Did you know that in 2009, there were ore than 2.3 million drivers and passengers who were treated in emergency rooms and over 30,000 killed due to motor vehicle accidents? This overwhelming number is the factor why motor vehicle accidents are considered to be the leading cause of death among people ages 5 to 34 in the United States.
In the recent CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) fact sheets, it revealed that the state of Arizona has crash-related death costs adding up to $1.10 billion each year.
Alcohol-impaired driving, speeding, distracted driving, and sleep-deprived driving are just some of the many causes of fatal car accidents. In the United States, about 30 victims die in fatal car crashes which involve drunk drivers making the annual costs of alcohol-related crashes to $51 billion nationwide.
In Glendale, an intoxicated driver caused a van wreck early Tuesday morning (5/24/11). Police officers received a call about a minivan that had crashed into an apartment complex wall at 75th and Glendale Avenues.
According to the witnesses, the minivan had three occupants, two adult women and a 2-year-old girl. By the time the police arrive, only the passenger with non-life threatening injuries was inside the van. Meanwhile, the driver of the van had left the scene to take the toddler into the apartment complex.
Police searched the apartment complex and eventually found the girl unharmed. However, paramedics had to check the condition of the child and then took her to the hospital.
Intoxication at time of the Glendale accident is believed to be the reason of the wreck since the two adult women has been out drinking before it happened.
The United Nations General Assembly has proclaimed 2011 to 2020 as the Decade of Action on Road Safety. Thus, if you cannot avoid drinking, here are some safety tips from the Center for Disease Control and Road Safety (CDC).
Whenever your social plans involve alcohol, make plans so that you don’t have to drive after drinking. For example:
- 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.
For victims of drunk driving accidents in Arizona, ourGlendale drunk driving accident lawyers are available at (602) 267-1280. Call us now for your free consultation; we may be able to help you. As Arizona accident lawyers, we believe that one way to help stop these accidents is by holding alcohol impaired drivers responsible for their actions.