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Car accidents involving teen drivers

Teen drivers in Arizona and around the country are at a much greater risk of being injured or killed in serious car accidents than drivers in other age groups. Not only do teen drivers lack driving experience, they are more likely to speed and less likely to use seat belts. Also, the presence of teen passengers can often distract teen drivers and make them more likely to crash.

Accident rates among older drivers

Arizona is one of the country's most popular retirement destinations, and elderly drivers are a familiar sight on the state's roads. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals that the chances of being involved in a fatal motor vehicle accident begin to increase sharply after a driver attains the age of 70, and the number of senior citizens behind the wheel increased by 34 percent between 1999 and 2012.

NTSB: Collision prevention technology should be standard

Arizona drivers may recall a 2012 report in which the National Transportation Safety Board called for the government to mandate that automakers implement collision-avoidance systems in new cars and trucks as a way of significantly mitigating the severity of injuries resulting primarily from rear-end collisions. In the years since, the federal agency has adamantly continued to press this stance, and it formally renewed its call for widespread implementation of these potentially life-saving systems June 8 in a 60-page report.

How drivers distract themselves with smartphones

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.

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.

Fatal accident at Disney World's speedway

A man has died after an auto accident at Walt Disney World Speedway, which is an attraction visited by people from as far away as Arizona and Alaska. According to Florida police, a 36-year-old man was the passenger who was pronounced dead at the scene. The 24-year-old driver suffered only minor injuries and was taken to Celebration Hospital before being released.

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.

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