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As the largest city in Arizona, it isn’t surprising that Phoenix has more car accidents resulting in injury or death than any other Arizona city. Car accident attorneys in Phoenix are well aware that a fatal accident occurs in or near Phoenix almost every week. In fact, the Phoenix area ranks above the national average for fatal crashes on freeways.
The lower speeds at which drivers travel on city roads makes a fatal accident less likely, but Phoenix drivers are always at risk of serious injury caused by a collision. Defensive driving and seatbelt usage offer some protection, but careless drivers can injure even the most cautious driver, motorcyclist, pedestrian, or bicycle rider.
The Phoenix car accident lawyers at Pew Law Center are available to help injury victims recover the compensation they deserve after they have been harmed by a careless driver. We handle personal injury cases arising from collisions in Phoenix and the surrounding area.
Phoenix Car Accident Statistics
In 2016, car crashes in Phoenix alone resulted in 223 deaths and more than 19,000 injuries. A majority of fatal crashes in the Phoenix area occur on I-10, I-17, or U.S. 60, where high speeds make airbags and car crumple zones less effective at saving lives. Nonfatal accidents occur on nearly every city street.
More than half of all Phoenix crashes occur on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, but accidents happen every day of the week, at all hours of the day or night. Nearly half of all accidents are rear-end collisions, which often happen in heavy traffic.
Other common collisions are sideswipes on multilane roads and intersection accidents. The five intersections with the most injury-causing accidents in Phoenix are:
- 67th Avenue and McDowell Road
- 59th Avenue and Thomas Road
- 75th Avenue and Indian School Road
- 67th Avenue and Indian School Road
- 43rd Avenue and Thomas Road
The most dangerous intersection in the Phoenix area, however, is 59th Avenue and Olive Avenue in Glendale. The Phoenix car accident lawyers at Pew Law Center regularly handle injury claims arising out of intersection collisions.
Causes of Phoenix Car Accidents
According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, car accidents in Phoenix are rarely caused by bad weather, road conditions, or other factors beyond a driver’s control. Nearly all crashes are caused by careless drivers.
A surprising number of fatal accidents in Phoenix are caused by a driver going the wrong way on a freeway or highway. Many of those accidents are alcohol-related.
Law enforcement officers target drivers who weave in and out of traffic, tailgate, drive at excessive speeds, or drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Those drivers account for a significant number of accidents, but car accident attorneys in Phoenix attribute a larger share of accidents to distracted drivers.
Careless drivers in Phoenix are often distracted by cellphone use. Even when a cellphone is mounted on a dashboard, drivers often look at the phone to read a text, to see who is calling, or to answer a call. Every time the driver’s eyes leave the road, a new opportunity for a collision is created.
Distracted drivers also account for many of the intersection accidents that occur in Phoenix. Other intersection collisions are caused by aggressive drivers who try to “beat the light.”
Phoenix Car Accident Injuries
Even a relatively minor accident can cause lasting injuries. Studies show that the forces produced by a rear-end collision of 3 to 5 miles per hour may produce neck and back injuries. Insurance claims adjusters often take the position that an accident cannot cause a physical injury if it causes no property damage. Car accident lawyers in Phoenix use scientific research and expert witnesses to counter that argument.
Urban intersection accidents can also cause significant injuries. Broken glass can lead to permanent facial scarring. The rapid twisting of a body during a collision may tear muscles and damage nerves. The impact of knees, ankles, and elbows against the interior of the car can cause joint damage. Broken bones and internal bleeding that require immediate medical attention produce anxiety and stress in addition to pain and suffering.
High-speed collisions tend to cause the most serious injuries. While car occupants are protected by air bags and car crumple zones when they are involved in head-on collisions, those safety devices may offer little protection from side-impact collisions or rollovers. And while an airbag may save an occupant’s life, many head-on collisions cause amputations and other permanently disabling conditions.
Phoenix Car Accident Compensation
Phoenix car accident lawyers regard any injury as “catastrophic” if it has severe life-changing consequences. A head injury that causes brain damage is an example of a catastrophic injury. Brain damage may impair the accident victim’s ability to reason, speak, and learn. Memory loss and personality changes often accompany serious brain injuries.
Paralysis, the loss of limbs, and impairment of vision are other examples of catastrophic injuries. Catastrophic injuries usually make it impossible for accident victims to resume their former employment or to earn a meaningful living. Accident victims may also require the services of a caretaker for the rest of their lives.
Compensation for catastrophic injuries may include the cost of coping with a permanent disability, including the expense of remodeling a home to make it wheelchair accessible or the lifetime cost of residing at an assisted living facility. All injuries, including those that are less serious, may force accident victims to incur expenses and losses, such as medical bills and lost income. The Phoenix car accident attorneys at Pew Law Center work to negotiate insurance settlements that cover those amounts while providing fair compensation for pain, suffering, anxiety, and emotional distress.
Phoenix Auto Accident Attorneys Ready To help
When they handle a personal injury claim arising from a Phoenix car accident, lawyers at Pew Law Center investigate the facts, study the victim’s medical records, and consult with necessary experts, including accident reconstruction engineers and medical specialists, to prepare a convincing case. Our experience and reputation makes it possible for us to settle most of our cases out of court.
We offer contingent fees so that clients pay nothing up front. A contingent fee becomes payable only after we obtain compensation for our client. To learn more about our services, call Pew Law Center at (480) 745-1770 to speak to a Phoenix car accident attorney.