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Recalled deli meat could have caused personal injury

Families trust that whatever they purchase at a store is safe for their families. Whether it's medicine, a toy for a child or something to eat, they assume that the item will not harm anyone if used correctly. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, and people may end up buying something that could injure, sicken or even kill someone they care about. A recent recall of deli meat in a grocery store here in Arizona could have necessitated a personal injury claim if the store hadn't taken action.

The store in question recalled several varieties of sliced deli meat over concerns that it might have been contaminated with human blood borne pathogens. Employees discovered the problem after an internal audit in the deli, looking at their procedures for food safety. There is no word on exactly what might have caused the potential contamination, but for now, no one has reported getting sick or injured from consuming any of the meat. The grocery store reports that anyone who purchased the potentially-affected products can return them for a refund or replacement.

Fatal car accidents: Man facing murder charges in woman's death

A car crash happens often affects more people than those who were directly involved. The family and friends of any victims often have to deal with the aftermath of car accidents, particularly if their loved one died as a result. This may be what one family of an Arizona woman is experiencing after she recently lost her life when a man allegedly ran into her during a street race.

Authorities say that the accident happened on a recent afternoon when the 68-year-old woman was making a left turn onto a local road. A 22-year-old man was reportedly involved in a race with another vehicle and his car struck hers. The woman was rushed to a local hospital, but did not survive her injuries.

Several car accidents due to wrong-way driving

When any kind of car crash occurs, the effects can be devastating. However, when several car accidents that share common factors happen, it can be particularly perplexing. Families may be left with more questions than answers as they attempt to go on without their loved one. This is the situation that law enforcement here in Arizona is facing after multiple crashes involving wrong-way drivers.

According to authorities, the most recent incident is the only one that has proved fatal. Police say that a driver heading northbound in the southbound lanes of a highway struck another vehicle head-on. The driver of the second vehicle died at the scene before treatment could be administered. The driver of the wrong-way vehicle was not seriously injured. Her car allegedly hit a third vehicle, but that driver was unharmed.

Personal injury risk from taco seasoning and salmonella

Consumers trust that the products they buy at stores are safe for them and their families. That trust is particularly important with anything that a person may ingest, such as medicine or food. When a product is exposed to contamination, it can hurt more than just a company's bottom line -- it can endanger people, leading to the possibility of a personal injury claim. This is exactly what could have happened to someone in Arizona after Williams Foods LLC reports that some of its taco seasoning may have been exposed to salmonella.

According to Williams Foods, two different kinds of its taco seasoning could contain salmonella. The spice packet contains cumin spice that came from a supplier. The supplier put out a recall for a batch of its cumin after a customer tested the product and the results said it could be contaminated with salmonella. Certain groups of people, like children or the elderly, may be at risk for serious illness if exposed to the bacteria. People can even spread the infection without actually having any symptoms themselves.

Insurance companies are not your friends

When you purchase car insurance, the friendliness of your insurance agent may be refreshing. You may feel that an insurance company would advocate for your wellbeing if you ever needed to file a claim. Unfortunately, the truth is that insurance companies are businesses.

Like any business, their purpose is to make a profit, and this may not happen if an insurer approves every claim it receives. It is important that you know your rights and how to deal with Arizona insurance companies if you are in an accident.

Motorcycle accident claims 1 life, injures another

A family's life can change in the blink of an eye. Those who have lost loved ones to motor vehicle accidents know that pain all too well. When that accident is tied to impaired driving, it can seem all the more cruel, since the tragedy could have been avoided. This is what one family is likely enduring after a young man lost his life in a motorcycle accident that also left his girlfriend injured. Arizona police allege that the person who caused the crash was driving under the influence.

The accident happened late on a recent evening when the man and his girlfriend were riding on his motorcycle. Authorities say that a woman driving an SUV tried to make a left turn and struck the motorcycle, throwing both the man and his girlfriend from the bike. Both riders were wearing helmets, but the man did not survive. His girlfriend suffered injuries that were not considered life-threatening.

Study examines causes of medical malpractice

When it comes to health, people generally trust medical professionals to provide them with the highest standard of care. Though the vast majority of doctors, nurses and other medical professionals do everything within their power to help their patients, mistakes can still happen. When they do, they can be deadly. One recent study examined some of the biggest reasons that people have to file medical malpractice claims, and the results may be surprising for Arizona families.

Researchers looked at different cases of medical malpractice in an attempt to determine what the leading causes are for the cases that result in death or permanent disability. At least a third of cases happen due to a diagnosis that is inaccurate or delayed for some reason. A spokesperson for the study said that it is the biggest reason for severe medical errors.

Teen in car accident warns of dangers of impaired driving

When a car accident of any kind happens, those involved may speculate whether the incident could have been prevented. Sometimes, there are very clear indications that a crash was entirely preventable. When a motorist makes the choice to drive after consuming alcohol or another substance that can cause impairment, it is a decision that can have disastrous consequences. One Arizona teen considers herself lucky to be alive after she was involved in a car accident with a driver who authorities say was impaired at the time of the crash.

The teen was driving her mother's minivan when the collision happened. She was running errands while the rest of her family was with friends. According to the teen, a truck jumped a curb and crashed into her vehicle. She was able to relay her contact information to bystanders who called both first responders and her mother.

Car accidents: Multiple injuries in Glendale

Police in Glendale have confirmed that a serious accident injured several people, including children. The two-car crash apparently happened on the afternoon of June 24. So far, Arizona authorities have made no arrests pertaining to this case, but as with many car accidents causing injury, this one is still under investigation and will remain so until an answer has been found. 

According to the report, it appears that around 4:46 p.m. a truck driven by an unknown individual and carrying a 5-year-old child attempted to make a left-hand turn at an intersection. A passenger vehicle carrying two adults and four children aged 2 weeks to 8 years old apparently struck the truck. It is not clear from the report which of the vehicles had the right of way at the time. 

Distracted driving takes many forms

More than once, you may have experienced that terrifying moment when another vehicle crossed the center line because the driver was looking down at a cell phone. If the driver looked up just in time to avoid an accident, your heart may have raced, but you got home safely. If the driver was too focused on the text message or social media, the moment may have ended in tragedy.

Distracted driving is a serious problem in Arizona, and it is not always cell phones that take drivers' attention from the road. Anything that takes your mind from the task, your eyes from the road or your hands from the wheel is a distraction, and distractions can result in deadly accidents.

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