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Hand Held Phone Use While Driving Outlawed in Arizona

iStock-1038806958_distracted_driving-Arizona_lawyer.jpgOn April 22nd, a new law was passed outlawing holding a phone when behind the wheel driving in Arizona. Warnings will start immediately and tickets will be issued beginning in 2021. Tickets will range from $75 - $250. Please be aware that many cities in Arizona already have restrictions on the use of cell phones when driving so now is the time to start using hands-free devices or waiting to respond until you are stopped in a safe place. Now, the only states that do not have a texting while driving ban are Montana and Missouri, although Missouri has some restriction on younger drivers.

Proving fault in an Arizona truck accident

When you are involved in a truck accident in Arizona, it is likely that there may be extensive financial damages as a result. But in addition to the financial consequences of such an event, you might have to deal with emotional stress and physical injuries.

Interstate 17 in Arizona among country's deadliest highways

In early January, two people were killed on Interstate 17 (I-17) in a five-vehicle crash about 70 miles north of Phoenix in Cordes Lakes, Arizona. Sadly, the accident once again brings to the forefront that this interstate highway - which runs from Phoenix to Flagstaff - may be one of the most dangerous in the country.

Answers to your questions about commercial vehicle accidents

Truck accidents can cause devastating injuries. In 2015, 3,852 people died in large truck accidents across the country. Of those, 69 percent were occupants of passenger vehicles and 15 percent were pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcyclists.

Fatal crashes increase across the country. Why?

Who would have thought that an increase in the quality of our economy could potentially lead to more traffic accidents? Advocates for vehicular safety have actually made ties to the stimulated economy and the recent influx of wrecks on the road.

Distracted Driving - placing people in peril

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, about 10% of drivers are talking on a cellphone during any given daylight moment. These drivers are distracted both visually and cognitively. Being distracted, these drivers are impaired in their ability to drive safely. These drivers' attention to road safety can be even worse than that of a drunk driver. The call, text or email can wait. We encourage people to be watchful for vehicles with distracted drivers and keep a safe distance from any vehicle where the driver is distracted. We also encourage everyone to volunteer to help end distracted driving. There is a campaign to end distracted driving called EndDD. Anyone can volunteer to help by going to www.EndDD.org

Side guard rails and big rigs: Could they prevent fatal accidents?

Current safety regulations require 18-wheelers and other big trucks to have rear safety guards to prevent automobiles from sliding underneath the back of the trailer. However, there is no regulation forcing truck manufacturers to install side guards that could prevent these horrific accidents.

Bus crashes are serious concerns

A commercial driver's license is a serious matter. To be a bus driver and transport large groups of people, there needs to be certification that the driver is in good health and sound mind for safe travels. When these steps are skipped, innocent people suffer.

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