Injury is a physical trauma done to the body usually caused by an outside force. That external force could be courtesy an accident, hit, fall, weapon, etc. A car accident is one of the major reasons for severe injuries. Irresponsible or reckless driving can be quite dangerous. To provide you some perspective, the following are some Phoenix road accident facts.
Why Learn About Car Accidents?
There are certain places, times, and circumstances under which road accidents are likely to happen. While you may not always be able to stop a car accident from happening, you could decrease your likelihood of being in such an accident if you know the causes. By reviewing car accident statistics in Phoenix, you would discover the types of irresponsible driving behaviors that could lead to injuries and accidents
Most common accident type in Arizona is accidents involving vehicles in transport. The second most common type involves stationary objects followed by accidents with non-stationary. A major portion of the accidents (more than six thousand) belonged to an unknown category.
As per the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), major reasons for car accidents in Phoenix include:
- Driver fatigue
- Drunk driving
- Running red lights
- Distracted driving
- Aggressive driving
- Inclement weather
- Traffic congestion
- Roadway defects
More than 4,800 accidents involving cars on Arizona roads had an alcohol connection. Of those, more than 280 involved fatalities. While crashes caused due to alcohol consumption accounted for approximately four percent of all crashes in the state, they accounted for close to a third of all fatal accidents.
The day of the week and time of the day also factored into these accidents. In 2017, most car accidents happened on a Friday, between 5 and 6 p.m. The most fatal accidents happened between 8 and 9 pm on the same day. January 20, 2017 saw the most crashes per year at 640.
Holidays are one of the most dangerous times to travel; the Thanksgiving travel period (November 22 to 27, 2017) witnessed 16 fatal crashes, which is the most for any holiday. The New Years period (Dec 30 to Jan 3, 2017) saw 12 fatal crashes and the Christmas travel period (Dec 22 to 26, 2017) had 11 fatal accidents.
2017 saw more than fifty-five thousand injuries and close to one thousand deaths due to vehicle crashes in Arizona where 226 pedestrians also died due to these crashes. 1,700 crashes involved pedestrians—over 1,500 of them happened in urban areas. Moreover, about eighty-five percent of all pedestrian accidents led to injury of some type.
People in the twenty-five to thirty-four year age group were killed and injured the most due to these crashes and individuals in the thirty-five to forty-four year age group were the second most. Men dominated both the categories, having more injuries and deaths than women.
The state’s total economic losses during the period due to vehicle crashes were more than ten billion dollars, and Phoenix had contributed to that loss significantly.
As far as death or serious injuries go, vehicle drivers were much more likely to suffer compared to pedestrians or passengers. Adolescents and young drivers are more likely to be involved in a car accident on Phoenix roads.
If you were part of a car crash in Phoenix, Arizona, contact the Law Offices of Michael Cordova to stay clear on the legal side of things.