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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. 

What caused deadly Interstate 17 crash this morning?

At high speeds, motor vehicle accident injuries can be more severe and fatalities more likely. Nowhere in the Phoenix area are speeds higher than on the interstate highways crisscrossing and encircling the metro.

A pair of crashes early this morning on southbound I-17 has left two people dead, officials with the Arizona Department of Public Safety said. The first of the incidents was a motorcycle crash just after 5 am at Yorkshire Drive, DPS said.

More self-driving vehicles merge onto Phoenix streets

It appears that the Phoenix metro area is rapidly turning into ground zero for high-tech companies eager to test their self-driving automobiles. Google is the latest company to offer the public the change to ride around the area in an autonomous vehicle.

According to a recent news report, the online giant is testing self-driving Chrysler minivans in a ride-sharing service. As our regular readers well know, Uber has been testing its autonomous Volvo SUVs in a Tempe experiment that supporters hope will eventually result in reduced numbers of motor vehicle crashes, injuries and fatalities.

Take these steps to prepare your car for the summer months

Do you live in the state of Arizona? If so, it often feels like summer even during the winter months. However, as you probably know, the summer months can bring scorching temperatures to the area.

Just as you protect yourself from the extreme heat, you need to do the same with your vehicle.

Study: Distracted drivers cause more than half of all car crashes

While a lot of media attention has been focused recently on Uber's experiment with self-driving cars here in Tempe, there has been significantly less scrutiny lately of cars piloted by people. A new study indicates far too many drivers are not paying attention when behind the wheel.

Slightly more than half of all car accidents are now caused by distracted drivers, the study says. The research is based on hundreds of thousands of motor vehicle crashes.

Doubts about safety of self-driving vehicles in Tempe

The Insurance Journal is an industry media outlet, tracking news around the country of interest to insurers. Unsurprisingly, the Journal has been following developments in the recent Tempe crash involving an Uber driverless car. The publication says the police report after the collision between an Uber SUV and a human-driven vehicle at the intersection of McClintock Drive and Don Carlos Avenue "suggests autonomous software sometimes takes the same risks as the humans it may one day replace."

Two of the company's test drivers were in the front of Uber's Volvo SUV as it was heading south at 38 mph (the speed limit is 40). The light turned yellow as the Volvo entered the intersection and a green Honda apparently tried to make a left-hand turn, slamming into the Uber vehicle.

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