Arizona car accidents: Where do the biggest risks lie?

As a licensed driver in Arizona, you may have some days when you enjoy getting behind the wheel and going for a drive. On the other hand, you may also experience moments when you worry whether you will safely reach your destination. Heavy traffic areas and other problems can place you at risk for collision.

It is not only on the open highways that you are at risk for injury in a motor vehicle accident. A trip down a country road can turn into a ride to the hospital in the back of an ambulance. Accidents are unexpected and often sudden. It is important that you know what to do if a problem arises.

High-risk issues that often lead to collisions

You and every other motorist who shares the road in Arizona and beyond are obligated to adhere to all traffic and safety regulations. Part of improving your ability to remain safe while driving involves being aware of potential problem issues that can place you in harm's way. The following list includes common roadway problems associated with car accidents:

  • Vehicle malfunction or equipment failure: If a driver near you has defective tires and doesn't know it or some other piece of equipment on his or her car fails during travel, there may not be enough time to react safely to avoid collision. Even if you notice a potential problem nearby, you may not be able to do anything about it.
  • Negligent driving behavior: Human error is often a causal factor in motor vehicle accidents in Arizona as it is in other states as well. Drunk drivers, distracted drivers and reckless drivers cause many thousands of people injuries every year and, in worst cases, death.

One issue negligent drivers often try to claim is the cause of collision is poor road design. Barriers, secure crossings, lighting, traffic signals and other safety measures help local government and traffic departments keep roadways as safe as possible.

Watch out for aggressive drivers!

You are at far more risk from aggressive drivers than you may ever be from a supposedly poorly designed road. Aggressive drivers often tailgate, use crude hand gestures to try to get your attention or use their vehicles to obstruct your travel in some way.

If a negligent driver causes you injury, it could take months or years to recover. In fact, some injuries have permanent consequences. In addition to the emotional trauma you might suffer, your physical injuries may prompt financial burdens that you are not prepared to meet. There are support resources available to help you recover your losses.

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