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Do You Want Teens Driving Big Rigs in Your State?

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teen truck driversThe trucking industry is currently trying to pass a bill that would lower the commercial driving age to 18, allowing teenagers to operate 80,000-pound vehicles.

However, many are opposed to the bill, stating it will lead to a sharp increase in truck accidents.

Supporters of this legislation say such a bill would help resolve the shortage of commercial truck drivers, and it will also require safety training through a graduated licensing program. 

Still, safety groups are in stark opposition to this legislation, pointing out statistics that prove younger drivers have higher incidents of vehicle crashes.

In fact, teen truck drivers are four to six times more likely to be involved in a truck accident, which greatly increases the chance of crash-related fatalities. 

As baby boomers retire, trucking companies are looking to fill their shortage of drivers. Additionally, this shortage trend is predicted to worsen over the next few years. 

Teenagers out of high school usually have a harder time finding employment, and the trucking industry believes a graduated licensing program could be a solution to both issues.

This isn’t the first time a plan like this has been presented before the Senate. In the 1990s, the Bush Administration considered implementing a graduated licensing program that would lower the age of commercial vehicle drivers, but not without creating certain classifications and restrictions.  

Current legislation would also focus on certain age-related limitations. Teen truck drivers would have greater restrictions on the types of cargo they carry, the time they carry it and the roadways they use to transport the cargo.

The proposed bill would also involve the creation of a six-year pilot program by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The program, which focuses on driver safety, would be the first step in the graduated licensing program.

Opponents, such as the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, say if the legislation is passed, it will prove disastrous and create unsafe driving conditions and more roadway fatalities. 

If you have been injured in a trucking accident due to someone else’s negligence, the truck accident attorneys at Phillips Law Group are here to help you get the justice and compensation you deserve. 

We have helped recover millions for accident victims just like you, and we only get paid when a recovery is made on your behalf.  Contact us today for a free evaluation.

Call 1-800-706-3000 or fill out our FREE Case Evaluation Form above. 

Eight Ways to Travel Safely for Thanksgiving Day

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Holiday TrafficAs Thanksgiving Day approaches, you will likely be one of the 46.9 million Americans who plan on traveling for the holiday.

In fact, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving is the most traveled day of the year in the United States.

With increased traffic on roadways, avoiding a car accident and staying safe is of utmost importance this holiday season.

Therefore, here are eight Thanksgiving Day travel tips to help you arrive at your destination safely.

Leave later – With most people traveling the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, try traveling on Tuesday, or even on Thanksgiving Day, if possible. If you must hit the road on Wednesday, do so before 2:00p.m. or after 7:00p.m. to avoid the midday rush.

Rest up – To help you stay awake and alert during your trip, be sure to get a good night’s sleep the night before you plan on leaving.

Be in the know – Using a GPS system can help you stay on track and assist you in finding gas stations and eating establishments. Additionally, a GPS can provide you with traffic alerts regarding highway congestion and accidents.

Make stops – If you are driving alone, stop frequently to eat and rest. Better yet, travel with a companion if possible, and be sure to take turns driving.

Practice patience –Leave early so congestion and alternate routes do not significantly impede your progress. If you are delayed, know you are not alone.

Leave distractions alone – Never use your cell phone while driving. If you must make a call or send a text, pull off the road or do so when you stop to rest.

Track weather conditions – Stay aware of changing weather conditions and reduce your speed when traveling in icy or rainy weather.

If you have been the unfortunate victim of a holiday travel car accident, contact the experienced car accident lawyers at Phillips Law Group today.

Call 1-800-706-3000 or fill out our FREE Case Evaluation Form above. 

Preparing Your Car for Winter Weather

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clearing snow off car It’s that time of year when temperatures drop and snow begins to fall. In fact, snow fell in Flagstaff, Arizona this past week, making it difficult for drivers to safely navigate wintertime roadways.

To avoid dangers during the chilly months ahead, it’s wise to start getting your car ready for winter now.

Below are some helpful tips for preparing your car for the upcoming cold season, so you can stay safe all winter long.

 • Check your tires for air pressure and ample tread. It’s recommended that you check tires weekly in the winter. Consider replacing older tires with tires that can grip slick roadways. Don’t forget to check your spare tire as well!

• Use a windshield-wiper fluid specially designed for freezing temperatures and wintery precipitation.

• Be sure your vehicle’s defroster, heater and wipers are in top working order.

• Check the radiator and add new antifreeze. It's best to replace, clean and flush antifreeze about every two years.

• Keep your gas tank closer to full during the winter months. Doing so will help prevent excess moisture from freezing in the tank and fuel lines. 

• Check important systems of the car, including the brakes and exhaust. Brakes are a critical safety component to your car, while the exhaust is prone to leakage during colder months.

• Be sure to keep an emergency kit containing a flashlight, ice scraper, water, jumper cables, snow brush, blanket, warm clothing, snacks, flares and other important items in your vehicle.

• Check all lights on your car to ensure they’re working properly, including the emergency flashers, interior and exterior lights, and headlights. 

And as always, remember the attorneys at Phillips Law are committed to helping you and your family stay safe on Arizona’s roadways all year long.

If you’ve been injured in a wintertime car accident, contact the experienced Phoenix car accident lawyers at Phillips Law today to discuss your legal options and to get the compensation you deserve.

Call 1-800-706-3000 or fill out our FREE Case Review Form above.

Two Drivers Seriously Injured in Tempe Accident

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DUIA head-on collision in Tempe near Rural Road and Southern Avenue at 4:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning left two drivers seriously injured.

According to the Tempe Police Department, one vehicle was heading west on Southern Avenue when it crossed over the middle lane and collided with another car. Police believe that the driver was impaired at the time of the accident.

Both drivers were taken to local trauma centers after suffering serious, but non-life-threatening, injuries. A third man suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene.

The names of the victims have not been released and police continue to investigate the crash to determine if charges will be filed. Lanes of traffic in the area were closed until 10 a.m. on Tuesday.

Unfortunately, the end of the year often means an increased number of DUI accidents in the area. According to the 2014 Arizona Department of Transportation car crash statistics, about 25 percent of all alcohol related accidents occur during the last three months of the year. During the same time period, 20 fatal alcohol-related accidents were reported each month.

Just one week ago, an alcohol-related accident in Avondale left two people dead. Another DUI accident in Phoenix on Nov. 12 led to a two-vehicle accident that left one man dead.

At Phillips Law Group, we advise all motorists to never get behind the wheel under the influence. Unfortunately, there is not much that can be done to control the actions of others. If you are ever injured in a car crash caused by intoxicated driver, contact the team of attorneys at Phillips Law Group.

With years of experience handling car accident claims and helping the residents of Tempe, Phoenix and many more areas throughout Arizona, we can help you obtain the compensation you deserve.

Call 1-800-706-3000 or fill out a Free Case Review.

DUI Car Accident Claims Life of Local Phoenix Man

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Jaws of LifeDrugs and alcohol likely played a role in a tragic, two-vehicle accident in Phoenix early Wednesday morning that left one man dead and another behind bars. The victim’s family may file a wrongful death lawsuit, as their loved one lost their life as a result of another motorist’s reckless driving.

According to Phoenix Police Lieutenant, Emilien Sapon, a full-size pickup truck driven by an allegedly intoxicated 36-year-old man, James Coughenour, slammed into a sports car driven by a 21-year-old local man. Coughenour was travelling down 41st Avenue when he abruptly turned left onto Union Hills Drive, striking the sports car.

Coughenour’s pickup truck hit the sports car with such force that it caused the car to spin out of control and hit a streetlight pole. When officers and first responders arrived at the scene, they found the sports car wrapped completely around the light pole.

The driver of the sports car had to be extracted from the vehicle via the Jaws of Life, a specialized hydraulic device used by emergency responders to pry apart wrecked vehicles in order to free someone who is trapped inside.

Once freed, the victim was taken to a nearby hospital. Shortly thereafter, he succumbed to his injuries and passed. Coughenour refused any medical treatment.

Phoenix police stated they have reason to believe Coughenour was under the influence of drugs or alcohol when his truck collided with the victim’s sports car at about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday morning.

While being evaluated by law enforcement officials, Coughenour exhibited suspicious signs of impairment, and has since been taken to jail for alleged vehicular manslaughter.

The Phoenix Police Vehicular Crimes Unit spent the majority of the day Wednesday investigating the scene of the accident.

If you’ve sustained injuries due to another motorist’s reckless or negligent driving, or if you’ve lost a loved one due to an auto accident wrongful death, contact the Phoenix-area car accident attorneys at Phillips Law Group today. Consulting with our experienced lawyers immediately after a car accident can help ensure you get the compensation and justice you deserve.

Don’t delay. Call 1-800-706-3000 or fill out our FREE Case Review Form above.

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