In 2013, our website I10accidents.com garnered national attention when Popular Mechanics decided to feature an article that displayed just how dangerous an Arizona highway really was. The amount of fatal accidents on this specific highway alone, was alarming. But. Accidents happen. Right?
Or are these accidents preventable? According to the State of Arizona’s own experts, the answer is YES, with 95% certainty.
The answer: A barrier place in the dirt medians to separate the opposing directions of travel.
How many accidents have there been?
How many people have died?
The statistics compiled are not completely up to date, and in general only apply to the stretch of Interstate 10 between Phoenix and Tucson.
Over the course of last 10 years, we have compiled stats.
Our research shows that there have been upwards of 60-70 deaths from crossover crashes between Phoenix and Tucson.
Our research also shows for as little as $90,000 per mile, or approximately $7 million for the entire stretch between Phoenix and Tucson, these barriers could be in place.
ADOT’s budge per year is $300 million. That does not even include the millions of federal dollars ADOT receives each year.
I’ll bet the loved ones of the 50-60 people who have been killed in these crossover accidents would be interested to know that less than 2% of a single year’s budget could have prevented the death of their family member?
If that cost were spread out over the 10 years ($300M x 10 = $3 billion). In 10 years, the State has failed and indeed refused to spend the only $7 million to make this highway safe.
Now remember, this is only one Freeway in the entire state of Arizona.
What other preventable deaths are occurring daily on our other freeways and roads?
A report by TRIP determined that traffic crashes and fatalities on rural Arizona roads are significantly higher than all other roads in the state.
These non-interstate rural roads had a traffic fatality rate of 3 deaths for every 100-million vehicle miles of travel.
This equates to the fifth highest rate nationally…