Personal Injury

Every year, thousands of motorcyclists suffer life-changing injuries in preventable traffic accidents. According to data from the Arizona Department of Transportation, 2,206 motorcyclists were injured and 160 were killed in collisions in 2021 alone. Motor vehicle drivers in Arizona can take certain steps to reduce the risk of hitting motorcyclists while on the freeway and in general. Below are five top safety tips for drivers to better protect these vulnerable road users.
Check Twice
The adage, “Check twice for motorcycles” is a useful one to keep in mind as a motor vehicle driver in Arizona. Motorcycles are small and
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More than 6 million car accidents occur in the United States each year. These accidents are the leading cause of death in the U.S., resulting in the death of more than 38,000 people each year, and over 3 million seriously injured or disabled.
Unfortunately, multi-car accidents are all too common, and many times it’s hard to know who is at fault. Making things worse is the fact that insurance companies may delay claims until they determine who was at fault.
This is where professional legal representation can help. We’ll get back to that later, but first, let’s discuss what to
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In today’s time, when crime rates are at a peak many of you might be asking this question often. If so, it can be helpful to know what kind of situations might call for the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney Phoenix– and how to determine whether your case falls into that specific category.
Though, seeking the consultation of an experienced attorney is always helpful no matter how complex or serious the case is. The lawyer will help you understand what extent of protection available to you along with options to move forward. But the question still remains
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Unsafe passing is one of the most common causes of car accidents in Arizona. Passing another driver requires due diligence. The passing driver must make sure it is safe to perform the maneuver and use the proper signaling to pass. The driver must also wait until he or she is in a place where passing is permitted by law based on the painted lines on the road.
What Do the White and Yellow Lines Mean?
A tool used for controlling traffic and preventing car accidents is painting lines on the road. These painted lines create separate lanes to organize traffic
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Studies show that consumers search for and rely on reviews for nearly everything, including medical care.  We are all looking for that 5 star product or service.  Couple this with a thriving black market in fake reviews and you have a real problem.  Many sellers believe that it is a matter of life and death for them to have positive reviews and are willing to pay someone to provide them.  Doctors are not immune to these temptations.

The problem of fake reviews of doctors, hospitals and other medical care providers is not new but it is getting worse.  There is
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When a bicycle and a motor vehicle collide, the cyclist will almost always suffer the worst of the injuries. According to crash facts from the Arizona Department of Transportation, 1,027 bicycle accidents were reported in 2021, resulting in 45 cyclist deaths and 1,005 injuries. Yet this does not mean the motor vehicle driver is always or automatically responsible for bicycle accidents. It is also possible for a bicyclist to be held liable in a Phoenix car accident lawsuit, depending on the circumstances.
Bicyclist Responsibilities in Arizona
It is legal for bicycles to ride in traffic lanes alongside motor
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It’s extremely common for a person to sustain a neck and back injury in a car accident. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that car accidents are the leading cause of spinal cord injuries — approximately 16,500 each year.
Neck and back injuries can range from mild stiffness to severe, aggravating pain and life-changing debilitations. While some people may only experience a few days of discomfort, others may have serious injuries that require long-term medical care.
If you have suffered a neck and back injury due to a vehicle accident, seek medical attention and then contact
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Car accidents are a constant personal injury and fatality risk in Arizona. According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, 121,345 car accidents were reported in 2021. Not all of these were single-vehicle or even two-car accidents. Many of them involved three or more motor vehicles. When a car accident involves more than two drivers, fault and liability (financial responsibility) can be even more difficult to determine.
Is Arizona a No-Fault State?
No. Arizona is a fault state, not a no-fault state. This insurance rule means that the driver or party at fault for causing the vehicle collision is responsible
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Sadly, I see a lot of death cases.  Prospective clients come to me with questions about the death of a loved one.  Why did she die?  What happened to her?  Most often they want to know if her death was the result of a medical mistake.  One of the first questions I must ask is whether there was an autopsy or not.  If the answer is that there was not, there is usually nothing I can do to help that person or to answer their questions.

Medicine is complicated.  Even in a young, previously healthy person who dies unexpectedly, there
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It’s extremely common for a person to sustain a back injury in a car accident. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that car accidents are the leading cause of spinal cord injuries — approximately 16,500 each year.
These back injuries can range from mild inconveniences to severe, life-changing debilitations. Some people may only experience a few days of discomfort, while others may require surgery and long-term care.
Have you suffered a back injury in a car crash? Do you need legal representation to help aid you in the recovery process? We’ll unpack all of that here,
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If you have a mobile device or have been on line for almost any reason, you have surely been confronted with a lengthy statement outlining the terms of your use of the whatever-it-is.  In order to use the whatever-it-is, you have to agree to accept those terms.  If you are like countless other Americans, you don’t read the text.  You just scroll down to the “Accept” box, click it and move on.  I am not here today to debate the wisdom of those decisions.  What I want to talk about today is the trend in many doctor or hospital waiting
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The direct answer to the above question is two years. Arizona’s statute of limitations specifically states that a person is bound by a two-year time limit to file for damages resulting from injuries caused by another person or entity. Whether the acts of the person or entity causing the injury are defined as negligent or as intentional, the two-year time limit remains. Arizona Revised Statutes section 12-542.
If a case is not brought by an injured party within this time limit, then, most likely, the case will be summarily dismissed.
The paragraphs above speak only to the definition—not to
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In Arizona, the definition of wrongful death is a death resulting from the negligence or the intentional act of another person or entity. A claim for wrongful death is brought by the personal representative of the estate or by the surviving family members. In essence, the claim for a wrongful death is the claim for personal injury a decedent would have made had the person been alive to do so.
The State of Arizona extends the right to bring a wrongful death claim against the responsible party to the estate or to the family members. If the decedent would have
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On July 27, 2021, the Arizona Department of Transportation published its statistical findings of car crashes. The publication is titled the 2020 Motor Vehicle Crash Facts and, according to this publication, there were a total of 98,788 car accidents in Arizona, 18% of which were classified as single-vehicle crashes. Of this total, 970 involved a fatality. The classification of a single-car crash was placed upon 40% of these fatal accidents. This blog will focus on the leading causes of single-vehicle crashes in Arizona.
The Definition
Before speaking to the causes, it may be necessary to clearly set out the definition
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The future is now when it comes to the technology of self-driving cars. There are more driverless cars on Arizona’s roads than realized, and the chances of one of these cars being involved in an accident, with injuries, grow.
An accident involving a self-driven car does not change the premise of a personal injury case. What changes is the number of parties who could potentially hold some level of responsibility for the cause of the accident. As the number of parties increase, the potential for mitigating circumstances in favor of the driver also increases.
The Premise
Arizona follows the doctrine
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If the death of a person results from the action of another, regardless of whether the action was intentional, then either the estate or the surviving family members may file a wrongful death claim. This blog will set forth the definition of wrongful death in Arizona and the standards of the claim when it is brought.
The Definition
Arizona defines wrongful death as one resulting from the “wrongful act, neglect or default” of another. (Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 12-612 (2021). The party against whom a claim can be filed can be a person or an entity. The wrongful acts
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