What Are the Deadliest Roads in Arizona?

While your life is always at risk when you get behind the wheel, some Arizona roads cause more deadly car crashes than others. Do you know which are the deadliest roads in Arizona? All 10 streets are in the Phoenix metro area.

Let’s talk about the deadliest streets in Arizona, what contributes to most of the fatal crashes, how you can stay safe on Arizona roads, and whether you can sue the other driver if your loved one was killed in a car accident that wasn’t their fault.

Questions? Schedule your No Cost No Obligation Legal Strategy Session now.

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10 Deadliest Stretch of Roads in Arizona

Based on crash statistics from fatal accidents in 2017-2019, the deadliest streets in Arizona include:

  • 43rd Ave. from W. McDowell Rd. to W. Lamar Rd.
  • Thomas Rd. from N. 37th Ave. to N. 71st. Ave.
  • Indian School Rd. from N. 3rd St. to N. 40th Ave.
  • Bell Rd. from N. 23rd Ave. to N. 26th St.
  • 19th Ave. from W. Union Hills Dr. to W. Shangri-La Rd.
  • Northern Ave. from N. 56th Ave. to N. 19th Ave.
  • Bethany Home Rd. from N. 12th PI. to N. 35th Ave.
  • Mcdowell Rd. from N. 36th St. to N. Scottsdale Rd.
  • Indian School Rd. from N. 91st. Ave. to N. 53rd Ave. 
  • I-10 from Exit 157 to Exit 152

The Role of Speeding in Fatal Crashes

Speeding was the single greatest factor in Arizona’s fatal crashes, responsible for nearly a third (31%) of all deadly crashes from 2017-2019. Going over the speed limit makes it harder to control your vehicle, increasing your odds of getting in a crash. Additionally, speeding tickets can add 3 points to your driver’s license, and getting 8 or more points in 12 months can lead to a suspended license.

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The Role of Drunk Driving in Fatal Car Accidents

Drunk driving was a factor in more than 1 in 5 (22%) deadly car accidents from 2017-2019. Even though you aren’t considered legally intoxicated until your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) reaches 0.08%, a BAC of only 0.02% is enough to impair your driving.

Even if you don’t kill anybody, penalties for drunk driving are very steep in Arizona, so you should get a ride home if you have had more than one or two drinks.

The Role of Distracted Driving in Fatal Crashes

At least 1 in 10 fatal Arizona car crashes involved distracted driving from 2017-2019, although it’s possible the number is actually much higher. To avoid getting distracted while driving, avoid eating or drinking, fiddling with the radio or GPS, adjusting your mirrors, or using your phone when you’re behind the wheel.

Staying Safe on Arizona’s Roads

While you can’t avoid all accidents, there are some things you can do to stay safe on Arizona’s roads:

  • Avoid the deadliest roads, when possible, and choose less-traveled roads, instead
  • Drive the speed limit
  • Remain aware of your surroundings
  • Avoid driving after you’ve been drinking, consuming marijuana, or using drugs
  • Don’t use your phone while driving
  • Keep a good distance between your vehicle and the one in front of you
  • Keep your eyes on the road, your hands on the steering wheel, and your mind on the task of driving

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Can I Sue for Wrongful Death if My Loved One Died in a Car Accident?

If your spouse, child, or parent was killed in a car crash that wasn’t their fault, you may be able to sue the responsible driver for causing the wrongful death of your loved one. You (or your experienced wrongful death lawyer) must be able to prove that the driver’s negligence, recklessness, or malevolence caused the accident that led you your loved one’s death.

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

Not everybody who loses a loved one in a car crash can file a wrongful death lawsuit in Arizona. Only these people are legally able to file for wrongful death:

  • A surviving parent or guardian
  • Surviving children of the deceased person
  • The deceased person’s surviving spouse
  • The deceased person’s personal representative on behalf of a surviving child, spouse, parent, or the estate

What Damages Might I Be Owed in an Arizona Wrongful Death Case?

In Arizona, damages you may be able to recover if your loved one was killed by somebody else in a car crash include:

  • Medical bills (after the accident and leading up to the person’s death)
  • Burial and funeral expenses
  • Replacement or repair of property damaged in the event
  • Lost benefits and wages the deceased would have earned if they had lived
  • Loss of household services the deceased provided
  • Survivors’ emotional pain and suffering
  • Loss of the decedent’s love, guidance, companionship, comfort, and affection

Unlike some states, Arizona does not cap the amount of damages you may get in a wrongful death lawsuit. To get an idea of how much your wrongful death case may be worth, schedule your No Cost No Obligation Legal Strategy Session now.

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Do I Need a Wrongful Death Lawyer in Arizona?

For the best chances of recovering the damages you deserve to compensate you for the death of your loved one, you need an experienced Phoenix wrongful death lawyer on your side. The attorneys at Wade & Nysather AZ Accident Attorneys have more than 25 years of experience with wrongful death cases. We know how to get you the compensation you deserve for the loss of your loved one.

You don’t pay us unless we get you money, so schedule a No Cost No Obligation Legal Strategy Session today.

Lost a Loved One in a Deadly Crash? Contact Us Today

If you live in the Phoenix area and your spouse, parent, or child was killed in a car accident that wasn’t their fault, contact Wade & Nysather AZ Accident Attorneys today and schedule your No Cost No Obligation Legal Strategy Session. We may be able to help you get compensation for funeral costs, personal anguish, loss of love, and more.

You only pay us if we get you money, so contact us today.


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