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Serious injuries often occur along with sternum fractures

Arizona residents who have been in motor vehicle accidents in which they were not wearing seat belts or were in a vehicle that did not have air bags may have suffered from a sternum fracture. Also known as a breastbone fracture, this injury most commonly occurs in a car accident when the victim hits the steering wheel or dashboard. It is most common in adults over the age of 50 and women are more prone to suffer this type of injury than are men.

Risky driving behavior of teenage drivers

Recent studies show that Arizona teenagers can be made aware of the risks posed by distracted driving. A study by Oregon State University shows that 40 percent of teens polled text while driving, which is a decrease from previous studies. Overall, however, a considerable number of young drivers have admitted to multitasking while behind the wheel.

Contributory and comparative negligence in Arizona car accidents

Arizona, like many other states, has a specific formula for determining fault, and therefore available compensation, in the litigation phase of a car accident trial. The formula is predicated on the notion of two types of liability. These are known as comparative and contributory liability, and may affect the outcome of a case by adjusting the potential jury award lower than the plaintiff initially demanded.

Arizona car crash puts 6 people in hospital

A crash occurred at Cochie Canyon Trail and Interstate 10 Frontage Road in Marana that involved three vehicles. The crash occurred in the afternoon on Feb. 28. Police continued to investigate possible causes of the accident but had not yet released anything conclusive.

Whiplash injuries in Arizona

Whiplash is a neck injury that is commonly seen in people who are involved in head-on collisions or other auto accidents. The condition is often a combination of injuries that occurs in the cervical spine when the head is violently thrust forward and then suddenly jerked back or from side to side. Most people are unaware that they have suffered a whiplash injury at the accident scene because symptoms do not usually develop until 2 to 48 hours after the crash.

Motorcycle accidents and injuries

Arizona motorcycle riders might be interested in learning about the various causes of and injuries resulting from motorcycle accidents. Although the number of motorcycle accidents in the country decreased 6.4 percent from 2012 to 2013, and the number of motorcyclists injured decreased 5.4 percent for the same period, motorcyclists still have a 26-percent higher chance of dying in an accident than people riding in vehicles for each mile travelled. According to the NHTSA, 4,668 motorcyclists died in accidents in 2013, and 88,000 were injured. The reasons include an increased number of motorcycles on the road, motorcycles' crash worth, which is less than larger vehicles, as well as their smaller size, which makes it harder for pedestrian and other drivers to see motorcyclists on the road.

Cellphone use and car accidents

Motorists in Arizona are exposed to the same risks of distracted driving as everywhere else in the country. Research shows that people frequently text, talk and email with their cellphones when behind the wheel, and this distraction is a significant cause of car accidents.

The dangers of driving on worn tires in Arizona

According to a recent study done by Consumer Reports, even if you're replacing your tires according to the manufacturer's suggestions, you may still not be replacing them often enough. Based on their comparison of a brand new set of tires and a set of tires that were halfway worn down, there was a fairly significant loss of traction in inclement weather with the worn tires.

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