Countless Phoenix drivers suffer car accidents each year—both reported and unreported—and these collisions come in many varieties. According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, here were the most common types of multi-vehicle car accidents in the state for the year 2018:
Rear-End — 44 Percent
Rear-end collisions were by far the most common type of car accident in Arizona in 2018. They made up nearly half of all multi-vehicle crashes, 31 percent motorcycle crashes, and 41 percent of all alcohol-related crashes. Rear-end collisions happen for a number of reasons, but a few common reasons are excessive speed, following too closely, intoxication, and distraction.
You may have heard the old adage that the back driver is always at fault in a rear-end collision. This is not true all of the time. If you were in a rear-end collision—no matter whether you were the front or back driver—you should speak with an attorney right away to protect your rights.
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Left Turn — 16 Percent
Left-turn accidents occur when a driver turns left into the path of an oncoming vehicle. In this scenario, the vehicle making the turn tends to bear the brunt of the damage since the collision results in the turning vehicle being broadsided. In particular, the passenger in the turning vehicle is at risk of severe injury or death. Left-turn collisions made up about 16 percent of traffic fatalities in Arizona in 2018.
Sideswipe — 15 Percent
Sideswipe accidents often happen when a driver fails to check their blind spot before changing lanes. They can also occur when a driver, whether due to distraction, intoxication, or simply recklessness, veers out of their lane.
Compared to most other types of accidents, sideswipe collisions are less likely to lead to fatalities. Because both cars are traveling in the same direction, the impact is usually not as violent as in a head-on or side-on collision.
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Angle — 14.5 Percent
Making up 14 percent of Arizona’s traffic accidents in 2018, angle accidents are just like they sound: one vehicle strikes another at an angle. This type of collision may occur at an interstate or highway merge point or at a standard three-way or four-way intersection. Angle collisions tend to be much more destructive than sideswipe collisions, and in 2018, they accounted for more than 12 percent of all traffic fatalities in Arizona.
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Head-On — 1.75 Percent
Though they are not the most common types of car accidents in Phoenix, AZ, head-on collisions are unquestionably the most dangerous and destructive variety of car accidents. Though they made up less than two percent of all car crashes in Arizona in 2018, head-on collisions were responsible for nearly 11 percent of the fatalities.
These crashes are so deadly because both vehicles involved are often both in motion which can intensify the forces on both vehicles. No matter how your Phoenix car accident occurred or who was responsible, an attorney from Zanes Law will fight to protect your rights and help you recover compensation. We will investigate your accident, determine who was at fault, and build a compelling case. For a free case evaluation, call 602-999-9999 today.
For a Free Car Accident Case Evaluation in Phoenix, Call Zanes Law Today at 602-999-9999
If you or someone you love was injured in one of the most common types of car accidents in Phoenix, AZ, it is important that you act fast. The state of Arizona enforces a statute of limitations (12-542) that gives you two years from the date of your accident to file a claim, so do not delay. Zanes Law will hold the responsible party accountable and help you recover damages. We can help you even if you believe the accident was partly your fault. At Zanes Law, we do it all from A to Z. The consultation and case evaluation are free, and our attorneys come to you at your convenience. To speak with a member of our team today, call 602-999-9999.