With over 15 years of experience as Phoenix, AZ car accident attorneys, we know that the weather can change in an instant, taking motorists by surprise. If a dust storm arrives suddenly, there are ways to help keep yourself, your passengers, and other motorists on the road safe, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT).
- If you’re able to avoid driving through it, do so.
- Try to exit the highway or freeway completely before you encounter low visibility.
- If you’re going to stop, drive a safe distance off of the road, away from traffic.
- Turn off your lights, keep your seatbelt fastened, and pull your emergency brake.
- Do not get out of your vehicle.
Statistics on Arizona Car Accidents and Dust Storms
There are more than 106,175 Arizona car accidents reported by the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) every year. More than 50,100 people are injured as a result of being involved in a car crash in Arizona each year, according to statistics. Another near 765 fatalities are reports in these collisions. Although dust storms do not frequently cause car wrecks, the rate of injury is significant. Around 50 dust storm collisions are reported each year throughout the state and more than 40 people sustain injuries in dust storm collisions every year.
What an Arizona Car Accident Attorney Would Do to Help
Arizona car accidents that are caused by weather may seem like just that: an accident, but victims of injury in a car crash that happens during a dust storm should still reach out to a skilled personal injury attorney to learn about their options. The Husband and Wife Law Team at the Breyer Law Offices, P.C. helps victims of weather-related car crashes by determining whether the other driver has culpability for driving too fast, not using his or her lights, or by otherwise being negligent; often we do this by referring to the police report, witness records, and expert accident re-constructionists. Our lawyers provide free case assessments to ensure that injury victims have the information they need to proceed. Call us today to talk about your case.