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As experienced Tucson car wreck attorneys, we were shocked and saddened by the news of a crash and its aftermath reported by NBC 4 News on May 23. The crash occurred in the Madera Canyon around 9:30 p.m. when a pickup truck driving down Box Canyon Road drove off the road shoulder and fell more than 200 feet. Two people who were passengers in the car, including an 18-year-old girl, sustained fatal injuries and had died when police arrived.

The driver and a third passenger in the truck were also hurt. The passenger sustained serious injuries and was rushed to a nearby trauma center for immediate care. The driver sustained only minor injuries. According to initial reports from police, the driver was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the collision and was taken into custody on charges of aggravated assault and second degree murder. Our thoughts and hearts go out to the families of the victims in this car wreck and we wish them happiness and peace.

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As Waddell DUI crash attorneys, we were sorry to hear that a man’s car rolled over, causing him to suffer critical injuries. The crash happened on February 10, 2012 at Olive and 180th Avenue at 5:00 a.m., according to Fox 10. It is unclear whether anyone else was injured. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the injured man, and we wish him a speedy recovery.

Causes of This Waddell DUI Crash

It is unclear whether there was anyone else injured in this Waddell DUI car crash. According to police, speed and alcohol could have played a part, causing the man’s car to rollover. Drinking is illegal, as is speeding. Both paired together can result in extremely dangerous situations, as is clear with this incident.

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As recently reported by ABC15, a man from Golden Valley was caught driving too slow in a 35 mph zone. The driver was a 64-year-old man who was first sighted around 2 a.m. at a truck stop. The employees of the truck stop called the authorities and reported the slow-running vehicle and the possibility of an intoxicated driver. Shortly after, the man was caught in the 600 block of Beale St. as he was driving 5 mph in the 35 mph zone. Deputies tested the man and found that he had a BAC of .201%. Officials also found that the man had a suspended license.

Arizona Drunk Driving Statistics

In Arizona, there are 137.19 people injured each day and 2.09 killed every day due to drunk driving crashes. Out of all 2010 crashes in Arizona, 5.16% were alcohol-related.

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AZCentral reported a possible impaired driving accident in Glendale involving a vehicle crashing into a popular hot dog shop on September 14, 2011. According to report, the crash happened at about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday as the 20-year-old driver was headed east on Glendale Avenue.

The driver lost control and veered off into a dirt field across from the hotdog shop and then came crashing into the west side of the store. A gas line was damaged, but crews were able to control the situation and evacuate the area.

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It is never safe to be driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI). Either those involved comes out of it injured or worse, killed. Alcohol is a contributing factor in almost half of all traffic fatalities. During 2009, according to the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), those in DUI cases accounted for 10,839 out of a total of 33,808 fatalities. This was a 7.4% decrease compared to the year 2008. Among the alcohol-impaired drivers, passenger cars involved were 4,242; slightly lower than that of 2008 of 4,679.

In recent news, a 19-year-old ex-UA golfer was issued an arrest warrant for failing to appear in court on the 19th of May for drunk driving in Tuscon. She was a native of Zurich, Switzerland and a former member of the University of Arizona women’s golf team. Reports say her license was said to have been suspended because she failed to pay for a speeding citation that happened last November 2010.

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Every year, about 1.3 million people are killed globally from motor vehicle crashes, while 20 – 50 million more are seriously injured (Centers of Disease Control and Prevention). In 2009, over 1.4 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics. That’s less than one percent of the 147 million self-reported episodes of alcohol-impaired driving among U.S. adults each year.

In Arizona, fire fighters pulled a driver from a pickup truck (AZCentral 06/10/2011) after an intersection crash in Mesa between a van and the pickup truck, where the van collided with the pickup truck’s door. The van reportedly ran a red light before hitting the pickup truck that was trying to make a turn at the intersection. The victim was taken to the hospital with broken ribs, while the driver of the van was said to have been impaired.

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Head-on collisions are serious type of road traffic accident. The nature of the collision itself is dangerous enough to result to fatal injuries. Did you know that there are a total of 126,000 head-on collision accidents that took place in 2009 alone? This is according to the national statistics of NHTSA or National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It sums up to a 2.3 % of the total crashes that had happened on that year, where 3,007 incidents had resulted to fatality.

A head-on collision took place in San Manuel, Arizona, where a 74-year-old man died and three other people were injured. The fatal auto accident in Arizona was between an all-terrain vehicle Polaris Ranger and a Ford Bronco. The Ranger was heading north on Water Tank Road while the Ford Bronco heading southbound when they collided as they reached the hilltop.

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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.

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Motor vehicle crashes involving a drunk driver kills nearly 30 people every day. In fact, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed that more than 2.3 million people injured from fatal car crashes were treated in emergency departments. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistics in 2009 also revealed that 32 percent of about 34,000 car accident fatalities involve impaired driving.

Unlike last year’s Memorial Day Weekend, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office revealed that DUI arrests this year’s celebration were much lower. The lower rates of DUI’s were met with an increase in cab company business. These results implied that most of us are getting the “Don’t drink and drive” message and becoming even more responsible when it comes to drinking and driving in Arizona.

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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.

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