Being involved in a serious car accident could change your life, and not for the better. For many victims, life after an accident will never be the same and getting the help you need to move on and make a full recovery isn’t as simple or as fair as it should be. That’s why prevention of accidents is critical, especially when it comes to distracted driving. Although you can’t control what other drivers are doing on the road, you can control your own actions. And what you do, or don’t do, could very well keep you from being involved in an accident.
While the holiday season typically brings plenty of good times with friends and family, it also means more cars on the road and a lot of drivers who are tired. Driving at any time of year can be potentially hazardous, but holiday traffic in the Phoenix area presents some unusual situations to watch out for and predict. Despite the lack of snow and ice that many other parts of the country experience, there can also be treacherous winter weather to contend with.
Fortunately, rollovers by UPS trucks are relatively rare, but when such a crash does occur it can be extremely serious for the driver of the truck and anyone else involved. The vast majority of these types of accidents, and truck accidents in general, occur due to some sort of driver error. Truck rollovers usually happen because the driver goes too fast or the truck is improperly loaded. While rollovers are typically more common in rural areas, they can still be a concern for drivers and pedestrians in the Phoenix metro area.
The auto insurance industry indicates the day after Thanksgiving as one of the most dangerous driving days of the year, so staying safe this Black Friday and practicing keen driving safety skills is as important to nabbing the best deals on toys and gifts as scanning the Black Friday ads ahead of time online. According to Progressive Insurance, 34% more car crashes happen on Black Friday than on the surrounding weeks; reports from the insurance agency indicate that 12.5% of Black Friday claims involve rear-end collisions, while more than 11 percent of claims are filed for crashes involving a parked car. If you’d rather increase your savings than your insurance rates, you’ve got some studying to do, and it shouldn’t just be of your favorite stores’ Black Friday ads. Check out these important tips for staying safe on the road this Black Friday.
If attending a college or university in Arizona from out-of-state it is important to be aware of the local safety and traffic-related laws.
Licensing and Insurance
Those who are in Arizona exclusively for the purposes of attending school are considered an “out-of-state student”, meaning they are enrolled in seven or more semester hours of coursework. Those classified as such, are not considered Arizona residents, even if employed within the state. The state does however require the following individuals to obtain an Arizona driver’s license:
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is an independent organization that is tasked with gathering, reporting and analyzing the data associated with accidents on US roadways. In the most recent report, which is based on data for 2014, the statistics for Arizona certainly illustrated some grim results. In 2014, Arizona had 705 auto crashes that resulted in a fatality on its roads, which equates to just over eleven traffic-related deaths for every 100,000 people in the state. The reality is that the vast majority of the fatalities could have been prevented, and the family members and loved ones of those who perished have been largely impacted.
Some of the most heinous car accidents are caused by reckless drunk drivers who decide to get behind the wheel while impaired. Alcohol and controlled substances severely hamper reaction times, making it incredibly difficult for intoxicated drivers to obey traffic laws and operate their cars safely. As such, it is against the law to drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol in the state of Arizona. Unfortunately, over 5,000 car accidents each year are caused by drunk drivers, resulting in approximately 3,500 injuries and 200 deaths. Drunk drivers are responsible for about 26% of all traffic fatalities nationwide. If you or a loved one were injured by a Phoenix drunk driver, Breyer Law Offices, P.C. can assist you with pursuing compensation and justice. To schedule a free consultation, call our Phoenix office at (602) 267-1280. Read the rest »
Car accidents happen every day in Arizona, in every city, and more than you would ever think. In fact, Arizona’s car accident fatality rate of 1.24 is above that of the national fatality rate, which sat at 1.07 in 2014. And when you look at the 2015
Arizona car accident statistics below, you can see just how many people are affected by these accidents every day, and that the trend continues with each passing year. Read the rest »
Unsafe lane changes are one of the top causes of automobile accidents, and they can cause devastating damage to all vehicles involved, as well as the drivers of those vehicles. There can be a number of causes for an improper or unsafe lane change, and while it’s sometimes the other driver’s fault, that’s not always the case.
Often, the driver making the unsafe lane change is at fault for any accident that occurs. There are a few top causes of these types of Phoenix motor vehicles lane change accidents, including: Read the rest »
Road debris is a common problem for drivers. Whether road debris is intentional, accidental, or from a natural disaster, it can cause serious injuries and fatalities. It is a traffic hazard that causes 25,000 crashes a year nationwide, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Knowing your rights as someone who has experienced injuries from road debris can help you recover damages. Read the rest »