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Arizona car accidents and what to do

When people are involved in a car accident, they may be so traumatized that it is difficult for them to think about what to do. It is very important that people take certain steps after an accident in order to protect themselves and to preserve their claim against the negligent driver who caused it.

Tips for driving in wet weather

Spring rains bring wet weather to Arizona and the rest of the country. The American Auto Association reports that 1.2 million crashes each year are caused by rainy weather. The most important rule for driving on a wet road is to stay alert at all times. There are several other good ways to avoid accidents.

Illegal street racing's impact on car accidents

Illegal street racing places individuals in Arizona and across the country at risk of personal injury. Law enforcement is cracking down on this unlawful activity for the protection of all individuals. Offenders face serious consequences like confiscation of their vehicles, heavy fines, loss of their driver's licenses and the possibility of arrest.

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.

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.

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.

Motor vehicle accident costs and statistics

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, productivity losses and medical expenses linked to motor vehicle crashes in 2010 cost the equivalent of $500 for each licensed driver in Arizona as well as every licensed driver across the United States. The total cost was more than $99 billion. Private insurance companies paid about half of the amount while individual accident victims picked up about 26 percent of the cost.

2 injured in Phoenix collision

A student's vehicle was struck outside Thunderbird High School in North Phoenix around 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 3. The 17-year-old girl and the 78-year-old woman driving the other vehicle were each transported to an area trauma center for treatment of serious injuries. Both were expected to recover, according to police.

How to insure a driver-less car

Would you get into a car that has no steering wheel, accelerator or brakes? Tech giant Google hopes that you will in the future. In fact, it appears that they are banking on the prospect of you not needing a car that has a driver or the traditional controls that a car would need in order to safely navigate around a city.

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