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Arizona highway accidents often result in severe injury or death because of the high speeds at which they occur, and the nature of our highways, themselves. Arizona highways are frequently congested within city limits, with tens of thousands of tractor-trailers, motorcycles and cars all crammed into a tight tangle of busy roads. These conditions often cause excessive road-rage and preventable mistakes. Outside city limits, our highways are often marked by endless miles of barren dessert, tempting drivers to ignore speed limit signs and other safety precautions.
The following are the five most dangerous highways in Arizona based on fatalities per mile, as compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:
There are various reasons for highway auto accidents, not the least of which is speeding. Arizona has miles of highways with nothing but desert vistas that many drivers interpret as an open invitation to go as fast as their vehicles will allow. At excessive speeds, motorists have decreased time to make a quick judgment call, longer stopping distances, and an increased likelihood of losing control of their vehicles when facing a hazard.
Other factors include:
Accidents on highways where speeds are between 65 mph and 100 mph can also be caused by unsafe lane changes, or failure to see and slow for slow-moving vehicles or objects in the roadway, including animals. A vehicle that suddenly blows a tire or has a problem with braking or steering is also more apt to lose control at high rates of speed. This may cause the vehicle to run off the road or into another vehicle.