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Arizona car crash: The use of impairing substances is concerning

Sadly, there are numerous auto collisions in Arizona that can be attributed to impaired driving. When thinking about this issue, most tend to think of drunk drivers, but the use of prescription and illegal drugs can also have a dramatic impact on one's ability to safely operate his or her vehicle. A car crash that is the result of one's choice to use an impairing substance can have life-altering affects on a victim or -- in the event of fatality -- his or her family members.

So, how big of an issue is this, really? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on a national level, approximately 30 people a day lose their lives in accidents with drunk drivers. This accounts for about one-third of all auto-related deaths.

Of the nearly 11,000 people a year who are killed in alcohol-related collisions, this number does not account for the others who lose their lives in wrecks caused by the use of legal and illegal drugs. Another 18 percent of car accident-related deaths are believed to be the result of this type of substance abuse. Between the two, hundreds of thousands of people are injured in such incidents.

It is unfortunate that a such a great number of Arizona residents have been negatively affected by impaired drivers. Many have suffered serious injuries, which may have resulted in daily struggles -- financially, physically and psychologically -- and others have been left trying to cope with the losses of loved ones and all the difficulties that often accompany such tragedies -- or both. It is possible for victims or their surviving family members to seek relief for their sufferings through legal means. A civil claim that is filed and successfully litigated against the party deemed negligent in a car crash may result in awarded compensation for documented losses.

Source: cdc.gov, "Impaired Driving: Get the Facts", Accessed on Aug. 12, 2015

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