Arizona Personal Injury Blog

Study links prescription opioids with some fatal two-car crashes

Arizona residents who take opioids should already know that opioid use does not go together with driving. Opioids impair cognition and motor skills, especially in those who have not developed a tolerance for the drugs. Yet every year, a significant number of car crashes are caused by drivers who test positive for opioids. In 2016, 7.1% of all crash initiators tested positive; this is much higher than the 2% who tested positive in 1993.

Opioid use has been linked to many fatal two-car crashes, too. This is according to a new study, the results of which were published by JAMA Network Open. After analyzing thousands of fatal two-car crashes, researchers found that 918 crash initiators tested positive for opioids. On the other hand, 549 tested positive who were not crash initiators. Hydrocodone and morphine were the most prominent opioids, being discovered in 32% and 27% of these drivers, respectively.

Zip line accident in theme park injures 10-year-old boy

Arizona residents may think twice about zooming around on a zip line after they hear about an incident that occurred at a theme park in Lakeland, Florida, at the start of September. A 10-year-old boy was riding a zip line along a track when suddenly, near the end of the track, the boy flew into the air and fell 20 feet to the concrete beneath. An investigation by the Florida Department of Agriculture blames the incident on operator error.

It turns out that the boy was not properly secured in his harness and that the leg straps were not buckled. While one video shows the boy's fall, it does not make clear the fact that the boy was holding on with his arms and that he fell when he finally lost his grip. The equipment was not deficient, nor does the theme park have a history of defective equipment. Thus, it appears that operators failed to check or secure the harness.

Car accident fatalities decline but pedestrian deaths rise

Statistics show that the roads are safer for people in Arizona and across the country, but tens of thousands of people continue to lose their lives each year in preventable car accidents. In 2018, fatalities linked to crashes declined for the second year in a row, according to the National Highway Transit Safety Administration (NHTSA). The 2.4% decrease followed a similar drop in 2017, and the agency said that first-half statistics for 2019 showed a 3.4% decline in roadway fatalities. According to the NHTSA, multiple factors contribute to the improved death rates, especially technologies and safety advances that help prevent serious crashes.

At the same time, 36,560 people were killed in motor vehicle collisions nationwide while hundreds of thousands more sustained catastrophic injuries caused by crashes. Not all of the statistics were positive, the NHTSA said. While overall fatalities were down, pedestrian deaths were up by 3.4%. In 2018, 6,283 people were killed by cars while walking, and cyclist deaths were up by 6.3%. There was also a 1% increase in people killed in crashes involving large trucks. Pedestrian deaths actually reached their highest rate since 1990 in 2018 after a significant decline up to 2009. According to the NHTSA, around 76% of the pedestrians were killed in nighttime car crashes as were 50% of the cyclists.

Defective medical device? You can get help

When you need to have a medical device installed somewhere inside your body, the last thing you want is for that device to break or become defective. For example, can you imagine what it would be like if a titanium hip joint suddenly got stuck and stopped rotating? It could completely disable the patient. It may also require an additional surgery to repair the damage.

Unfortunately, medical product and device defects are not as uncommon as they should be. There are many patients who have implants and other medical devices stop working or become defective over time. These patients have to go through much trouble to resolve the situation, just as you may have to do.

Airport premises liability: an overview

Airports can be a magnet for accidents like slips, trips, falls and struck-by incidents. For this reason, airport owners, operators and lessors in Arizona need to have premises liability coverage. Most times, they will not need a separate policy but can add coverage via an insurance endorsement. There may be little to no additional charge involved.

Airport owners may want to hire an aviation insurance broker to help them analyze the terms of an agreement, looking carefully at the language used. Certain clauses, such as breach of warranty clauses and indemnity clauses, can be used against the injured party. The latter, especially, can be used to shift the blame for an incident. Another clause, the hold harmless clause, allows for both parties to agree not to hold each other accountable.

Five ways for Arizona drivers to prevent a crash

In 2018, there were an estimated 40,000 car crash fatalities in the U.S. In addition, 4.5 million people were injured that year in car crashes. This comes to an average of someone being injured every seven seconds. Drivers, regardless of where they live, will find the next five tips helpful in preventing them from becoming a crash statistic.

The first tip is to ensure good vehicle maintenance. Bad brakes will raise the risk for an accident because drivers will be unable to avoid dangers ahead of them in time, and a dysfunctional airbag will make a crash all the more severe. Drivers could leave the maintenance to a professional.

GM recalling millions of trucks for bad brake systems

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that nearly 3.5 million pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles are being recalled by General Motors due to problems with their brake systems. The recall applies to Chevrolet Silverados, GMC Sierras, Chevrolet Surburbans, Chevrolet Tahoes, GMC Yukons and Cadillac Escalades in Arizona and across the country. The recall comes following an NHTSA investigation that lasted for 10 months. According to a statement by a spokesperson for GM, the company knows of 113 accidents and 13 injuries related to the brake issue.

No deaths have been tied to the GM brake problems, which come from a flaw in the powered brake assistance that lowers the effort required by drivers to apply the brakes. There is a possibility that the system will fail, so much more force is required to push the brake pedal. It may also take a greater distance for the vehicle to come to a stop, according to the NHTSA.

Can a bad auto part cause a truck accident?

Many things can cause a truck accident, and with miles of interstate around us in Phoenix, truck accidents are always possible. Sometimes, a truck driver or consumer driver may make a mistake that causes an accident. Other times, the cargo in a truck's trailer may move around, and the truck driver may lose control. When these things happen, it is usually not too hard to figure out who caused the accident and who is responsible for the victim's losses.

However, some truck accident causes are not as easy to figure out. This is often true when an auto part goes bad while the truck is on the road, because many parts of the truck may receive damage during an accident. If you recently experienced a truck accident, you should begin building your own claim as soon as possible. Building a strong claim takes time and effort, and evidence that you need can disappear quickly.

Drunk drivers continue to menace the roadways

Although it's always an underlying consideration, most Arizona drivers seldom dwell on the possibility of becoming involved in a motor vehicle accident. Driving is such an everyday, common part of people's lives, it's natural to be complacent about highway safety. And, in fact, the statistics regarding accidents show our nation's roads are becoming safer in recent years as compared to previous times. However, there is one menace that should never be accepted at any level, and that is the needless damage and destruction posed by drunk driving.

In one sense, the word 'accident," as used to refer to a crash involving motor vehicles, is a misnomer. In such occurrences, it is almost always the case that at least one of the drivers of the vehicles has acted negligently in a manner that directly led to the 'accident." Every driver is charged with the duty of driving safely and properly under the conditions that exist, and a failure to do so that results in damage to another exposes the at-fault driver to liability. Legal experts explain that drinking and driving, at any level, diminishes the driver's ability to safely operate a motor vehicle.

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.

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