HOW COMMON ARE ACCIDENTS AND FATALITIES?
In Arizona, since 2009, there has been a 19% increase in accidents and a 25% increase in fatalities. According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, in 2018:
- 127,056 total crashes occurred in Arizona.
- 916 crashes were fatal
- Approximately 2.77 persons were killed each day
- There were 146 persons injured every day
- Motor vehicle crashes resulted in $19.349 billion in economic losses to Arizona
WHEN AND WHERE ACCIDENTS OCCUR
It’s important to know which counties have a high number of fatal accidents before you decide to drive around Arizona. According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, in 2018:
- 491 fatal car accidents occurred in Maricopa County.
- 124 fatal car accidents occurred in Pima County.
- 72 fatal car accidents occurred in Pinal County.
- 51 fatal car accidents occurred in Navajo County.
- 49 fatal car accidents occurred in Coconino County.
As for the most dangerous roadway types in Arizona, the Arizona Department of Transportation reported that in 2018:
- 79% of fatal accidents occurred on dry roads.
- 71% of fatal accidents occurred on straight roads.
- 7% of fatal accidents occurred in downhill roads.
Additionally, the Arizona Department of Transportation reported that in 2018:
- 72% of fatal accidents occurred on clear, sunny days.
- 58% of fatal accidents occurred at night (6pm–6am).
- 40% of fatal accidents occurred on the weekends.
COMMON CAUSES OF MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENTS
According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, out of the 127,056 total crashes in 2018:
- 16.7% were caused by speeding.
- 8.7% were caused by failing to yield.
- 3.5% were caused by following too closely.
- 3.5% were caused by unsafe lane changes.
- 2.1% were caused by failing to stay in the proper lane.
- 2.1% were caused by disregarding traffic signals.
- 1.9% were caused by improper turning.
- .4% were caused by running stop signs.
WHAT TO DO AFTER A MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT
Driving comes with inherent risks, and while not every tragic situation may be avoided, it’s important to take note of these safety tips:
1. CHECK THAT ALL PARTIES INVOLVED ARE SAFE
Check and see if anyone needs urgent medical care, but don’t do anything that could cause further injuries.
2. CALL 911 TO REPORT THE ACCIDENT
Call the police even if there were no serious injuries. Once the police arrive, you may need to file a police report in order to file a claim with your insurance, even if it is solely to make a claim for vehicle damage.
3. SEEK IMMEDIATE MEDICAL ATTENTION FOR ALL INJURIES
You should seek medical attention immediately after an accident, either at your local emergency room, or by seeing your physician. While injuries may not feel serious initially, they often have the potential to develop into something much worse when left untreated. Remember that medical records may also help prove that your injuries were a result of the collision, so be sure to keep an organized record of any documented injuries.
4. GET CONTACT INFORMATION FROM THE OTHER PARTIES AND WITNESSES
You should obtain the name, address, phone number, and insurance information of all persons involved in the accident, including passengers. If there are witnesses, you should write down their contact information as well, so that you or your attorney may contact them in the future.
5. TAKE PHOTOGRAPHS AND NOTES TO DOCUMENT THE ACCIDENT
If you happen to have a camera or smartphone nearby, you should take pictures of the area in which the accident occurred. If possible, it’s best to try and photograph the positions of the vehicles involved in the crash before they are moved from the accident scene. Be sure to include street signs or lights, so that viewers may orient themselves and obtain a better understanding of where the cars were. If you have visible injuries, you should photograph them as well.
6. CONTACT A PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY
A personal injury attorney may not only help with gathering your claim documentation, but may also help you establish liability and seek and negotiate fair compensation for your injuries. At Zinda Law Group, our experienced car accident attorneys have the knowledge and resources necessary to help you build the strongest case possible and to seek the compensation you may be entitled to.
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