Auto Accident | Phoenix Personal Injury Law Blog
Ridesharing has become popular in Arizona and throughout the nation in recent years. It provides people with a convenient, cost-effective way to get around without driving. However, rideshare drivers can be involved in accidents the same as other drivers.
Safe drivers check their mirrors and get their cars serviced regularly to make sure their brakes and other safety equipment are working properly. They also drive defensively to protect themselves and their passengers from careless drivers who don’t always follow the rules. But even when you take all these safety precautions, you still may suffer injuries in an accident caused by unsafe road conditions.
As Arizona’s population grows, the number of annual deaths and injuries caused by traffic accidents continues to increase. In fact, 2021 was a deadly year on our roads and highways with over 98,000 crashes, that lead to over 26,000 injuries and almost 1,000 fatalities.
More people means more traffic. And since these new drivers aren’t always familiar with our roads, we can expect these unfortunate trends to continue to rise.
An auto accident, even if minor, is a shock. The crashing sound of impact, losing control of your vehicle, the fear of death, and the pain of an injury can leave you feeling powerless, fearful, and confused. However, when possible, taking photos after an auto accident can be critical to the outcome of an injury claim. Without photographic evidence, the at-fault driver and their insurance company may assert you were wholly or partially at fault in the accident. The photographic evidence tells the story of what occurred – and the more photos you have, the better.
School zone laws are designed to protect children commuting to and from school. Their safety should be our highest priority. It is important to be extra cautious and know what you need to do in school zones to avoid causing injury to children or others. School zones are zero-tolerance areas. Even a minor traffic offense, such as driving a mile per hour or two over the posted speed limit, could get you pulled over and cited. Traffic fines are doubled for violations that happen in school zones.
Self-driving cars and trucks may be the “wave of the future,” but problems with these vehicles continue to plague the industry. In San Francisco, the ride-sharing company Waymo can be seen all over the city. Recently a pedestrian was hit by a Waymo vehicle. A company spokesperson said the car was being driven in manual mode, not self-driving mode. A famous Arizona case in which an Uber self-driving car hit and killed a pedestrian is not easily forgotten.
Cycling is more popular than ever, and Phoenix drivers commonly encounter cyclists, whether driving a regular bicycle or an electric bike. When operating your car, truck, van, or SUV in an area where cyclists often travel, you must drive more carefully. A cyclist, whether on a regular bicycle or a motorized bike, holds the same legal rights and responsibilities as other vehicle operators.
Driving a vehicle in Arizona is proving to be more dangerous than ever, with the highest number of fatal accidents in over a decade. This frightening increase in fatalities is due to faster driving speeds, causing more violent accidents, according to the Governor’s Department of Highway Safety. The speeding trend began during the pandemic, with traffic deaths increasing, even with fewer vehicles on the road.
December was chosen as National Impaired Driving Prevention Month for one simple reason. Both Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve fall in December. These are two of the most dangerous drunk-driving dates of the year. More people travel and attend parties and events where alcohol is served in December. Drunk-driving traffic fatalities and injuries escalate during the last month of the year.
Bodies can heal after a car accident with injuries. Broken bones will mend, and cuts and abrasions will usually heal with time. But some people are left with chronic pain after a motor vehicle accident that can have a long-term negative impact on their quality of life. Auto accident victims who experience chronic pain after a collision may be entitled to recover compensation for their losses.
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