Crash Course: Use Caution at High-Collision Crossroads

AAA offers post-crash tips


Phoenix. Dec. 17, 2012. ’Tis the season for endless to-dos, and the hustle and bustle of the season is often felt most on the roads. That’s why AAA Insurance would like to remind drivers to take caution amongst the congestion at the intersections that log the highest number of crashes in the Valley.

“A combination of factors including speed, inattention and red-light running make intersections a high-risk area for drivers,” said Brad Oltmans, vice president of insurance for AAA Arizona. “With the added distraction of holiday errands, motorists must remember to stay especially alert around these junctions, and everywhere they drive.”


In 2011, December yielded 9,648 crashes in Arizona, the highest monthly number for the entire year.  Of those crashes that resulted in injuries or fatalities, more than half occurred at intersections, according to the Federal Highway Administration.


AAA recently analyzed data from the Maricopa Association of Governments, which revealed the intersections that averaged the highest average number of collisions over a three year span: 2008, 2009 and 2010. The table below lists the intersections, and the average number of collisions per year over that period:


Maricopa County Intersection

Average Number of Collisions

1.      35th Avenue/Dunlap, Phoenix


2.      59th Avenue/Olive, Glendale


3.      59th Avenue/ Thunderbird Road, Glendale


4.      32nd Street/McDowell Road, Phoenix


5.      51st Avenue/Camelback Road, Phoenix


Unfortunately, collisions can happen to even the safest driver.  In the unfortunate event you are involved in a collision; AAA Insurance recommends motorists do the following:
  • Put safety first. If anyone is injured, call 9-1-1 immediately. Next, move your vehicle out of the way of traffic, if possible. If a car cannot be moved, drivers and passengers should get to a safe location off of the roadway. If a person is injured, they should not be moved.
  • Be prepared. Keep a cell phone, charger and pen and paper in your vehicle. If your cell phone doesn’t have a camera, keep a disposable camera on hand to document the scene.
  • Collect information. It’s imperative to gather pertinent information needed to submit a claim. Smartphone users can download AAA Accident Assist, a free app that takes drivers through steps on what to do immediately after a collision. You do not have to be AAA insured to download the app, but you do need insured with AAA to use some of its features. For more information, visit
  • File a crash report. File a state vehicle accident report, available at police stations and on the DMV website.

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AAA Arizona, the Arizona affiliate of AAA, provides automotive, insurance and travel services to more than 825,000 Arizona members. Annually, AAA’s Roadside Assistance responds to more than 450,000 calls for help on Arizona roadways. The auto club also provides insurance, travel, auto repair, discounts and financial services to AAA members. Since its founding in 1927, AAA Arizona has been a leading advocate for the safety and security of all travelers.