Motor Vehicle Crashes in Arizona are Increasing | Car Crash AttorneyIf you have been injured in a motor vehicle crash, you are one of many and need an experienced car crash attorney now. Every year in Arizona there are about 100,000 auto crashes. Those accidents cause thousands of injuries, some serious, along with thousands of fatalities. In addition to the cost in suffering and loss of life, motor vehicle crashes lead to billions of dollars in economic losses.
According to the latest update from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Arizona traffic deaths rose 18.4% in the first nine months of 2021 compared to the year before, far outpacing the national 12% increase in the same period.
While some of the increase could be attributed to the pandemic-related drop in driving in 2020, it’s not the only reason: highway fatalities also rose when compared to the first nine months of 2019, increasing 19.9% in Arizona and 17.7% nationally for that two-year period.
According to NHTSA data released in February 2022, traffic deaths in Arizona rose from 735 in the first nine months of 2019 to 744 in the same period in 2020 – a 1.2% increase – before jumping to 881 fatalities in the first three quarters of 2021.
The pattern was repeated nationally, with deaths rising 5.1%, from 26,941 in the first nine months of 2019 to 28,325 in 2020. They grew by another 12%, to 31,720 in 2021.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, safety issues that existed before COVID – including speeding, drunken driving and less seatbelt use – became worse by the pandemic.
Meanwhile, we are also experiencing a population surge, so we now have 400,000 more licensed drivers on the road in Arizona than in 2019. Increased growth = increased traffic = more crashes.
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