Although all drivers in Arizona need to show that they understand and can abide by the state's driving laws, far too many of them fail to do so. Motorists speed, fail to yield, improperly change lanes and even drive while intoxicated on a daily basis. With far more frequency than many realize, these negligent drivers cause accidents that leave innocent individuals with serious injuries. Sometimes, these victims are killed in these crashes.
If you follow the news, then you're probably aware that self-driving cars are starting to become more prevalent as car companies test them for the potential for wide distribution. Although many of these companies tout the safety of driverless cars, they are not without their flaws. Even those vehicles that have a very small rate of error can pose a threat to other motorists. When these driverless cars malfunction, they may fail to swerve or slow in an attempt to avoid a collision, which can mean that the accidents that they cause can be quite significant.
The losses suffered in the aftermath of a car accident can be extensive. For many victims, their physical well-being is seriously endangered both in the short and long-term, and their pain may be overwhelming for days, weeks, months or even years to come. Additionally, the emotional toll can be extensive. Yet, these damages are not the full extent of harm caused to accident victims, as they usually also suffer financial losses as well.
If you've ever been injured in a car accident, then you likely know the full extent of harm that can be caused to a victim. Physical pain can be excruciating and last for days, weeks, months or even years at a time. A person's finances can also take a hit, especially when extensive medical care and rehabilitation is need and a victim is unable to work while trying to recover. Although these damages may be recoverable if a victim succeeds on a personal injury claim, what about compensation for other losses that are more difficult to calculate, such as emotional distress?
Many of us take pride in our ability to multitask, but when it comes to driving a vehicle, multitasking can prove deadly. One reason is because effective multitasking is a myth. By multitasking, motorists take their attention off the road, which could cause them to make serious driving errors, such as blowing through a stoplight, failing to yield at a crosswalk or even veering into oncoming traffic. Taking on two tasks at once, such as using a cell phone and driving, can also reduce a person's reaction time, meaning that the driver may be unable to stop to avoid slowed or stopped traffic.
A previous post here discussed a recent car accident that left a 51-year-old woman dead. Tragically, incidences like this occur all the time throughout the Phoenix area and Arizona as a whole. Perhaps the most infuriating thing about these wrecks is that many of them are wholly preventable. If motorists would simply stay focused on the road, avoid distractions, obey the law and remain rested and sober while driving, then the vast majority of injurious and fatal accidents would be avoided.
Driving can be an inherently dangerous activity. It only takes a momentary mistake for a traveling vehicle to become a weapon capable of significant destruction. Drunk, distracted and tired drivers can cross center lines into oncoming traffic, fail to yield to pedestrians and even fail to share the road with bicyclists. When negligence like this occurs, innocent and unsuspecting motorists can be placed in harm's way.
Driving is an inherently dangerous activity. Far too many of Arizona's motorists are distracted, drunk, under the influence of drugs, tired or just simply careless when behind the wheel. As frightening as that may sound, the even scarier part is that it only takes a split-second for one of these drivers to make a mistake that can have disastrous, irreversible consequences.
We've talked about distracted driving previously on this blog, as well as the efforts taken by law enforcement and public organizations in an attempt to stop this dangerous type of driving. Yet, despite increased awareness, distracted driving, whether caused by cell phone use, eating, or merely engaging with passengers within the vehicle, continues to be a problem.
As we have discussed previously on this blog, semi-trucks pose a serious hazard on the roadways when they are driven negligently or recklessly. The federal government has recognized this fact, which is why it has implemented a number of regulations to try to help ensure motorists' safety. These regulations address hours of service, rest periods, and even cargo securement. Another issue addressed that could prove quite important to those injured in a car accident caused by a trucker is drug and alcohol screening.