Arizona Car Crashes and Fatalities
Crashes on Arizona roads resulted in 1000 fatalities in 2017, an auto accident lawyer Phoenix, AZ may be able to help an injured victim, or his or her family.
The Arizona Department of Transportation has reported that:
- March 2017 resulted in more crashes across Arizona than any other month,
- The peak day for all crashes was January 20, 2017, with 640. December 22, 2017 was the peak day for deadly incidents, when eight people were killed.
- The number of crashes across the state saw an increase in 2017, totaling 127,064 crashes, up 77 from 2016.
- Pedestrian involved crashes increased by 59 in 2017, bringing the total to 1,702.
- More than 15,000 hit-and-run crashes occurred across that state in 2017, leaving 64 people dead. The total number of hit and run crashes, as well as deadly hit and run reports increased.
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released fatal traffic crash data for 2016. According to NHTSA data, which was collected from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, 37,461 lives were lost on U.S. roads in 2016, an increase of 5.6 percent from 2015.
NHTSA found that distracted driving and drowsy driving fatalities declined, while deaths related to other reckless behaviors – including speeding, alcohol impairment, and not wearing seat belts – continued to increase. Motorcyclist and pedestrian deaths accounted for more than a third of the year to year increase.
The 2016 national data show that:
- Distraction-related deaths (3,450 fatalities) decreased by 2.2 percent;
- Drowsy-driving deaths (803 fatalities) decreased by 3.5 percent;
- Drunk-driving deaths (10,497 fatalities) increased by 1.7 percent;
- Speeding-related deaths (10,111 fatalities) increased by 4.0 percent;
- Unbelted deaths (10,428 fatalities) increased by 4.6 percent;
- Motorcyclist deaths (5,286 fatalities – the largest number of motorcyclist facilities since 2008) increased by 5.1 percent;
- Pedestrian deaths (5,987 fatalities – the highest number since 1991) increased by 9.0 percent; and
- Bicyclist deaths (840 fatalities – the highest number since 1991) increased by 1.3 percent.
An auto accident lawyer Phoenix, AZ will investigate negligence, determine applicable insurance coverages, and help the injured party or his or her family, in the claims made with the adverse party’s insurance company.
In cases involving serious injuries, including spinal, disc injuries and fractures, representation by an attorney is important, as the other party’s insurance carrier is interested in protecting its interests, not those of the injured party.
Litigation may be necessary, in order to obtain a fair and reasonable resolution of the claims for the injuries, medical bills, lost income, since the accident, and for the future.
The attorney may hire experts, such as an accident reconstructionist, a life care planner, an economist, or medical experts to address the injuries, or permanency of the injuries, and future medical costs.
There should be no attorneys fees, until a settlement is reached. The settlement is final for all claims, since the collision and for the future. The attorney should advance the costs necessary to proceed with the claim.
Following a crash an auto accident lawyer Phoenix, AZ should be consulted as soon as possible, to advocate for and protect the rights of the injured party.