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Severe burns from car accidents can cost a lot to treat

When people think of getting into an accident, they usually worry about broken bones or blunt trauma. Burns are a common injury as well. Vehicles are full of flammable materials, from the foam in the seats to the gas in the tank.

Sometimes, people experience second-degree or even third-degree burns in a motor vehicle accident. When that happens, emergency medical treatment is necessary. Burns can cause serious damage to the body, as well as severe pain. Without adequate care, healing can be difficult. The risk of serious infection is a pressing concern for those with a lot of serious burns.

Here is why truck accidents happen

It goes without saying that any driver, regardless of the vehicle, can cause an accident and commercial trucks are everywhere. These colossal machines often seem intimidating on the roads, and for good reason -- usually smaller vehicles involved in accidents with these huge trucks fare far worse in terms of injuries and repercussions.

It's important to understand why truck accidents happen, as this can help you avoid trouble on the road. Here are some of the top causes:

Traumatic brain injury: No 2 people are the same

Any type of brain injury is one that requires immediate medical attention. Even if you think the injury will heal on its own, it's better to be safe than sorry.

Since no two people are the same, the way that one person is treated for a traumatic brain injury will not be identical to another patient.

Speeding and aggressive driving tickets on the rise in Arizona

Most of us spend a fair amount of time driving on roadways in the Phoenix area. We probably have been in a situation where we are keeping up with traffic around us, only to see a car approaching rapidly from behind. We may need to move over to let this vehicle pass, while it continues to travel at speeds well above the posted limits for the road that we are on.

Unfortunately, the number of drivers who are speeding and making other aggressive moves is on the rise. A recent report by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety examined traffic ticket data in Arizona. This post discusses their findings, as well as some of the potential impact that the increase in these tickets means for drivers in the state.

Wrong-way drivers a big problem in Arizona

You may have experienced this while out on roadways in the Phoenix area. You are driving down a busy highway. You may pull into the fast lane to pass a slower moving car. Suddenly, you notice all of the cars in front of you pulling over to the side of the road. A car goes screaming by you, traveling the wrong way through very crowded lanes of traffic. If you had not been paying close attention, you could have found yourself seriously injured in a head-on collision.

This scenario is not as far-fetched as it may seem. Arizona has had an increase in motor vehicle accidents caused by wrong-way drivers. According to a study performed by the Arizona Department of Transportation (DOT), the state has averaged roughly 22 wrong-way crashes a year from 2004 to 2014. This averages out to almost eight fatalities from wrong-way accidents each year.

Arizona has third-highest number of pedestrian deaths in U.S.

If you drive anywhere in the Phoenix metro area, you will see a lot of people walking close to very busy streets. Motorists and pedestrians both have an obligation to take steps to improve roadway safety, but unfortunately, there is much work that needs to be done.

A recent report by the Governor's Highway Safety Association revealed that Arizona had the third-most pedestrian deaths, based on the number of pedestrian accidents compared to the state's population. This increase mirrors a trend that is happening nationwide, where the number of deaths has risen to its highest levels in over two decades. 

Arizona considering teen distracted driving bill

Senate Bill 1080 proposes to institute a ban on teenagers from texting while driving during the first 6 months of their license issuance. Arizona is one of the last holdout states to enact a law that prohibits texting while driving. Right now, the only people who have to follow any type of regulation regarding cell phone usage are school bus drivers.

Senator Steve Farley has sponsored the new bill, but this is not his first attempt. For 10 years, Senator Farley has been trying to pass legislature that disallows the use of cell phones while driving, but has not yet had success in getting a law enacted. 

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