More than 300 Arizona car accidents a day cost the state $2.7 billion in 2009

Nearly 300 Arizona traffic accidents a day injured more than 50,000 motorists and claimed 806 lives in 2009, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

Our Phoenix car accident attorneys reported earlier this month on our Injury Lawyer Blog, that fatal traffic accidents hit a 16-year low last year, in part because of the struggling economy.

But all totaled, the state reported more than 100,000 car accidents. Among the highlights of Arizona’s 2009 traffic report:
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Number of crashes
Drunk Driving Accidents: 5,854 Pedestrian Accidents; 1,523 Bicycle Accidents: 1,995 Motorcycle Accidents: 2,958
Serious an fatal injuries

Total: 806 fatalities/50,610 injuries Drunk Driving accidents: 261 fatalities/4,142 injuries Pedestrian accidents: 122 fatalities/1,304 injuries Bicycle accidents: 25 fatalities/1,643 injuries

Months and Days
December: Most crashes February: Most fatal crashes Friday: Most crashes Saturday: Most fatal crashes
At a glance

-More than two motorists a day died in Arizona traffic accidents.
-One person was killed every 10.88 hours.
-138.56 injuries were reported per day.
-Drunk driving was involved in more than 5 percent of all crashes and more than one-third of all traffic fatalities.
-Single-vehicle accidents accounted for less than 20 percent of all accidents but almost half of all fatalities.
-Three-quarters of all accidents occurred during daylight hours.

The most common type of collision was rear-end accidents while driving too fast for conditions was the most common driving violation. The total cost of the state’s traffic fatalities was estimated at more than $1 billion, while overall cost of traffic accidents in Arizona in 2009 was $2.7 billion.

If you have been injured in a traffic collision, contact the Phoenix accident lawyers at Abels & Annes for a free case evaluation. Call (602) 819-5191 and speak to an attorney today.