Phoenix Personal Injury Blog

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.

Avoid medical malpractice by asking the right questions

It is only natural for anyone in Arizona to experience anxiety before surgery. What steps can one take to avoid being a victim of medical malpractice? Assuming care was taken in choosing the best surgeon, the patient is entitled to ask questions about the scheduled procedure. He or she has the right to know the exact nature of the planned surgery; taking notes, recording the conversation or taking a friend along to make sure all is clear before signing a letter of consent might be a good idea.

A question that might prove crucial in the long run is asking for details about potential complications and risks. This information will not only prepare the patient for the recovery after the operation, but it might alert him or her to anything that went wrong. If complications arise that were not mentioned, this might indicate a surgical error or negligence.

Construction accidents: Trench hazards under the spotlight

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is once again putting the spotlight on trench hazards and the number of lives lost in unsafe trenches every year. Workers in Arizona and all other states are at risk of being injured or killed in construction accidents that involve cave-ins and other excavation hazards. Safety authorities say the number of workers who died in trenches nationwide in 2016 was double the number of similar deaths in 2014 and 2015 combined.

Of all the possible trench-related accidents, the most significant risk of death is posed by cave-ins. Although these accidents are mostly preventable, employers who prioritize profits over employee safety often allow shortcuts when it comes to supporting of trench walls. Any trench with a depth of four feet or more must have ladders, ramps or steps to allow workers to escape in an emergency.

Tire safety: Defective truck tires threaten all road users

Commercial truck owners and drivers in Arizona may want to take note of a tire recall announced by Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations. Tire safety is crucial on the state's highways, not only for trucks but also passenger vehicles. The approximately 2,700 tires that were recalled were manufactured during June this year, and they have since been found to have defects

For tires to be safe, they must comply with all aspects of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, and these tires failed to meet one of the endurance test requirements. Reportedly, the recalled tires could lose air rapidly because they might have exposed steel in their sidewalls that could cause deterioration. Sudden air loss increases the risk of crashes.

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