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 »
We’ve all experienced it at one point or another. You were driving down the road when an emergency vehicle suddenly appeared in your rear view mirror or directly in front of you. Obeying the “move over law,” you pull off to the side and let them speed through. In most cases these interactions are fairly organized and over quickly. However, what happens if the emergency vehicle in question is driving so recklessly it leaves you with little time to react – and you end up in an accident? Do you have any legal options or are government vehicles such as ambulances, fire trucks and police cars beyond reproach? Read the rest »
Here’s the thing about Uber, Lyft, and all the other ride sharing drivers we rely on – they’re just like us. When they get behind the wheel, they are just as likely to get into an accident as we are when we drive ourselves. For many of us, however, the thought of getting in an accident with a “professional” driver rarely enters our minds. We put a great deal of faith in our driver’s abilities and just like taxi and bus operators, we expect them to drive safely. But, as recent history has shown us, Uber and Lyft drivers are just as error-prone as the rest of us – and in some instance maybe even more so. Read the rest »
Nearly all drivers in Russia has a dash camera – and for good reason. All one needs to do is look at some of the footage found online to know why. Images of out of control tanks careening onto busy highways, meteorites streaking through the sky, and endless fights between intoxicated drivers are just a sample of what can be found. By all accounts, having a dash camera is the only way Russian drivers can back up the facts of whatever outlandish accident they may have been involved in. Read the rest »
Despite El Nino’s lackluster performance this rainy season, weather forecasters are still anticipating showers. Whether this will happen or not is anyone’s guess. But one thing is for certain – when there are heavy downpours in cities like Flagstaff or Sedona, there is localized flooding and slippery roadways. It doesn’t take much for an unwary driver to end up skidding all over the road when the heavy rains begin. The key is keeping an eye on the road and as conditions deteriorate, make the appropriate adjustments. Read the rest »