More Auto Accidents in Phoenix Due to its Increased Population?
- Casey Hamm
- April 8, 2015
It may be that we are in the business of car accidents….
But it seems as if the number of Phoenix based car accidents is on the rise and it may not just be due to negligent driving. Phoenix is deemed the fourth largest city in the nation which ultimately means a very large population of people bustling about in vehicles, thus increasing the chances of an accident… or so the pattern seems to dictate.
“One minute it’s a calm afternoon. And in the next minute all we hear is the squealing of tires and a huge car crash,” one Zanes employee describes.
In the photograph shown, the accident that broke the calm morning atmosphere involved a severely injured motorcyclist. Although the final status of the drivers are unknown, the streets near 44th and Thomas were closed for several hours leaving more traffic than usual for the rest of the drivers of Phoenix.
So what’s the verdict?
Do more people in cars automatically cause more accidents by virtue of having more people on the road?
According to newly released data, that assumption is wrong.
A report out from Allstate Insurance shows that the population of a city has little to no impact on the frequency of crashes that occur. The report looks at collisions and claims among its customers to determine where the most and least crashes occur in the 200 most populous cities in the U.S., though the list only includes 195 cities.
The places where crashes happen the least often are Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Boise, Idaho; and Fort Collins, Colorado, where there were an average of more than 13.5 years between crashes among drivers. At the other end of the list, Washington, D.C.; Baltimore, Maryland; and Providence, Rhode Island, had the shortest gaps between crashes, at 4.7 years, 5.3 years and 5.5 years, respectively.
It looks like there is somewhat of a connection between larger populations and shorter time periods between crashes. However, only 9 of the 195 cities in this data set have populations above 1 million, so it seems a bit of stretch to conclude that larger populations definitely lead to more crashes.*
Regardless of the conclusion of correlation, populations in Phoenix continue to rise and as a result there are simply more human beings commuting!
Therefore stay alert, stay focused on the road and if you have the unfortunate circumstance of being caught in a crash, don’t hesitate to contact Zanes Law Injury Lawyers.
*For more information and statistical charts, visit: http://www.citylab.com/commute/2012/08/do-more-car-accidents-happen-bigger-cities/3109/
*For crash facts and reports, visit: http://azdot.gov/mvd/Statistics/arizona-motor-vehicle-crash-facts
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