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Valley Metro Crashes and Injuries

Valley Metro is a regional public transportation agency, that provides transportation services to Valley residents. Valley Metro operates Valley Metro Bus, Valley Metro Rail and transportation programs for commuters, seniors, and those with disabilities, through Dial-a-Ride.

Annual ridership includes bus (over 51,000,000), Dial-a-Ride (over 1,000,000) and van pool (over 1,000,000). Daily ridership is over 200,000 persons. There are over 200 bus lines.

Arizona Construction and Work Zone Accidents and Injuries

Work zones can be dangerous for the people working in the area, and also for motorists, and pedestrians. In 2015 there was an estimate of over 96,000 crashes in work zones, an almost 8% increase over 2013.

On average, in 2015:

· A work zone crash occurred once every 5.4 minutes.

· Every day, 70 work zone crashes occurred that resulted in at least one injury.

· Every week, 12 work zone crashes occurred that resulted in at least one fatality.

Arizona Wrong-Way Drivers, Recent Prevention Efforts

On April 14, 2017, a wrong way driver caused another crash, on I-17, that killed Karli and Kelsey Richardson, sisters, and the driver.

The driver had a blood alcohol content level of .25 percent, three times the legal limit.

A blood alcohol level between .16 and .3 percent qualifies as severe impairment with effects including dangerously impaired driving skills and decision making abilities.

Arizona Car Crash Injuries and Personal Injury Claims

Following an automobile, truck or motorcycle crash with injuries, caused by the negligence of another party, there are important and common sense steps to follow.

Prompt medical treatment is critical, to assess the injuries, and to get appropriate follow up care.

It's wise to resist the idea of settling your claim too soon. Personal injury settlements are ordinarily a final settlement, a one time lump sum. Patience often results in a higher, fairer settlement.

Arizona Fault and Damages in Automobile Crashes

When a car, truck, or motorcycle crash occur and serious injuries result, two important issues need to be evaluated and investigated.

In Arizona, a personal injury claim is based upon determining who was at fault, either completely or partially, and assessing the injuries and damages suffered by the injured party.

The police crash report is often a start, but not the final story. Perhaps the other driver was cited, there may be witnesses listed, perhaps statements were made to the police.

Another Possible Takata Airbag Inflator Death

Honda Motor Co. stated that a Takata airbag inflator ruptured in a recent Florida car crash, resulting in what could be the 19th death linked to faulty airbags.

At least 18 deaths and 180 injuries worldwide had been connected to the Takata airbag defect, the inflators can explode, causing metal shrapnel to propel inside vehicles.

Arizona Drunk Drivers and Punitive Damages

It's common to read and hear about drunk drivers causing crashes, which can result in serious injuries and fatalities. An injured victim may have a personal injury claim for his or her medical bills, lost income, injuries caused by the crash.

When a drunk driver is at fault then it is possible that he or she may be liable for payment of punitive damages as well. Punitive damages are further intended to punish and to deter others.

The Arizona case, Olson v Walker is instructive. A driver spent time drinking at a bar, then he proceeded to drive. His vehicle was swerving, traveling 50-55 miles per hour, the speed limit was 40 miles per hour. The driver cut a witness off, then rear ended a motorcyclist.

ADOT Report Regarding Wrong-Way Drivers

The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) reviewed hundreds of accident reports and found the following data regarding the likely drivers, and the where and why of wrong-way crashes, and the likelihood of when wrong-way crashes are most likely to occur:

Lower Back Pain After a Car Accident

If you have been involved in a car accident, you may have suffered an injury as a result. Lower back pain after an auto collision is a common injury. A noticeable symptom is a dull, sharp, or constant pain in the lower back area. However, if the accident was caused by someone else, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Related costs include lost earnings for as long as you are unable to return to work.

What May Be the Cause of Your Back Pain?

Lower back pain is often caused by compression of the nerves or improper spinal movement. It may also be possible to pull or tear a muscle or strain or tear a ligament in the lower back. Any of these scenarios can occur when a person is jerked violently or otherwise forced to move in an unnatural manner as can happen in a car accident.

Arizona Motorcyclists' Personal Injury Claims and Helmet Nonuse

In Arizona, if a motorcyclist is injured due to the negligence of another driver, and if he or she was not wearing a helmet, the nonuse of a motorcycle helmet may be claimed by the other driver, as a reason to limit the injured party's damages.

The negligent driver must prove that the helmet was not worn, and that helmet nonuse was unreasonable, and that nonuse caused or increased injuries, that would not have occurred if a helmet had been used.

The jury may decide whether the injured party's full damages should be reduced by nonuse of the helmet.

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