the incident involved one vehicle T-boning a second and causing a serious collision that resulted in at least one person becoming trapped inside a vehicle. That victim had to be transported by air ambulance to an area hospital where the victim’s condition was considered critical. Three other people were hurt in the accident, including two teenagers and a middle-aged woman, but all three of those victims are expected to survive.

There has been no conclusive determination as to why the two vehicles involved collided or whether the suspected impaired driver was one of the people who was hurt. Further reports indicate that the investigation into this incident is ongoing and that the results of any data review will determine what charges, if any, are brought.
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On Friday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) released the results of two national studies on the effects of drinking and driving on American roads, and the results may be surprising to some.

Over the last four decades, the NHTSA has partnered with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety to conduct their Roadside Survey of Alcohol and Drug Use by Drivers. With the history of this survey, it is possible to analyze not only a current year’s incidents of drunk and drugged driving but also to compare any given year to those that came before it. The data from 2014 concludes that the number of motorists who drove on American roads, streets, and highways with measurable alcohol in their systems decreased by nearly 1/3 from the level seen in 2007; further, the incidence of drunk driving was down nearly 3/4 from the first levels noted back in 1973.

The authors of this study were quick to note that while drunk driving levels decreased dramatically, it did not necessarily translate to safer driving conditions for all motorists because the occurrence of drugged driving or driving under the influence of drugs other than alcohol increased substantially. This included the use of marijuana as well as the use of prescription and street drugs that could lead to an intoxicating condition that may impair a driver’s abilities while operating a vehicle. In 2014, one in five drivers surveyed had a compound in their systems that was considered to be intoxicating and potentially hazardous to public safety. When compared to the one percent of drivers who had blood alcohol contents of .08 or higher, it is clear that the issue of drugged driving presented twenty times as often in the results of the survey when weekending driving behaviors were analyzed.

The study relies upon drivers to accurately report their conduct and their driving behaviors and allows motorists to do so anonymously to encourage the accuracy of a study in any given year.
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In two days, people of Phoenix will awake to the promise of a Super Bowl in their backyards. From the epic food spreads to the time spent with friends, many will partake in game day activities even if they will not be watching the game in person at the University of Phoenix Stadium. While most of these celebrations will be harmless and will involve responsible adults, statistics indicate that some adults will choose to drink and drive, making the roads in Arizona hazardous for all those in the area.

Across the nation, incidents of drinking and driving have been significantly elevated in recent years on Super Bowl Sunday when compared to a normal Sunday in January or February. For instance, California has reported an increase in fatal alcohol-related accidents over the last five years on Super Bowl Sunday. This happened even when California did not host the Super Bowl and its citizens were watching the coverage at their homes or at local bars and restaurants.

Officials in Arizona believe this trend will continue in Glendale and in Phoenix and may be even worse as those attending the Super Bowl may also drink and drive. In addition, authorities are considering the nature of Phoenix-area traffic congestion and standard traffic patterns and believe that a large number of cars on area expressways combined with the potential for drunk driving accidents may prove deadly.

Police in Arizona are urging all those in the state to refrain from drinking and driving this Sunday just like they should every day of the year. Instead, adults who want to consume alcohol are encouraged to designate a driver, take public transportation, or consider using a taxi cab to get around the Valley or to get home from the game.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) encourages those who will be hosting a Super Bowl party to be on the alert for the safety of their guests and to discourage drinking and driving whenever possible. NHTSA suggests taking car keys away from any guest who has had too much to drink or offering to let intoxicated guests remain at your home until they can safety leave with the help of a sober driver or by an alternative means of transit.
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