The Arizona Department of Transportation has released the annual statistical review of the motor vehicle crashes in the State of Arizona for the calendar year 2013. The results are compiled from Arizona Traffic Accident Reports submitted to the AZ DOT by various law enforcement agencies.
In 2013 there were 34,047 injury accidents and 777 fatal crashes. Of those fatal crashes, 245 of them were alcohol related.
The peak month for crashes was October, the peak day for crashes was Friday and the peak hour was 5 PM - 6 PM. The peak day for alcohol related crashes was 2 AM - 3 AM and the peak day for motorcycle crashes was Saturday.
The most common type of collision was the rear end crash and the most common traffic violation was Speed Too Fast For Conditions.
Some other interesting findings are:
- Approximately 2.31 persons were killed each day.
- One person was killed every 10.39 hours.
- There were 137.67 persons injured every day.
- One person was injured every 10.46 minutes.
- Alcohol Related crashes accounted for 4.83% of all crashes and 31.53% of all fatal crashes.
- Of all alcohol related crashes, 78.67% occurred in Urban areas and 21.33% occurred in Rural areas, while 59.59% of all alcohol related fatal crashes occurred in Urban areas and 40.41% occurred in Rural areas.
- Single vehicle crashes accounted for 17.75% of all crashes and 39.25% of all fatal crashes.
- Of all Pedestrian crashes, 9.90% were fatal while 1.47% of Pedalcycle crashes were fatal.
- Crashes which occurred during daylight hours (6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.) accounted for 72.9% of all crashes.
- Motor vehicle crashes resulted in $2.993 billion in economic losses to Arizona.
- Children age 14 and younger accounted for 48 fatalities and 3,386 injuries in motor vehicle crashes.
Please drive safely.
Jay Ciulla is a Phoenix personal injury and wrongful death lawyer who handles car accident cases,