Arizona Car Accident Deaths Increase Over Seven Percent in 2016

The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) has released a new report showing a discouraging trend in Arizona car accident deaths.

In 2016, 962 people lost their lives in the state as a result of injuries sustained from an automobile or vehicle accident on highways or streets. That’s 65 more deaths in 2016 versus 2015 or a 7.3 percent increase, and the second straight year traffic-related deaths have increased.

Of the 962 deaths last year, 250 or over 25 percent were the result of the driver or passenger not using a seat belt. That’s a decrease of eight deaths compared to 2014.

Crashes involving impairment due to alcohol, illegal drugs or prescription medication resulted in 406 deaths.

On average a motorist or passenger was killed every 9.11 hours in 2016.

Despite the fatality increase in Arizona car accidents over the past two years, historically traffic-related deaths are down from the previous decade where the all-time record was set in 2006 with 1,301 fatalities.

Visit the full ADOT motor vehicle crash facts report for more Arizona Car Accident death statistics.

Please drive safely and keep your eyes on the road and away from distractions such as cell phones.

Take Action Against H.R. 1215

Next week Congress is set to vote in the House of Representatives on the “Protecting Access to Care Act of 2017”, otherwise known as H.R. 1215.

This legislation, if passed, will do anything but protect citizens against large corporations including insurance and pharmaceutical companies. It will repel rights set forth by our Arizona and US Constitution including capping noneconomic damages in lawsuits against health care providers to $250,000, and overriding state legislation including the provisions of at the federal level.

This law will hold true even in wrongful death cases where multiple defendants are involved.

Many current members of Congress were not around the last time there was a vote on these issues. Letting them know how you feel about the bill is the only way to potentially affect the vote’s outcome.

How Can I Help?

The American Association for Justice has launched a website, Take Justice Back, where you can directly write members of Congress and tell them to vote NO.

Visit Take Justice Back and let your voice be heard.

The time to act is now with the vote only a few short days away.

Protect Your Rights: Take Action Against Federal Government Limits on Lawsuit Compensation Over-riding Arizona State Rights!

The Seventh Amendment to the United States Constitution states, “In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise reexamined in any court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.”

The Arizona Constitution, Article 2, Section 31 states, “No law shall be enacted in this state limiting the amount of damages to be recovered for causing the death or injury of any person.”

Our United States government, under the influence of powerful pharmaceutical companies, insurance companies and other corporations is seeking to repeal these rights.  They are seeking to enforce federal law over state rights under the provisions of the Arizona Constitution!

Multiple bills have been introduced that infringe upon our rights as American citizens. Your rights within a court of law will be jeopardized if passed, including:

  • Making class action lawsuits virtually impossible to pursue (“Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act” of 2017 – H.R. 985 – passed House and before Senate as of 3/19/17)
  • $250,000 maximum compensation for injured patients for non-economic damages such as compensation for pain, suffering, and disability against hospitals, doctors, nursing homes, medical device manufacturers, etc. for negligence or medical malpractice (“Protecting Access to Care Act” of 2017 – H.R. 1215 – introduced into House as of 3/19/17)
  • Removing all State Laws regarding lawsuits to move all cases to a Federal Court (H.R. 1215)
  • Introducing payment plans for insurance companies rather than forcing them to pay the full amount owed immediately (H.R. 1215)

It’s not too late to let your voice be heard and fight against the passage of these bills before they can become binding law.

We urge you to Take Justice Back and contact Congress and our representatives using the contact below to help preserve our rights as defined by the United States Constitution. Let your voice be heard.

Sincerely,

John Osborne

Toyota and Lexus Airbag Recall Includes Land Cruiser, 4Runner, Tundra, Sequoia, LX, and GX Models

Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. has initiated a safety recall affecting numerous Toyota and Lexus brand vehicles effective February 2nd, 2016. In total, 320,000 vehicles are affected by the recall and will require a repair at no additional cost to the vehicle owner.

The safety recall is due to a programming error in the side Curtain-Shield-Airbags (CSAs) control modules. CSAs are designed to deploy from the roof when certain conditions in an accident are met. However, the current programming can unexpectedly result in the deployment of CSAs and injure passengers in the vehicle.

Affected by this recall are the Model Year 2003-2006 Land Cruiser; 2004-2006 4Runner; 2005-2006 Tundra and Sequoia; 2003-2006 LX 470; and 2004-2006 GX 470 vehicles.

Though owners of these vehicles will be contacted via First Class Mail by Toyota or Lexus to schedule their free safety recall repair appointment, an alternative means to determine the status of a vehicle is to visit the Toyota Motor Sales recall website.

Vehicle owners are also invited to enter their Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) at the NHTSA Safe Car website for safety recall information at any time.

Ford Takata Airbags Recall Expands to 391K With Additional Ranger Trucks

The Ford Motor Company announced on January 26th, 2016 an expansion of the Takata airbags safety recall to take effect immediately.

The safety recall affects all Ford Ranger trucks manufactured between 2004 and 2006 in North America. As with the original recall, the driver side Takata airbag inflators found in these vehicles have been found to be defective.

With the expansion there are now 391,394 total Ford vehicles included in the safety recall. They include 361,692 in the United States and federalized territories and 29,334 in Canada.

To date Ford has confirmed knowledge of at least one death stemming from a defective Takata airbag installed in a Ford vehicle.

Current owners of a Ford Ranger truck from 2004-2006 can visit Ford.com to determine if their vehicle is part of the safety recall by entering its Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) on the safety recalls page.

The cost of replacing the driver side Takata airbag inflators as part of the safety recall is free to vehicle owners.