A spokesman for the Arizona Department of Public Safety says an impaired driver may have caused a five-vehicle crash on Oct. 17. The accident happened in Phoenix shortly after 2 a.m., and police allege that the driver accused of causing the wreck was driving in the wrong direction. Although the driver is suspected of DUI, the DPS spokesman said that the investigation might not be completed for weeks or even months.
Drivers need to be aware of motorcyclists on the roadway, and a recent accident on Highway 95 demonstrates this. The crash in Bullhead City killed a motorcyclist on Oct. 1; authorities reported that the accident occurred near Seventh Street when a 94-year-old woman driving a 2008 Buick LaCrosse attempted to make a left turn into the U.S. Postal Service Highway Station and failed to yield.
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.
A 41-year-old man on a motorcycle was reportedly forced off the highway by a semi-truck on Sept. 4, according to Pima police. The semi-truck was allegedly trying to enter the motorcycle's lane and may not have seen the motorcycle. As a result, the motorcyclist swerved to the right to avoid being hit, struck a curb in front of a convenience store and crashed. The truck driver drove on, possibly not even realizing he had hit the biker.
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.
Authorities with the Oro Valley Police Department report that they are investigating a two-vehicle wreck that occurred at about 6:20 p.m. on July 20, leaving one person dead and another severely injured. A third person involved in the crash reported no injuries and declined transportation to a nearby hospital.
Five people were injured by an accident that happened in Arizona on July 1 according to a local news source. The collision occurred near the intersection of Sunrise Drive and 51st Avenue in Laveen Village at approximately 8:30 a.m. The incident happened when driver an armored truck headed south on 51st Avenue crossed over the centerline and collided with an oncoming pickup truck.
Whenever a car is disabled and blocking traffic, it becomes a hazard for both the occupants in the car, as well as drivers in oncoming cars. In these situations, it is critical for help to be called as soon as possible, so that other injuries do not occur in a subsequent accident.
During the school year, people take many precautions to make sure that children are safe when getting on and off of school buses. They include warning signs on both ends of a bus (i.e. front and rear flashers) as well as laws that prohibit drivers from passing a school bus while children are getting on them. With all the safety measures provided to keep kids safe, it is unfortunately ironic when a parent is injured.