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Results of the 2018 International Roadcheck are in

From June 5 to 7, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance held its annual International Roadcheck to see if commercial vehicles and their drivers complied with safety guidelines. A total of 67,502 roadside inspections were conducted this year, 45,400 of which were the comprehensive Level I inspection. The results of those inspections have been released, and truckers in Arizona will want to know what violations were most common.

Hospital tours used to raise teen awareness of unsafe driving

Arizona parents with youthful drivers in the family are likely aware that motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for teenagers. Teens are more prone to reckless behaviors behind the wheel than any other demographic. Statistics show that teens are more likely to text, drive at excess speeds and use mind-altering substances than other age groups. Because of these facts, insurance companies and other groups interested in saving teen lives are trying some novel approaches.

Arizona school bus accidents often caused by impatient drivers

More than 300 children in the U.S. were killed between 2006 and 2015 in motor vehicle accidents involving school buses. According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, it was often passenger vehicle drivers who caused the collisions. These accidents occur because school buses make frequent stops, which increase commute times and frustrate motorists. Road safety experts urge drivers to take school buses into consideration when planning their journeys and either avoid busy roads entirely by taking more circuitous routes or leave earlier to account for stop-and-go traffic.

Drowsy driving: how to recognize and prevent it

Arizona drivers who work long shifts or get less than seven hours of sleep are at a high risk for drowsy driving. Drowsy driving is widespread, causing around 328,000 crashes a year, according to a study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The same study found that 109,000 of those crashes caused injuries and 6,400 fatalities.

With more cars on the road, summer means more crashes

The summer sees more people taking long road trips, which means an increased number of car crashes. This is a major issue, especially considering how car and motorcycle crashes are the leading causes of traumatic brain injuries that require hospitalization, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Arizona residents who have been in a crash will want to see a doctor if they have not already since TBIs are often hard to diagnose.

Study profiles those most inclined to distracted driving

The Society for Risk Analysis conducted a study that may help in the creation of more targeted distracted driving prevention programs. This is important for improving road safety in Arizona as well as in other states. One of the things that researchers did was uncover four profiles of drivers who are most inclined to distractions, especially calling and texting while behind the wheel.

Car crash deaths exceed 40,000 for second year in a row

Arizona drivers may become more cautious than ever while on the road when they find out that in 2017, the number of car accident deaths surpassed 40,000 for the second year in a row. The National Safety Council released its preliminary 2017 estimate in February 2018 and found that there were 40,100 cases of fatal car crash injuries, compared to 40,327 in 2016. The last year with such a high number was 2007.

Accident injury claims more common for small cars

A new model passenger car might come equipped with as many as 10 airbags, and many of the vehicles on Arizona roadways today are much safer than their counterparts of years ago. Yet with more and more cars on the road, fatality rates have been creeping upward. Statistics released by the Highway Loss Data Institute indicate that some vehicles are simply better than others with regard to protecting their occupants.

Massive increase in pedestrian deaths blamed on distraction

Experts have labeled distracted driving, which typically means using a smartphone or vehicle infotainment system behind the wheel, as the source of a startling rise in traffic and pedestrian accidents. People in Arizona have likely witnessed people engaged in this behavior that takes their attention off the road. Traffic-related deaths have been risen 11 percent since 2009, but the toll on pedestrians has been far higher with a 46 percent increase in fatalities during the same period.

Car crashes and fireworks accidents on July 4

AAA estimates that 37.5 million Americans will be traveling 50 miles or more from their home during the Independence Day holiday period between June 30 and July 4. Arizona residents probably know that July 4 brings with it a higher risk for certain types of accidents. In fact, it is the deadliest holiday of the year according to Esurance and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

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