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Wrong-Way Detection System Wins Award

by / Monday, 12 November 2018 / Published in Car Accident, Wrongful Death

The Arizona Department of Transportation’s wrong-way driver detection system is now considered award winning. The system, which was installed along a 15-mile stretch of Interstate 17 in Phoenix, is the first of its kind in the U.S.

Wrong-Way Detection System Wins Award

As part of its pilot program, ADOT installed a network of 90 thermal cameras designed to alert ADOT and the Arizona Department of Public Safety the moment one of those cameras detects a wrong-way driver. This early warning then allows those agencies to use electronic freeway signs to advise the public who might be in harm’s way.

ADOT’s system received a Government Innovation Award in it public sector innovations category.

“Much of the machine learning and advanced analytics powering the data-driven economy are made possible by government-funded research,” explains Government Innovation Awards. “And agencies themselves are being transformed by new technologies and innovative ways of weaving IT into critical missions.

“Public-sector tech, in other words, is far cooler than the government often gets credit for. These awards aim to give these innovators the credit they deserve.”

“Arizona has taken meaningful steps to crack down on wrong-way driving, and we are proud to lead the way among states for developing and testing measures that make our roads safer and protect innocent drivers,”said  Gov. Doug Ducey when the program was first launched.

The thermal cameras used have detected more than 30 wrong-way vehicles.

While the pilot program has been helpful, it cannot completely prevent wrong-way accidents. The system alarms drivers in harm’s way, but those drivers must still be cautious and aware of their surroundings.  The majority of wrong-way crashes involved an impaired driver, another thing that the system cannot fully prevent.

Gov. Ducey is also in the process of championing a law that holds wrong-way drivers under the influence accountable with felony charges.

Wrong-Way Accidents

Quite often impairment, in the form of driving under the influence, is the main cause of wrong-way car accidents. Here are some other main causes of car accidents: speeding and reckless driving, using a mobile phone, driver fatigue, rubber-necking, car defaults, poor road conditions, poor traffic conditions. Practicing good driving safety is key to keeping you safe when on the road. If you have been involved in a car accident, you should seek the help of an attorney. They will be able to defend you should you choose to file a lawsuit for injuries.


Be a Good Driver

Here are some precautions to take to ensure you are a good driver:

  • Be cautious
  • Remain alert when approaching streets or busy intersections.
  • Make sure you are aware of any pedestrians that might be entering the road or on the road (running or bicyclists).
  • If you are driving at night, make sure all of your headlights and tail-lights are working, and that you are clearly visible.
  • Make sure your car is properly maintained. This includes frequent brake checks.
  • Pay special attention when entering or exiting parking lots, as often you will need to cross a sidewalk to enter.
  • Follow posted speed limits.
  • Avoid distractions including texting, phone calls, or reaching for things that have fallen.

Even when people act with caution, accidents still occur. That’s why it’s advised that you work with a personal injury attorney. No one has intentions of hurting anyone, but when both sides of a lawsuit – both plaintiff and defendant – feel that they acted correctly, these cases can be difficult to come to an agreement on.

Personal Injury Attorney

A personal injury attorney handles any number of things that are “personal injuries,” including: car and bus accidents, elevator accidents, accidents that occur on city streets, bed bugs, dog bites, and construction accidents and wrongful deaths.

A personal injury can be defined as a physical and/or mental injury that occurs because of someone else’s negligence, intentional actions, or strict liability.

Negligence: when another party fails to act with reasonable care. For example: if you suffer physical injuries as the result of a driver rear ending you because they are not paying attention, the injuries could be deemed a personal injury due to negligence.

Intentional Harm: when another person sets out to hurt you. Examples include: battery, assault, and false imprisonment.

Strict Liability: if you are injured by a product (such as a malfunctioning car), anyone involved in the production, distribution, or sale of the defective product can be held responsible.

Steps in Personal Injury Lawsuit

There are some things that a personal injury attorney will immediately want to do. We outline them below.

Reconstructing an Accident

When an accident occurs, and there are no eye-witnesses, it’s hard to understand exactly what occurred. The accident needs to be reconstructed by investigators in order to get a full understanding. Once that understanding has been given, liability can be assessed. The dynamics, methodology, and principles involved in reconstructing a pedestrian accident are slightly different than those used to reconstruct car accidents.  A investigator looks at car speed as well as pedestrian speed (which can be very difficult to determine), perception and reaction time, as well as highway design and sign placement. The pedestrian’s impact kinematics (which is how the pedestrian moved at or through the impact phase of the collision) are reconstructed. Once all these factors have been identified, a lawyer can build a negligence or wrongful death case based on the investigator’s findings.

Determining Negligence During an Accident

In the case of pedestrian and car accidents, negligence can be assigned to both sides of the accident: to the driver, or to the pedestrian. Drivers are considered negligent if they neglect to do the following:

  • Pay attention to surroundings
  • Adhere to posted speed limits
  • Yield at stop lights and cross-walks
  • Properly use turn signals
  • Adhere to Arizona state traffic laws

A pedestrian can be considered negligent if they do the following:

  • Run-out in front of cars
  • Illegally jaywalk
  • Fail to use designated cross-walks
  • Ignore pedestrian signals at traffic lights
  • Fail to pay attention to surroundings and traffic situations

Working with a Personal Injury Attorney After an Accident

If you have been a victim in a car, truck, pedestrian, or bicycle accident, you should immediately contact a personal injury attorney that understands the specific laws around these types of accidents. They will be able to perform a full investigation and build your case. It’s crucial that you work with someone that knows the intricacies of the laws surrounding these types of cases as well as your specific state’s laws. The attorneys at Personal Injury Attorneys PLLC have experience handling personal injury cases such as car accidents, pedestrian accidents, and bicycle accidents. They will help build a case to ensure you receive everything you need to recover from your specific accident.

Personal Injury Attorneys PLLC

668 N 44th St.

Suite 300

Phoenix, AZ 85008

Phone: (623) 552-4959