Statistics involving motor vehicle crashes in the state could be a cause for alarm for authorities. In 2020, fatal accident numbers in Arizona were at their highest since 2007, and current data suggests it is possible this troubling trend will continue throughout 2021. Deadly crashes were surprisingly prevalent during a year in which many were working from home and the number of commuters was down.
What is behind the trend?
In 2020, there were fewer people on the road, but the drivers who were commuting and going from place to place may have been more likely to drive at excessive speeds. According to the Arizona Department of Transportation director, improper driver behavior played a role in most fatal accidents. This includes driving while impaired, speeding, failure to wear a seatbelt and more.
As of September of 2021, the state had already recorded almost 800 traffic fatalities over the course of the year. At that rate, the overall number of fatalities may outpace the numbers from the previous year. Arizona is not the only state dealing with larger numbers of fatal traffic accidents as statistics indicate this is a nationwide problem.
Cautious driving is key
Each driver is responsible for the actions he or she makes while behind the wheel. If a driver is negligent or reckless, resulting in the injury or death of another person, the responsible party could be liable for financial losses and damages. A family or injured victim is entitled to pursue the appropriate legal recourse through the civil justice system.