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Factors affecting car wrecks and their impacts

Many factors impact what types of injuries victims suffer when they are involved in a car crash. Some of these are controllable but many are not. Every factor involved a crash or the effects of it may affect the claim for compensation that a victim launches after the wreck.

Part of the crash investigation focuses on determining what primary cause led to the crash. Investigators will also work to find out what secondary factors contributed, as well as how various points affected the victims.

Arizona is a dangerous state for bicyclists

According to recent statistics, the many residents of Phoenix and other Arizona communities who enjoy riding their bicycles either for fun or as an eco-friendly and healthy way to commute to work may be putting themselves at risk.

The numbers compiled by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, showed that there were 32 bicyclists killed in bicycle accidents in 2017, the most recent year for which final statistics were available. More recently, preliminary statistics showed that things may have grown worse for cyclists.

Are motorcyclists cloaked in invisibility on the roads?

Phoenix motorcyclists know the phenomenon well. They're riding along on a sunny day, obeying all traffic laws. Suddenly, a motorist changes lanes or rides up on their bumper and crashes into them.

It's almost as if the motorcycle riders were invisible to the drivers. It sounds facetious, but there is more truth to it than most people realize.

Phoenix accident leaves young man, unborn baby dead

Tragedy could strike at any moment. An unsuspecting motorist or passenger could suffer significant harms in the event of an accident. And when passengers of a mass transit vehicle are involved in a crash, this could mean significant harm and even death.

According to recent reports, an 18-year-old who was exiting the bus lost his life after getting struck by a car that had just been involved in a collision. A teenage girl who was pregnant was also hit. She lost her baby as a result of the accident. The 15-year-old female also suffered significant injuries that required hospitalization. She is expected to survive these injuries.

Review of uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage

Unfortunately, even when it is clearly another motorist is at fault for a Phoenix resident's injuries following a motor vehicle accident, obtaining compensation for medical bills, lost wages and the like can be difficult.

In some cases, the responsible driver may not carry automobile insurance at all, even though Arizona law requires it. In other cases, while a driver may carry insurance, the insurance simply is not enough to cover all of the victim's injuries, and the driver has no other viable means of paying.

Make the most of hospital stays after a catastrophic injury

One of the sad truths of being injured in a car wreck is that you might have to spend considerable time in the hospital. This is especially common for pedestrians or motorcyclists who are struck by a vehicle. A lengthy inpatient inpatient can mean that a lot of things in your normal life fall by the wayside.

While some people in the hospital knew about their hospitalization ahead of time, people who end up there after a motor vehicle wreck don't have the time to plan for their stay. Even though you might be facing this situation, there are still some ways that you can cope more effectively.

Three-vehicle car accident leaves one dead, several injured

A three-vehicle accident in the western part of Phoenix left one person dead. Additionally, five other people involved in the accident were taken to the hospital to be treated for injuries. Police described all of these injuries as non life-threatening, but the full extent of the injuries was not known.

The accident involved two SUVs and a passenger sedan. The driver of one of the SUVs pulled out of a private lot and struck the sedan, which was traveling on a city street. The impact forced the sedan into the path of another SUV coming from the other direction. The end result was a separate head-on collision that left the driver of the sedan dead.

Arizona's cellphone ban may not deter distracted driving

Arizona is relatively tough on motorists who are distracted by their cellphones while they are driving. In addition to joining the majority of states in outlawing texting and driving, Arizona has a law which generally bans the use of a handheld device, like a cellphone, while operating a vehicle.

However, the data suggest that these laws are not totally effective in preventing distracted driving. For instance, according to one study, 20% of all drivers on the road are operating while distracted for up to 10% of the time. Additionally, 15%, or 15 out of 100, of all drivers are distracted for up to 15% of time they are driving.

Unexpected changes with traumatic brain injuries

A person who has a traumatic brain injury will have many impacts that they have to deal with. Some people expect some of the symptoms like headaches, but they might not realize exactly how many impacts they might face.

When you are learning about the ways that this injury will affect you, finding options for coping is critical. There is a chance that the effects will change over time. Be prepared to continually work toward combatting the symptoms so you can live the best life possible.

Arizona's dog bite statute

Like many other states, Arizona has a law which protects the public from dangerous dogs. This law affords victims of dog bites the legal option of pursuing compensation from the owner for items like medical bills, lost wages, disfigurement and other non-economic damages like pain and suffering.

Arizona's law is what is called a strict liability statute. Basically, this means an owner is financially responsible if his or her dog bites someone else, even if the owner took precautions to prevent the animal from biting someone. This is true even if the dog has never bitten anyone before and even if the owner had no idea that the dog was prone to biting someone.

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