Car Accident Calls in Last Three Months Down 34% From Previous Year

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Recent Phoenix Collision Data Indicates a Considerable Decrease in Arizona Car Accidents for 2020 According to law firm Begam Marks & Traulsen, P.A.

Personal injury law firm Begam Marks & Traulsen, P.A. has found recent car accident data that suggests a significant decrease in motor vehicle collisions in Arizona for the year 2020. According to data gathered by the Phoenix Police Department regarding service calls for car accidents, there was a considerable drop in calls this year thus far, compared to monthly totals from 2019.

The three-month period of March through May saw the most significant change: a 34% decrease in total service calls for car accidents in the city of Phoenix. The lowest number of calls came in April, which saw a 49% decrease in car accident calls compared to 2019. When categorized by accident types, April also saw the most significant drops. Compared to 2019, there was a 60% decrease in fatal accident reports, a 46% decrease in injury accident reports, and a 54% decrease in no-injury accident reports.

“Due to the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, we expected a decrease in car accidents for this first half of 2020,” said Stanley Marks. “We just never expected it to be this significant, especially in the highest populated city in Arizona.”

Car accidents remain a dangerous problem in Arizona, according to the law firm’s own studies: in 2018, one person was killed every 8 hours and 39 minutes from a car accident. Additionally, pedestrian studies continue to rise: 2018 saw nearly 9% more pedestrian fatalities than 2017, and nearly 14% of all pedestrian crashes in Arizona were fatal.

However, this recent information may indicate a significant change in car accident statistics for this year. “Although we understand that our findings were only regarding the city of Phoenix, its trends have generally determined statewide accident trends, as it is the largest city in Arizona", says Stanley Marks. “Therefore, we expect that car accidents in Arizona as a whole have also decreased as a result of the current circumstances.”

As the state reopens, it remains to be seen whether the COVID-19 pandemic will impact car accidents for the remainder of the year. We hope that accidents stay low for the safety and wellbeing of all Arizona residents.

For more information on car accident statistics in Arizona, please click here.

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