Car accidents are quite common in Arizona. In fact, in 2019, one person died every 8 hours and 46 seconds because of a crash. One of the most unfortunate truths about the number of accidents is how many of them could have been prevented. These startling figures are a reminder to stay vigilant on the road. You never know when someone’s negligence could put you or a loved one in danger.

Arizona Car Crashes by the Numbers

The Arizona Department of Transportation releases reports each year that detail facts about car crashes in the state. The report contains the number of accidents, injuries and fatalities that happen in a one-year period in Arizona. They also point out the times and days that most accidents happen, and the cause of the crashes.  Here are some of the important facts:

  • In 2019, there were 129,750 total car crashes in Arizona.
  • A total of 53,809 people were injured in those crashes.
  • Total fatal car accidents: 911
  • According to the numbers, Fridays had the most accidents.
  • Most car accidents happened between 4pm-5pm.
  • In 2019, he highest number of car accidents occurred on February 14th.

We can make assumptions about those numbers and trends – like how 4pm-5pm must be a peak time for accidents because people are rushing during the afternoon commute. But no matter what the reason behind the accident, the bottom line is that drivers are not being as safe as they should be.

Common Factors in Car Crashes

Each year, many people die in Arizona car accidents due to factors that are completely preventable. Here are some of the most common factors involved:

  • Speeding: Driving too fast was a factor in 43,041 accidents in 2019.
  • Alcohol: Driving under the influence of alcohol caused 4,907 car crashes in 2019.
  • Distracted driving: Distractions including electronic devices, eating, and drinking, and disruptive passengers caused 57,514 accidents in 2018. That’s about 44% of all accidents that year.

Thousands of people are injured by negligent drivers in Arizona every year. Since it is a comparative negligence state, if both drivers share any fault, they will receive damages proportionate to the amount of fault. If you were injured by a negligent driver, but you were distracted and 10% responsible for the accident, then your settlement will be reduced by 10%. This ensures that both parties are held accountable for their actions. If you would like more information, or need help with your personal injury claim, contact Izzy Yetnikoff at Yetnikoff Law Offices, PLLC. You can call us at 800-279-6331 or visit us online.