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Arizona working to stop wrong-way driving

In 2016, just two people were killed in wrong-way accidents in the state of Arizona. By the summer of 2017, a full seven people have already passed away in these accidents. Two recently died on State Route 51, and another driver died while hitting a commercial vehicle not a week before that.

The state's governor, Doug Ducey, knows that these accidents are a serious issue. He put out a statement saying that he wanted to crack down on drunk driving and find a viable solution. He said he's told the Office of Highway Safety, the Department of Public Safety and the Department of Transportation to meet and discuss potential moves.

Beware of delayed pain after a car accident

After you experience a car accident, you may think that you did not suffer any injuries. Hopefully, that is the case, but some types of injuries are not obvious or painful at first. In many instances, car accidents leave victims with injuries that do not express pain for days or even months.

If you recently experienced a car accident, you may have a delayed pain injury. Even if you do not think that you suffered an injury, it is wise to seek out professional medical care to make sure that you do not have an injury you don't yet feel.

Avoiding dog bites this summer (and what to do if you can't)

All dogs have the potential to bite -- and the bite from a chihuahua can be as dangerous due to infection as the bite from a bulldog.

Roughly 4.5 million dog bites happen in the United States each year. Bites tend to happen more often in the summer for a pretty basic reason: Nice weather encourages people to be outside more with their pups in public places, around other people.

Former Arizona Diamondbacks hero delivers roadside heroics

It was the first World Series ever played in Arizona and Luis Gonzalez was the star who had the final word. In Game 7 here in Phoenix, Gonzalez drove in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth, winning the Series for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

A few days ago, the former slugger topped those heroics by rescuing a woman from a car after she was involved in a head-on collision in Paradise Valley. A friend of the former All-Star captured the aftermath of the fiery accident on video.

Dog mauls, kills 3-week-old girl

The horror is unimaginable. Far from us in Phoenix, a three-week-old girl was killed when one of her family's three pit bulls attacked her.

According to news reports, the baby was left unattended with the dogs for five minutes. When an adult returned to check on her, she had sustained severe dog attack wounds from which she would never recover.

Affordability and luxury collide in Scottsdale

Hyundai is known for its affordable vehicles, while Mercedes is renowned for its pricey German engineering. The Italian supercar Lamborghini is in a league of its own, however, with even its most affordable model resting comfortably in the $200,000 range.

The three met recently in a car crash in a Scottsdale intersection. The Hyundai barreled into a nearby office building through a window and came out the other side. Relieved law enforcement officials said no one in the crash suffered serious injuries, though damage to the cars appeared extensive and expensive.

I-17 crashes north of Tempe send 11 to the hospital

If you drive due north from Tempe on I-17, you will come to the area on the highway that was recently clogged with pedestrians. Yes, it is rare for pedestrians to stroll around on an interstate highway -- and it would normally be very dangerous -- but on this occasion cars and trucks were at a standstill for hours.

Drivers and passengers got out to stretch their legs, take walks and enjoy what they could of a frustrating five hours while workers cleared the highway after two interstate highway accidents sent 11 people to a nearby hospital with injuries. Officials said the injuries were not life-threatening.

Catastrophic injuries after a motor vehicle accident

Car crashes can lead to a host of injuries, including those that can lead to death. There are injuries that are serious, but won't necessarily lead to death. Some of these injuries are considered catastrophic injuries. Two of these are spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries.

If you suffer from either of these injuries, you can expect to need considerable medical care. You might also need other care that can lead to more expenses. During this time, you also have to consider the fact that you might not be able to work, which can make your financial situation bleak.

What to do, what to avoid after a car accident

It can happen before you have time to react or to understand the noises you are hearing and the jolts you are feeling. The sounds of squealing tires, crunching metal and shattering glass make it all clear, however, and you know without being told that you have been in a car crash.

A recent TV news report laid out the basics of what to do -- and what not to do -- in the aftermath of a car accident.

What happens when automated trucks take to the road?

The possibility of having self-driving  cars on Arizona roads by the end of the decade becomes more of a reality with each passing year. But it is not just potential self-driving ubers or satellite guided taxis that drivers may have to worry about; automated semi-trucks may join drivers on highways.

The specter of a self-driving truck may be more unnerving than an automated car, given the size differential and the speeds that trucks travel at. Indeed, the trucking industry embraces innovation, especially given the safety benefits for drivers since they may not have to be on the road as often or have such grueling responsibilities. It is imagined that truck drivers may become more akin to airline pilots who monitor a cache of controls while satellites and other automations guide the plane through the sky. 

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