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Car accident injures 4, including 3 children

Most parents would do whatever it takes to protect their children. Unfortunately, there are many dangers in the world that are outside of a parent's control. Car crashes fall into this category, as most parents are careful to teach their children to wear a seat belt and practice proper safety measures while in and around vehicles. However, parents cannot stop other drivers from behaving negligently. This may have been the case in a recent car accident here in Arizona that left a woman and three children injured.

Authorities say the crash happened during the evening when a pickup truck was headed the wrong way on a state route. The truck struck an SUV head-on, causing the vehicles to catch fire. Luckily, everyone was able to get out before the fire consumed the vehicles. The woman driving the SUV, along with three children all had to be rushed to a local hospital. One person even required an airlift to get medical treatment as quickly as possible.

Car accidents: State Senate considers distracted driving bill

Most people know just how dangerous using a cellphone can be while driving. Several states and local governments have passed laws forbidding people from using cellphones during the operation of a motor vehicle. The Arizona Senate recently passed a bill that makes it a crime for a driver to hold a mobile device while a vehicle is moving. Some lawmakers are concerned that this bill doesn't go far enough. Another Senate bill seeks to limit distracted driving overall, in the hopes that it will curtail the amount of car accidents.

The distracted driving bill has already passed the Senate. It would allow law enforcement to ticket drivers who do any non-driving activity behind the wheel that creates an "immediate hazard," or if it reasonably inhibits a person's control of the vehicle. Supporters of the bill say that there are many more activities that people do while driving that can be a distraction and create dangerous driving conditions besides cellphone use. Some examples cited include eating or applying makeup.

Potential product liability related to children's cough syrup

Arizona parents trust that the products they buy for their children are safe. Generally, products meant for children have been through rigorous testing and have a high set of standards manufacturers must adhere to according to regulations. Unfortunately, there are times when a dangerous product still makes its way to the market, resulting in the potential for products liability claims if someone is harmed. This could have been the outcome of a recent product recall issued by the Food and Drug Administration.

Officials at the FDA say that a children's cough syrup was the focus of the recall. The syrup is sold by Dollar General stores all over the country and it is meant for babies. It has the potential to be contaminated by two different bacteria, both often found in soil. They can result in vomiting or diarrhea when ingested. There is no word on exactly how this contamination occurred.

Are you a victim of the increase in pedestrian accidents?

As a college student, you spend a lot of time walking to class, the library, coffee shops and many more places. Maybe you do not have a car, or it is simply easier and healthier for you to travel by foot on campus and the surrounding area. While traveling by foot might be better for your health, it is not necessarily better for your safety. According to experts, pedestrian accidents are at a new 30-year high.

Drivers in Arizona seem to be more distracted than ever, which means they might not see you as you cross the road. Pedestrian accidents are severe and can require months of treatment and expensive medical bills. While virtually any pedestrian in any state in America could end up in an accident, Arizona pedestrians face a higher-than-average risk.

Texting and driving laws appear to help limit car accidents

The dangers of distracted driving, especially texting and driving, are obvious. Several states around the nation have implemented laws banning the use of cellphones while driving. The Arizona Senate recently passed legislation that would ban using electronic devices while driving, though it has not yet been signed into law. Now, a recent study highlights the benefits to these laws, reporting that they are reducing the severity of car accidents.

The study collected statistics from emergency rooms in 16 states from 2007 to 2014. States that had laws that prohibited texting and driving showed a reduction by 4 percent in emergency room visits after car crashes. The only state that was studied that did not have any distracted driving legislation was Arizona.

Car accidents: Police arrest man suspected of drunk driving

Many people think that having a drink or two before getting behind the wheel is not a big deal. They assume that they are still completely capable of operating a car, but that may not be the case. Drunk driving is the cause of far too many car accidents nationwide. This is what police are alleging in the case of a recent crash here in Arizona that left one woman with serious injuries.

Officials say that the incident happened on a recent weekend. A man allegedly ran a red light and struck another vehicle. Authorities believe the second car was a ride-share vehicle. Two passengers in that vehicle were seriously injured. The woman suffered severe head trauma, and the man suffered a major laceration to his head.

Police investigating two different fatal pedestrian accidents

Pedestrians who are struck by vehicles have a higher risk of serious injury or fatality. Though many cities in Arizona and around the nation take extra precautions to try and avoid pedestrian accidents, they still occur. Police in Phoenix are investigating two separate crashes that took the lives of two different people on the same day.

The first incident happened in the early hours of the day. A 37-year-old man was attempting to cross the street when he was hit by a vehicle. Authorities say the 45-year-old driver did not seem to be impaired.

Highway crash shows how car accidents can leave questions

Vehicle crashes can be devastating in many respects. The people who can be physically harmed as a result of one may have their entire lives changed in an instant, and some even lose their lives. The families of victims may be left questioning how the crash happened, wondering if anything could have prevented the tragedy. Authorities are working to piece together the evidence of a recent crash on an Arizona highway, leaving many to wonder if this was one of those car accidents that should not have occurred.

Officials say the crash happened on a recent afternoon when one car, traveling north and making a left turn, was struck by another that was heading southbound. One witness claims that the southbound vehicle was moving very fast, though authorities have not yet confirmed that report. Both cars spun after colliding.

Some car accident causes happen more often than others

Car accidents happen every day. You may have seen your fair share at many points in your life or had a few close calls. Unfortunately, the odds are that if you have not been in a car accident in your life as of yet, you likely will at some point.

The idea of being in a car accident is certainly frightening, and you undoubtedly want to do your part to remain as safe as possible while on the road. As a result, you likely participate in many safe driving habits, like staying focused and avoiding dangerous activities while behind the wheel, like texting. In a perfect world, everyone would drive safely, but the world is far from perfect.

Apple facing product liability claim after fatal iPad fire

By the time a product hits the market, Arizona consumers assume that it is safe. Unfortunately, that is not always the case, as companies sometimes overlook certain defects in a rush to generate a profit. One product that has faced a great deal of scrutiny in recent years is the lithium-ion battery. These products are frequently used to power electronics such as smartphones or tablets, and manufacturers that make them have been targeted in numerous product liability claims. One woman alleges that a fire caused by a lithium-ion battery is responsible for the death of her father.

The woman filed a wrongful death claim on behalf of her father's estate. She says that a fire that started in his apartment was caused by the lithium-ion battery in his iPad. Her suit claims that a defect in the iPad altered the battery pack, resulting in the fire. It is not clear what the exact defect is alleged to have been.

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