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Arizona auto accidents lead to two deaths and over 130 injuries every day. Four-time Cochise County sheriff Larry Dever died on September 18th in a single vehicle crash near Williams. Last September, a 23-year-old woman suffered from debilitating internal injuries, including ruptured spine and skull, in a car crash on Phoenix Cave Creek Road. An Arizona car accident on the freeway in Phoenix resulted in the death of Comedian Robert Schimmel in September 2010. MLB outfielder and San Diego Padres star Mike Darr was killed in February 2002. He was driving under influence of alcohol and had lost control over his SUV. In December 1999, a car accident in Tuscan led to the death of Cowboy singer Rex Allen Sr. Guitarist Tim Kelly died on February 5, 1998, following head-on collision with an 18-wheeler on Arizona State Route 96.
About 82 percent of Arizona car accidents in 2011 involved more than one vehicle. Rear-end collision was the most reported crash event. Roadway departures accounted for more than half of Arizona auto accident fatalities while impaired driving led to almost 80 percent of crashes. About 78 percent of all urban car crashes last year were due to DUI, which highlights that alcohol is the leading cause of Arizona auto accidents. Every one in five Arizona car crashes occurs at intersections, while maximum number of erring drivers are reported for high speed, which is too fast for the accident area.
Maricopa County accounts for the highest number of car accidents every year. In 2011, there were 72,454 car accidents in Maricopa, which was almost 70 percent of all Arizona car accidents. Pima, Pinal, Coconino, and Yavapai are other counties with more than 3,000 auto accidents every year. Pheonix leads the list of most dangerous cities followed by Glendale, Mesa, Scottsdale, Chandler, and Tucson.
The following are the most common types of damages claimed by drivers, passengers, pedestrians, and motorcyclists injured in Arizona car accidents.
Seat belt is a must for drivers.
All front-seat occupants should use lap and should seat belts.
All passengers up to 16 years of age must use seat belts.
Children under 8 years must be restrained in a child seat or a booster seat.
Arizona Car Accident lawsuit
The average compensation awarded to Arizona car accident in the last five years is $24,000. A jury awarded $1.25 million to an Arizona couple seriously injured in a car crash. Another Arizona car accident lawsuit resulted in $940,000 in damages for a family of three for physical and psychological injuries. A motorcyclist injured by the car of a Phoenix police officer received $450,000 in damages. A Mesa court granted $375,000 compensation to a woman injured by a car taking a wrong-side turn. Another woman injured in a hit-and-run accident at Surprise settled for $215,000.
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