Countless nonprofit agencies, as well as federal, state and local governments, have put extensive efforts into raising awareness of and preventing drunk driving. Although their efforts are admirable and may have an impact on reducing drunk driving, the sad truth of the matter is that people continue to drink and drive. When they do so, they put innocent individuals at risk of serious harm, as it only takes a split second for an intoxicated motorists to cause a severe car accident.
A car accident can leave a victim with any number of a wide variety of injuries. Sometimes, he or she will escape with minor bumps and bruises. Sometimes he or she will suffer from cuts. In other cases, those involved in a car wreck are able to walk away with nothing more than some property damage and a bad experience. Yet, for a large number of accident victims, the injuries they suffer are much more serious. For these individuals, the physical, emotional and financial damages can leave them reeling.
This blog previously discussed causes of automobile collisions. Specifically, it addressed the dangers of distracted driving. Although it may seem obvious, many Arizonans fail to consider how taking their attention and eyes off of the road can put others in harm's way. The truth of the matter is that distracted driving is becoming more common, resulting in far too many innocent motorists suffering serious injuries or being killed. Victims of these awful car accidents often have a long road ahead of them to reclaim the life they once knew, and the process can be painful, stressful, and expensive.
Everyone knows that driving under the influence of alcohol is dangerous. The problem is that far too many individuals are either unable to tell when they've had too much to drink, or they simply don't care about the dangers they pose to others. In either case, these negligent drivers can put innocent motorists in harm's way. Even the most defensive driver can wind up suffering serious injuries in a drunk driving accident. To try to curtail the occurrence of drunk driving, many government agencies, non-profit organizations and educational institutions have attempted to disseminate information about just how dangerous driving under the influence of alcohol can be.
With the ever-growing prevalence of technology in our day-to-day lives, it's no wonder that it has affected our driving. Although some of these technological advances have proven beneficial, others have shown that they can be deadly. This is often the case with texting and driving, which can result in a devastating accident that can leave unsuspecting motorists with serious injuries. In the worst cases, they die.
When a victim has been harmed by the careless or negligent actions of another party, such as a careless driver, they may have a personal injury claim for the damages they have suffered. Depending on the circumstances, personal injury damages can include medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and wrongful death damages when the situation permits.
Distracted driving-related car accidents can rob victims of their lives as they know them and may also result in death. The Arizona Department of Public Safety reports that there have been a total of 741 car accidents reported in Arizona that were likely caused by distracted driving. A representative from the Arizona Department of Public Safety notes that distracted driving includes any behavior that removes the driver's attention and focus from the roadway.
Victims and loved ones of victims of car accidents have important legal protections. A tragic car accident in Arizona recently killed two sisters. The 18-year old and 20-year old sisters were killed in the head-on crash. The 21-year old driver of the other car was also killed in the accident. The sisters were hit head-on by the other driver who was driving the wrong way on the freeway. Both victims killed in the car accident were in college and were driving to see the Grand Canyon in the morning.
Is it legal to text and drive in Arizona? The answer to this question is more complex than one might expect.