Overall, 2017 was a dangerous year in Arizona for motorists and pedestrians alike. A new report detailed the number of auto accidents and fatal incidents involving both car crashes and pedestrian accidents. Officials state that the vast majority of crashes are the result of driver errors.
In 2017, there were approximately 127,064 crashes statewide. This was the third straight year for increased traffic accidents. The report indicated that the total number of deaths was approximately 1,000. Along with the increase in traffic accidents, there was also a significant jump in the total number of wrecks involving pedestrians, with the total placed at just over 1,700, which is a 17 percent increase.
The report stated that January 20, 2017 was the worst day for crashes, with more than 639. A single day in December was the most deadly, with approximately eight people dying in wrecks. The state also saw an increase in hit-and-run crashes, with more than 15,000 recorded. A total of 64 victims died in these types of wrecks.
Arizona officials said that, in the majority of these crashes, the behaviors of drivers are at fault. Causes for these auto accidents have been attributed to impaired driving, reckless driving and speeding. Police reported that the failure to use safety restraints also contributed to fatalities. Those who reside in or traveled through the state and suffered serious injuries as a result of a car accident -- or have lost loved ones -- frequently sustain significant monetary losses. When these crashes can be deemed the fault of another party, the victim -- or his or her surviving family-- may seek monetary restitution through the filing of a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit through the civil courts.