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Truck driver fatigue and proposed rules to reduce it

For motorists in Arizona, nothing is scarier than seeing a large commercial truck coming at you head-on. While many drivers do not consider this a likely event, the fact is that drowsy or fatigued truck drivers could be the cause of a serous or even fatal truck accident.

While truck driver fatigue could be due to overworked truckers and trucking companies pushing drivers to travel long distances by working long hours, there are other forms of negligence that could result in a fatigued truck driver traveling on the roadway. Based on current data, truck driver fatigue could be the result of truck drivers suffering from sleep apnea. This is a disorder that disrupts a person's sleep, causing excessive daytime sleepiness.

Helping you navigate a civil action following a truck accident

While it is commonplace to encounter a semi-truck or tractor-trailer truck on the roads, these large vehicles can cause some motorists various concerns. The massive size of a commercial truck could easily generate significant damage in the event of a truck accident. Additionally, those involved in the crash are likely to suffer serious injuries.

Even though truck drivers are trained to safely operate and maneuver these large vehicles, driver errors do occur. Because of that, at our law firm we do our best to assist victims of a truck crash, helping them to understand their rights.

How prevalent is distracted driving across the nation?

Most motorists in Arizona and elsewhere are well aware of the many risks and dangers that the task of driving presents. Drivers are even cognizant of the control they have over their safety and the safety of others on the roadway. Despite this knowledge, some drivers still participate is dangerous activities such as distracted driving. This not only puts the driver's life in danger, but also increases the chances of a serious or even fatal accident.

How prevalent is distracted driving across the nation? Based on an extensive study, it was found that nearly nine in every 10 smartphone owners use their phones while they are behind the wheel of a vehicle. A driving analytics company looked at three months of collected data that covered 570 million trips and 5.6 billion miles. It was discovered that, on average, drivers used their phone during 88 out of 100 trips. Additionally, drivers used their phones for roughly 3.5 minutes every hour they are on the road.

Steps to take following a hit-and-run crash

Being involved in a car accident, no matter the severity, is a serious and oftentimes shocking event for residents in Arizona and elsewhere. While being involved in a fender-bender or a serious collision is a major event, what is even more alarming is being involved in a hit-and-run accident. These types of accidents actually happen rather frequently.

According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there has been a consistent upward trend for fatal hit-and-run accidents. For example, there was 1,274 in 2009, 1,393 in 2010 and 1,449 in 2011.

Increasing online sales causing more dog bites for postal workers

Everyone has heard the cliché about dogs and mailmen. While cartoons, movies and social media glorify and often exaggerate this relationship, these altercations do occur. Unfortunately, dogs harm residents in Arizona, and some of these dog attacks are a result of negligence by a dog owner.

According to recent reports, booming online sales are proving to be both beneficial and costly for the postal services. While these sales are good for the postal industry, they are also incurring costs because of dog bites.

How often do Americans suffer dog bites?

Many residents in Arizona own a dog and people of all ages enjoy the bond they have with their dogs. While dogs tend to be like another member of the family, these pets can pose risks to those who encounter them. Even when a dog has shown zero propensity for violence, it is still possible for a dog attack to occur.

How often do Americans suffer dog bites? Based on recent statistics, roughly 70 to 80 million dogs are in the U.S. Additionally, around 37 to 47 percent of all American household have a dog. Based on data and statistics, more than 4,500,000 people suffer a dog bite in the U.S. each year. That equates to roughly one person being bit by a dog every 75 seconds.

The recovery process for burn injury victims

Suffering a burn injury can be a very traumatic experience. Most residents in Arizona never consider being involved in a serious accident, and they certainly never consider the possibility of becoming a burn victim. However, such tragedies do occur, and burn victims are often faced with a long road to recovery with many bumps on the road.

When it comes to the burn injury recovery process, many people think about the numerous medical treatments, the bandages, ointments, skin grafts and even surgical procedures. But, what about the process to heal what happened to the victim emotionally and mentally? While burn victims suffer many physical wounds, they also suffer psychological distress.

Helping you recover compensation after suffering a burn injury

Accident injuries are often serious and can cause much pain and suffering, particularly burn injuries. Whether it is due to a fire, an electrical burn or a chemical burn, much damage to the body can result, causing an accident victim to endure a tremendous amount of pain.

The recovery process following a burn injury is often long, difficult and frequently does not result in a 100 percent recovery. At our law firm, we understand how a serious accident can alter the life of accident victims. Therefore, we are dedicated to helping victims in Arizona understand their rights and recourses.

What are the common causes of truck accidents?

Commercial trucks are commonplace on major roadways. While motorists in Arizona and elsewhere frequently share the roads with large semi-trucks and tractor-trailer trucks, sharing the road with these massive vehicles is not like sharing the road with smaller ones. Trucks do not maneuver the same way passenger cars do, and unfortunately these vehicles have many blind spots. Thus, even a well-seasoned truck driver could cause a truck accident if they are not attentive or careful.

While passenger vehicles could fail to follow the rules of the road and cause a collision with a commercial truck, this post will focus on truck crashes caused by the negligence or recklessness of a truck driver or trucking company.

Arizona truck crash include pipes smashing through windshield

Motorists in Arizona and elsewhere are used to sharing the road with large commercial trucks. While this is a commonplace activity, it is not always an easy driving experience for those traveling in smaller vehicles. Although semi-trucks and tractor-trailer trucks hold an important role in society and interstate and intrastate commerce, they pose some serious risks on the roads. If a truck driver fails to drive safely and follow the rules of the road, this could result in a serious and even fatal truck crash.

According to recent reports, a serious and shocking truck accident occurred in Phoenix on Interstate 17. The accident involved a flatbed truck and an SUV, and based on claims made by the Arizona Department of Public Safety, the accident occurred when the pipes being transported on the flatbed truck smashed into the windshield of the SUV traveling behind it.

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