Impaired drivers kill almost 30 people in the United States every day, which would make an estimated one death every 48 minutes. In 2009, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that over 1.4 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics. The government has measures in place to guard against these drivers, and yet, accidents still happen all the time.
A teenage girl sustained life-threatening injuries in a pedestrian accident in Phoenix (ABC15 05/06/2011). The 17-year-old girl was waiting at a bus stop when a female driver drove her vehicle up on the sidewalk, hitting the girl. Witnesses say that the vehicle continued to run for a short distance before it stopped. The female driver was then held down by bystanders until the police arrived, to keep her from leaving the scene. Police say that the woman, 54, may have been driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The 17-year-old victim was taken to a hospital for life-threatening injuries.
The life of that teenager will forever be changed and impaired driving caused her misfortune. Drinking and using drugs cannot be combined when driving. When drinking, let a sober person drive the car instead. If no sober person can be found, it would be better to ride the bus or a taxi home. When hosting a party where alcohol will be served, be responsible by reminding guests to plan ahead and designate their sober driver, or better yet, offer alcohol-free beverages.
If you are injured in a drunk driving accident, you should be aware of your legal rights and options. Call us at (602) 457-6222 for a free consultation. We may be able to help.