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.
Far too frequently in Arizona and around the country, drivers who are distracted by their cellphones cause accidents that result in serious injuries and deaths. In fact, research done by the National Safety Council has determined that cellphone use is involved in 27 percent of car accidents in the United States. The NSC says that although there is growing awareness about the risks of distracted driving, cellphone use by drivers is a growing problem.
As some Arizona drivers may know, there are certain days when driving might be more risky. While driving safely is always important, extra care may be necessary on such days of the year.
A collision involving a pickup truck and a car in West Phoenix left two people dead and three injured, according to reports. The fatal accident happened near Indian School Road during the evening hours of May 3.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.