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Why should Arizona enforce seat belt laws?

Nationwide statistics show that vehicular accidents are leading causes of death due to injury. Many deaths due to car accidents happen because the victim was not wearing a seat belt. According to reports, a death due to not wearing a seatbelt occurs every hour in America.

Although seat belts are one of the most effective safety devices available, only 68 percent of drivers and passengers wear them. Every parent should set an example for his or her children by a wearing seat belt and driving responsibly. Reports reveal that individuals between 16 and 25 years of age are least likely to buckle up, in spite of being the riskiest drivers who often indulge in drunk driving and speeding. Only tougher seat belt laws and high visibility enforcement campaigns can prompt all drivers to wear seat belts.

What safety measures stop car accidents and injuries?

Many Arizona residents are killed every year in motor vehicle accidents. According to recent statistics, vehicular accidents are the primary reason that children, teens and young adults lose their lives every year. Tens of thousands of people in the United States die every year in car accidents.

Car accidents can wreak financial havoc on victims and their families, as well as on society in general. Total costs related to car accidents in Arizona calculated in a recent year were more than $1 billion. Nearly all of those costs were attributed to lost potential lifetime earnings, or work loss costs, of victims of car accidents.

Fatal accident claims life of 54-year-old Arizona man

Accidents can occur anywhere, at any time. Accidents are an everyday occurrence, causing serious injuries and even death. Recently, a 54-year-old man was involved in a fatal accident in Yuma, Arizona, when the farm tractor he was driving on Route 195 was hit from behind by a pickup truck. He then lost control of the tractor causing it to roll over, killing him.

The pick-up truck was driven by a 17-year-old girl. She had just changed lanes when the truck hit the tractor causing the crash. She was treated for her injuries at a local hospital and subsequently released. An investigation into the cause of the accident is still underway.

Understanding brain injury and legal remedies in Arizona

Head trauma is not always easy to recognize visually and may only reveal itself after hours or even days have passed. Just a sharp jerk of the head, for instance, caused by an auto collision or sudden braking, can sometimes cause grievous harm with lasting consequences. Unless the injury is diagnosed and treated within a short period of time it could result in paralysis and even death.

Among the more common symptoms of brain injury are temporary disorientation, confusion, headache and dizziness. A concussion, one common form of brain injury, can leave a person stunned and unresponsive. These are often seen in athletic events, with those who play contact sports being in considerable danger of suffering such injuries. Some professional sports teams have medical staff on hand to make quick diagnoses, but this may not be available to accident victims unless they go to the hospital for treatment of other injuries.

What does a drunk driving conviction mean in Arizona?

Operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or any substance that alters a person's ability to drive safely is illegal everywhere in the United States, including Arizona. Individual states may have different penalties, but a driver is considered legally drunk in every state if the driver's blood alcohol concentration reaches or exceeds 0.08 percent. Beyond this, a law enforcement officer may consider a driver to be incapable of handling a vehicle because of drug or alcohol impairment, and arrest that person even if the BAC level is less than 0.08.

Arizona law states that a driver with a BAC level that is less than 0.05 is not drunk, but this drops to 0.04 for drivers of commercial vehicles. When the BAC level is above 0.05 but below 0.08, other factors, such as a drunk driving accident caused by an impaired driver, can lead to a conviction for drunk driving.

Federal law: hours of service rule for truck drivers

Almost every driver, from Arizona or elsewhere throughout the country, is cautious while driving near heavy vehicles, especially trucks. Drivers are aware that any misfortune leading to a truck accident can cause serious injuries and even death. Hence, they try to remain away from the blind spots of the vehicles and avoid driving close to the truck. However, sometimes the drivers may not be able to avoid a truck crash.

Authorities noticed that one of the main reasons for truck accidents is truck driver fatigue. The driver may be working long hours with minimum breaks and rest, which can affect the driver's attentiveness. Lack of rest and sleep can also cause the driver to not concentrate on the road and cause an accident. This factor caused the federal authorities to change the hours of service laws for truck drivers.

Fatal pedestrian-related accident in Yuma

Many drivers are naturally concerned about their safety. That's because accidents can occur at any time due to various reasons, including a negligent driver, a vehicle defect, road conditions or even bad weather. In the event of an accident, any pedestrian who is involved can suffer the most, since pedestrians do not have any safety mechanisms with them, such as those in an automobile. Recently, a pedestrian was killed in Yuma after he was hit twice by different vehicles.

According to sources, a man was walking south on the east shoulder of Highway 95 and then walked onto the highway and was hit by a northbound vehicle. The driver stopped his vehicle and walked towards the pedestrian to check to see if he was ok. Right at that time, another vehicle that was travelling north hit the same pedestrian. The female driver of the second vehicle also pulled over after the collision.

Claiming compensation in wrongful death cases

Accidents take place every day in Arizona. These accidents can happen for any number of reasons, but accidents caused by another person's negligence often cause additional emotional suffering along with the physical pain. Such accidents are not uncommon, and almost every day we read of a machinery failure, recall of products due to their hazardous nature, vehicle crashes and unsafe conditions at work leading to an accident. These accidents can not only cause injuries, but may also cause fatalities, and it may take a long time for the family to overcome the grief caused due to the loss of a loved one.

After a tragic accident, it is often difficult for the family of the loved one to move on with their lives. While dealing with the absence of the loved one, they also have to deal with the financial losses. Though laws in Arizona have provided relief to the families of the fatal accident victim by way of wrongful death claims, getting proper compensation from the wrongdoers can be difficult.

What are the effects of a brain injury?

Each part of the brain serves a specific purpose and it coordinates all of the systems of the body, which is why even a minor injury can have a deep and lasting impact. The person's behavior, thinking capability, senses and even movement can be affected by a brain injury.

The two most important causes of traumatic brain injuries, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Injury Prevention, are falls and motor vehicle accidents. Every year people suffer injuries to their brain due to these incidents and wind up losing some essential bodily functions.

Some laws that keep a check on drunk drivers

Drunk driving leads to many injuries and deaths in Arizona as well as throughout the rest of the United States. Many steps have been taken by various organizations to highlight the dangers of drunk driving. To minimize drunk driving accidents, many laws have been enforced by officials. While some of those laws prevent underage drinking, others lead to fines and penalties.

In Arizona, the minimum legal drinking age is 21 years old. It is considered illegal in Arizona if any person, who is intoxicated and is below 21 years of age, is found driving a vehicle. This zero tolerance law has reduced the accidents related to drunk driving, on average, by four percent. Arizona also has a 0.08 blood alcohol concentration law. According to reports, this law can reduce drunk driving incidents by almost seven percent.