Car accidents are more common in Phoenix than we realize and cause a significant number of injuries each year. If you have been injured in a Phoenix car accident, you are probably worried about rising medical costs, lack of adequate health insurance coverage to pay for your treatment and recovery as well as about your inability to continue working and earning wages as you recover from your injuries. Depending on the nature and circumstances of your car accident, you may be able to seek and obtain compensation for your injuries, damages and losses.
Impact of Phoenix Car Accidents
According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, there were 42,867 car accidents in Phoenix in 2016. Of these, 213 were fatal crashes, 12,931 resulted in injuries and 29,723 involved property damage only. Also, in 2016, 223 people were killed in car accidents and 19,361 were injured as a result of car accidents. During the same year, 1,361 crashes involved drivers who were operating under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. These DUI collisions in Phoenix resulted in 97 fatalities and 872 injuries in the year 2016.
Here are some of the other highlights statewide in terms of car accidents from 2016:
- About 2.63 people were killed each day in car accidents
- One person was killed every 9.11 hours as a result of a car accident
- About 155 people were injured each day in a car accident and one person was injured every 9.29 minutes
- Alcohol-related crashes accounted for 3.88 percent of all car accidents and 31.2 percent of all deadly car accidents in Arizona
- Vehicles that involved only one car accounted for 15.8 percent of all crashes and 34.9 percent of all crashes that resulted in deaths
- 9 percent of all pedestrian accidents and 2 percent of all bicycle accidents were fatal
- Crashes that happened during daylight hours accounted for 72.4 percent of all car accidents.
- Car accidents in Arizona resulted in $10.7 billion in economic costs.
Injuries and Compensation
Car accidents often result in serious or even catastrophic injuries ranging from head injuries and spinal cord damage to bone fractures and trauma to internal organs. These types of injuries can keep you away from your job for an extended period of time, which means you may not be able to earn a full income as you used to prior to the crash. Mounting medical expenses and other household expenses combined with loss or earnings can put you and your family under severe financial stress.
This is why it is important for anyone who has sustained injuries in a Phoenix car accident to fully understand his or her legal rights and options. Make sure you protect your rights by filing a police report, documenting evidence such as photos from the crash scene, obtaining contact information and details for other parties involved in the crash as well as eyewitnesses, and getting medical attention for your injuries. Contact an experienced Phoenix car accident lawyer who will help you secure maximum compensation for the injuries and losses you have sustained.