What Causes Arizona Car Accidents?
There were 127,056 Arizona traffic accidents in 2018 resulting in over 53,000 people injured and more than 1,000 dead. The majority of accidents that year took place in the evening or afternoon hours between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Fridays. They have also taken place mostly in busy, urban areas. According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, over 82% were in urban areas while just under 18% were in rural areas of the state.
It takes plenty of attention, focus, and a limit to distractions to effectively drive a car, truck, or motorcycle safely. There is no way to know if everyone on the road is also engaging in safe driving practices which is why keeping an eye on your environment and driving defensively is helpful. Although a responsible, experienced, and cautious driver can reduce their risk for an accident, they can’t completely eliminate it. If you have been hit by another automobile, contact the Phoenix automobile accident attorneys immediately to ensure your legal rights are preserved.
What are the Main Causes of Arizona Automobile Accidents?
In 2018, AZDOT revealed the following accidents occurred:
- 4,651 Alcohol-related crashes
- 1,764 pedestrian-related crashes
- 1,279 bicycle-related crashes
- 2,738 motorcycle-related crashes
- 108,326 multi-vehicle crashes
- 20,800 speed-related crashes
Every time you are in a motor vehicle you should wear your seatbelt. If you are a driver, insist that your passengers wear theirs. It is well-known and documented that seat-belt use not only reduces the severity of injuries in a crash but can also save lives. In 2018, there were 2,984 people who were in Arizona car crashes who did not wear their seatbelt and suffered serious injuries. That same year 290 people who did not wear their seatbelts lost their lives in traffic accidents.
Arizona sees so many tragic accidents every year. In 2018 there was a traffic accident every 9 minutes and 51 seconds in the state with 146 people experiencing an accident every day.
Where to Find An Arizona Automobile Accident Attorney
If you have been hit by a reckless party, and you or loved ones in your vehicle were injured, compensation is both deserved and necessary to help pay for your damages. If you are unsure about whether you are able to recover costs after your accident, the Arizona serious injury attorneys at ELG can answer all of your questions. We will examine the details of your accident experience and provide you with a path forward for obtaining compensation.
Because Arizona follows a comparative negligence system, as long as you aren’t deemed to be 100% responsible for causing the accident, you can recover a portion of the final settlement. It is important to understand your legal rights and that your best interests are protected. Medical expenses to care for your injuries after an accident can be very steep, a fair settlement can help you with the costs. The Spanish-speaking, bilingual Phoenix personal injury attorneys at ELG can be reached at (623) 877-3600 to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation.