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On Monday the 6th of January, an Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) trooper was stopped in traffic when he saw a driver racing in the wrong lane and bypassing a stop sign. While the trooper attempted to catch up with and stop this dangerous driver, he wasn’t quite fast enough.
The luck of the Irish won’t prevent accidents, but responsible behavior just might. Saint Patrick’s Day is upon us, and for many people the holiday is a fun excuse to enjoy drinking with their friends. Unfortunately, that fun excuse can, and often does, lead to severe injuries both to yourself and to those around you.
Driving while intoxicated puts you and everyone on the road with you at incredible risk of serious injuries. Rates of car accident fatalities skyrocket during St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. But these days there are a number of convenient and responsible days to get to your next location, whether that be another place to have fun or home in order to get some rest.
The state of California started an avalanche of legislation being passed all over the country when they banned the use of cell phones without a hands-free device, which has resulted in 25 states and territories adopting similar legislation. The intention behind the legislation is to improve safety on the roads, and Arizona is one of the most recent states to join the movement.
On February 14th, anyone who has a partner knows it is time to do something to make that person feel special. It’s the one day each year to celebrate love. A funny thing about love is that emotions can run high – and when emotions are negative, expressed while operating a vehicle, everyone sharing the road is put at risk. Valentine’s day last year saw the highest number of accidents on a single day for the entire year, so we want to make sure everyone pay’s extra attention to safety this new year.
Switching clocks backward or forward is dangerous for more reasons than one, and an increase in car accidents and workplace injuries is at the top of that list. Other health dangers include an increase in heart attacks and increased cluster headaches.
The debate is still raging about the safety of self-driving cars, and it seems Tesla has thrown yet another curveball into the mix. Tesla owners can now use Smart Summon to ask their car to drive to them from a distance up to 200 feet. While Tesla warns drivers to use this only in private parking lots and driveways, there are already plenty of YouTube videos showing people trying it out in busy shopping mall parking lots and more.
In 2018, Arizona saw more than 2,000 crashes caused by hitting an animal in the road, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation. These crashes caused two fatalities and 249 injuries. There are all types of animals that can cause accidents: deer and other wildlife, but also dogs and farm animals that should be kept away from roads.
So, if you hit an animal, are you covered?
Rollover crashes are not as common as other types of collisions, but there are still more than 2,500 statewide each year, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation. In 2018, these crashes resulted in 127 fatalities and 2,134 people injured. The majority of rollover crashes happen in rural areas; fewer happen in urban areas. This is likely due to more open roads in rural areas, allowing people to travel at higher rates of speed, as well as more dangerous shoulders that can cause drivers to lose control.
Police and emergency crews responded to a serious accident near Apache Junction early Saturday morning, September 21, 2019, after a single vehicle rolled over and crashed near Idaho Road. It is unclear how many people were inside the vehicle or why it rolled over, but three people were taken to a hospital for their injuries. The road was closed for several hours because of the crash, allowing crews time to clean up the debris.
The Arizona Department of Transportation recently released its finding for 2018 crashes around the state, and the numbers were startling. There were nearly three people killed every day on average across the state due to car accidents. There were 146 injured every day. Most crashes occurred during the daylight hours. Crashes cost Arizona around $19 billion in losses.
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