The Arizona Department of Transportation (DOT), has reported that in 2014, our state averaged an auto accident at a rate of more than 12 per hour. The rough Arizona vehicle accidents by the numbers show roughly 110,000 accidents happening in Arizona which yields more than 300 accidents per day. Here are some interesting statistics on the accidents in our state.
2014 ARIZONA CAR ACCIDENT STATISTICS: DEATHS AND INJURIES
Using the same data set for 2014 from the DOT of Arizona:
- Over 75,000 accidents, or roughly 68%, were only property damage,
- Over 34,000 accidents, or roughly 31%, resulted in a person or persons to be injured, and
- Just over 700 accidents, just less than 1%, resulted in a fatality.
While the overall number of accidents from the prior year increased, fortunately the number of fatalities decreased from the 2013 number of 849 fatal accidents. The countermeasure to this good news is that the number of injuries did increase by approximately 500 additional injuries in 2014 over 2013. The DOT report also mentions that a good number of the injuries accidents include multiple injured parties with injuries such as broken bones and lacerations.
It is a sad fact that many of these accidents are caused by people behaving in a negligent matter. This can include exceeding the speed limit, failure to use turn signals, tailgating or overly aggressive driving, driving tired or distract, and driving under the influence (DUI). Accidents caused by DUI in fact were responsible for nearly 33% of all fatal accidents.
There are other, non-human negligence factors that do play into auto accidents which include:
- More overall accidents happen in urban areas (41K urban t0 9K rural) however, urban and rural areas have nearly the same number of fatal accidents with each enduring just under 400 fatal accidents,
- What might be against your intuition, of the 110,000 accidents in 2014, over 95,000 happened in good weather conditions,
- Similarly, a majority of accidents happen while the sun is still up with just under 79,000 happening in full daylight comparted to roughly 26,000 happening at night and the balance at dusk or dawn.
- The most regular hour of day for Arizona traffic accidents is in the heat of evening rush hour from 5 to 6 o’clock in the evening producing just under 10,000 accidents and the least accident producing hour being 3 to 4 o’clock in the morning. DUI accidents were most common in the hour just prior to this from 2 to 3 o’clock in the morning.
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