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Wrong-way driver in 5-car crash may have been impaired

A spokesman for the Arizona Department of Public Safety says an impaired driver may have caused a five-vehicle crash on Oct. 17. The accident happened in Phoenix shortly after 2 a.m., and police allege that the driver accused of causing the wreck was driving in the wrong direction. Although the driver is suspected of DUI, the DPS spokesman said that the investigation might not be completed for weeks or even months.

The car accident happened while a 25-year-old woman was traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 10. After driving through the Deck Park Tunnel, the woman struck a vehicle in a head-on collision. Three other cars that were traveling eastbound then became involved in the wreck when they collided with the first two cars and debris from the initial crash.

Facts about motorcycle accident fatalities and injuries

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has released a comprehensive report on motorcycle accidents in America, detailing statistics on both fatal and nonfatal accidents. Arizona motorcyclists and other interested parties may find relevant information about the risks of cycling and the frequency of various types of collisions. This report indicates that motorcycle riding is substantially more risky than the operation of a car.

Motorcycle fatalities are on the rise in America. The number of motorcyclists who died in accidents increased by 327 in 2012, which represents 15 percent of all the traffic deaths in that year. However, motorcycles make up only a negligible proportion of the automotive vehicles in America. Motorcycles and similar vehicles constitute only three percent of all motor vehicle registrations and approximately 0.7 percent of all vehicle miles traveled.

Treatment and rehabilitation for brain injuries

Any Arizona resident could suffer a brain injury at some point in their lives. Brain injuries can occur if a person is involved in a bike accident, car crash or all-terrain vehicle accident. Older individuals are prone to suffering brain injuries during a fall, while kids are at risk of injuring themselves at the playground.

The treatment of brain injuries depends upon the severity of the injury. There is no real treatment for injuries that are considered to be minor except for rest and, if there is pain, over-the-counter pain medication. However, it is recommended that an injured person be monitored in the event that any symptoms worsen. Someone who has suffered more serious brain injuries may be monitored to ensure that they are getting the oxygen they need to keep their blood pressure steady. In some cases, an injured person may be put into a temporary coma or on other medications in order to reduce any secondary damage.

Arizona motorcyclist killed in crash

A 28-year-old resident of Phoenix lost his life when the motorcycle he was riding collided with a Cadillac SUV around 6:30 a.m. on Sept. 30. The deadly crash occurred just east of Scottsdale Road on heavily traveled Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard in Scottsdale. The entire eastbound side of the roadway was shut down for approximately four hours, and the closure severely affected morning rush hour traffic.

Scottsdale police report that the motorcycle was going east on Frank Lloyd Wright when the westbound SUV turned left in front of it. The cyclist reportedly hit the SUV as it was attempting to turn into a private driveway. After impact, the motorcycle continued another 600 feet before stopping. The rider did not survive, despite wearing a helmet, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Motorcyclist in Arizona killed after Highway 95 crash

Drivers need to be aware of motorcyclists on the roadway, and a recent accident on Highway 95 demonstrates this. The crash in Bullhead City killed a motorcyclist on Oct. 1; authorities reported that the accident occurred near Seventh Street when a 94-year-old woman driving a 2008 Buick LaCrosse attempted to make a left turn into the U.S. Postal Service Highway Station and failed to yield.

A 44-year-old Bullhead City motorcyclist was headed north on the highway when the Buick struck his bike. The man was taken to University Medical Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, but died early the next day. He was apparently not wearing a helmet when the accident took place. The driver of the Buick suffered minor injuries and went to Western Arizona Regional Medical Center.

Motor vehicle accident costs and statistics

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, productivity losses and medical expenses linked to motor vehicle crashes in 2010 cost the equivalent of $500 for each licensed driver in Arizona as well as every licensed driver across the United States. The total cost was more than $99 billion. Private insurance companies paid about half of the amount while individual accident victims picked up about 26 percent of the cost.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 33,561 people were killed in auto crashes in 2012 and that someone died every 16 minutes because of such accidents. Nearly 100 people a day lost their lives in collisions that year. Causes ranged from drunk driving and speeding to red light running, fatigue and distracted driving.

Arizona woman facing murder charge in conneciton with accident

The Tucson Police Department announced that they located and detained an alleged hit-and-run driver involved with a Sept. 25 bicycle accident that killed a 58-year-old man. Police charged the accused driver, a 23-year-old woman, with multiple felony charges in connection with the incident that transpired near the intersection of Jacinto Street and Oracle Road.

Police claim that the woman fled the scene of the 12:30 a.m. accident. However, a witness to the crash purportedly followed the 23-year-old woman and notified police.

Causes and consequences of wrong-site surgery

Wrong-site surgical errors in Arizona medical facilities are preventable, and it is important for those who perform such surgeries to recognize the impact an error can make on both the patient and on those involved. While a patient may deal with life-changing challenges in extreme cases, a health care facility and the team involved in a wrong-site surgery could face such professional consequences in resulting medical malpractice actions. As providers have become more transparent in reporting such errors, numbers have climbed. However, professional organizations have contributed to developing strategies for preventing such errors from being committed.

Leadership is critical in avoiding surgical errors. This is one of the leading areas that can contribute to or reduce such mistakes. Additional causes include poor communication and noncompliance with established surgery protocols. Factors such as emergencies, multiple surgeons or procedures, irregular patient physiology, changes in operating room or unusual equipment can increase the risk of errors. Improved communication and leadership may include a briefing period prior to a procedure to review the planned actions. Additionally, an interview process involving the patient can be helpful. Inclusion of a patient's family members may ensure that additional verification of the procedure is provided.

Pedestrian killed in Arizona hit-and-run event

A Sept. 12 accident in Tempe killed a pedestrian and left a man facing felony charges, authorities stated. Police reportedly suspect that a 29-year-old man was driving under the influence of alcohol at the time of the pedestrian accident.

According to the Tempe Police Department, the incident happened at about 9 p.m., when a Ford pickup truck hit a pedestrian near McClintock Drive and Apache Boulevard. The man struck in the pedestrian accident reportedly died after being transported to a hospital.

Biker injured in Arizona hit-and-run

A 41-year-old man on a motorcycle was reportedly forced off the highway by a semi-truck on Sept. 4, according to Pima police. The semi-truck was allegedly trying to enter the motorcycle's lane and may not have seen the motorcycle. As a result, the motorcyclist swerved to the right to avoid being hit, struck a curb in front of a convenience store and crashed. The truck driver drove on, possibly not even realizing he had hit the biker.

The biker, a flight medic by occupation, was airlifted to the the University of Arizona Medical Center-University Campus, where his condition was listed as fair the following day. At the time of the accident, he was wearing a helmet and driving within the posted speed limit of 35 mph.

*Certified Specialist in Injury and Wrongful Death Litigation by the State Bar of Arizona, Board of Legal Specialization