Arizona car accident -- distracted driving and fatality rates

When it comes to distracted driving, no state is immune. This inattentive behavior is considered a national epidemic. Thousands of people are injured or even killed in accidents where the driver responsible was found to have been distracted at the time of the crash. Those in Arizona who have been negatively affected by such a car accident are entitled to seek financial redress.

Studies are frequently conducted to determine the main cause of car accidents. A recent study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety concluded that approximately six of 10 accidents can be attributed to distracted driving. Those behind these crashes tend to be younger drivers -- those under that age of 20.

In order to see what the top distractions are for this age group, videos from cameras place inside crash vehicles were reviewed. The number one distraction for drivers, according to these videos, is driver/passenger interaction. Cellphone use was determined to be the second major distraction among young drivers.

In the year 2013, close to a million drivers between the ages of 16 and 19 were involved in collisions in the United States. Of those accidents, well over 300,000 people suffered injuries and nearly 3,000 individuals were killed. Distracted driving is believed to have contributed to approximately 14 percent of these accidents. A distracted driving car accident can take a significant toll on the victims or -- in the event of fatality -- their surviving family members. If an injury is suffered or a loved one is lost as a result of distracted driving, it is possible to seek monetary relief through filing a legal claim in an Arizona civil court.

Source:, "Fatal Distraction: Put Down That Phone", March 30, 2015

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