October 23, 2012

The Most Common Injuries Suffered in Arizona Slip and Fall Accidents

AZ Slip and Fall AccidentArizona slip and fall accidents can happen just about anywhere: the grocery store, the shopping mall, the community pool, work, the gas station, or even your favorite vacation hotel. Many people believe that slip and fall incidents lead to sprained ankles and broken wrists, and while this may be true, falling can also lead to a host of other serious injuries, up to and including death. Some of the most common types of injuries that can be suffering in a slip and fall accident include:

  • breaking your tailbone or pelvis;
  • spinal cord injuries;
  • head injuries including a concussion or cracking your head open;
  • broken bones including your wrist, arm, leg, ankle, etc.; and
  • other serious injuries that may lead to paralysis or even death.

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October 22, 2012

How Arizona Construction Noise-Induced Hearing Loss Happens

When you think about construction-job related injuries, you most likely think of accidents involving equipment and heavy lifting, but many workers suffer Arizona construction noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) every year that eliminates their ability to work productively, or even at all. Although the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Arizona Department of Occupational Safety and Health mandate safety regulations and rules for noise levels on construction sites and at other job sites, noise incidents may still occur that cause hearing damage or loss. Injuries may occur when:

  • Workers are not provided with earplugs or headphones to block out noise.
  • Headphones or earplugs provided to workers are not adequate for noise levels.
  • Workers are not provided with adequate information detailing the risks involved with their participation at the work site or in specific work-related tasks.

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October 11, 2012

What Causes Arizona Dog Bite Injury Accidents?

Arizona dog bite accidents can be caused by a number of different actions on both the part of the dog’s owner as well as the victim who was bit by the dog. The most common causes of animal injury accidents involving a bite include:

  • The dog was roaming the streets at large and was scared by people that it encountered, smelled food on them, or was trying to play with them.
  • The dog was not properly trained to deal with strangers and with children and lashed out when approached by strangers; this could happen if the dog is at large, on a leash, or in the confines of the owner’s yard.
  • The dog was not on a leash and attacked another animal, which led to human intervention and a subsequent attack.

Although these are the most common causes of dog bite injuries, there are many other situations in which a dog attack could occur and victims should always reach out to a skilled dog bite attorney to find out if they have a case.

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October 5, 2012

More Riding Trails May Mean Less Flagstaff Motorcycle Collisions

The reduced numbers of riding trails for bikers in Coconino National Forest may have something to do with the increased number of Flagstaff motorcycle accidents, and according to Tri Valley Central, complaints from riders are making the U.S. Forest Service take notice. According to reports, the U.S. Forest Service closed nearly all of the 1.8 million acres of Coconino National Forest to off-roaders in May 2012, leaving less than 20 miles of trail made specifically for motorcycles and ATV riders. Now, an additional 78 miles of trail is being considered, which would provide outback riders more safety on the curvy roads in the pristine forest between I-17 and Lake Mary Road. Reports indicate that a final decision on the new trails will not be made until winter, which means that bikers should continue to take extra precaution on the winding roads that go through the Coconino National Forest.

How to Avoid a Flagstaff Motorcycle Collision in Coconino National Forest

The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) reports that just shy of 1,800 traffic accidents occur in Flagstaff each year, and there is no shortage of Flagstaff motorcycle collisions in that figure. Around 3,000 motorcycle crashes are reported each year statewide and these collisions result in the deaths of more than 130 individuals on bikes.

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October 4, 2012

New Local Animal Control Educating the Public on Yuma Dog Bite Incidents

According to reports from the Yuma Police Department’s Animal Control Services (YPD-ACS), residents are charged $50 for having a dog at large on a first offense with the fine increasing on every subsequent offense, including $100 for a second offense and $200 for a third offense. The reports indicate that if an unvaccinated dog bites a person, it is quarantined for no less than 10 days, to the tune of at least $300. Dog bites occur all over Arizona and many times cause very serious injuries to their victims. Many times victims are children and are bit in the face. Dog owners must understand that their dog can be a danger to others and that they should always keep their dog on a leash when out in public.

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How to Avoid a Yuma Dog Bite Incident

For those pet owners whose dogs have engaged in more than one Yuma dog bite incident, the punishment may be more severe than quarantine and a fine.

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October 3, 2012

Yavapai County Car Accident Injuries and Fatalities on the Rise

Yavapai County Car Accident DeathAccording to recently reported statistics from the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), 2011 marked the first time in more than five years that the rate of deaths in Yavapai County car accidents rose. In 2011, there were 53 fatalities in Yavapai County that were caused by car crashes, according to reports.

This was a 17 percent increase from the statistics reported in 2010. Nearly 1,370 individuals were injured in collisions in 2011 while less than 1,350 were injured in motor vehicle accidents in 2010. Additionally, more than 180 collisions in Yavapai County in 2011 were caused by drunk drivers and statistics show that there was a sharp increase of nearly 29 percent in the number of injuries sustained in those crashes. Approximately 15 people died as a result of their own involvement in drunk driving accidents in 2011.

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October 2, 2012

Fatal Yavapai County Motorcycle Crashes Increased in 2011

Yavapai Fatal Motorcycle AccidentThe Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) recently reported a significant increase in the number of traffic deaths throughout the state of Arizona, including fatal Yavapai County motorcycle crashes. Recent statistics show that more than 1,340 car accidents happened in Yavapai County in 2011 and that nearly 450 of those collisions caused injuries ranging from minor to serious and life-threatening to just shy of 650 individuals.

Nearly 40 collisions caused deaths in the county the same year and, on average, more than one person was killed per crash, according to reports. Statewide reports indicate that the number of motorcycle accident deaths increased more than 55 percent from around 85 to more than 130.

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October 1, 2012

Tucson Mayor’s New Proposal Could Reduce Downtown Tucson Pedestrian Collisions

A new proposal from Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild could help to reduce the number of Tucson pedestrian collisions that happen every year, according to an article published by the Arizona Daily Star. Though the plan is not specifically aimed at reducing crashes with pedestrians, the mayor’s plan to change Congress Street into a pedestrian mall would increase foot traffic and completely eliminate vehicle traffic, except for the new streetcar system. The new plan would also provide for additional bicycle traffic, which has been a danger to cyclists with both traffic and light rail systems taking over the streets in downtown Tucson. The change could reduce the large number of news reports involving pedestrian and bicycle wrecks that happen in the downtown area annually.

Tucson Pedestrian Collisions and Statewide Crash Facts

Multiple Tucson pedestrian collisions have occurred in the downtown area and these crashes contribute heavily to the more than 1,500 accidents involving pedestrians that happen each year throughout the state, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT). More than 150 pedestrians are reported as killed in accidents with motor vehicles each year. Reports also indicate that around 1,255 pedestrians sustain moderate to serious injuries in car crashes annually. Roughly 72 percent of pedestrian-involved collisions that occur each year happen in urban areas like downtown Tucson. These urban incidents account for more than 70 percent of pedestrian-accident fatalities and more than 75 percent of all pedestrian injuries.

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September 28, 2012

Multiple Arizona Drowning Accidents Have Families on Alert

While major news attention recently was on the multitude of fatal car crashes that happened across the United States, several Arizona drowning accidents have families on alert, according to information reported by ABC 15 News. According to news reports, four drowning incidents happened over the span of one weekend, leaving two young children injured and another two children dead.

Indicators in the news reports revealed that all of these accidents were caused by negligence and by a lack of adult supervision to ensure the safety of children playing in and around water during parties and get-togethers. We are deeply distressed by the number of accidents that occurred involving child drownings over this last holiday weekend.

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September 27, 2012

Woman Dies in Phoenix Pedestrian Collision

While most Phoenix pedestrian accidents are avoidable, sometimes drivers are unable to avoid hitting a person on the street, which was the case in an accident that occurred on Sunday, September 2, 2012, according to news reports from AZ Central. The incident took place on Sunday night around 11 p.m. when a vehicle struck a woman walking in the middle of the road. According to reports from authorities on scene, the driver was not impaired but the pedestrian may have been under the influence of an undetermined substance. Three people were arrested at the scene for starting a fight after the woman was struck by the vehicle. The driver was not arrested at the time of the accident and there was no word on whether he was injured. We are deeply sorry for the family and friends of the woman who witnessed her death and hope that they are able to cope with their loss.

Phoenix Pedestrian Collision and Statewide Crash Stats

According to local news reports, Phoenix pedestrian collisions make up a large portion of the more than 31,050 car crashes that happen in the city every year, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT). Nearly 130 individuals die as a result of their involvement in car accidents in the city each year and statistical data shows that an additional 16,060 individuals are injured. Statewide, data reports indicate the occurrence of more than 1,500 pedestrian collisions annually that result in the deaths of more than 150 individuals and injuries to roughly 1,255 other people. Fewer than 170 pedestrian-involved crashes result in property damage only.

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September 26, 2012

Healthcare Workers Face Highest Rate of Tucson Slip-and-Fall Injuries

Arizona Healthcare Worker InjuryTucson slip-and-fall injuries are common in every workforce, but none so much as the healthcare industry. These workers are often exposed to a wide array of serious hazards to their safety and health, and according to recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), nursing homes and personal care facilities in particular have one of the highest rates of injury. These facilities have an average lost workday injury and illness (LWDII) rate of 4.9. The healthcare industry as a whole has a rate of only 1.8. Slip and fall incidences are common amongst healthcare workers due to:

  • spills and other liquids on the floor that have not been attended to;
  • trip hazards in bedrooms, hospital rooms, and other areas of the facility;
  • fatigue from long shifts that keeps workers from paying attention to where they are going and what they are doing; and
  • rugs, mats, broken floor tiles, and other floor quality and safety hazards.

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September 25, 2012

Serious Second Mesa Car Crash Causes Fatality, Injuries

Second Mesa car crashes seldom occur do to the small size and smaller population of the city, so were shocked to hear the news of a serious collision that occurred on September 8, according to reports from the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT). According to crash reports, the accident took place in the morning shortly before noon when a single vehicle crashed on SR-87 near Second Mesa.

One person was killed in the crash and was reported dead at the scene of the accident. Four other people riding in the vehicle at the time of the accident sustained injuries, though reports did not indicate the severity of the injuries suffered. Our hearts go out to all those involved in the accident and we hope that their physical and emotional injuries heal quickly.

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