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A defective airbag and a car crash can be a fatal combination

Car accidents happen every single day in Arizona. Some are avoidable, others are not. Some have minor outcomes, while others result in fatality. To help avoid the latter, safety equipment -- such as airbags -- is installed in vehicles. What happens and who is responsible if that safety equipment fails when a car crash actually happens?

BMW recently joined the list of auto manufacturers that have had to recall cars due to defective airbags. Approximately 200,000 vehicles are affected by this recall. According to reports, these automobiles contain the Takata airbags which have been known to launch debris and shrapnel when they are activated.

Arizona personal injury: Vaginal tearing during childbirth

There is nothing easy about childbirth. It is a physically demanding process, one that can do some serious damage to a woman's body. Thankfully, labor and delivery medicine is always advancing and improving in order to help women in Arizona and elsewhere have better birthing experiences and reduce their chances of experiencing injuries. Unfortunately, personal injury -- such as vaginal tearing -- is still common, but in some cases it is preventable.

Vaginal -- also known as perineal – tearing is pretty typical during childbirth. The odds of a woman tearing is actually about 95 percent for first-time moms. Tearing can a happen for a number of reasons including the weights of both mom and baby, position of the baby, having a fast delivery and the use of labor assist devices -- such as forceps or vacuum -- among others.

Impairment possibly responsible for multi-vehicle car crash

A multi-vehicle wreck in Arizona may have been caused by an impaired driver. The car crash, which is said to have killed one individual and left 15 others injured, occurred in the Chandler area on Dec. 28. Police are still in the process of investigating this incident.

According to reports, the driver of a pickup truck was heading northbound on SR-347 when he or she, for unknown reasons, crossed into oncoming traffic and collided with several cars. In total, 12 automobiles were involved in the wreck. Several people were transported to area hospital with injuries that are said to range from serious to critical.

2 suffer personal injury at manufacturing facility

Two individuals were transported to a hospital after being hurt in an incident at a manufacturing facility in Arizona. Details of the incident are few at this time. However, the victims are said to have suffered burn injuries. Those injured may utilize workers' compensation benefits to help cover their losses, but they may also file personal injury claims against those believed responsible in an effort to seek further compensation.

In the afternoon of Wednesday, Dec. 21, fire crews were called to Southwest Products in Surprise. Upon their arrival, they found that two individuals had suffered burn injuries. How the injuries occurred has yet to be determined. One of the victims -- a 34-year-old male -- is said to have suffered serious injuries, and he was transported to a burn center for care. The other victim, whose age and gender have not been reported, suffered minor injuries.

A slip-and-fall accident can cause a traumatic brain injury

It is unfortunate that slip-and-fall accidents occur with great frequency. This type of incident can result in the victim suffering a number of serious injuries, possibly including a traumatic brain injury. Arizona residents who have been hurt in slip-and-fall accidents may be entitled to seek compensation for any resulting losses they have experienced.

Slip-and-fall accidents can happen just about anywhere and for a number of reasons. It does not matter if it occurs on private or public property, owners can be held responsible for any damages sustained by the victim if they were aware of the potential hazard and failed to correct the issue or provide adequate warning. Common causes of slip-and-fall accidents include:

  • Oil or grease on floor
  • Exposed power cords
  • Loose or torn carpeting
  • Uneven surfaces
  • Poor lighting

1 killed, several injured in Arizona car crash

Several teenagers were injured and another one killed in a recent accident in Arizona. This car crash occurred in the Tombstone area on Dec. 16. Only one vehicle is said to have been involved in this wreck.

According to reports, five students of Tombstone High School loaded into a car after a school function. It has been said that the driver of the vehicle over-corrected while taking a curve on Charleston Road and lost control of the car. The automobile then went off the side of the road and landed in a ditch. Three of the passengers were thrown from the car. Sadly, one of them died at the scene of the accident.

1 killed in recent auto-pedestrian car accident

The individual believed responsible for a fatal hit-and-run collision in Arizona has been identified and arrested. The auto-pedestrian car accident occurred Dec. 9, in the Phoenix area. While the driver deemed responsible for this event has been found, the victim's surviving family members are still struggling to cope with the unexpected loss of life -- which is understandable -- and still have many questions about this tragic event.

According to reports, a 61-year-old male was struck by a car while at the intersection of Baseline Road and 48th Street. The victim was waiting to cross the street when he was struck. He was taken to a medical facility in the area for care, but he died a short time later.

Impaired driving questioned in fatal car crash

Police in Arizona are investigating the cause of an accident that killed two people and injured two others. This car crash occurred in Ahwatukee. At this time, it is unclear if impairment was a contributing factor.

According to local reports, authorities received word of a wrong-way driver near Pecos Road and Interstate 10, during the afternoon on Dec. 13. It has been said that the driver of an SUV smashed into the front end of a pickup truck in the westbound lanes of the I-10 transition ramp. The driver of the SUV and a passenger in that same automobile were killed in the wreck.

In a car crash with a drowsy driver?

There are a lot of things that Arizona drivers do when driving automobiles that make them a threat to themselves and the general public. The dangers of distracted or drunk driving, particularly, are real and often reported. But what about drowsy driving? When a car crash occurs because one of the drivers was operating his or her vehicle while too tired to do so, he or she may be held liable for any damages sustained by the victim.

Drowsy driving is said to be just as bad as driving while intoxicated. It is the cause of numerous car accidents every year. It does not take missing hours and hours of sleep to be a danger when behind the wheel. In fact, only missing an hour or two of sleep is said to double one's chances of being involved in an auto accident the following day.

Arizona personal injury: Unnecessary hysterectomy postpartum

After giving birth, women in Arizona and elsewhere may experience postpartum complications. When they do, it is up to medical staff to take swift and appropriate actions to correct the issue in order to prevent any serious personal injury. Unfortunately, sometimes health care providers fail to consider all available options before offering treatment. This is what is believed to have happened to a woman in another state, resulting in her filing a medical malpractice claim.

According to a recent report, at the age of 24, a woman gave birth to her first child. At seven days postpartum, she had bleeding issues and went back to the hospital. The doctor tried various treatments to get the bleeding to stop but was unsuccessful. Eventually, the doctor performed a hysterectomy.

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