Overall, Arizona motorists can appreciate that there has been a recent decline in the number of crash fatalities for most types of vehicles. This is the basic takeaway from the data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that compares crash statistics from 2016 and 2017. The most notable exception with the various stats reported by the NHTSA is with collisions involving large trucks as well as accidents in urban areas.
On a positive note, 2017 saw widespread reductions in the loss of life in motor vehicle accidents involving passenger cars, motorcycles, vans and bicycles. Fewer pedestrians also lost their lives as a result of vehicle-related accidents, marking the first reduction in this figure in five years. Alcohol-impaired and speeding-related collisions inched downward as well, as did fatal crashes involving light pickup trucks. The NHTSA statistic that really stands out, however, is the nearly 19 percent increase in fatalities related to large straight truck wrecks.
Additionally, more people perished in tractor-trailer and SUV crashes in 2017. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has noted that not all large truck crashes were commercial vehicles subject to FMCSA regulations. Part of the reason for the spike in accidents involving larger trucks may be due to an increased demand for freight delivery. While this may be a sign of a healthy economy, increased traffic volume also boosts the potential for collisions.
When a vehicle accident results in personal injuries, a lawyer can identify likely factors, especially any type of driver distraction or impairment. This type of information could be used by a crash victim when negotiating for a settlement.