Join Date: Oct 2016
Location: Upstate South Carolina
Vehicle: 2005 SLK350 Firemist Red "Little Red"
Other Toys: 2015 GLK350 "Big Red II"
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Probably a number of factors involved, both in AZ and nationwide in the USA.
Modern cars have so many safety devices people become complacent and so many screens, buttons and gizmos to distract drivers. Distraction from cell phones, Nav systems, and other personal electronics certainly plays a role.
Alcohol and drug abuse is epidemic and has to be playing a part. People driving with suspended or revoked licenses. Sovereign Citizens and illegal aliens driving with no license at all. All those folks are more likely to get into an accident, either while simply driving or when trying to elude police.
The high cost of new cars, and the fact that most engines nowadays are good for 200K miles or more, means more older cars with the potential for other mechanical issues on the road. Here in SC, that's compounded by the lack of annual state inspection and a "personal property tax" structure that makes owning a vehicle more than 15 years old attractive.
A large number of motorcycles, at both extremes, on the road. Overpowered bikes driven by idiots doing stunts on public roads while filming their antics for YouTube and (at least here in South Carolina) slow and poorly lit mopeds operated primarily by folks who can't get a license, or have lost it for DWI.
Then there's State and local budgets that keep road repairs and traffic enforcement at a minimum.
Am sure I missed a few, too.