Highway Collisions and Fatalities Lawyers Phoenix, AZ

There are far too many highway collisions, many are preventable.  The reasons for the crashes are varied, including distracted driving, speed too fast for conditions, impaired driving.  Following a crash with injuries personal injury attorney can look into applicable insurance coverages.  

Every 50 minutes, one person dies in a motor vehicle accident that involves an impaired driver resulting in almost 30 people a day.  In 2016, almost 10,500 people died in accidents involving impaired drivers across the United States. Further, over 1,200 children died in car accidents, with 214 of those accidents involving an impaired driver in 2016. 

In 2016, over 1 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence, about 1% of the 111 million adults in the United States who self-report driving under the influence of alcohol each year.

The CDC recommends that states implement alcohol-Impaired driving laws, sobriety checkpoints, ignition interlocks, and school-based instructional programs, to reduce the number of impaired drivers on the road.

Every day in the United States, about 9 people are killed and more than 1,000 people are injured as a result of a motor vehicle accident involving a distracted driver.

Distracted driving is driving while being involved in another, a separate activity that takes your attention away from the road.  The three types of distractions drivers may experience on the road include visual distraction, such as taking your eyes off the road, manual distraction, such as taking your hands off the wheel, and cognitive distraction, such as taking your mind off of driving.  

Texting is one of the most dangerous distractions because it engages three types of distractions, visually, as you take your eyes off the road to look at your phone, manually, as you take your hands off the wheel to respond to the text, and cognitively, as you think about how you are going to respond to the text.

Every day, six teenagers aged 16 to 19 die in a motor vehicle accident, making teenagers three times more likely to be involved in a fatal accident per mile driven than drivers over the age of 20. In 2017, over 2,300 teenagers died in fatal car accidents, and 300,000 were treated for injuries resulting from a motor vehicle crash.  Teenagers aged 15-19 represent almost $13.1 billion, or about 8%, of the total costs of injuries resulting from motor vehicle accidents.

The groups of teenagers most at risk for involvement in fatal accidents are males, teen drivers driving with other teenage passengers, with the risk increasing for each additional teenage passenger, and newly licensed teen drivers with little experience on the road.

In order to prevent teenage automobile accidents, the CDC recommends that teenage drivers obey the speed limit, always wear a seatbelt, avoid drinking and driving, and avoid nighttime and weekend driving.

In 2017, about 7,700 adults over the age of 65 were killed in motor vehicle crashes, and over 257,000 were treated for injuries resulting from motor vehicle accidents.  Driving helps older adults remain independent, however, the risk of being involved in a fatal vehicle accident increases with age.

Older adults who are most at risk for involvement in a fatal car accident are males, those above the age of 75, and older adults experiencing loss of vision, cognitive functioning, and physical changes as a result of their age. 

To learn more about multiple causes of highway collisions, please contact highway collisions and fatalities lawyers Phoenix, AZ residents trust. Call The Law Office of Paul Englander, PLC today for a consultation.