Drunk driving and speeding is a dangerous combination that is the cause of a majority of automobile accidents. In most instances, these two are the main cause of fatal crashes in the United States. Alcohol-impaired driving crashes kills almost 30 people in the United States. In 2009, fatalities involving alcohol-impaired drivers reached to almost 11,000 or nearly 32 percent of all motor vehicle accident fatalities nationwide.
Meanwhile, speeding, according to studies can increase the likelihood of an accident. This is because travelling at a high speed can reduce the possibility to respond in time when needed. Speeding consists of exceeding the posted speed limit or driving too fast for the road conditions or any speed-related violation charged (racing, driving above speed limit, speed greater than reasonable, exceeding special speed limit). In 2008, 11,674 speeding-related fatalities were recorded nationwide in 2008. In Arizona alone, 373 from 937 fatalities were reported.
On Monday night (6-28-11), another car wreck occurred at Dunlap and 29th avenues. Police say that alcohol and street racing are the cause of the wreck. The two cars were racing when they crashed into a turning car in Dunlap Avenue.
Three passengers of the turning car were injured and were taken to a local hospital. Meanwhile the driver of one of the cars fled while the other, who was suspected to be impaired stayed in the scene.
Despite the continuous decline of traffic accidents involving impaired drivers, it is still important for us to continue to be aware of some safety steps especially when we cannot avoid social plans involving alcohol.
Prior to any drinking, designate a non-drinking driver when with a group.
- Don’t let your friends drive impaired. Take their keys away.
For victims of fatal car accidents due to impaired or speeding drivers in Arizona, call our free consultation hotline at (480) 389-2463. As Phoenix speeding accident attorneys, we are ready to assist you in getting what you deserve.