5416If you blinked, odds are that you missed it: May arrived in the Phoenix area without a lot of fanfare of attention. But if you are one of the tens of thousands of homeowners here who have a backyard pool, if your children will spend time at a daycare, summer camp, or youth activity with water, or if you take advantage of the many public water resources that Maricopa County has to offer, know that May is more than just a new month. Rather, May marks National Water Safety Month, a time to refresh your own knowledge about water-related issues and to teach your children about safety in and near the water.

A swimming pool or other body of water can be a great way to burn off some energy or to relax after a long day. In Arizona, it can also be a lifeline as the brutal summer heat can make anything other than swimming unbearable. If done properly, people of all ages can have fun in the water without having to worry about the potential for a swimming pool accident or drowning, but unfortunately, dozens of such incidents happen in our community every year.

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5216(2)Americans who are in the market for a new or used vehicle often make several assumptions. They assume that the cars they consider buying have met minimum safety standards and that they are legal on public roadways. They assume that there are no defects in the vehicles which would make them unreasonably safe to operate. And often, they assume that they will have no problems with basic driving tasks including starting the car, moving forward, and turning.

But if you live in the Phoenix area and you drive a Fiat Chrysler vehicle that is covered by a recent recall, odds are that you may have a hard time telling if you put your vehicle in park.

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42716(2)How do you get around Phoenix? Do you walk, take a bus, or take your own personal car? Ever hop on the light rail for a quick trip? If you are like most residents, you probably have a primary mode of transportation but may use other forms on occasion. Even if this is the case, though, it is unlikely that you appreciate how interconnected these transit forms are to one another and how their actions can affect the safety of others.

Many people in Arizona drive on a daily basis. These motorists may focus on their safety on the roadways, at intersections, and at stop signs but they may give less thought to non-drivers. Simply put, people tend to focus on issues that affect them personally, and if a driver never takes a city bus, for example, the driver is likely to be less aware of safety issues surrounding bus passengers. This flawed logic holds true when it comes to train safety as well.

There may not be a ton of train traffic in Phoenix when compared to the rest of the nation but that which exists often crosses paths with vehicular, pedestrian, and motorcycle traffic at street-level crossings. Now, new data states that five of the nation’s 13 most dangerous railroad crossings are located right here in the Phoenix area.

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42616(2)To many, this is an ideal time of year to live in Phoenix and the surrounding cities. The weather is consistently warm but has not yet hit the brutal heat that comes with summer. Many seasonal activities are popping up across the Valley, kids are in school, and baseball has returned. Some who like this time of year most of all are those who ride motorcycles in Arizona, a sizable and dedicated group of individuals who enjoy the freedom, convenience, and simply joys that come with riding a bike.

If you have spent a decent amount of time in the Valley, you know that traffic can be a big problem, and in some areas, parking can be very difficult. Add to that the ever-fluctuating price of gasoline and you may be able to see some of the practical appeal to riding a motorcycle. If you have been thinking about a bike or if you have ridden previously but it has been a while, keep the following general tips in mind to ensure you remain as safe as possible if and when you do ride and to limit your risk of being involved in a motorcycle accident:

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four-wheelin-1365184One of the best things about Arizona is the wide variety of its landscape from east to west and north to south. Depending on what you like to do, you can find a place in the state to enjoy it – whether you like to swim, boat, ride a bicycle, go hiking, or even go for a run.

Many in Phoenix like to go to more desolate areas of Maricopa County or neighboring counties to enjoy the outdoors while riding on all-terrain vehicles. These ATVs can be a great way for friends to spend some time enjoying the scenery and getting a few thrills at the same time. But few people realize how quickly an ATV ride can turn from fun to a nightmare.

Now, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced a recall of more than 133,000 Polaris RZR 900 and RZR 1000 ATVs with model years from 2013 through 2016. The recall is in response to 160 reported fires that have involved those ATVs, several of which have caused injuries and one which claimed the life of a 15-year old passenger.

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41816(2)Have you ever been involved in a car accident? If you are an adult driver in America, odds are that you have as a typical motorist experiences approximately three car accidents in her lifetime. Unfortunately, those who call Phoenix home are not immune from this troubling statistic as car accidents plague our streets, roadways, and interstates every day of the year.

But not all collisions are treated equal with some resulting in minor harm and others severe, some cause no injuries and other prove to be fatal. While it remains important to reduce and eliminate all types of accidents, experts often focus on those that cause the greatest degree of harm and stress safety related to those incidents so that as few Americans as possible will be forced to suffer from road-related crashes.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that rollover car accidents are among the most deadly type of collision and that in 40 percent of fatal rollover incidents, excessive speed was a factor.

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41316Car accidents, traffic crashes, and other roar-related incidents can happen anywhere in Maricopa County. With a swelling population and congested highways, it may not surprise you to realize that more than 100,000 collisions happen on Arizona roadways every year. And of all those accidents, roughly 1/3 cause injuries to one or more individuals involved. Of all the crashes in Arizona in 2014, the Department of Transportation reports that 7,749 accidents happened in Tempe and that 3,285 people were hurt as a result.

Tempe is an important part of the Phoenix metropolitan area with more than 160,000 people calling it home. In addition to those who reside in Tempe, thousands come to the city every day to work and tens of thousands drive through its borders on their way to other destinations in Maricopa County like Phoenix, Scottsdale, Chandler, and Mesa. Daily, countless motorists are at risk for becoming the victims of car crashes or other traffic incidents even when they do not make any mistakes behind the wheel. So what happens to these innocent victims whose lives are changed by injuries? The good news is that they are protected by several laws in Arizona that guarantee them the right to seek help.

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41116If you live in Maricopa County, odds are that you enjoy at least one outdoor activity. Whether you like to hike Camelback Mountain, ride ATVs in the desert, or head north to take advantage of some of our lakes, Arizona is a great state for outdoor enthusiasts. If you like any of the national parks contained in our state, the upcoming National Parks Week will be great news for you as it means that 15 national parks will offer free admission.

National Parks Week will take place between April 16 and April 24 this year which means the celebration includes a full work week with both the leading and trailing weekends. Annually, National Parks Week allows Americans to enjoy some of our country’s best outdoor areas without cost for two days but this year, the entire celebration will be free to mark the centennial celebration of the national park system which turns 100 years old on August 25, 2016.

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4716(2)When you select a new vehicle to buy, you rely upon many things in making a decision. The manufacturer of the car, the specifications of the model, and the guarantees offered by a dealership are just some of the things that consumers point to as deciding factors. All vehicles sold in the United States should be a safe and efficient means of transportation for Americans, including those who call Phoenix home, but the reality is that problems often arise. In some instances, vehicles may have faulty components or suffer from a design flaw that limits their safety or otherwise adversely affects their functionality, and in these cases, a recall may be necessary.

A recall is a systematic alert to all of the owners of a vehicle at issue, letting them know that there is a problem with the car and that the manufacturer will be fixing the problem without cost to consumers. Recent years have seen more recalls than at any other time in our nation’s history and many people have started to question the safety of cars on our roadways as a result.

Now, Honda Motor Co. has announced a new recall affecting the Honda Fit, making this the sixth recall over the car in under three years.

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car-fire-1346381Lately, there have been several car accidents and other traffic crashes in Maricopa County and across Arizona that have led to vehicular fires, causing concern among motorists. Why do these fires keep happening, and what can be done to prevent them?

The scary truth is that some fires are unavoidable due to factors beyond a motorist’s control. If you plan to drive in the greater Phoenix area, keep the following causes of vehicular fires in mind so that you can do everything possible to remain safe while you operate your vehicle.

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