Arizona Car Accident Deaths

Arizona Car Accident Deaths Increase Over Seven Percent in 2016

The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) has released a new report showing a discouraging trend in Arizona car accident deaths.

In 2016, 962 people lost their lives in the state as a result of injuries sustained from an automobile or vehicle accident on highways or streets. That’s 65 more deaths in 2016 versus 2015 or a 7.3 percent increase, and the second straight year traffic-related deaths have increased.

Of the 962 deaths last year, 250 or over 25 percent were the result of the driver or passenger not using a seat belt. That’s a decrease of eight deaths compared to 2014.

Crashes involving impairment due to alcohol, illegal drugs or prescription medication resulted in 406 deaths.

On average a motorist or passenger was killed every 9.11 hours in 2016.

Despite the fatality increase in Arizona car accidents over the past two years, historically traffic-related deaths are down from the previous decade where the all-time record was set in 2006 with 1,301 fatalities.

Visit the full ADOT motor vehicle crash facts report for more Arizona Car Accident death statistics.

Please drive safely and keep your eyes on the road and away from distractions such as cell phones.