As experienced Cochise County wrongful death attorneys, we know that every fatal car accident comes with a heavy price, both emotionally for those left behind after a death, and economically. In 2010, Arizona’s Department of Transportation (ADOT) reported 1,630 car crashes in the county, nearly half of which occurred in the city of Sierra Vista. Countywide, records indicate that 23 people were killed in car accidents that same year, resulting in economic losses totaling more than $16.5 million. On average, the economic cost per fatality in the Cochise County is roughly $721,500.
Alcohol-related crashes also contribute heavily to the death toll in car accidents each year, with just fewer than 18 percent of collision-related deaths attributable to DUI accidents. In addition to multiple deaths, injury accidents throughout Cochise County each year total at nearly 700 injuries and an additional $40 million in economic losses, according to statistics.
How to Avoid a Cochise County Wrongful Death Car Accident
Nearly every Cochise County wrongful death car accident that occurs is preventable, and drivers can greatly reduce their possibility of being involved in a fatal collision by following a few simple tips.
- Always wear your seatbelt in the car and require passengers to wear one as well.
- Observe the speed limit and slow down in inclement weather.
- Avoid engaging in road rage behaviors like tailgating, cutting off other drivers, and swerving in and out of traffic.
- Do not slam on your brakes unless it is absolutely necessary.
- Double check your mirrors before changing lanes and allow your blinker to flash for up to three seconds before initiating any change.
Drivers should also remember that rear-end collisions are the most common type of crash in the state of Arizona and that these crashes cause more than 50 deaths per year, according to statistics, so be particularly cautious when traveling in heavy traffic, as this can easily lead to a rear end collision.
How a Cochise County Wrongful Death Attorney Can Help Your Family
The loss of a family member in an Arizona fatal car accident can make it difficult to think about the future, but it is important for affected families to speak with a skilled wrongful death attorney as quickly as possible after the collision. The Husband and Wife Law Team focuses on meeting the family’s needs for the future by negotiating a settlement that will provide the replacement of permanently lost income from a wage earner and that will take care of the cost of a funeral and the family’s personal suffering. We do whatever it takes to help families through emotional recovery and ensure that they receive the compensation needed to move towards the future. Call the attorneys at the Breyer Law Offices, P.C. to discuss your case for free today.