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Animal bites and rabies in the modern world

When talking about animal bites, one would be remiss in not touching on rabies. Even in the modern world, this terrible illness can wreak havoc on animals and humans alike. Many people living in Arizona believe that rabies is a thing of the past, but this condition can still pose a serious health risk to the public.

If you do not know, rabies occurs because of a virus that attacks the body's central nervous system. It can be transmitted to humans when they suffer a bite or a scratch from an infected animal. The amount of rabies cases occurring in the United States is low thanks to modern vaccines, but it is crucial to seek help immediately if you believe you have been exposed to the condition through an animal bite. Failure to seek treatment in time can result in death.

Why should you see a medical provider immediately after a crash?

After a crash, you might not feel too bad, but don't let that fool you. Adrenaline can disguise many injuries, simply because your body is trying to keep you alert and ready to flee or fight.

You need to see a medical provider after a crash no matter how you feel. At the scene, you shouldn't admit to feeling fine. Allow the medical provider to do his or her job to determine if you are okay or not.

What are the top causes of negligent vehicle accidents?

Almost everyone old enough to drive uses a motor vehicle regularly. Citizens in the Phoenix region of Arizona have come to rely on these machines to take them where they need to go as quickly as possible. Most people feel very confident that they can avoid vehicle accidents, but as you may already know, accidents can come out of nowhere.

Many things can cause a vehicle accident including weather or road conditions, the sudden appearance of wildlife on the road and poor visibility. As far as negligent vehicle accidents, patterns do exist and it is wise to become familiar with them in order to avoid or prevent motor vehicle accidents. The following list includes some of the most common ways negligence can play a role in Arizona vehicle accidents.

  • Distracted driving such as texting, eating or grooming
  • Driving while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs
  • Disobeying traffic signals such as stop lights or signs
  • Speeding through road construction sites
  • Defective auto design and manufacturing
  • Failure to keep a safe distance behind other vehicles
  • Driving in a reckless and/or aggressive manner

Deadly truck accident kills 2 Arizona teens

All vehicle accidents have the potential to take lives, but crashes involving tractor-trailers are often more serious. The larger vehicle—in this case a semitruck—and its occupants usually comes out of the crash in better condition than those in the smaller vehicle do.

The residents of Fountain Hills, Arizona, know that better than most after a recent vehicle accident involving a semi and a passenger vehicle left two teenagers dead. According to reports, the vehicle accident occurred on SR-87 near Shea Boulevard at about 7:30 on a Thursday evening. Early information from the Arizona DPS (Department of Public Safety) indicates that the truck appeared to have run a red light before colliding with the car.

Animal bites can make you sick as well as injured

People across the nation love animals. They provide companionship, joy and love. Most of the time, animals pose little risk of injury but sometimes an animal, even a friend's trusted pet, can nip or bite humans.

Arizona is home to many pets, making those who live in our state at risk of suffering injuries from animal bites. While an animal bite can range from mild to severe, we want you to know that the consequences of animal bites can continue past the initial injury.

Man arrested after deadly hit-and-run accident

A man from Phoenix has been arrested in relation to a hit-and-run car accident. Though he has not yet been convicted of anything, police strongly believe that he may have hit a teenage girl with his car.

The girl did not survive the accident. She was just 17 years old when she passed away.

Arizona dog bite laws: What's a dog at large?

Most states have some kind of a leash law that applies to canine pets. In other words, the owners of dogs are required to keep their animals restrained to prevent them from attacking unsuspecting victims.

Imagine you went for a run in your neighborhood one Saturday morning. However, you didn't make it back home because an unleashed dog -- in other words, a "dog at large" -- chased you down and attacked you. As a result of your injuries, you spent the day in the hospital receiving stitches across your leg and arms for dog bite wounds.

Keeping wild animals could mean owners are liable for injuries

In the vast majority of cases, animal bites come from domesticated animals like cats or dogs that are kept as pets. Many are very safe.

However, people occasionally keep wild animals as pets. Legally speaking, this is often considered "inherently dangerous." Even when owners think they are controlling the animal, it's not domesticated and the odds are higher that it will be dangerous.

When will cellphones be banned in Arizona?

You may have heard that Arizona passed a law making any cellphone use illegal while driving. This is true, but there are a few critical things you should be aware of.

First of all, it doesn't take effect yet, and it won't for roughly a year. The first day on which the new law applies is July 1, 2018.

Learn what to do if you are hit by an underinsured motorist

Imagine getting into a car crash and finding out that the person who hit you only has bare bones insurance coverage. The issue with this is that these victims might be forced to cover the difference between what is allowed in that bare bones coverage and what their expenses related to the accident are unless they can turn to a personal injury lawsuit or a claim with their own insurer.

We know that you can't see into the future, so you didn't know you were going to be involved in a car crash. If you are struck by another driver and have injuries that are costing more in care than the other driver's insurance will cover, your underinsured motorist coverage on your own insurance policy should kick in. In some cases, you might have to fight to get the coverage that you need here.

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