Every day, people die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. In 2009, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noted that 10,839 people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes. This number accounts for nearly one-third (32%) of all traffic-related deaths in the United States. In the same year, over 1.4 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics. That’s less than one percent of the 147 million self-reported episodes of alcohol-impaired driving among U.S. adults each year.
In Mesa, a man was killed when he crashed his car into a wall after driving the wrong way on Arizona 51 (AZCentral 05/16/2011). Officers say they received a 911 call about a man who was driving north on a southbound lane of the freeway. When authorities arrived, the man had already crashed into the wall at the southbound on-ramp of Arizona 51 at Highland Avenue. He was pronounced dead on the scene. Police say they recovered opened alcoholic beverages inside the car. Both lanes of the Arizona 51 were closed for two hours.
This tragic Mesa drunk driving accident is a reminder for all drivers to never drink and then get behind the wheel. Being a responsible driver does not only apply to those who are driving, but also to those who recognize the fact that they shouldn’t drive due to circumstances such as drinking. Alcohol impairs a person’s thoughts, judgement, and reaction time making it a risk for injury.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a crash related to alcohol-impaired drivers, then you should know your legal rights and options. Call (480) 753-4534 now for a free consultation with one of our experienced Arizona drunk driving crash attorneys.