Arizona seems a relatively safe state for drivers and other commuters compared to other states. However, ranking 17 on the top 20 lists of most dangerous roads in America does suggest that there are risks with driving in the Grand Canyon state. Understanding the risks and taking steps to prevent avoidable accidents could make driving safer for residents and visitors.
Arizona’s deadly roads
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration keeps records of traffic accidents across the country. Data from 2020 reveals that 38,680 people died in vehicle collisions that year, with Arizona experiencing a fatality rate of 14.74 per 100,000 people. The figures give Arizona an overall road danger rating of 6.94.
These figures only reflect the accidents that ended with deaths. Other collisions may lead to catastrophic injuries that forever change a person’s life. And no reason exists to dismiss minor or recoverable injuries since they could cause people to lose income and experience avoidable suffering.
Reasons for collisions
Knowing why many fatal accidents occur might help save someone’s life. When reports show the increased risks of harm that resulted from not wearing a seatbelt in a car or a helmet while riding a motorcycle, some may adjust their behavior. However, numerous Arizona motor vehicle accidents result from someone else’s negligence.
Speeding remains one of the most common reasons for motor vehicle crashes. Other moving violations also increase the danger to pedestrians and other drivers.
Drunk driving could leave a DUI offender facing serious criminal and civil trouble. Yet, repeat offenders continue to take to the roads intoxicated, putting others in jeopardy.
Distracted driving continues to be a recurrent problem. The trouble with distracted driving may increase – along with accidents – because of more and more infotainment technology in newer cars. If distracted driving or other negligent behavior caused a crash, victims may be able to sue to recover their losses.