Arizona Auto Accident Attorney
As an experienced auto accident attorney in Arizona even I find the most recently released car crash statistics alarming. According to http://www.azdot.gov/mvd/statistics/arizona-motor-vehicle-crash-facts, even with increases in our population, fatal crashes in Arizona decreased from 1,121 in 2006 to 709 in 2014. Sadly, that number rose to 811 in 2015. Indeed, the number of traffic deaths also rose from 774 in 2014 to 895 in 2015 – an increase of 15.63%. *
In 2015, on Arizona highways, roads, and streets:
- 80.96% of all crashes occurred in urban areas.
- The peak month for crashes was December, the peak day was Friday, and the peak hour was 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The peak date for all crashes was January 30th (635 crashes).
- For fatal crashes, the peak day was Saturday, the peak hour was 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., and the peak date was October 8th (8 fatal crashes).
- Approximately 2.45 persons were killed each day, and one person was killed every 9.79 hours.
- 146.92 persons were injured each day, one person injured every 9.82 minutes.
- Alcohol related crashes accounted for 4.24% of all crashes and 32.80% of all fatal crashes. Of all alcohol related crashes, 77.9% occurred in urban areas, and 22.10% in rural. Of the alcohol related fatal crashes, 56.39% occurred in urban areas, and 43.61% in rural. The peak hour for alcohol related crashes was 2:00 – 3:00 a.m.
- Single vehicle crashes accounted for 16.35% of the total and 35.39% of all fatal crashes.
- Of all pedestrian crashes, 11.44% were fatal, while 1.95% of “pedalcycle” crashes were.
- Crashes during the daylight hours (6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.) accounted for 75.5% of all crashes.
- The Thanksgiving weekend was the deadliest holiday in 2015 for crashes, probably because it includes a day longer than the other holidays. Otherwise, Memorial Day was the deadliest. The July 4th holiday had the most alcohol related crashes.
- The most common crash? Rear end collision.
- The most common driver violation? Speeding.
* In every crash category but three, there were increases in 2015. The three with decreases in crashes in 2015 compared to 2014: (1) “pedalcyclist” injuries down 13.02% – pedalcyclist fatalities saw no change); (2) pedestrian injuries (down 8.65% – pedestrian fatalities, however, were up 3.87%); and (3) motorcycle and passenger injuries (down 6.37% – motorcycle fatalities were up 4.69%).
If you have been injured, or a loved one been killed, in a motor vehicle crash, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more under Arizona law. I am an experience auto accident attorney and I can help you. I offer a free consultation, and will evaluate your case and let you know if it is worth pursuing. If it is, I can represent you on a contingency fee basis with no upfront costs. Call me today at (480) 833-1113.