• Accident Causes

    Top Causes of Arizona Fatal Accidents and Catastrophic Injuries in 2021

    Statewide (January 2, 2023) – According to the 2021 Arizona Trauma System Snapshot, falls caused over 600 adult fatalities and close to 30,800 injuries. Car accidents and gun-related accidents were the other top causes of catastrophic injuries and deaths for both Arizona adults and children in 2021. Overall, the rate of catastrophic injuries increased by 19% in the state that year.

    If you’ve suffered from a catastrophic injury or the wrongful death of a loved one, contact the Arizona personal injury attorneys at Lerner and Rowe. Source: AZ Family

    Thanksgiving Weekend Speeding, DUI, and Distracted Driving Arrests and Citations

    Statewide (November 30, 2022) – During the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, police in Arizona reported speeding, DUI, and distracted driving were the main causes of traffic citations. According to information made public by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, there were 323 DUI arrests, 78 citations for distracted driving, and 209 criminal citations issued for speeding. Additionally, there were 145 citations issued for not wearing a seatbelt.

    The Arizona personal injury lawyers at Lerner and Rowe can help if you were injured in a car accident or lost a loved one as a result of someone else’s negligence. Source: 12 News

    Rear-End Collisions Top Factor in Arizona Alcohol-Related Crashes

    Statewide (October 26, 2022) – According to the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) 2021 Crash Facts Report, rear-end collisions are a contributing factor in alcohol-related crashes. The report lists the manner of collisions in alcohol-related crashes. Rear-end collisions were responsible for over 41% of alcohol-related car crashes in Arizona in 2021. Rear-end collisions due to alcohol caused over 10% of fatal car accidents and 40% of injury car accidents.

    If you’ve been injured in a car accident or lost a loved one due to negligence, contact the Arizona personal injury attorneys at Lerner and Rowe. Source: ADOT

    Causes of Arizona Traffic Fatalities

    Statewide (September 11, 2022) – Arizona experienced a decrease in traffic fatalities in the first quarter of 2022 by 31.4%. In the first quarter of 2022, there were 277 traffic deaths in Arizona, compared to 190 in 2021. While traffic fatalities are down, Alberto Gutier, executive director of the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, says that speeding, reckless driving, and impaired driving (DUI) are the main causes of Arizona traffic fatalities.

    If you or a loved one have been injured in an Arizona car accident, contact Lerner and Rowe today. Source: Mesa Tribune

    Top Causes of Arizona Fatal Work Accidents

    Statewide (August 19, 2022) – According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were 97 work-related fatalities in Arizona in 2020. Transportation-related accidents caused 30 out of the 97 fatal work injuries in Arizona, while there were 25 total fatalities related to hazardous substances or environments. 57% of all Arizona fatal workplace injuries fell into these two primary groups.

    Violence and injuries caused by people and animals were the third most common cause of fatal workplace accidents in Arizona, totaling 17. Contact Lerner and Rowe if you’ve been injured in a workplace accident due to your employer’s negligence. Source: BLS

    Truck Accidents Increase in Phoenix

    Phoenix (July 13, 2022)- Truck accidents are on the rise in Phoenix. These accidents often end in death or catastrophic injuries. The rise of Phoenix truck accidents are due to a variety of reasons, including an increase of trucks on the road.

    The number of trucks on the road increased by 85% in the past decade. With this increase of trucks and increased demand, companies have been short-cutting safety measures.

    Due to inflation, many truck companies have cut costs by decreasing maintenance and overloading trucks. Faulty and malfunctioning parts, mainly worn breaks, as well as overloaded vehicles can easily cause a deadly accident. If you or a loved one have been injured in a truck accident, call Lerner and Rowe today. Source: Legal Reader

    Causes of Car Accidents in Arizona in 2020

    Statewide (June 20, 2022) – Car accidents in Arizona have increased in the past year, with numbers reaching a 15-year high in 2021. According to the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), the number of total accidents decreased from 2019 to 2020 by 24.23%. However, the number of total fatal accidents increased by 7.86%. Alcohol-related fatalities and injuries decreased by 29.84% and 4.53%.

    Distracted driving and alcohol were the top causes of Arizona car accidents in 2020. Alcohol related crashes made up 4.56% of all car accidents, both fatal and non-fatal. Over 2,800 people were injured in alcohol-related car accidents in 2020. If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident in Arizona, call Lerner and Rowe today. Source: ADOT

    Speed to Blame for Multi-Car Collision on SR-95

    Lake Havasu (January 20, 2022) – Three motor vehicles were involved in a car accident on State Route 95 last Friday, according to the Lake Havasu City Police Department. The collision occurred at the intersection of Acoma Boulevard South and SR-95 just before 11:00 a.m. on January 14.

    An RV reportedly failed to brake at the intersection, smashing into the back of a 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The impact from that rear-end collision then caused the Jeep to strike a 2019 Lincoln Navigator.

    In total, three people were injured in the wreck. Two were treated locally at Havasu Regional Medical Center, while another victim was flown to University Medical Center in Las Vegas. Police determined that speed was the cause of the accident. Source: Havasu News

    Speeding, Unlicensed Teen to Blame for Phoenix Crash

    Phoenix (December 30, 2021) – Police say that a speeding, unlicensed teenage driver is likely to blame for a car accident that sent four people to the hospital. Around 4:30 p.m. on December 27, a car carrying seven teenagers crashed into a house near 35th Avenue and Thunderbird Road.

    A 14-year-old girl and two 14-year-old boys suffered serious injuries in the accident. A 15-year-old girl was also taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, and four more people were treated for injuries at the scene.

    Video footage of the accident showed the car quickly overtaking another vehicle before crashing into the corner of the house. Police are still determining the exact cause of the crash but say that citations may be issued. Source: 12 News

    Wrong-Way Driver Causes Fatal Crash on Loop 202

    Phoenix (December 3, 2021) – A person driving east in the westbound lanes of Loop 202 caused a deadly car accident involving multiple vehicles on Thanksgiving. Police say the crash occurred around 11:00 a.m. near McClintock Drive and killed one person.

    The wrong-way driver first hit a DPS unit in addition to another vehicle. The driver then continued and caused a head-on collision with another vehicle. The passenger of the wrong-way vehicle died, and others involved in that accident were seriously injured.

    This accident is also believed to have contributed to a separate accident nearby, in which a motorcyclist smashed into the back of another vehicle that had slowed down in response to the wrong-way crash. The extent of their injuries is unknown. Source: ABC 15

  • Accident Statistics

    Arizona Ranked 15th in Nation for Distracted Driver Deaths

    Statewide (January 2, 2023) – Data gathered from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Bureau of Transportation Statistics shows that Arizona had 152 distracted driving deaths from 2019-2020. This puts Arizona at 15 out 50 for the number of distracted driving deaths in the country.

    Contact the Arizona personal injury attorneys at Lerner and Rowe if you were injured by or experienced the wrongful death of a loved one due to a distracted driver. Source: MoneyGeek

    Most Common Types Arizona Car Accidents in 2021

    Statewide (November 30, 2022) – According to data from the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) 2021 Crash Facts, on average 3.23 people died per day and one person was wounded on the road every 10 minutes and 11 seconds. Rear-end collisions were the most common type of accident, followed by left-turn collisions and sideswipes, accounting for 74,396 of the 100,518 accidents that occurred in Arizona.

    If you’ve been injured in a car accident in Arizona, contact the car accident attorneys at Lerner and Rowe to explore your legal options. Source: ADOT

    Arizona Traffic Accidents Increased 22% From 2022

    Statewide (October 26, 2022) – Data from the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) 2021 Crash Facts Report found car accidents increased 22% from 2020 to 2021. The data shows Arizona saw 121,345 collisions overall in 2021 compared to 99,100 collisions in 2020. The report revealed Arizona had the most collisions in October 2021. Additionally, it found more car accidents occurred on Fridays than any other day of the week.

    If you’ve been injured in a car accident or lost a loved one due to negligence, contact the Arizona personal injury attorneys at Lerner and Rowe. Source: ADOT

    Arizona Traffic Deaths Decrease in First Quarter of 2022

    Statewide (August 26, 2022) – According to a recent report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the number of traffic fatalities in Arizona decreased by about a third in the first quarter of 2022. According to the data, 190 people died on Arizona roads in the first three months of this year, a 31.4% decrease from the 277 fatalities recorded in the same period in 2021.

    If you’ve lost a loved one due to a car accident, contact Lerner and Rowe. Source: Cronkite News

    Phoenix Ranked Worst Large City for Traffic Deaths

    Phoenix (August 18, 2022) – Phoenix saw 185 traffic fatalities in 2020 compared to 177 in 2019. In the first half of 2021, 114 persons lost their lives in collisions. 52 were pedestrians, 58 involved drivers or passengers, and 4 involved bicycles.

    Phoenix experiences 83 collisions each day on average, with 1 fatality daily. The city experienced a rise in collisions over a 5-year period that was higher (4.4%) than the city’s annual population growth of 1.5%. Source: KJZZ

    Heat-Related Deaths In Maricopa County Hit Half-Year Record High

    Phoenix (July 28, 2022)—With 17 heat-related fatalities confirmed through the first week of July and another 126 under investigation, heat-related deaths in Maricopa County have reached a half-year record. The number of heat-related deaths in the first half of 2022 is significantly higher than it was during the same time last year. There were 11 fatalities in Maricopa County due to heat illness in the first half of 2021.

    Those who work outdoors are the most susceptible to the extreme heat and are likely to experience heat-related injuries. If you or a loved one have experienced heat-illnesses or wrongful death due to the negligence or recklessness of another party, contact Lerner and Rowe to explore your legal options. Source: Fox10

    Arizona Home to Third Deadliest US Interstate Highway

    Arizona (April 26, 2022)-Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s 2020 Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) found that I-40, which runs through Arizona, is the third deadliest interstate in the country. A total of 270 fatalities on I-40 happened in 2020, including a crash caused by faulty tires that killed two.

    Data collected and analyzed showed that there were 10.6 fatalities per every 100 miles in 2020. Speeding is one of the main causes of fatal accidents on I-40. Source: NHTSA

    Number of Traffic Deaths in Arizona Continues to Increase

    Statewide (March, 2022) – Traffic fatalities increased to a 15-year high in 2021 in Arizona. The majority of these accidents were caused by distracted and impaired drivers. In 2021, over 1,000 more Arizona residents lost their lives in car accidents than in 2020. Arizona isn’t alone. In 2020 and 2021, traffic fatalities exceeded records nationwide, forcing federal transportation officials to improve roadway safety.

    Reports show there are more distracted and impaired drivers than ever before, and DUI numbers in the state have reached their highest levels since 2013. Phoenix saw more traffic-related deaths in 2021 than the previous year, prompting the city to sign on to a national road safety effort. Safety advocates believe communities should adopt measures like decreasing speed limits and adding more roundabouts to reduce traffic. Source: PHOENIX Mag

    2021 Traffic Fatalities Surpass Those of Deadly 2020

    Statewide (January 14, 2022) – Preliminary data from the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) shows that 2021 was the worst year for traffic fatalities since car accident deaths peaked in 2006. As of mid-December, there were already at least 1,060 traffic fatalities reported in 2021.

    The 2021 data surpassed a particularly deadly 2020, during which 1,054 people died in motor vehicle accidents, including pedestrian accidents and bike crashes. Fatalities rocketed to 1,301 deaths in 2006 before steadily decreasing between 2007 and 2014. Compared to 2014’s low of 774 accident fatalities, 2021 deaths jumped by almost 37%.

    GOHS director Alberto Gutier blamed the influx of accidents on more vehicles on the road, speeding, and distracted driving, particularly cell phone use. Source: Arizona’s Family

    4.56% of All 2020 Crashes Were Alcohol-Related

    Statewide (December 16, 2021) – According to the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), approximately 4.56% of all motor vehicle accidents in 2020 involved a driver who was under the influence of alcohol. The agency reported 4,506 alcohol-related crashes.

    181 people were killed in Arizona alcohol-related crashes, and an estimated 2,863 people were injured last year. Drunk driving deaths accounted for about 17.2% of all traffic fatalities. Overall alcohol-related crashes appear to be on the decline from recent years, with a nearly 9% decrease from 2019 to 2020. The number of people killed in alcohol-involved crashes also dropped by 25.8% from 2019 to 2020.

    In total, ADOT estimates that drunk driving accidents resulted in $2.33 billion in economic losses to Arizona in 2020. Source: ADOT

  • News

    Fiery Semi-truck Crash on I-10 Results in 5 Deaths

    PHOENIX, AZ (January 13, 2023) – At least fives lives were lost during a fiery collision near Chandler Boulevard and Interstate 10 around 6:00 a.m. this morning. Two semi-trucks and multiple passenger vehicles were involved. One passenger vehicle and one semi-truck were completely destroyed by flames.

    DPS troopers did confirm that a semi-truck traveling eastbound at full speed on I-10 slammed into the back of two passenger vehicles. That catastrophic impact started a chain reaction of events when the smaller passenger vehicles were forced into the back of another semi. The second involved semi then collided with the back of the passenger vehicle in front of it, which then slammed into the back of another passenger car.

    At Lerner and Rowe, our hearts go out to all those impacted by this tragic semi-involved wreck on I-10 in Phoenix. We know that no matter what safety precautions a driver takes, it’s not possible to control the actions of other drivers around you. As such, we strongly encourage drivers of all ages and sized vehicles to remain alert and aware to try to help prevent deadly accidents on our roadways.

    Sources: AZFamily, FOX News 10

    Man Identified After Fatal Phoenix Hit and Run

    Phoenix (December 30, 2022) – Around 6:30 p.m, police were called to a pedestrian collision between 8th and Southern Avenues where they discovered Jose Alvarez, 42, seriously injured. Alvarez later died. According to investigators, the at-fault driver originally left the area after striking Alvarez in the middle of the street. That driver later came back. There have been no arrests and intoxication is not believed to be a factor. An investigation is still ongoing.

    Our sympathies go out to the victim and their loved ones. If you’ve experienced the wrongful death of a loved one due to no fault of their own, contact the Phoenix personal injury attorneys at Lerner and Rowe. Source: AZ Family

    Fatal Pedestrian Hit-and-Run in Phoenix

    Phoenix (November 30, 2022) – On Saturday, November 26, Phoenix police responded to a call of a pedestrian in a wheelchair who was fatally hit by a vehicle. The victim, Jeremey Ortiz, 40, passed away at the scene. According to police, Ortiz was hit by the vehicle while crossing the street. The timeframe of the accident is still under investigation. The driver has not yet been identified.

    Our sympathies go out to the victim and their loved ones. If you or a loved one have been injured in a pedestrian accident, contact the Phoenix personal injury attorneys at Lerner and Rowe. Source: AZ Central

    Weather Caused Deadly Arizona Plane Crash

    Yuma (October 21, 2022) – The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has issued a preliminary report stating that inclement weather was the cause of a single-engine plane crash that claimed the lives of both passengers aboard. The crash occurred on September 13th between Kingman and Flagstaff. According to the NTSB investigation, there was moderate to heavy precipitation in the vicinity during the time of the accident.


    If you’ve lost a loved one in a plane crash because of negligence or recklessness, contact the Phoenix plane crash lawyers at Lerner and Rowe. Source: KYMA

    One Child Dead and Three Injured After Arizona Off-Road Vehicle Crash

    Forest Lakes (September 4, 2022) – An off-road vehicle accident claimed the life of an eight-year-old girl and seriously injured three other girls. According to authorities, the collision happened on Sunday around 11:00 a.m. near Forest Lakes.

    The 8-year-old girl was pronounced dead at the scene, and two 14-year-old girls, and another 8-year-old, were taken to a hospital in Phoenix. Their health status and names have not been made public, and investigators stated that they were still looking into what caused the fatal collision.

    If you’ve been injured in an accident, or lost a loved one due to wrongful death, call Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys. Source: AP

    Several In Critical Condition and One Dead After Crash on I-17 in Phoenix

    Phoenix (August 12, 2022) – A 13-year-old boy has died and numerous other people, including two children, are in critical condition after a collision on Thursday night on Interstate 17 close to Union Hills Drive in Phoenix. One of the drivers of an SUV lost control and hit another SUV, according to reports. Both SUVs turned over, ejecting three people.

    The Phoenix Fire Department said a toddler, a child, two women, and a man were critically injured. The Department of Public Safety (DPS) doesn’t think that impaired driving was a factor in the accident. The investigation into the crash is ongoing. Source: AZ Family

    One Dead After Phoenix Hit-and-Run

    Phoenix (July 24, 2022)- The Phoenix Police Department is looking into the death of a man following a hit-and-run accident at 57th Avenue and Thomas Road on July 24. The unidentified victim died on the scene. Sgt. Brian Bower of the Phoenix police says that the car’s driver is still outstanding.

    This is an ongoing investigation. Hit-and-run car accidents can happen to drivers or any vehicles and pedestrians. If you or a loved one have been injured in a hit and run accident, contact Lerner and Rowe for your free case consultation to learn more about your legal options. Source: AZ Central

    Car Runs Out of Gas and Kills 1 and Injures 2 on I-17 in Phoenix

    Phoenix (May 23, 2022) – One woman is dead and two were hospitalized after a crash on I-17 early Monday morning. A car ran out of gas near Thunderbird Road, according to the Department of Public Safety, and was stopped in the center lane without hazard lights. Iwanda Mitchell, 49, collided with the stopped vehicle. Another vehicle collided with Mitchell. She died on the scene.

    Two other drivers were taken to the hospital with injuries. Crash witnesses are asked to contact the Arizona Department of Public Safety at 602-223-2212 or submit a tip online at www.azdps.gov/tips. Source: AZ Family

    Driver Who Caused Deadly Accident Was Speeding, Drunk

    Phoenix (January 6, 2022) – A woman was killed and three children were injured on January 1 when their vehicle was struck by an impaired and speeding driver near 38th Street and Greenway Road. The accident occurred just half an hour into the new year.

    Police say 18-year-old Jaxon Collins was speeding and drunk. He was going almost 90 miles an hour in the seconds leading up to the crash, and the impact speed was 63 miles per hour in an area where the speed limit is 45 miles per hour.

    27-year-old Crystal Garcia died trying to protect the three children who were sitting with her in the backseat during the car accident. One of the children suffered a broken pelvis. Collins has been charged with manslaughter, aggravated assault, and endangerment. Source: ABC15

    One Killed in Paradise Valley Car Crash

    Paradise Valley (December 9, 2021) – A woman was killed and another driver was injured in a car accident near 47th Street and McDonald Drive on Monday. 36-year-old Nicole Baldovino died in the December 6 crash after her electric Tesla vehicle collided with a Ford Bronco.

    According to police, Baldovino failed to complete a turn in the bend of the road before smashing into the Bronco. While impairment is reportedly not a factor in this case, investigators say they have no way of knowing whether the Tesla’s autopilot was engaged during the crash.

    Meanwhile, Phoenix firefighters have noted that electric vehicle crashes may pose a higher risk of burn injury, since electric vehicle fires tend to burn hotter and longer than traditional vehicle fires. Source: Fox 10 Phoenix