Phoenix Injury Lawyer Blog

September 3, 2015

What Relief is Possible after a Phoenix Car Accident?

9315%282%29.jpgIn 2014, there were 109,554 traffic crashes in the State of Arizona. The collisions happened in every city and involved all types of people from young drivers to older motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists, passengers, and motorcyclists. A large number of those crashes took place in Maricopa County, the most heavily-populated county in the state, and caused extreme damages including injuries and loss of life. The Arizona Department of Transportation estimates that collisions in Maricopa County alone in 2014 cost in excess of $1.8 billion in damages.

If you live in the Phoenix area, chances are that either you have been involved in a car accident or you know someone who has. With such a widespread impact stemming from these collisions, harm can be felt by the families, loved ones, friends, neighbors, and coworkers of the victims involved in addition to the victims themselves, drawing greater attention to safety concerns related to traffic accidents. But with so many collisions taking place, it may be surprising to realize how little the typical car accident victim understands about their legal rights and legal options when they are hurt.

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September 2, 2015

Back to School Safety Tips in Phoenix

9215%282%29.jpgIn most areas of the Valley, children are back in school, learning new things and exploring new subjects. Some schools have been in session for a month already while others only a week or two. Yet regardless of when the first day of classes took place, school is still fresh for most students and the back-to-school atmosphere is still thriving.

With kids returning to school across Phoenix, it is a good idea to think about the safety of those children and to be reminded to put safety first. Whether you have school-aged children or not, safety should be a concern for all those in Arizona and therefore all adults and drivers should consider the following:

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August 31, 2015

Pedestrian Killed by Fleeing Driver in Glendale

83115%282%29.jpgWhen you walk in the Phoenix area, when should you feel safe? Should you feel safe when you are on a sidewalk? When you are in a crosswalk marked for pedestrians? When you walk near your home, a school, or your work? As a pedestrian, you should be able to feel safe and secure anytime you walk in a reasonable manner as the laws in Arizona guarantee it. Yet if others near you, including those who drive cars and trucks, fail to follow the law by ignoring your rights, you may be at risk for a collision at any point during your walk.

Pedestrian accidents are a significant problem in the greater Phoenix area with nearly a thousand incidents taking place each year. In 2014 alone, there were 944 traffic collisions involving pedestrians in Arizona and 147 of them proved to be fatal. Many, many more caused injuries to the pedestrians or others involved in the crash and still others caused monetary damage to property.

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August 28, 2015

Child Nearly Drowns in Gilbert Pool

82815.jpgSummer is slowing down in the Valley. Most kids are back in school, rain has been falling this week, and cooler temperatures will be on their way before long. With the annual summer wind down in full swing, many parents are turning their attention to what comes next: fall.

But summer is not over yet and the warm weather continues in much of the greater Phoenix area. As long as it is hot outside, swimming pools in Arizona get plenty of use by adults and children alike who are looking for a break from the heat. And with so many private, semi-private, and public pools in the Valley, those who want to swim do not need to look hard for relief.

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August 27, 2015

Impairment Possible in Car Accident that Injured Family of 5

82715%282%29.jpgArizona has some of the strictest laws against driving under the influence of alcohol in the nation. Even first time offenders face the possibility of jail time and/or the loss of their driver's license if they are apprehended drunk driving in the Phoenix area. Yet despite these laws prohibiting the conduct and despite national campaigns warning against driving drunk, every day in Arizona, drivers get behind the wheel when they are impaired and should not be driving.

Impairment comes in many forms and those who drive while impaired may be guilty of breaking the law even if they have no alcohol in their systems. Street drugs, prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, and other chemical substances can be intoxicants if they lower a driver's ability to operate a vehicle in a safe manner. While the incidents of drunk driving accidents have been decreasing across the nation in recent decades, the number of drivers who operate while high on drugs and cause collisions has been increasing substantially.

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August 26, 2015

Semi-Truck Involved in Multi Car Crash on I-10

5222615.jpgLarge vehicles, including trucks, semis, and 18-wheelers, are a necessary part of life in the Phoenix area. They provide not only jobs to countless residents but also the means necessary to keep things going in the area. From bringing in food and products to shipping across the nation, trucks play a vital role in the local economy.

While much about the trucking industry is positive, there are negatives that affect those who reside in or work in Phoenix as well. One of the more dangerous negatives is the risk for truck accidents and for the harm that might result if a truck accident occurs. While collisions with trucks are not as common as collisions involving only cars, the resulting damage tends to be much more severe and is more likely to cause injuries to the drivers and passengers involved.

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August 25, 2015

Alcohol Possible in Fatal Maricopa County Car Accident

82515%282%29.jpgDrunk driving and driving under the influence of drugs continues to be a significant issue in the Phoenix area. Every day, motorists take to the wheel of their cars when they are impaired and should not be driving, risking not only their own safety but the safety of others in their car and all other people in the area.

And that continues to be one of the real tragedies that comes out of drunk driving accidents in the Phoenix area: often, it is the innocent who suffer the consequences. Whether those victims are in the same car as an impaired driver, another car, or they happen to be pedestrians or bicyclists, the possibility for serious injuries is high. In the worst of these collisions, victims may be killed or may suffer from life-altering harm that can never be repaired or undone.

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August 24, 2015

Motorcyclist Killed on Northbound Loop 101

82315%283%29.jpgAbout a dozen states routinely report more than 100 deaths caused by motorcycle accidents every year, and unfortunately, Arizona is among them. The high number of fatalities is not due to a single factor but likely a combination of several, including the fact that Arizona has a high population which is increasing annually. Add to that the fact that the weather in most of the state makes riding year-round possible, though sometimes not ideal, and that several areas have a significant biker culture which makes riding even more pleasurable.

Bikers are a valuable sect of the Phoenix community, yet they are often overlooked when it comes to safety concerns. Drivers may fail to look for or fail to notice motorcycles on the roads and highways of Maricopa County or in more rural areas across the state. This can lead to dangerous situations where a car and a biker collide, often leading to injuries to those involved.

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August 20, 2015

Two Riders Hurt in Motorcycle Accident

82115%282%29.jpgIn the media and in movies, traffic accidents are often depicted as a cut-and-dry situation where one driver made one mistake. In reality, things tend to be more complicated as multiple factors usually combine to cause a collision, and in some cases, multiple drivers may have played a role in the crash.

This holds true not just for car accident but also for motorcycle collisions, a dangerous type of traffic crash that often results in serious injuries. Whether just one bike is involved or it is a crash with a bike and another vehicle, it can be complicated to sort through the details and determine the full extent of the fallout from a collision. If you have been hurt, speaking with a personal injury lawyer may help you understand what your accident means in light of local and state laws and whether you have a valid claim for your injuries.

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August 19, 2015

Charges Brought after Fatal Tucson Car Accident

81915%282%29.jpgIt takes only a moment for a car accident to occur. A driver might lose control of a vehicle, or a tire might blow. A motorist may ignore a red light or might be distracted behind the wheel. Whatever the cause, most accidents happen in a matter of seconds which means that those involved may not see them coming or even have a clear understanding of what happened.

After the dust settles on a crash, it can still take time to sort through the details and have a complete understanding of all the factors that led up to and contributed to the impact. Often, professional accident reconstructionists get involved to aid local law enforcement officials with their reviews. But the victims of these crashes are not usually kept informed at each step of the process, leaving them wondering what happened and whether a collision could have been prevented.

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August 17, 2015

Biker Killed in 3 Vehicle Phoenix Crash

81715.jpgThe Valley has been experiencing record-setting temperatures recently with days hitting above 115 degrees. For many, that kind of weather is brutal and makes it too hot to leave the comforts of air conditioning unless a trip is a necessity, like taking kids to school or driving to work. With this type of weather, some motorcycle riders have been limiting their time on the roads and opting instead for other forms of transportation.

But not all riders have been calling it quits as numerous motorcycles can still be seen daily on the roads and highways of Phoenix. These riders are endowed with the right to operate on the roads just like the drivers of cars are and bikers are protected by the same laws that protect drivers. Despite these rights and the legal authority to ride, some motorist ignore the safety of bikers or otherwise act in a negligent manner that can lead to motorcycle accidents.

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August 13, 2015

Bicyclist Killed in Crash with Hit-and-Run Driver

81315%282%29.jpgIn Arizona, cyclists can ride bicycles year-round due to the climate that covers most of the state. This means that regardless of the time of year, drivers of cars, trucks, and vans should be alert for bicyclists and should respect the rights of these cyclists to ride in the roads that cross Phoenix. Yet despite the presence of bicycles, despite the laws that protect riders, and despite the obvious risks that exist if a collision occurs, drivers regularly ignore safety and act in a manner that is dangerous to all those on the roads.

When an impact does happen and a bicycle accident results, it is important for victims to understand their legal options and rights so that they can act upon those rights within a time period specified by the law. Failure to take action in a timely manner can lead to a claim being barred forever so if you have been injured, you may want to speak with an experienced bike lawyer to ensure that you are protected.

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August 12, 2015

New Technology being Tested by ADOT to Alert, Deter Wrong-Way Drivers in Phoenix

81215.jpgWrong-way drivers have been a serious threat to public safety in Phoenix over the last two years. Though collisions involving a driver operating the wrong way have been happening for much longer, the last 24 months have seen a staggering number of these incidents and many of them have caused car accidents in the Phoenix area.

Far too often, collisions lead to injuries or even to the deaths of those involved, whether those victims were drivers, passengers, or even pedestrians in an area. Time and time again, people who made no mistakes are the ones left suffering and who are forced to pick up the pieces after a crash, trying to move forward even though their lives will never be the same. Though there is nothing that can erase the harm done by a collision once one occurs, victims of these incidents are protected by numerous laws that recognize that an injury victim should not be forced to bear the financial liability for his or her injuries. Instead, those who are hurt in Phoenix can seek and obtain relief against a responsible, at-fault driver through the use of a civil claim for damages. These are legal actions that are different from any charges brought by local police and the goal of a civil claim is to benefit those who need it the most - the victims who were hurt or the surviving family members of those who were killed.

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August 11, 2015

2-Year-Old Nearly Drowns in Backyard Pool

81115%282%29.jpgA quick look at the weather forecast shows that Phoenix is looking at triple-digit temperatures for as far as can be predicted. At this time of the year, the heat is something to be expected, though often lamented, by those who call the Valley of the Sun home and those who spend time working in or visiting the Phoenix area. With temperatures this hot, almost everyone is looking for a way to cool down.

For many, a swimming pool provides the ideal escape. A quick dip can help a person of any age cool down and survive the desert summer like little else can. And with the prevalence of backyard swimming pools in Phoenix, it is usually not hard to find such an escape.

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August 10, 2015

3 Car Crash Kills Child in Phoenix

81015.jpgTraffic is a daily issue for those who live in or work in Maricopa County. The Phoenix area sees a heavy amount of traffic around-the-clock but rush hours in the morning and the evenings are prone to some of the heaviest vehicular loads. With a large amount of traffic comes the likelihood of congestion on the roads, streets, and highways that weave their way in and around the Valley.

Congestion in and of itself does not have to be a threat to public safety. If motorists are driving an appropriate speed and are alert to changing traffic conditions, congestion may be only a minor inconvenience. But in reality, many drivers are in a hurry, are distracted while driving, or otherwise fail to account for congestion on Phoenix roadways and therefore end up causing car accidents. These often take the form of rear-end collisions or sideswipe crashes when people either are unable to stop a vehicle in time or they attempt evasive actions by changing lanes. Of course, many other causes can lead to these types of collisions as well with congestion only being one of them.

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