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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."