A woman is dead after an early morning single-vehicle crash in Arizona. The driver of the vehicle she was riding in has been taken into custody and is facing charges of murder.
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.
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.
Recent statistics continue to suggest that alcohol use can drastically increase a driver's risk of becoming involved in a car accident. According to the Arizona Department of Transportation's 2013 statistics, there are 107,348 car accidents a year in Arizona. Of those accidents, 777 of them result in a fatality and 34,047 results in an injury. Alcohol impaired accidents account for about 10 percent of those accidents and 32 percent of the fatalities.
Truck accidents in Arizona can be extremely dangerous. According to the NHTSA, although commercial trucking companies are legally required to adhere to certain safety standards, these are not necessarily enforced in all circumstances. Moreover, since trucks tend to be much larger than other vehicles, they may potentially be more deadly in the event of an accident.
A whiplash is a common car accident injury that occurs when the head and neck are moved suddenly in one direction and then another. The name comes from the whip-like motion, and the sudden movement creates both a sprain and a strain in the neck. The injury can be painful for a prolonged of time and has a wide range of severity. Many drivers pass off whiplash as a common and minor injury, but it is important for Arizona residents to understand how serious it can be.
Arizona motorists who drive after taking or using drugs may face the same consequences as if they had driven after drinking. A drug is any substance that alters a person's mind. Most people may think of illicit drugs, such as marijuana or cocaine, when the term 'drugged driving" is used, but it also refers to prescription and over-the-counter drugs that impact how a person functions.
In car accidents, there are several types of injuries that could be avoided if proper precautions are taken. For instance, it may be possible to reduce the number of brain injuries that occur by driving or riding in a car with proper front and side airbags. While some believe that airbags may be harmful, their benefits generally outweigh the risks.
Arizona residents may not be aware of the facts about impaired driving in the United States. The problem is big; in 2012, 10,322 individuals were fatally wounded in alcohol-related impaired driving accidents. That number accounts for almost 31 percent of all traffic-related fatalities nationwide. Impaired driving accidents in 2012 accounted for 20 percent of traffic-related fatalities among children ages zero to fourteen.
An Arizona accident killed a motorcyclist and a high school student in a pickup truck. The accident reportedly happened on Nov. 29 around 11 a.m near an intersection.