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Most Common Car Accidents in Arizona

common types of car accidents in Arizona

At Gerber Injury Law, we stand ready to provide legal advice for those affected by motor vehicle accidents in Arizona anytime you need us.

Our commitment to serving you extends beyond regular office hours, ensuring we’re available to address your questions and concerns whenever they arise. Our team, which comprises seasoned auto accident attorneys based in Surprise, Ariz., carries a wealth of experience advocating for victims of car accidents. We have a strong track record of representation, standing up for those injured and relentlessly pursuing the justice they deserve.

Common Types of Car Accidents in Arizona

In our line of work, we accept a variety of car accident case types, including the following:

Head-On Collisions

Head-on collisions happen when two — or sometimes more — vehicles collide directly as they are going in the opposite direction. These can result in serious personal injuries and damage, such as full or partial paralysis, traumatic brain injuries, and even wrongful death. This is because the force between the two vehicles moving towards each other can be significant, causing the collision to be powerful and potentially catastrophic.

T-Bone Accidents

T-bone accidents are a type of side-impact crash that occurs when a vehicle hits another at a right angle, causing damage to the side of the impacted vehicle. This type of collision poses a significant danger to occupants who are sitting close to the point of impact, often leading to severe injuries. Side-swiping is another prevalent scenario involving a moving vehicle hitting a stationary one or two parallel vehicles colliding along their sides.

Rear-End Collisions

Rear-end collisions occur when one vehicle strikes another from behind, sometimes as a result of following too closely, not maintaining proper distance, or not paying attention to the road. Personal injuries in rear-end collisions can range from minor ones, such as whiplash or other soft tissue injuries, to much more major ones, including broken bones and injury to the neck or spine.

Catastrophic Accidents

A catastrophic accident is one that causes extremely serious, sometimes life-changing injuries. Although any type of vehicle collision has the potential to cause a serious injury, some accidents — such as high-speed crashes, multi-vehicle crashes, and collisions with trucks or other commercial vehicles — tend to be more likely to cause catastrophic injuries. Some examples of catastrophic injuries include traumatic brain injuries, spinal injuries, paralysis, loss of limb, permanent chronic pain, and permanent changes to the person’s lifestyle resulting from their injuries.

Fatal Accidents

Fatal car accidents involve the wrongful and untimely death of a loved one. Like catastrophic accidents, these crashes tend to stem from some particularly dangerous situations, such as high-speed collisions, head-on collisions and crashes with larger vehicles, such as commercial trucks. After a fatal accident, you may be able to recover compensation for the damages associated with the death of your loved one, such as lost future income and loss of their care and companionship.

Rideshare Accidents

A rideshare accident takes place either in or with the involvement of a rideshare vehicle; any accident that involves rideshares such as Uber or Lyft vehicles can cause personal injuries and resulting damages. An accident may occur while you are a passenger in a rideshare vehicle, for example, which may be the fault of the driver or a third party. Or, you may collide with a driver in an Uber or Lyft, causing an accident and injuries.


Hit-and-run accidents occur when a party, typically the one responsible for the accident, doesn’t comply with the relevant laws to stop. Typically, after a car accident, all involved parties have to pull over, evaluate the damages, and exchange relevant information. If one party fails to fulfill these obligations, it leads to a hit-and-run incident, potentially complicating the victim’s ability to take action and seek compensation for their recovery.


A rollover accident happens when a car or truck rolls over completely onto its side or top, often causing serious accidents involving other vehicles. These accidents often happen when drivers drive around a corner too fast or slow down too quickly.

Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrian accidents happen when a vehicle strikes or hits a pedestrian, often resulting in serious personal injuries and the need for lengthy medical treatment. Car accidents can also involve bicycles, motorcycles, and even recreational vehicles.

Auto Defect Accidents

Auto defect accidents occur as a result of some defective condition of the vehicle, such as non-conforming brakes or non-working parts. They can cause serious personal injuries, and it will be necessary to prove that the auto manufacturer was liable for the defect in the vehicle that caused the accident.

Multi-Vehicle Accidents

Multi-vehicle accidents take place between two or more vehicles and can involve serious damage, including “pile-up” accidents involving many different drivers. Often, they result from a driver breaking a traffic law, speeding, failing to check blind spots, or otherwise failing to follow the rules. These accidents can lead to severe personal injuries for multiple parties.

What Are Common Causes for Car Accidents in Arizona?

Car accidents in Arizona occur due to a multitude of reasons. Some stem from driver error or negligence, while others are the result of poor road conditions, vehicle malfunctions, or unforeseen circumstances. Here are the most common causes of Arizona car accidents:

  • Speeding or inappropriate speed, given the circumstances
  • Driving too fast for the conditions on the road.
  • Failure to yield, unsafe merging, neglecting to check your blind spots or unsafe lane changes.
  • Disregarding traffic signals, signs, or violating traffic laws
  • Reckless or negligent driving
  • Aggressive driving
  • Road rage incidents
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol or operating a vehicle while impaired.
  • Distracted driving
  • Vehicle malfunctions or mechanical issues
  • Poor road conditions, low visibility, or inclement weather


Why Call Gerber Injury Law to Help with Your Car Accident Case?

Whatever type of accident you have experienced, your collision claim can quickly become complex, and issues of liability and damages need to be fully addressed by a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer. Renowned for our legal excellence in Arizona, Gerber Injury Law has amassed a proven record of success.

Having secured over $100 million in favorable outcomes for our clients since 2001, we have established our prowess as car accident injury attorneys. Our proven competency inspires trust among Arizona residents, encouraging them to entrust us with their most intricate car accident and injury cases.

If you were recently in a car accident in Arizona or you lost a loved one in a crash, please contact Gerber Injury Law to set up a free initial consultation. We strive to help injured crash victims recover fair compensation and move forward after serious accidents.

Our personal injury plaintiff’s attorneys may be able to recover an award on your behalf for economic and non-economic damages. Discuss your case, including its potential value, with our Arizona car accident lawyers at no cost today. Call 623-486-8300 or reach out online to talk to a personal injury attorney today.