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Study finds hands-free devices still dangerous for drivers

Many drivers in the country continue to use a cellphone behind the wheel. In recent years, more drivers have started to use hands-free cellphone devices because they think it is safer than using hand-held cellphones. Despite the common belief that hands-free devices are safer and don't pose any risks, a new study claims that hands-free devices are just as dangerous as hand-held cellphones.

This finding is troubling as 80 percent of motorists say hands-free cellphones are safer to use while driving, according to a study by the National Safety Council. Even though a majority of drivers think these devices reduce the risk of distracted driving, the study by the NSC says both types of cellphone use are risky. 

Can distracted drivers be sued after a car accident?

We've discussed the dangers of distracted driving frequently on our blog. Our readers in Arizona should know that distracted driving is very dangerous and causes many car accidents every year. 

After getting in to a car accident, you may feel distraught, angry and even anxious. This is true even if it was only a minor accident and no one was hurt. When someone is injured after an accident, it can be difficult to manage your emotions. When a distracted driver is responsible for the accident, you may be wondering what you can do to hold the driver accountable for his or her dangerous actions.

Bills address bicycle safety in Arizona

Bicycle accidents can result in serious injuries and even fatalities. Many bicycle accidents involve a motor vehicle, which can make the accident much worse due to the size of the vehicle compared to the bicycle. Bicycle-motor vehicle collisions can be caused by many different factors. However, many accidents are caused by distracted drivers or motorists not seeing bicyclists on the road. 

We've previously discussed how right turns are a common cause of bicycle accidents in Arizona, showing that many drivers are not paying attention behind the wheel. Because bicycle accidents can result in tragic and catastrophic injuries, safety groups in the state are hoping a group of bicycle safety bills will be passed in the near future. 

At least 10 people killed when FedEx truck strikes bus

The tragedy that just occurred where 10 people died due to a FedEx truck striking a charter bus reminds us just how deadly truck crashes can be.  The FedEx truck apparently crossed a freeway median and then struck the bus.  It was reported that "flames devoured both vehicles after the crash."

In addition to the individuals killed in the crash approximately another 30 people were injured.  The accident occurred on Interstate 5 at 5:30 p.m. around 100 miles north of Sacramento.  One witness claimed that they heard three explosions.  This witness also described smoke coming out of the front of the bus and watched the bus become "engulfed in flames."  A firefighter stated that many of the victims were teenage children.  They appeared to him to be in shock.

Safety tips for driving in construction zones in Arizona

Construction zones can be very dangerous for motorists and construction crews. Driving through construction zones can be difficult for many reasons. Some drivers may not be familiar with the road and detours while others may have a hard time following traffic signs or focusing on the road. All of these factors make construction zones a safety risk for motorists and explains why car accidents are so common in work zones in Arizona. 

Rear-end collisions are the most common type of accident in work zones, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation. Car accidents can impact motorists as well as construction workers, but statistics show that motorists and passengers make up more than 80 percent of victims of fatal car crashes in work zones.

AAA wants Arizona to pass tougher distracted driving laws

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month so we think it's important to remind our readers about the dangers of distracted driving. Distracted driving continues to be a huge safety issue in Arizona, and many car accidents are caused by drivers texting or dialing on their cellphones. 

Most drivers know about the risks of distracted driving. Despite the serious hazards, drivers in Arizona continue to use their cellphones behind the wheel. Texting while driving or using a hand-held cellphone can distract a driver so drastically that they get into a car accident. This is because trying to read or type on a cellphone while also trying to operate a vehicle is very difficult to do at the same time. 

Collision with semi in Arizona kills five family members

A fatal accident in Arizona that left five family members dead is an example of the tragic outcomes of getting into a collision with a semitruck. The accident happened after a pickup truck driving on Interstate 10 hit a semitruck, killing five of the truck's passengers and seriously injuring the driver. 

The tragic accident left many people wondering what contributed to the crash and how it could have been prevented. Investigators said they believe the accident was caused by one of the pickup truck's tire treads separating, which caused the driver to lose control of the truck. After he lost control, he crossed the median into on-coming traffic and hit a semitruck and another vehicle. 

Drag racing leads to serious injury in Phoenix

A recent car accident in Phoenix highlights the dangers of drag racing and the injuries car collisions can cause to innocent individuals. A man who was mowing his lawn was seriously injured after being hit by a truck. The victim was listed in critical condition after the accident. 

Police said the accident occurred after two teenagers were reportedly drag racing. Police believe one vehicle drove through a stop sign and was T-boned by another truck driving on the road. After the truck hit the teenager's car, it went through a wall and hit the man while he was mowing his lawn. 

Right turns common cause of vehicle-bicycle collisions in Arizona

Bicycle and pedestrian accidents in Arizona can result in devastating consequences, including catastrophic and fatal injuries. Reports show that 4,709 accidents in the state involved pedestrians or bicyclists in 2012.

This statistic shows that pedestrians and bicyclists face many risks. Bicyclists and pedestrians in Arizona should be aware of one of the most common causes of motor vehicle-bicycle or pedestrians collisions in the state to try and avoid these accidents in the future. What is one of the most common factors involved in motor vehicle-pedestrian and bicycle accidents?

Distracted driving kills people every day

Distracted driving continues to be a serious safety issue in the United States. Despite efforts by safety groups to educate the public about the dangers of distracted driving, many motorists still practice unsafe driving behaviors that make them distracted behind the wheel.

Did you know that nine people are killed every day in distracted driving car accidents? That startling statistic is from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They say that an additional 1,060 people are injured every day in car accidents caused by distracted driving. The dangers of driving distracted should be well-known, but it seems like motorists can't help but succumb to distractions behind the wheel. 

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