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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.

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.

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

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