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Auto Collision Accident in Busy Intersection

Flagstaff’s Most Dangerous Intersection

Auto Collision Accident in Busy Intersection

Some intersections around the state and country are simply more dangerous than others. As is the case with the intersection of Ponderosa Parkway and Route 66 in Flagstaff.


​Recently, the Arizona Daily Sun reported that E. Ponderosa Parkway and E. Route 66 was the most dangerous intersection in Flagstaff. Since the road was redesigend into a four way intersection, accidents have increased from 21 accidents to 47 accidents a year. According to city data, in 2011 there were 2,200 car accidents, 380 injury accidents and 5 fatality accidents.

According to the paper a majority of the accidents reported are caused by distracted driving, such as: texting, talking on the pohne, eating or driver error such as speeding, following to close or not paying attention. To read the full Arizona Daily Sun article click here.

If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident of any type first and foremost you must find out how severe the injuries are. If you are clearly severely injured then try to not move until ambulances arrive at the scene of the accident. Back injuries are incredibly prominent in many collisions and movement with a back injury increases the likelihood that the injuries will remain permanent.

If there are no injuries within sight then check with the other people involved in the collision and make sure that they are alright, without having physical contact with them. No matter what the circumstances are call the police to write up an accident report. Many insurance companies have begun to reject claims simply because a police report wasn’t filed. Whether or not you are at fault, calling the police will be beneficial to you when attempting to go through insurance to settle financial disputes.

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If there are no injuries within sight then check with the other people involved in the collision and make sure that they are alright, without having physical contact with them. No matter what the circumstances are call the police to write up an accident report. Many insurance companies have begun to reject claims simply because a police report wasn’t filed. Whether or not you are at fault, calling the police will be beneficial to you when attempting to go through insurance to settle financial disputes.

Do not admit any fault until you have consulted an attorney, if needed it is completely acceptable to tell an officer you don’t know the answer to their questions. Overall exercise extraordinary care/caution on the road and when approaching intersections, as many fatalities and extreme injuries can be avoided with the right amount of attention, and by doing so know that you are helping keep the roads as a safer environment.

Here are some tips on safer driving and traveling with care provided by the Arizona Medical Association:

Tip #1: Drive with care.

Always—

  • Plan your trips ahead of time. Decide what time to leave and which roads to take. Try to avoid heavy traffic, poor weather and high-speed areas.
  • Wear your safety belt—and wear it correctly.(It should go over your shoulder and across your lap.)
  • Drive at the speed limit. It’s unsafe to drive too fast or too slow.
  • Be alert! Pay attention to traffic at all times.
  • Keep enough distance between you and the car in front of you.
  • Be extra careful at intersections. Use your turn signals and remember to look around you for people and other cars.
  • Check your blind spot when changing lanes or backing up.
  • Be extra careful at train tracks. Remember to look both ways for trains.
  • When you take a new medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist about side effects. Many medicines may affect your driving even when you feel fine. If your medicine makes you dizzy or drowsy, talk to your doctor to find out ways to take your medicine so it doesn’t affect your driving.

Never—

  • Never drink and drive.
  • Never drive when you feel angry or tired. If you start to feel tired, stop your car somewhere safe. Take a break until you feel more alert.
  • Never eat, drink or use a cell phone while driving.

If—

  • If you don’t see well in the dark, try not to drive at night or during storms.
  • If you have trouble making left turns at an intersection, make three right turns instead of one left turn.
  • If you can, avoid driving in bad weather, such as during rain, sleet or snow.

Tip #2: Take care of your car.

  • Make sure you have plenty of gas in your car.
  • Have your car tuned up regularly.
  • Keep your windshields and mirrors clean.
  • Keep a cloth in your car for cleaning windows.
  • Replace your windshield wiper blades when they become worn out.
  • If you are shopping for a new car, look for a car with power steering and automatic transmission.

If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident in Arizona contact the Law Office of Gonzales and Poirier at 928-774-5400 or visit our website. Remember, The Law Office of Gonzales and Poirier is first and foremost a Plaintiff’s Firm. We represent accident victims, we do not represent insurance companies. We have experience dealing with insurance companies and will not compromise your rights. We will make the insurance company understand that you are not a “file” but a person who suffered because of the negligence of their insured. If you or a loved one was injured while riding a motorcycle contact us and make an appointment at one of our two convenient locations in Flagstaff or Cottonwood.

The Law Office of Gonzales and Poirier.

This article is not a substitute to consulting an attorney and does not predict or guarantee a certain result in your case.

Flooded Roads After Monsoon Rains

Monsoon Weather Driving Tips

Flooded Roads After Monsoon Rains

Unlike parts of the nation that constantly receive rain, Arizona’s Monsoon Season storms provide more rain than the ground can deal with, causing flooding and slick road conditions.


This may be one of the rainiest monsoon seasons Flagstaff has seen in almost a hundred years. The record was in July 1919 when 7.58 inches of rain fell in Flagstaff. At this time, approximately 7 inches of rain has fallen in Flagstaff causing flooding, run offs and dangerous road conditions. When it rains in Flagstaff it pours, sometimes more than 2 inches in several hours making for low visibility and slick roads.

The Law Office of Gonzales and Poirier would like to reiterate the following rainy road driving tips, from the Arizona Department of Public Safety, so everyone can get home safely.[i]

  • First and foremost SLOW DOWN. The posted speed limit may not be a safe speed to travel in bad weather. On wet roads your vehicle will have less traction than on a dry road. Slower travel speeds allow for safer braking and stopping distances.
  • Leave plenty of room between you and the vehicle ahead of you and be aware of the vehicles around you in other travel lanes. Braking and shorter stopping distances will be affected by wet roads and slippery roadway surfaces.
  • Watch carefully for water pooling on the roadway surface as this could cause your vehicle to slide or hydroplane.
  • Do not enter an area where the roadway has been closed by barricades due to flooding. You don’t know how deep the water is or how fast it is running. Besides, it is against the law and very dangerous to drive into a flooded area!
  • Drive with your headlights on. This increases your visibility to other vehicles.
  • At night, slow down and pay close attention to changing road and weather conditions.
  • Strong winds can be associated with a monsoon storm. Watch for blowing dust and if at all possible, avoid driving into a dust storm.
  • If you cannot avoid the dust storm drive with your headlights on and slow down. Do not stop on the roadway or on the emergency shoulder area. Pull completely off the roadway surface, stop, and turn off all vehicle lights and take your foot off of the brake.
  • Make sure your vehicle is in good condition. Ensure your head and tail lamps along with your turn signals are working properly. Replace worn out tires for better traction and maintain proper tire air pressure, replace worn out windshield wiper blades, keep windshield washer fluid topped off, and see that the brakes are in good condition.
  • Be prepared for unforeseen delays, such as flooded roads, construction or other traffic delays. Carry extra food and water in your vehicle.
  • If you suffer a mechanical breakdown or tire failure, remain calm, slow down, keep the steering wheel straight, and drive the vehicle to a safe area as far from traffic as possible.
  • ALWAYS wear your safety restraints.
  • Be patient and courteous. Remember other motorists are facing the same weather conditions as you.

If you or a loved one is injured, or if a loved one has died as a result of an accident, call or email the attorneys at the Law Offices of Gonzales and Poirier for a free consultation. All injury cases are handled on a contingency basis, so we don’t get paid, unless we collect money for you. We handle cases over all of Arizona, including Flagstaff, Holbrook, Winslow, Sedona, Camp Verde, Cottonwood, Prescott and Phoenix. Call us at (928) 774-5400. Otherwise, email us attony@triallawyersaz.com. You may visit our website at www.triallawyersaz.com andwww.triallawyersaz.com.

Remember this article is not a substitute to speaking with an experienced attorney. If you have questions about you or a loved one’s rights, contact us at 928-774-5400.

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