Injuries from car accidents are the country’s leading cause of death among people aged 5 to 34 (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). About one in every three of these crashes is alcohol related.
Known to disrupt normal motor coordination when taken in excessive quantities, alcohol kills thousands of people in road accidents each year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 10,839 people died in car crashes involving an alcohol-impaired driver in 2009.
Just last weekend, another fatal driving impaired accident in Phoenix was reported. According to police, a man was crossing Indian School Road at 10th Street at around 12:30 a.m. Saturday morning when he was struck by a vehicle (AZ Family 04/02/2011).
The victim was rushed to a local hospital but was later pronounced dead.
The 28-year-old driver was evaluated and found out to be impaired.
No mention as of yet whether the driver will be facing any charges regarding the fatal Arizona pedestrian accident.
Though figures have declined in recent years, fatalities from car crashes attributed to alcohol impairment continue to stay around 33 percent. Both the authorities and numerous non-profit organizations, such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), have highly visible anti-drinking and driving campaigns, yet drunk drivers still hit the streets. If you see a suspected drunk driver, please take action and report the behavior to the police. You may save a life!
If you or a loved one has been a victim of an impaired driver, call us at (602) 267-1280 for a free consultation with one of our Arizona accident lawyers. It’s time that these negligent drivers are held responsible for endangering the lives of others.