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Mom wants daughter's death to serve as warning for car accidents

Car crashes are an unavoidable part of life. Even so, there are many actions that drivers can take to minimize the possibility that a crash will occur, or at least reduce the severity of the incident. That is one Arizona mother's message to the public after she lost a daughter in a collision a couple of months ago. She hopes drivers will listen to her pleas and take steps to avoid car accidents.

The crash happened back in December on a state route in Phoenix. In an area where traffic was slowing down, a truck hit the back of a car, causing that car to hit another. A woman and her young son were in the first car and died as a result of the accident. Authorities say the truck driver was traveling 50 to 60 mph and attempted to brake, but was unable to stop his truck before it struck the car.

Report shows rise in rate of fatal pedestrian accidents

Pedestrians walk for many reasons, including exercise, work or just to get wherever they need to be. Though walking has a great deal of benefit, it also comes with its fair share of risk. Pedestrians are sometimes struck by passing vehicles. Arizona families may be interested to know of a recent report that has discovered a sharp rise in the number of fatal pedestrian accidents.

The report was issued by two groups called Smart Growth America and the National Complete Streets Coalition. According to the study, from 2008 to 2017, drivers in the U.S. struck and killed nearly 50 thousand pedestrians. That rate is the equivalent of a jumbo jet crashing once a month with no survivors. Representatives for the group say that figure constitutes a 35 percent rise in pedestrian deaths over the last decade.

Do you know the signs of internal bleeding?

In a best-case scenario, you would have the ability to go through life without ever suffering any major injuries. Unfortunately, no one can predict whether he or she will end up in an injury-causing event. Everyday activities, like driving, pose major hazards that many individuals do not consider because the activities are so commonplace.

Of course, you likely do know that you are at risk of being involved in a car accident every time you hit Arizona roadways. However, you cannot dwell on that fact because if you did, you would likely never want to get behind the wheel. Still, a serious accident could affect you or someone you love one day, and severe injuries, like internal bleeding, could result.

Semitruck accident kills two, including a child

The causes of motor vehicle accidents are as varied as the types of vehicles on the road. When there are questions regarding the cause of an accident, it is crucial to consider all of the circumstances of a crash. Authorities here in Arizona are doing just that as they work to determine what caused a recent semitruck accident that cost two people their lives.

The crash happened on a recent afternoon in West Phoenix. Law enforcement alleges that a semi truck was traveling west on a local road. The truck reportedly turned into oncoming traffic and struck a pickup truck that was heading east. Two adults and two children were in the pickup. One adult and one child died at the scene, while the other two were rushed to a nearby hospital where they remain in critical condition.

Car accidents: Ban on texting while driving may be coming

Distracted driving continues to be a problem in today's world. Texting and driving is often seen as the pinnacle of distracted driving, with some people saying that it is just as bad as driving under the influence and causes far too many car accidents. Though most states have a ban on texting while driving, Arizona has not yet passed any such state-wide law -- it is one of three states without one. Recently, lawmakers have been suggesting that this year may be the time that a ban will be enacted, and one lawmaker has finally introduced such a bill.

The bill would forbid drivers in the state of Arizona from "using a wireless communication device to manually write or send a written message." The use of GPS or navigation devices would not be affected under this proposed law. In the past, there have been several attempts to create laws like this one, but none have managed to succeed. Some cities and municipalities have passed local ordinances, and a ban on cellphone use for drivers under 18 was enacted last year,

Drunk driver blamed for recent fatal crash

Car crashes are always an upsetting event; those that result in injury or fatality are even more so. When a crash involves an intoxicated driver, the senselessness of the tragedy is amplified even further, as the victims or their families struggle with the consequences of someone else's careless actions. A recent crash here in Arizona that resulted in multiple injuries and one death is being attributed to a drunk driver, and it illustrates how getting behind the wheel while impaired can impact so many other people.

Authorities say that a 26-year-old was driving with passengers on a Chandler freeway. The car slid off the road and hit a pole, resulting in the death of one passenger and injury to two others. Police claim that his blood alcohol content was measured at 0.168, which is more than double the legal limit. They also allege that there is more to this incident that may result in the driver facing some serious criminal charges.

Pedestrian killed after being struck by a truck

Many people know to be cautious of car accidents when they are operating a vehicle. Collisions between vehicles are all too common in Arizona and around the nation. However, car passengers and drivers aren't the only people that can be hurt because of a crash. Pedestrians are often at risk, too. A recent fatal pedestrian accident underscores the fact that the consequences of a car crash can be far-reaching.

Local police say that a 53-year-old woman was killed on a recent evening in Phoenix while she was close to an intersection. An eastbound car attempted to make a left turn and struck a truck, forcing it off the street and onto the sidewalk. The woman was walking on the sidewalk when she was hit. Firefighters rushed her to a nearby hospital, but she was pronounced dead there.

Aggressive driving can easily cause serious or fatal accidents

You may be someone who has a love-hate relationship with your daily commute to work. You may enjoy the time to yourself as you drive to your destination since it's probably one of the few times during the day you can have solitary peace and quiet. Of course, you may also hate the way in which other drivers on the road operate their vehicles, which can easily disrupt your peace.

Unfortunately, numerous drivers have a disregard for their own safety and the safety of others while they make their own commutes. Some may not realize it, but they often engage in aggressive driving behaviors that could easily cause an accident without even a moment's notice.

Medical malpractice: Dentist faked anesthesia certification

It is not uncommon for people to have fears in relation to visiting the dentist. Most of the time, dentists are professional and have their patients best interests in mind. However, this area of medical care is not without problematic providers. A recent medical malpractice claim filed here in Arizona illustrates that exact issue, with a patient alleging that his dentist faked certain credentials and put him in harm's way.

A dentist in the Valley stands accused of falsifying his anesthesia certification. A man who went to that dentist for oral surgery earlier this year is now suing him for medical malpractice and consumer fraud. The man alleges that during the surgery, he began to have difficulty breathing and that the dentist and another periodontist had to stop the procedure before finishing. The former patient now says that he suffered both physical and emotional injury due to the "negligent sedation."

Trucking accidents can leave more questions than answers

Here in Arizona, and across the country, semitrailers are an important part of the economy, delivering various goods to areas that need them. Despite their needed presence, they can also pose a great danger to other motorists, due to their large size. Trucking accidents can happen to anyone, anywhere and can have devastating consequences, as one recent crash illustrates.

The collision happened on a recent evening in nearby Tolleson. A car was heading south, and the driver was attempting to turn onto an on-ramp for the interstate. The dark-colored car was struck by a north-bound semitrailer. Three victims who were in the car at the time were rushed to a nearby hospital with critical injuries. One of them died at the hospital.

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