Impaired Driver Injures Three Children
We have learned of a recent accident that has left three children injured. At the end of January, a driver that police say was likely on drugs caused a two-car crash near 43rd Avenue and Happy Valley Road. Three children were taken to the hospital to be treated for injuries and were listed as being in serious condition. An adult patient was also treated on scene but refused transportation to the hospital.
At Lorona Mead, this crash shows us that driver negligence is a serious problem and we cannot predict when an accident will occur. In this case, it was only 4 p.m. If you need a Phoenix car accident attorney, you can count on us to fight for you. We want to make sure you get the compensation you need for all of your accident-related expenses.
Impaired Driving Kills
When we look at alcohol-related crashes in Arizona, the numbers can be a bit deceiving. Out of the 127,064 total crashes reported during the latest year, only 4,854 were alcohol-related. The real problem lies in just how much deadlier these crashes are. They accounted for nearly 30% of the total crashes in the state, with 320 deaths. Over 3,000 people were injured in crashes involving alcohol.
The legal limit for alcohol in a driver’s system in Arizona is .08%, but we know that far too many people choose to drive when they are over the limit. Impaired drivers are often driving too fast for conditions and sometimes never even hit the brakes before an impact.
We do not have solid numbers for those impaired by drugs who cause accidents in the state, but this is a zero-tolerance state for drugged driving. You need to know that, despite medical marijuana being legal here, you can still not operate a vehicle impaired. For the latest reporting year, there were 845 citations given in crashes for those on illegal drugs.
While impaired driving may be a major problem, we know that there are others. Most vehicle accidents can be traced to driver error and the state DOT gives us a list of common negligent behaviors of people in Arizona:
- Speeding too fast for conditions
- Failure to yield the right-of-way
- Following too closely
- Disregarding traffic signals
- Unsafe lane changes
When a driver’s negligence causes another person harm on the roadway, they need to be held accountable for their actions.
What You Can Do
We know that the aftermath of a vehicle accident with injuries can be a confusing time. If you have been injured due to another person’s careless driving or negligent behavior, you need to seek legal assistance. At Lorona Mead, we will fight to make sure you are fully compensated for all of your accident-related expenses. Often, we find that insurance companies do not have your best interests in mind when they make settlement decisions. When you need a car accident attorney in Phoenix, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling 602-385-6825.