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As Phoenix car accident attorneys, we were saddened to hear that a driver died as a result of speeding on November 6. Police officers believe he was drag racing when he hit two other cars, causing injuries to the others involved. We express our deepest condolences to the family of the victim and our thoughts and prayers go out to those who were injured.

Causes of This Phoenix Car Accident

According to a report by AZ Central, the driver of the speeding car may have been drag racing while driving northwest on North Grand Avenue at 2 p.m. on November 6. The driver of a Chevy van attempted a left turn in front of him and the van was knocked into a Mitsubishi. The driver of the speeding car was taken to the hospital where he died of his injuries. To make matters more complicated, the driver of the van is believed to have been impaired; police are still investigating this speeding accident.

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According to a Crash Facts Summary for Arizona in 2009, speeding accounted for 1,298 out of 202,278 accidents while reckless driving accounted for 33,845 out of a total of 202,278 accidents. Drivers seem to enjoy the thrill of the road that sometimes they forget to follow the traffic rules.

In recent news, Earl Simmons, more popularly known as rapper DMX, has been arrested again in the Valley (ABC15 08/25/2011). He was said to have been taken into custody at US 60 and Power Road for going on the radar at 102 miles/hr. Simmons’ license was suspended and revoked. He was arrested on and cited for criminal speeding, driving on a suspended license, and reckless driving. Back in 2007, Earl Simmons was indicted with felony charges, including drug possession–namely marijuana, weapons, and animal cruelty following a raid at his Cave Creek home. A SWAT team raided his home, seized a dozen distressed pit bull dogs, and dug up remains of three other dogs.

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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.

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