Arizona Car Accident Injuries and Deaths By the Numbers
Arizona drivers are no strangers to car accident injuries and deaths. These serious crashes concern many experienced Arizona car accident lawyers, who see the devastating effects they can have on drivers, passengers, pedestrians, and their families.
The Arizona Department of Transportation (AZDOT) tracks car accidents, injuries, and deaths on the state’s roads each year in order to spot safety issues and plan ways to reduce these events. Here are some of the top statistics from the 2014 Arizona Crash Facts Summary:
- A total of 109,554 car accidents were recorded in Arizona in 2014.
- About 80 percent, or a total of 89,352 accidents, happened in urban areas.
- 20,202 crashes were in rural areas.
- 708 accidents claimed at least one life and 34,451 left at least one person injured.
- In all, these crashes took 774 individual lives and caused 50,890 injuries.
A significant number of injury-causing accidents cause harm to more than one person when they happen.
Drunk driving accidents were the leading cause of car accident deaths. Just over 33 percent, or 238 of 708 total fatal crashes, involved a drunk driver. Speed-related crashes weren’t far behind, with 239 people losing their lives in an accident caused by speeding.
Most fatal accidents in 2014 occurred during evening rush hour, from 5 pm to 6 pm. Alcohol-related crashes numbers were different: these deadly accidents were more likely to take place between 2 a.m. to 3 a.m.