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The prolonged monsoon season has contributed to multiple New River car crashes, and the latest lane restrictions caused by flooding and debris will only serve to make conditions more hazardous for drivers. According to reports from the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), the northbound lanes of I-17 north of New River will be under tight restrictions while crews work to clear away debris. Drivers unaware of these restrictions may cause accidents by traveling at speeds greater than the restricted 55 miles per hour in the cleanup zone, by hitting debris, and by not paying attention to the constantly changing lanes of travels. Drivers can avoid serious collisions by staying alert, slowing down, watching out for construction and cleanup crews, and by paying special attention to the drivers around them.
How Road Surface Conditions Contribute to New River Car Crashes
Due to the seriousness of this year’s monsoon season, multiple New River car crashes have been reported in the news despite the small town’s typical lack of involvement in crash statistics. Rain is listed as a contributing factor in around 3,035 car accidents every year, according to recent reports out of the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT). Additionally, standing water and wet conditions are listed as contributing factors in more than 7,500 incidents. Collectively, reports indicate that the involvement of water in car wrecks contributes to more than 3,000 injuries and around 115 deaths every year. In Maricopa County, around 5,300 crashes happen in outlying cities and towns annually, according to statistics.
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