Did you know that drunk driving is the most common cause of fatal car crashes in the United States? Almost 30 people die everyday in motor vehicle crashes involving an alcohol-impaired driver. Many of us know someone who was a victim of these kinds of tragic incidents. Motor vehicle accidents in the country rank first when it comes to the causes of deaths among 5- to 34- years old. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
The CDC has also revealed that in 2009, more than 2.3 million adult drivers and passengers were treated in emergency departments because of injuries due to motor vehicle accidents. In addition, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that almost 34,000 persons were killed all over the country in 2009 as result of fatal car accidents.
It was early Friday morning, around 3 a.m. (05/13/11), when an SUV crashed into the recently-installed barriers outside a Phoenix bar at Wild Bill Saloon (Glendale) and 27th avenue. Two people were seen inside the SUV when it crashed.
The driver of the red SUV got out and ran away. He was captured by the police before he got too far. Police also believed that the driver was impaired. Both the driver and the passenger sustained minor injuries because of the crash.
Drinking alcoholic beverages is legal, however it is illegal to drive a car after drinking. . We should also remember that there are limitations, and we should know when we need to ask for a sober ride home. Here are some helpful tips provided by CDC to avoid alcohol-impaired auto accidents in Arizona:
- Prior to any drinking, designate a non-drinking driver when with a group.
- Don’t let your friends drive impaired. Take their keys away.
- If you have been drinking, get a ride home or call a taxi.
- If you’re hosting a party where alcohol will be served, remind your guests to plan ahead and designate their sober driver; offer alcohol-free beverages; and make sure all guests leave with a sober driver.
As Arizona drunk driving accident lawyers, we believe that one way to help stop these accidents is by holding alcohol impaired drivers responsible for their actions. For victims of drunken driving accidents, we are available at (602) 267-1280. Call us now for your free consultation; we may be able to help you.