Arizona Personal Injury Blog

Subaru Crosstrek: Safe yet prone to accidents

The auto insurance comparison site Insurify recently conducted a survey regarding the accident frequency of newer model cars. The Subaru Crosstrek was deemed the worst, being involved in more at-fault crashes in Arizona and across the U.S. than any other car. However, the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek has also garnered the highest safety rating from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety.

Using a database of more than 1.6 million insurance quotes, Insurify found that accidents had affected 25.81% of all Crosstreks on the road. No. 2 in the survey was the Honda HR-V with 25.7%. The rest of the top 10 list included vehicles from automakers like Hyundai, Infiniti, Mazda, Acura and Lexus.

The worst distractions for drivers

A total of 3,166 Americans died in 2017 due to crashes caused by distracted driving, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Arizona drivers are expected to be attentive to the road at all times, and everything from phone use to eating and drinking can prevent them from doing that. Therefore, avoiding these distractions is paramount. Teaching one's teenage children to avoid them is equally important.

Drivers may think that eating in the car is safe or that it will save time. However, it can actually be very dangerous. Even allowing passengers to eat can be risky, so a no-eating policy is recommended. Next, drivers should keep their phones on "do not disturb" mode and never touch them. If they must make a call, they can do so after pulling over.

Defective dog leash could bite Amazon

Amazon sells just about everything you can want or imagine. However, more than half the products you buy are actually sold by someone else, a third-party seller who takes advantage of Amazon’s massive marketplace platform.

A recent federal court ruling could have an enormous impact, not just on Amazon, but for those of us who buy a lot of goods online. In July, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Amazon is liable for defective products sold by third-party sellers.

Woman allegedly injured at Drake Concert

Arizona fans of Drake may be interested to learn that a 24-year-old woman from Staten Island is suing the singer after an alleged injury sustained at a concert. The woman also named Madison Square Garden, an employee who worked at the concert and Live Nation in the suit.

The woman attended a Drake concert at Madison Square Garden on Aug. 6, 2016. During the concert, the woman claims that she was maliciously and violently struck with a beer bottle. She received a traumatic brain injury as a result of the incident. According to the lawsuit, she is unable to continue medical school due to the injury.

Truck drivers and longer driving hours

Drivers of large commercial trucks in Arizona may soon be able to drive longer without having to stop for a rest. This is because the federal Department of Transportation intends to relax its regulations pertaining to the number of hours truck drivers are able to work. The move is something for which the trucking industry has been advocate for some time. However, safety advocates oppose the move as they believe that it will weaken the federal guidelines and will result in fatigue-related safety hazards.

Currently, long-haul truck drivers are limited to driving no more than 11 hours during a 14-hour period. The drivers must have 10 uninterrupted hours of being off duty before their on-duty period can begin again. Also, truck drivers who plan to drive for more than 8 hours are required to have a 30-minute rest before the end of the 8 hours.

IIHS: drivers overestimate ADAS, expecting self-driving cars

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has shed some light on an unfortunate trend, one that even many drivers in Arizona have fallen for. Deceptive marketing from automakers combined with the ignorance of drivers has led many to believe that advanced driver assistance systems make a car self-driving. This is far from the case.

There are five levels of automation with level five indicating that a car can drive itself under any condition. Most ADAS put a car at level two, meaning that they still require drivers to be actively engaged. Drivers cannot take their hands off the steering wheel, call, text or engage in other activities apart from driving.

5 safety tips for your summer road trip

A road trip can be a great way to bond with your family and explore new destinations. With the kids off school and the sun shining, summer is the perfect time to go. There is an endless list of places to visit both here in Arizona and across the country. But before you fuel up and pack the car, read these tips to keep the whole family safe while having fun.

How Arizona drivers can help prevent accidents

Drivers in Arizona who wish to improve their safety on the roads should be aware of safety tips that can make a big difference in the prevention of car accidents. Even though they are often preventable, car accidents in the United States are currently the leading cause of death in people between two and 34 years old.

One easy way people can stay safe is by wearing seat belts. Everyone in a moving vehicle should wear their seat belts at all times, and they should also sit in the correct position to make sure the seat belts work properly in the event of an accident. For example, they should not hunch or slump in their seats, and drivers should never lean over the steering wheel. This can also help air bags work effectively.

Teen drivers more liable to crash after they are licensed

Arizona residents might think that teen drivers become safer the longer they drive under adult supervision and that they become especially so once they have obtained their license, but it seems that the opposite is true. Virginia Tech University and the National Institutes for Health conducted a study comparing the driving of teens who had been licensed for three months to that of teens who were three months away from obtaining a license.

The former were found to raise their risk for a crash or near-miss by eight times when compared to the latter. The sudden absence of adult supervision that comes with getting a license may leave teens unable to navigate certain situations. For this reason, researchers recommend a gradual reduction in adult supervision as teens come nearer to obtaining their license.

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  • Maricopa Country Bar Association
  • State Bar Of Arizona
  • United States Court Of Appeals | Ninth Circuit

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