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Arizona construction worker dies when dirt compactor falls on him

There are many reasons why people choose to live in Arizona. They may be "snow birds" seeking a retirement home in a warmer climate or they may be living in the state due to a lucrative job opportunity or simply to stay nearby their loved ones. Sometimes these people choose to build a new home, rather than buy an existing one. It's important to keep in mind that home construction sites can be dangerous for those working on them and construction accidents do occur, sometimes with tragic results.

Recently, an Arizona construction worker lost his life on-the-job. He was working at a new home site when a piece of construction equipment he was operating fell over, landing on him. The machine at issue was used to compact dirt. The incident is under investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

What if your "new" tires aren't really so new?

As a conscientious vehicle owner, you strive to make sure your vehicle remains roadworthy. For you, this means keeping up and regular maintenance, fixing any problems and changing out your tires when needed. You understand that the better you take care of your vehicle, the better it will take care of you.

When your tread depth gets low or your tires look otherwise worn, you replace them. You buy "new" tires that you believe will take you thousands of miles safely. What if that isn't the case?

Why should you obtain a police report following a car accident?

Most people in Phoenix don't head out to their morning commute thinking, "Today is the day I'm going to get in a car crash." However, car accidents happen every day throughout Arizona. When a person is in a car wreck, one of the first things they will do is call the police. This is true of both accidents that cause injuries and non-injury accidents.

When police arrive at the scene of the accident, they will generally make an official report. The report may include information on the parties involved in the crash, how the crash occurred, who was at fault and whether any traffic laws were broken. They are the written recollection of the officer who responded to the crash.

What is the process for recalling a defective tire?

When a motor vehicle is found to be defective, sometimes the defect lies in one of its parts. Tire defects, particularly, have the potential to cause serious accident resulting in injuries and deaths. It is important, then, that defective tires are taken off the market in Arizona and across the nation. Often this is accomplished through a product recall.

Recalls of defective tires originate in several ways. The manufacturer of the tire might discover the issue on its own, and voluntarily recall the defective tire. However, it is more common for consumers to have problems with defective tires and report such problems to government regulators or the company that manufactured the defective tire. If these defects present serious safety concerns, the tire may be taken off the market.

Drowsy driving can lead to catastrophic truck accidents

Trucking may be an essential component of interstate commerce in our nation, but it is not without its dangers. According to one study, 13 percent of truckers involved in a truck accident were fatigued when the collision occurred. Truck driver fatigue is a serious issue in the trucking industry in Arizona and nationwide. It not only puts the truckers' lives at risk, but it also puts the lives of all others on the road at risk. In fact, the statistics surrounding drowsy driving and operators of commercial vehicles are sobering.

It is understandable that a driver who has been on the road for a long time without a rest break can become fatigued. However, even the first hour after waking up can be dangerous. Sleep inertia occurs when a person first wakes up. It can negatively affect a motorist's memory, reaction time, cognitive functioning and more. It especially affects truckers who sleep in the sleeper berth of their vehicles. In fact, one study reports that the chance of being involved in a safety-critical event is greatest within the first hour of being on the road after waking up.

Truck accidents due to equipment failure: who is liable?

Accidents with commercial trucks, such as semi, can be particularly deadly, and one of the main causes of these accidents are not truck driver error, nor oversight from drivers of smaller cars. In fact, a large number of large truck accidents occur due to problems with the truck, such as a mechanical failure or problems with specific parts.

A Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) study shows that 29 percent of accidents occur due to brake problems, six percent of accidents happen because of tire problems, and four percent of accidents occur from cargo shifts in the trailer. Other possible problems due to vehicle or equipment failure are issues with the steering, engine and attaching the trailer.

Distracted driving in Arizona

Distracted driving causes a significant amount of accidents in the United States and is dangerous for individuals behind the wheel.

In 2017, there were almost 250,000 individuals involved in distracted driving accidents. Many people associate distracted driving with texting or talking on the phone. While this type of distraction does make up a large percentage of accidents, there are other ways that a driver can be distracted while on the road.

How hospital rounds are done could impact patient safety

One key part of patient care at hospitals are rounds. Rounds are daily meetings the medical professionals involved in a patient's have to discuss treatment and care. Traditionally, rounds have largely been done away from patients and their families. However, a recent study suggests that bringing patients and their families into the rounds process may be able to help with patient safety.

The study looked at a handful of pediatric hospitals. At these hospitals, a system of having rounds done in patients’ rooms and in a way where patients and their families could be actively involved in the process was implemented. The study compared medical error likelihood before and after the implementation of this system.

Brace for impact, when possible

When it comes to car accidents, most experts agree that you should brace for impact if you can. While it's not typically possible to react in time, there are instances, such as rear-endings, where you may have enough time to decide. If an accident can't be avoided, and you see it coming, there are certain bracing techniques that may lessen the severity of your injuries.

Decades of automobile and aviation research on injury avoidance has led to certain recommended postures in preparation for an impact.

Obtaining compensation for a spinal cord injury in Arizona

While driving home after working in Phoenix, an inattentive driver crashed into the rear of your vehicle. Due to the whiplash and the other driver's failed attempt to brake, you sustain a substantial spinal injury. Not only do spinal injuries hold extreme medical costs, but the emotional toll that a spinal injury takes on an individual can prove life-altering.

Spinal cord injuries in motor vehicle accidents occur throughout the United States. The first step after sustaining such a life-threatening injury involves seeking medical aid. To receive compensation for your injuries and their effects on your ability to work or travel, you must contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Due to your injury, you may have lost mobility, you may have amassed significant medical debt, and you may not have the ability to hold a job temporarily or permanently. None of these expenses should fall on you, especially if you did not cause your accident.

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