A stretch of road that many Arizona drivers use every day has been named one of the deadliest in the country.
"It's packed all the time, getting worse and worse every day," one man told us. "They drive like maniacs. They don't take their time. They're always in a rush."
After analyzing crash data from 2011 to 2015, Value Penguin said Arizona is the second-deadliest state along the I-10 with 132 total fatal wrecks, and Phoenix is the third-deadliest city with 42.
"You've got so many people driving it, you've got them driving aggressively, and you also have a lack of barriers," said personal injury attorney David Catanese with the Zachar Law Firm.
[Related: The history of the I10 in Arizona]
He said he believes one danger along the I-10 is a lack of median barriers on a stretch of the highway from Phoenix to Tucson. He said some of his clients, who are family members of people who died in head-on accidents there, have been awarded settlements in court.
David Catanese’s partners represented three families against the State of Arizona. The two cases went to jury trials.
In February 2012, a Maricopa County jury awarded the Glazer family $7.8 million for the death of Michael Glazer (age 50) and Sydney Glazer (age 6), assessing 100% fault against the State of Arizona.
In December 2015, a different jury awarded the families of Pam Humphrey and Anne Quinn $47 million, assessing 85% fault against the State of Arizona.
The Arizona Department of Transportation sent the following statement:
The key issue behind fatal crashes on any roadway is driver behavior, starting with speeding, aggressive driving, driving under the influence, lack of seat belt use and inattention. A-DOT works with partner agencies to promote safe driving on all roadways, but other agencies directly address the challenge of driver behavior and investigate the causes of crashes. Your request is best put to them.
However, the juries found that the above information is known to the State transportation department and has been for a long time. Both juries found that the State of Arizona has not done enough to protect Interstate 10 travelers.
"Because we know it's something we can’t stop, it is an even greater reason to get those barriers up," Catanese said.