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Phoenix summers are notorious for being extremely brutal. As we speed towards the summer months, temperatures rise, as do people’s tempers. Ongoing research as to why hot weather fuels crashes, in general, seems to point to the same factors. Specifically, researchers observe a correlation between warm weather and an increase in violent behavior. 
When temperatures are at their highest, aggressive driving behavior, such as horn honking and general road rage also spike. This correlation between high temperatures and aggressive behavior is referred to as the heat hypothesis. This hypothesis suggests that high temperatures can affect a variety of actions, and
Continue Reading Hot Temperatures = Hot Tempers: How Extreme Summer Heat Affects Drivers in Arizona

Accidents involving larger commercial trucks often result in severe injuries for drivers and passengers in the state of Arizona. If a person is harmed due to the negligent actions of a truck driver or trucking company, they should be able to recover compensation for their losses. This not only includes compensation for medical expenses, property damage, and lost wages, but also compensation for various types of non-economic pain and suffering losses.
What is Pain and Suffering After a Truck Accident?
The term “pain and suffering” is used quite often in the aftermath of a vehicle accident, but it is rarely
Continue Reading Calculating Damages for Pain and Suffering in Truck Accident Cases

Just like every other state in the country, Arizona law stipulates that individuals must be properly insured to remain legal on the roadway. However, a significant number of drivers in this state operate without insurance. Here, we want to discuss the various consequences of driving without insurance in this state. This includes potential monetary and civil penalties as well as financial consequences should an accident occur.
What Are Arizona’s Car Insurance Requirements?

Did you know that approximately 12% of drivers in the state of Arizona do not have insurance? The Insurance Information Institute keeps track of this data, and that
Continue Reading Severe Consequences Await if You Drive Without Insurance in Arizona

At Torgenson Law, we always put an emphasis on driver safety in an effort to decrease the chances of personal injury. As an example, we always encourage Arizona citizens to utilize ride share options particularly to avoid drunk or buzzed driving. With that said, Uber and Lyft drivers can and will make mistakes on the roadways. Ride sharing drivers are just as likely to get involved in a car accident as you are. Just like any other car crash or personal injury matter, it is crucial for the victims to follow specific steps to insure that their injury rights are
Continue Reading Injured in an accident with an Uber or Lyft driver? Don’t panic, follow these steps

If you or somebody you love has been injured or sustained property damage in a motorcycle accident caused by the actions of another individual in Arizona, you will likely be able to recover compensation for your losses. However, every case is unique and the value of your injury damages depends on a variety of factors. Here, our motorcycle accident lawyers want to examine how much a motorcycle accident claim is really worth in Arizona.

Calculating Medical Bills
The absolute most important factor after a motorcycle accident occurs in Arizona is for the crash victim to seek medical care. Unfortunately, motorcycle
Continue Reading What is my motorcycle injury claim worth?

With beautiful weather year-round and only warmer months ahead, Arizona offers a wide variety of outdoor activities for local and visiting thrill-seekers. Spring break season is upon us, and Arizona is an extremely popular destination for vacationers and tourists. As one of the top ten most visited states in the U.S., there are activities for everyone of any age to enjoy. Whether you’re snowboarding in Flagstaff, hiking the Grand Canyon, or visiting shooting ranges or Spring Training in Phoenix, it is important to not only have fun, but to stay safe. At Torgenson Law, our Arizona Injury Lawyers care about
Continue Reading Spring Break Safety Tips: Have Fun & Avoid “Breaks”

Center turning lanes are also referred to as “universal turn lanes,” or even a more ominous term, “suicide lanes.” The reality is that center turning lanes can lead to significant confusion, and we want to clear up some of that confusion here. This article will define center turning lanes as well as the rules that Arizona drivers need to be aware of when using these lanes.

What is a Center Turn Lane?
If it helps clear up some confusion, you can also think of a center turn lane as the median, except this is a median where individuals can drive
Continue Reading Center Turning Lanes Rules in Arizona

Just like every other state in the country, Arizona law stipulates that individuals must be properly insured to remain legal on the roadway. However, a significant number of drivers in this state operate without insurance. Here, we want to discuss the various consequences of driving without insurance in this state. This includes potential monetary and civil penalties as well as financial consequences should an accident occur.
What Are Arizona’s Car Insurance Requirements?

Did you know that approximately 12% of drivers in the state of Arizona do not have insurance? The Insurance Information Institute keeps track of this data, and that
Continue Reading Consequences of Driving Without Insurance in Arizona

For professional golfers like ASU’s own Phil Mickelson and Jon Rahm, the Waste Management Phoenix Open is a golf tournament. From Thursday through Sunday, their minds will be sharp and focused, as they maneuver the fairways and greens of the Scottsdale golf course. The same cannot be said for the spectators that attend this event each year. For them, the Phoenix Open, often dubbed the “Wasted Management” Open, is a party. Nearly, if not more than million people attend the Waste Management Open this weekend. Unlike most golf tournaments where fans might be ejected for even the slightest sound, the
Continue Reading Your Guide to an Injury Free Waste Management Open Weekend

Individuals who get into vehicle accidents typically need to file their car accident claim quickly after the incident occurs. Insurance carriers have strict reporting deadlines, and failing to file a report promptly could result in a claim delay or denial. Here, we want to discuss the time frames involved with vehicle accident claims in Arizona.
Do You Have to Report a Crash to Police in Arizona?
In the state of Arizona, law enforcement officials are required to report any vehicle accidents that result in an injury, death, property damage of more than $1,000, or incidents that result in the issuance
Continue Reading How Long do I Have to File a Car Accident Claim in Arizona?

If you or somebody you love has been injured in an accident caused by a driver in a rental car, you need to know what steps to take to recover compensation for your losses. Rental car accident claims can be challenging, particularly when you have to deal with the rental company and the rental company’s insurance carrier. Here, we want to outline some steps that you can take to help recover full compensation in these situations.
1. Call the Police
The vast majority of vehicle accidents that occur in Arizona must be reported to law enforcement. This includes any incident
Continue Reading What Happens If You’re Hit By Someone Driving A Rental Car?

In previous blogs, we have discussed the various tactics insurance companies use to short-change honest Arizona citizens of their rightful personal injury compensation. Ultimately, the insurance adjuster’s primary objective is to convince the injury victim that the inadequate settlement offer is a fair result for their particular claim. A few examples of these tactics include shifting percentages of fault to the injury victim or generally downplaying the nature and severity of the injuries. Another more subtle trick insurance companies utilize is basing their valuation on the health insurance benefits you received for your treatment. This allows them to reduce the
Continue Reading BEWARE: Another Trick Insurance Companies Use to Reduce Injury Settlements

If you or somebody you love sustains an injury in an accident in Arizona, it is important for you to report the accident to police officers as soon as possible. However, there are various reasons why individuals may forego calling the police after an accident occurs. Here, we want to discuss the importance of filing a police report after an Arizona vehicle accident occurs. These reports are going to be the key piece of evidence that insurance carriers need to officially process your claim.
Do You Have to Report the Crash to the Police?
When we look at Arizona Statutes
Continue Reading What Happens When You File A Police Report After An Accident

Vehicle accidents occur in a wide variety of ways throughout the state of Arizona. In most cases, an accident is caused by the careless or negligent actions of one or more drivers on the roadway. Here, we want to examine some of the main causes of Arizona vehicle accidents. Armed with this information, we hope that you can take the steps needed to drive defensively and stay safe on the roadways.
Crashes and Driver Fault in Arizona
When we look at crash facts available from the Arizona Department of Transportation, we can see that there were nearly 100,000 total
Continue Reading What Are The Leading Causes Of Car Accidents In Arizona?

As you may know, Uninsured (UM) and Underinsured (UIM) motorist coverage provides you additional personal injury protection when you are involved in a car crash where the at-fault driver has no bodily injury insurance or insufficient insurance policy limits (READ MORE HERE). There is no question that these types of first-party insurance policies can be critical in providing you the compensation you deserve for your personal injury claim. However, what may shock you is that UM/UIM policies apply not only to you, but also your family members that live at your residence! This resident relative protections can help
Continue Reading Hold Up! Their UM/UIM Applies to My Claim Too?!?

Motorcycle accidents often result in severe injuries for a motorcyclist and others involved. In the immediate aftermath of a motorcycle crash in Arizona, there are various steps that individuals can take to help ensure their own well-being and that they are able to recover the compensation they are entitled to.
1. Get to Safety
In the immediate aftermath of a motorcycle accident in Arizona, you need to make sure that you are safe. You need to get to the median or the shoulder of the road and be well away from traffic. If you cannot move your motorcycle, leave it
Continue Reading What Steps Should I Take After a Motorcycle Accident?