Speeding combined with alcohol consumption is a road violation which becomes much worse when other civilians are involved. NHTSA has an estimated economic cost of $40.4 billion per year in speed-related crashes alone. In 2009, speeding was a contributing factor of 31% out of all fatal crashes. However, speed-related crashes showed a decrease of 10%, from 11,767 in 2008 down to 10,591 in 2009.
In recent news, a 40-year-old woman was killed early Saturday morning in a single vehicle drunk driving accident in Arizona just south of Casa Grande (AZCentral 09/10/2011). The victim was a passenger in the 1995 Chevy Corsica, which lost control and struck a metal pole while turning right from Jimmie Kerr Boulevard to Peart Road. Efforts to revive her failed and she was pronounced dead. The Chevy Corsica was driven by a 20-year-old woman who was also rushed to Maricopa Medical Center with serious, non-life threatening injuries. Police say that the vehicle was traveling at a high speed in excess of 100 mph. Evidences suggest that speed and alcohol consumption were the causes of the collision.
According to NHTSA, alcohol-impaired driving fatalities accounted for 10,839 out of a total of 33,808; a 7.4% decrease compared to 2008. In Arizona alone, 219 out of 807 accounted for alcohol-impaired driving which was a 14% decrease from 2008. As a constant reminder, it’s better to not drive when drunk.
If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident involving an alcohol-impaired driver in Arizona, you may call our drunk driving victim attorneys in Phoenix at (602) 457-6222 for a free consultation.