Statistically speaking, certain roads are more dangerous than others. Although certain factors such as weather play a large part, everything down to how straight a road is can play into just how susceptible to accidents a roadway is. To learn more about dangerous roadways and car accident compensation, reach out to an Arizona car accident attorney from William D. Black today.
What Makes Certain Roads More Dangerous Than Others?
Certain roads in Arizona top the list in terms of accidents, injuries, and deaths – many of which are interstates. Interstates 10 and 17 top the list due to their proximity to Phoenix. Phoenix, Arizona, is one of the largest metropolitan areas in the country. With a limited public transportation system and an urban land surface area that is amongst the highest in the nation, residents of the Arizonan capital are dependent on their cars. The high amount of traffic, straight-shot roads, and higher-than-average speed limits cause interstates to be especially dangerous.
Route 93 is another commonly-cited dangerous roadway. Despite connecting the capital to the rest of the state, such as the previously-mentioned interstates, Route 93 has the unique feature of connecting Phoenix to Las Vegas – a heavily-traveled route for many traveling for business, truck drivers transporting goods, and those simply looking for a quick weekend getaway from home. The high volume of traffic on 93 has led to an increased number of accidents over the years.
Route 87 and Salt Canyon are two more noteworthy roads in Arizona that are especially accident-prone. Crash data tells experts that there are a number of accidents that occur here due to the precarious geography of these roadways. Much of the mountainous and hillier parts of Arizona cause sharp curves and large blind spots that challenge drivers. Furthermore, these parts of Arizona also sit at higher elevations – leading to increased ice and snowfall during the winter months.
Other Causes of Accidents on Dangerous Roadways in Arizona
In addition to geographic and demographic realities that cause some roads to be more dangerous than others, certain human factors play a massive role in roadway injuries and fatalities.
- Speeding or driving too slow
- Aggressive driving, such as tailgating
- Distracted driving
- Driving under the influence of alcohol and other drugs
- Driving while drowsy
The culmination of all of the aforementioned roadway dangers has proven to lead to severe, tangible consequences. In 2021 alone, the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) reported that there were 121,343 accidents in the state. Of these, 1,063 were fatal, and over 35,000 resulted in injury. These figures average out to around 3.23 people passing away daily due to vehicular accidents – all incidents that could be avoided with more public communication of the dangers of certain roadways in the state of Arizona.
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