In 2010, more than 13,800 Arizona passenger accidents involving injuries to passengers in a vehicle were reported by the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT). Passengers between the ages of 15 and 19 were the most likely to sustain injuries in 2010, with 2,184 injuries reported in that age group. Although teenagers were more likely than other age groups to suffer injuries, the total number of injuries recorded was above 1,000 for all those between 5 and 54 years of age. Although passengers in car crashes do not suffer as high a rate of death as drivers in collisions, passengers are still susceptible to serious injury. The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) reports that the most often injured passengers are between the ages of 35 and 44 and also those aged between 55 and 64.
How to Prevent Injuries in Arizona Passenger Accidents
Teenagers may be more likely to sustain injuries in Arizona passenger accidents because the drivers are more likely to be teenagers as well and may be classified as new drivers. Despite the age group and classification of the driver, passengers may be able to reduce their own risk of injury in a collision by following a few simple guidelines. This is not to say that following these safety tips will prevent injury;most car accidents are unavoidable for the innocent victims:
- Wear your seatbelt. Seatbelts can help prevent both injuries and death, and have been cited by Arizona police officers as life-saving devices in multiple collisions already in 2012.
- Be a designated driver. Many passengers are injured as a result of the driver being impaired. If the person you are riding with is not in an appropriate driving condition, offer to take the wheel or call a cab.
- Help to reduce distractions. When you are riding as a passenger, don’t ask the driver to look at you when you are talking. Also, offer to change the radio station and provide directions to allow the driver to keep their attention on the road.
Why Call an Arizona Personal Injury Attorney
Victims of Arizona passenger accidents are sometimes reluctant to come forward and seek financial support in their recovery. This may be because they do not realize they are entitled to financial compensation or because they do not want to cause problems with a friend. An experienced Arizona personal injury attorney can help injured passengers by negotiating a settlement for medical bills, lost wages, and personal damages in a professional manner, no matter what the circumstances. The attorneys at Breyer Law, P.C. work hard to ensure a swift, fair outcome for those injured to allow maximum time for a stress-free recovery. If you were injured as a passenger in a car crash and you need help getting the compensation you deserve call the Husband and Wife Law Team for a free consultation.