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Navigating Arizona’s Driving Culture

On Behalf of | Mar 14, 2024 | Car Accidents

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Arizona ranks as one of the worst states in the country for drivers. Recent data from Forbes sheds light on the severity of Arizona’s driving epidemic. Cities like Tucson and Phoenix rank among the worst cities in the country for drivers, both ranking in the top ten. With its two major cities being in the top ten for the worst drivers, Arizona finds itself grappling with driver safety challenges.

The Metrics

Arizona’s driving epidemic continues to worsen. A recent study conducted by Forbes shed light into the driving habits of cities across the United States. Forbes utilized five different metrics for assessing fatal car crashes. After surveying 100,000 city residents, the study yielded concerning results. The following results are the number of fatal car crashes per 100,000 city residents:

  • Number of fatal car crashes involving a drunk driver: 19%
  • Number of fatal car crashes involving a distracted driver: 19%
  • Number of fatal car crashes involving speeding: 19%
  • Number of people killed in fatal car crashes: 19%

This analysis spanned data from 2017 to 2021, drawing data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Records.

Understanding Arizona’s Driving Habits

When analyzing the data, speed is one of the biggest contributing factors. Tucson ranked sixth among cities for fatal crashes due to speeding. Out of 100,000 residents, approximately 4.94 are involved in fatal car crashes, according to the study. Phoenix landed in the tenth spot, with 3.86 fatal crashes per 100,000 residents.

Where Arizona Stands

The rankings give insight into driving habits across the country. Arizona finds itself amongst cities like Detroit, Memphis, and Albuquerque, which lead the country for the worst drivers. Other major cities include Dallas, Fort Worth, and Kansas City.

A Way Forward

As Arizona grapples with its driver safety epidemic, stricter law enforcement and policy change is critical. By acknowledging, addressing, and combating the underlying causes of aggressive and distracted driving, we can promote a culture of respect and civility on our roads. By implementing better driving habits, we can work toward safer driving experiences for all.

Seek legal help after an accident

If you or a loved one is injured, we recommend you contact us here at Harris, Powers & Cunningham PLLC to discuss your legal options. Our lawyers may be able to help you get the compensation you need to recover after being injured. We provide a no-obligation, free initial consultation. Call 602-910-6779 or send us an e-mail to request your consultation.