Motor vehicle accidents are one of the most common causes of death in the United States, according to the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC). In a good portion of car accidents and other traffic accidents, the individuals who are injured are not even the ones who are at fault. They are oftentimes the innocent victims of other people’s mistakes, whether these mistakes involve drinking and driving, violating traffic laws, or making defective auto parts. Just like all other states in the U.S., Arizona has its fair share of motor vehicle accidents. Here is a breakdown of accidents that occurred in this state in 2012, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation’s most recent crash data.
Arizona Crashes in 2012
- Total crashes: 103,637
- Crashes causing injury: 33,475
- Crashes causing death: 738
- Total people injured: 49,896
- Total people killed: 821
- Alcohol-related crashes: 5,444
- Motorcycle crashes: 3,180
- Crashes involving pedestrians: 1,575
- Crashes involving pedalcycles: 3,180
- Single-vehicle crashes: 18,712
- Multi-vehicle crashes: 84,925
Of the people who were killed in the 2012 traffic accidents in Arizona, more than half (57.86%) were drivers, and nearly a quarter (24%) were passengers. Meanwhile, more than 15% were pedestrians and more than 2% were pedalcyclists (which includes bicyclists).
According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, these 2012 statistics show that one person was injured in a motor vehicle accident in Arizona every 10.54 minutes, and one person was killed in this type of accident every 10.68 hours. Furthermore, in 2012, motor vehicle accidents resulted in more than $2.9 million in economic losses to the state of Arizona.
After being in a motor vehicle accident that you did not cause and suffering from serious injuries as a result, you deserve to be paid back for the losses you experienced. In addition to your pain and suffering and emotional trauma, you should also be compensated for your medical bills and lost earnings. If you have a loved one who died in a car accident, you have a right to seek damages for his or her wrongful death. At Gerber Injury Law, our experienced car accident attorney can help you seek the payment that you and your family deserve. Contact us for assistance with your car accident case!