As Tempe car accident attorneys, we were shocked to hear about 12 cars involved in a pileup on U.S. 60 west of Mill Avenue on Friday morning, January 6, 2012. The accident closed two lanes and traffic was being diverted through Superstition Freeway at Priest. Three people were injured in the pileup, which took hours to clear up. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims at this time, and we wish them a full recovery.
Causes of This Tempe Car Accident
Police are still investigating this 12-car pileup. However, as car accident lawyers in Tempe, we know that pileups like this are often caused by tailgating drivers, sideswipe accidents that cause a chain reaction, debris in the road, distracted drivers, and more. When they happen on freeways, many times there is a chain reaction because everyone is traveling at a high rate of speed and there is often a lot of traffic. That’s likely the reason so many cars were involved.
Tempe Car Accident Statistics
There were 6,658 Tempe car accidents in 2010, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), which resulted in 12 deaths and 2,680 injuries.
Here are some more statistics for the state of Arizona in 2010:
- Rear-end collisions accounted for 40,371 crashes, 54 deaths, and 12,058 injuries;
- Sideswipes caused nearly 15,000 accidents, 25 fatal accidents, and more than 2,000 injury accidents;
- Speeding drivers caused about 35,000 crashes;
- Drivers who were following too closely caused 5,520 incidents;
- Unsafe lane changes accounted for 5,987 collisions; and
- Inattention and distraction resulted in 12,026 crashes, 27 fatalities, and 3,280 accidents with injuries.
Contact a Tempe Car Accident Lawyer
Victims of multi-car pileups deserve the best Tempe car accident lawyers because of the level of investigation it will require to figure out exactly what happened. In cases like these, there is also likely to be a limited amount of insurance compared to the number of people who were injured in the accident. The Husband and Wife Law Team at the Breyer Law Offices, P.C. has years of experience working with victims of Tempe car accidents. We gather facts and use them to hold at-fault parties responsible. While our clients recover from their injuries, we represent them in court and obtain settlements to cover their accident-related expenses and more.