Research is showing that in the state of Arizona, the likelihood of a
car accident is increased when the dust storms or monsoons get rolling across the Valley.
The monsoon experts are noticing that the trend of dust storms are becoming
much more frequent, which causes great concerns for traffic accidents
that are caused by lack of vision from the storm. Not only are the accidents
on the road bringing concerns to researchers, they are also taking into
consideration the health damages that can be caused from inhaling too
much dust. One scientist from Arizona’s Institute of Atmospheric
Physics is studying possibilities of being able to determine the dust
storms beforehand, though these studies are very much still in the works.
Due to climate changes in the state, scientists are also seeing a high
probability of there being more dust storms in the future.
In Phoenix last July, reports of possibly the largest dust storm in Arizona
hit. The dust created a wall that was about a mile and a half high and
around 40,000 tons of dust and sand in it. Dust storms can result in the
destruction of a city, which then can lead to many lives placed in danger.
It is said that between the years of 2001-2005 there were 2,232 traffic
accidents that were caused by the dust storms resulting in the deaths
of 44 people in the state of New Mexico. In Arizona there were a total
of 614 accidents and 15 deaths from the storms. While there is still much
research to be done in regards to the dust storms in Arizona, it is important
to be aware that car accidents can and do happen. Keep on the alert when
driving, be cautious of your surroundings and slow down or pull over if
you believe the danger to be increasing from the dust. If you or someone
you know is ever involved in a car accident and is in need of a personal
contact Knowles Law Firm today!