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October 22, 2014

Halloween May Pose a Safety Threat to Children and Pedestrians

Halloween.jpgIf you are a typical resident of the greater Phoenix area, odds are that either you have children living at home or that there are children living in your neighborhood. With a large number of kids in the Valley, it may seem like safety is a top concern among parents and residents. But as Halloween approaches, it is important to remember how a holiday can have a significant impact on the threats that face our most vulnerable citizens.

Soon, children will be taking to their neighborhoods to trick-or-treat, usually walking from home to home as they try to collect candy. This tradition is anticipated by kids and parents alike but the threats to safety that accompany Halloween should be considered. Pedestrian accidents are concerning because the large number of people walking means that drivers must be on alert at crosswalks, intersections, and even mid-block in the case that a child darts out into traffic.

If you are planning on taking your children trick-or-treating or if you will be participating in other Halloween activities, consider the following:

- Stay away from high traffic areas: If possible, keep children away from areas with high traffic and instead, opt for neighborhoods or other organized trick-or-treating activities. Traffic near areas with increased speed limits are less likely to anticipate the presence of pedestrians and therefore may be less likely to yield to a walker. As it is best to prevent a crash before one takes place, consider keeping your children in residential areas or in areas with restricted access to traffic.

- Use costumes with lights or reflective material: When a pedestrian accident takes place, drivers often claim they never saw a person walking until after the crash occurred. To eliminate this excuse and to make all drivers aware, consider using a costume with glow sticks, a flashlight, or reflective material so that your child can be seen by vehicles from a safe distance.

- Plan your route: If you are taking your child trick-or-treating, make sure you pick a route that will allow your child to cross at designated crosswalks and that reduces the interactions with automobile traffic as much as possible. If your child is old enough to trick-or-treat without adult supervision, make sure you discuss a safe route ahead of time so your child knows where to go, where to avoid, and what route will be safe to travel.

This year, Halloween falls on a Friday, a day commonly associated with adults consuming alcohol and a large number of drunk drivers on the road. While drinking and driving is a criminal act that can be blamed on the motorists behind the wheel, others can suffer if that driver causes a crash. Parents should be aware of this treat and make sure that their children are at home or otherwise safe prior to the late hours of Halloween night.

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October 21, 2014

Arizona DOC Van Hit By Truck, At Least 3 Injured

442.jpgNumerous jobs and careers require employees to drive or ride in a vehicle while on the clock, and this can present certain issues. While most people are comfortable in a car, truck, or van, the laws that apply can vary when it is in a commercial or other employment situation. Depending on the type of vehicle, a driver may require a specialized license or an endorsement to operate behind the wheel. But drivers are not the only ones affected. Other workers who ride in a work vehicle place their safety in the hands of a driver, often who works for the same company, and can do nothing to ensure that they make it from one place to the next without incident. When it comes to work, it may be impossible to choose who drives you or in what manner you move about the greater Phoenix area.

The driving of other employees is not the only threat to workers, though, as the actions of other motorists in different cars present a constant threat of a car accident to all in the Valley. Thousands of car crashes occur in Arizona every year and many of them leave one or more victims injured. When an accident does take place, those who are hurt may be entitled to financial relief through the use of a civil claim for damages, a claim that is separate and distinct from any charges brought by local authorities or police officers. Speaking with a personal injury lawyer may help you understand the implications of your crash, including your options to obtain payment, if a collision has affected your life.

Around 9:30 p.m. on Monday night, a van operated by the Department of Corrections was involved in a collision with a truck near State Route 85 and Hazen Road by Buckeye. Though the investigation continues at this time, officials believe that a pickup truck in the area ran a stop sign and collided with the van, leading both vehicles to sustain significant damage in a collision. Two people inside the van were ejected and the van rolled at least one time before coming to a rest. Emergency crews responded and determined that three people in the van were hurt and needed treatment at area hospitals. It is not clear whether the driver of the truck was injured, but officials have confirmed that four others were inside the van at the time of impact.

The three confirmed injuries left all victims in critical condition after the crash, according to authorities, and it is not clear what the prognosis is for each victim at this time.

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October 20, 2014

3 Car Crash in Arizona Kills 2, Injures 10

Broadway.jpgA car accident, whether it is minor or severe, can result in injuries to those involved. But when multiple people are inside all vehicles that collide, the potential for injuries increases for several reasons. The greater number of potential victims means that statistically, physical damages are more likely. Further, with a greater number of occupants comes the possibility that victims may be pushed or thrown into one another, especially if those victims are not restrained. Finally, not every part of a car is equally safe in the event of a crash, and the more people riding in a vehicle, the more likely that someone will be hurt. An example of this is when a serious rear-end collision occurs and the rear of one vehicle is significantly pushed forward, causing that part of the car to collapse into the passenger compartment. While the violent nature of the impact may lead to injuries among many, those in the back seat or near the rear of the vehicle may be more likely to sustain blunt force trauma and other damages due to their unfortunate location in the vehicle.

When a large number of victims are involved, it can be difficult for officials, including police officers, to sort out who was in what car prior to a crash. It can also take longer for each of these victims to obtain the medical help they need if too few ambulances and emergency medical technicians respond to the scene. A delay in medical treatment and transportation to an area hospital may increase the severity of injuries sustained or may even make it more likely that a victim will lose his or her life.

When a car accident takes place in the Phoenix area, the victims of that crash, regardless of what vehicle they may have been in, may be entitled to financial compensation for their damages, including any medical expenses incurred and any wages missed while taking time off work. Speaking with a personal injury lawyer may help you understand your options if a collision has affected your life and may help you realize what claims, if any, may be available to you.

In the early morning hours on Saturday, officials say three vehicles collided in a devastating crash on a highway near Lake Pleasant and the collision left two people dead. At this time, officials believe that one vehicle attempted to pass a second at a high rate of speed but that these vehicles collided for reasons that are not yet clear. A third vehicle was also involved in the crash that is considered severe.

Among the three vehicles, 10 people were injured with eight of them sustaining life-threatening injuries. Two people lost their lives and three were believed to be uninjured, meaning that 15 people were involved in the crash. It is not clear whether all injured victims will survive at this time but they are in area hospitals obtaining treatment. Authorities are considering the role of alcohol and/or drugs in this crash but they have not confirmed whether any intoxicating substance was involved, nor have they confirmed whether any traffic citations or criminal complaints will be issued.

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October 17, 2014

5 Injured in Wrong Way Car Crash in Chandler

376.jpgCar accidents claim thousands of lives across the nation annually and the Phoenix area is not exempt from that damage. With negligent and reckless drivers taking to Arizona roads daily, collisions continue to occur and the worst of them prove fatal. The worst part of car accidents may be that, though the vast majority of them are preventable and need never happen, no one can guarantee that they will not become a car accident victim, regardless of how safe or cautious they are behind the wheel. When one driver fails to follow the rules of the road, a collision may result and may involve others in the area who are simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. Through the actions of one, dozens can be hurt, including passengers in a car, children, pedestrians, motorcyclists, and even the elderly.

When a collision takes place, the victims of that incident may need medical treatment that can be expensive. Arizona law recognizes that it is unfair to make a victim bear the cost of these damages when the harm is caused by another and therefore enables victims to seek relief through the use of a civil claim. These claims are the right of victims to bring and cannot be prevented by an at-fault driver or an insurance company, so if you have been involved in a collision, you may want to speak to a personal injury lawyer to learn about your legal options and whether you have a valid claim.

A Wednesday afternoon collision in Chandler left five people injured in three separate cars, and authorities believe that impairment may have been a factor. According to police, a car was traveling westbound on Ray Road with at least three people inside when it crossed the center line and collided with two separate vehicles traveling east.

Three people in the car that crossed the center line were seriously injured and were taken to area hospitals for treatment where the nature of their injuries and their current conditions are not clear. In addition, one person in each vehicle that was struck was hurt but both of those victims were expected to make full recoveries.

While authorities investigated on the scene, they closed the westbound lanes of Ray Road and the damage from the crash was removed. At this time, all lanes are open but the investigation is ongoing.

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October 16, 2014

Crash between Motorcycle and Semi Leaves 1 Dead

photo%202%20%281%29.jpgYou may be one of the thousands of Phoenix-area residents that own, use, or ride a motorcycle on occasion. Whether it is the freedom of the ride or the convenience of a bike that propels you, bikers are among good company in the Valley as they take to the roads. With a culture that focuses on bikers including rallies, organized rides, and biker bars, Phoenix can be a haven for motorcyclists.

Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents continue to occur every year in Phoenix, Mesa, Glendale, Scottsdale, and Chandler and often are the fault of another driver. Failing to look for or notice bikers, failing to yield the right-of-way, or failing to provide a safe distance when passing a motorcycle are some of the common reasons these collisions occur. After an accident, a biker often experiences the majority of the damage, including the physical toll enacted by an impact and the injuries that result. While the law cannot erase these damages, there are protections in Arizona for those victims of motorcycle collisions that may entitle them to relief. It is up to a victim to seek this potential relief and these claims must be brought within a period specified by law, so if you have been hurt, it is a good idea to speak with a personal injury lawyer to learn about your options.

A collision on Monday left at least one person dead, according to officials in Arizona. A crash took place between a motorcycle and a semi-tractor west of Gila Bend on Interstate 8 in the westbound lanes and led to the closure of the Interstate for several hours while authorities responded. Police and emergency medical crews were on the scene evaluating the victims involved and determining whether additional help was necessary. Unfortunately, one person involved was killed in the accident but it is not clear at this time whether that person was on the motorcycle or in the tractor-trailer.

An investigation into the incident is ongoing at this time and there has been no information released regarding the suspected cause of the incident or whether negligence may have played a role. It is also unknown whether any motorist involved will receive a citation due to this incident.

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October 15, 2014

Phoenix Bus Hits Car Involved in Earlier Crash

photo%201%20%281%29.jpgPlanned expansion of the light rail in Phoenix has many residents thinking about the benefits of public transportation these days in all forms. While the light rail is used by many, it is far from the only option to those wishing to travel around the Valley but without the use of a private car. While some choose to walk and others ride a bicycle, taking a public bus is an option exercised by many as they go about their daily activities.

Most often, bus transit can be safe and reasonable, but in some cases, a bus accident may occur. These claims can be complicated and can involve multiple potential at-fault drivers and others who may be held legally liable. In some instances, multiple buses collide and may injure the passengers on board. In other cases, a bus may collide with a private vehicle like a car, truck or van and may injure those on the bus and/or those in the private vehicle. These injuries often are devastating and may cause damages that last a lifetime.

When a bus accident occurs in Phoenix, the victims are left to pick up the pieces and try to obtain the relief they need. But that does not mean that victims have to suffer in silence. The laws of Arizona provide those who have been hurt by the actions of others with certain legal rights, including the right to seek relief for damages incurred in a bus collision. Speaking with a personal injury lawyer who has experience representing victims may help you understand whether you have a valid claim, and if so, who may be liable for your losses.

A Monday morning accident involving a car took place near 40th Street in Phoenix and left the car stopped on the side of the road. According to police in the area, a bus approached the scene and collided with the stopped vehicle, causing a serious impact that sent the car spinning and caused it to burst into flames. The bus and the firey car both came to a rest and emergency crews responded to assess the victims.

No one was inside the car at the time of the impact with the bus but several passengers were on board the bus. At least one woman was hurt and needed medical treatment though the nature of her injuries has not been confirmed.

At this time, authorities have not speculated as to why the bus driver struck the stopped car nor have they released any information on whether the driver will face charges.

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October 13, 2014

Metal Grate Collapse at Mesa Arts Center Injures Tourist

metal-grate-1244502-m.jpgIt is the duty of every building owner to make sure that the premises, both inside and out, are safe and do not present an unreasonable threat of harm to those people who may encounter them. This can mean erecting a safe building initially, performing regular inspections to ensure that nothing has deteriorated, and making repairs and improvements when necessary. Failing to keep a building in a safe and reasonable manner may lead to liability on the part of a building owner, the operator of an establishment, or someone who rents the premises, depending on the facts of a particular incident.

If a victim is hurt in a premises liability accident in Phoenix, that victim must seek his or her own relief within the time period specified by Arizona law. Failing to do so will prevent the victim from obtaining any compensation or other damages to which the victim may be entitled. Speaking with a personal injury lawyer in Phoenix may help you understand if you have a valid claim, and if so, who may be liable for the damages you suffered.

An investigation is ongoing into an incident that occurred Sunday at the Mesa Arts Center that left a 61-year-old woman seriously injured. According to witnesses, the woman, a tourist from Germany, was at the center with several other people when she stepped upon a metal grate in a corner of the floor. For reasons that are not clear, part of the grate collapsed and gave way, causing the woman to fall below it and land on a subfloor.

Officials report that the victim fell approximately 25 feet before landing, during which time she sustained a broken leg and injuries to her head. It is unclear whether she sustained any other damages or what her prognosis is at this time, but emergency crews responded to the incident and transported the victim to an area hospital for treatment.

Authorities at the Mesa Arts Center reportedly are unsure of what caused the portion of the grate to fall but they have indicated that repairs will be made as soon as possible.

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October 10, 2014

At Least 1 Dead after SR 89A Car Accident

007.jpgIf you currently live in the Phoenix area, chances are that you did not always live here. While some residents were born and raised in the Valley, a large percentage of the population has relocated to this area from other parts of the country. Some areas that residents used to call home may have had winter weather, including snow. Some may have had flooding concerns year-round. Others may have been rural with little to no traffic on the roads.

With all these transplants coming together to call Phoenix home, the resulting population is a mix of adults and motorists with varied driving skills, and that should not be surprising to most. With many people learning to drive in states other than Arizona, it is understandable that motorists may struggle the first time they are behind the wheel and a monsoon hits, or when a dust storm pops up with little or no warning. Despite the fact that driver may never have faced these hazards before, it does not mean they are not required to handle them as a skilled, experienced Arizona motorist would. In fact, when driving in Arizona, all motorists are required to know, understand, and follow the laws as they apply to vehicular traffic, including the fact that motorists are required to operate in a safe and reasonable manner. Failing to drive safely or reasonably may lead to a collision and may cause a driver to be ticketed by local police or otherwise held liable for his or her actions. Victims of car accidents, including those caused by negligent drivers or drivers with a limited set of skills, may be entitled to seek financial relief for their damages against those who caused their accident, against an insurance company, a responsible owner, or others involved. Speaking with a lawyer who handles personal injury claims may help you understand your legal options if you have been involved in a crash and you were injured.

Few details have been released regarding an early morning crash on State Route 89A between Flagstaff and Sedona but authorities in the area have confirmed the collision, which was serious, has forced them to close the area to passing traffic. Motorists are encouraged to plan an alternate route before leaving this morning if they planned to transverse that area.

The incident occurred in the area of Mile Post 390, where traffic was being stopped, and claimed the life of at least one person involved. It is not clear at this time whether multiple vehicles were part of the accident or whether any other victims were injured.

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October 8, 2014

Turning SUV Involved in Fatal Motorcycle Accident

photo%202.jpgFall temperatures have finally arrived in Phoenix and across the Valley of the Sun, meaning that motorists have a reprieve from the triple-digit temperatures that plague so much of the summer months. Now that the weather has cooled, motorists in the area are likely to notice an increase in the number of motorcycles and motorcyclists on the roads as they travel through Phoenix.

Traveling by motorcycle can be a great way to get around Phoenix's wide and sprawling streets, but it can also pose a threat to the safety of those who ride. While it is legal for motorcycles to take to the roads and highways, drivers in passenger cars and trucks do not always respect those rights. Failing to look for or notice a motorcycle may place a car and a bike in the same place at the same time, leading to a motorcycle accident that may cause injuries.

The laws in Arizona as they apply to motorcycle crashes can be complicated and can make it difficult for a victim to understand whether he or she has a valid claim for damages. Speaking with a personal injury lawyer may help you understand your legal options, including whether you may be entitled to payment for medical bills, surgical expenses, rehabilitative care, and other losses like missed wages or pain and suffering, if your have been involved in a motorcycle collisions or if your loved one has been injured or killed.

Shortly after 6:00 a.m. on Monday, a collision between a motorcycle and an SUV occurred in Scottsdale, claiming the life of the motorcyclist. Police have reported that the biker was traveling straight in the area of Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard and Miller when the rider, a 28-year-old man, came upon an SUV. The SUV reportedly was attempting to turn left from lanes of traffic into a private driveway and turned in front of the motorcyclist, causing the biker to strike the side of the SUV.

The impact was significant and caused the biker to travel a reported 600 feet before coming to a rest. Emergency medical crews responded to the scene and assessed the 28-year-old man but his injuries were too severe and he was pronounced dead at the scene. It is not clear whether the driver of the SUV was injured at this time or whether any traffic tickets will be issued but police have reported that their investigation is ongoing at this time.

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October 7, 2014

Teenage Pedestrian Struck by Elderly Driver in Glendale

IMG_2058.jpgPedestrians often take to sidewalks, crosswalks, and other areas without thinking about the possibility of an accident. But in truth, pedestrian accidents are a serious problem in Phoenix and across the rest of Arizona as motorists and other drivers continue to pose a threat to those who walk. Across the nation, a pedestrian is hurt in a traffic accident every eight minutes.

Arizona laws are clear when it comes to pedestrian safety and pedestrian rights. All drivers, including those operating passenger cars, must yield to a pedestrian when that pedestrian has the right-of-way. But a driver must also take appropriate steps to avoid a collision when a pedestrian does not have the right-of-way. Failing to yield the right-of-way or otherwise being responsible for a pedestrian accident in Phoenix may lead to liability on the part of a driver involved. While the state of Arizona may issue a traffic citation, serious penalties can also be sought by a victim who may be entitled to financial compensation for his or her damages. Speaking with a personal injury lawyer in Phoenix may help you understand the implications of your crash if you have been hurt.

Shortly before 7:00 p.m. on Monday, a collision occurred in Glendale between a pedestrian and an elderly driver, sending authorities to the scene and launching an investigation. According to witnesses and local police, a 14-year-old had been skateboarding in the area of Grand Avenue. Reports indicate that the teen stopped riding the skateboard and began to cross Grand Avenue on foot when a sedan approached. The car, driven by a 76-year-old woman, collided with the teen and left him critically injured.

Emergency crews transported the teenage boy to an area hospital for treatment where the nature and the extent of his injuries remain unclear. Police spoke with the driver at the scene but they have not revealed why the collision may have occurred or whether anyone involved may face citations. Traffic was diverted from the area overnight while the investigation continued.

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October 6, 2014

Baby Killed, 3 Children, 2 Adults Injured in Maricopa County Car Accident

photo%20%286%29.jpgIn 2011, more than 32,000 people were killed in car accidents across the country, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. More than 750 of those deaths occurred in the State of Arizona with many of them taking place in the highly populated areas of Phoenix and the surrounding cities. The mix of rural and highly urban in Maricopa County means that a motorist can drive from a highway congested with stop-and-go traffic to a two-lane, dirt road in seconds. The mix of the roads and the traffic that follows means that driving in the Phoenix area can be difficult and may explain some, though not all, of the car accidents that occur.

In most cases, car accidents occur because one or more of the driver's involved makes a mistake or an error behind the wheel. When negligent action or reckless conduct causes a collision, the laws in Arizona recognize that the innocent victims of these crashes should not be the ones to bear the financial burden. To hold errant drivers liable for their conduct, victims in Phoenix may be able to obtain financial compensation for their losses, including their medical bills, by bringing a civil claim for damages. Many victims do not realize that this type of recovery may be possible and that it is separate and distinct from any traffic or criminal charges brought by local authorities. In many cases, even when an at-fault driver did not receive a ticket, that driver may still be liable in a civil court of law. Speaking with a personal injury lawyer in Maricopa County may help you understand your legal options if you have been involved in a crash and if you were injured.

The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office received notice of a one-vehicle accident on State Road 238 near Gila Bend on Saturday morning. It appears that the driver of the vehicle approached a curve in the road and lost control of the vehicle, sending it rolling over and causing the vehicle, an SUV, to leave the road's surface. Officials responded to the scene and evaluated the occupants of the vehicle to determine who was hurt and who needed medical help. The driver of the vehicle and a front seat passenger were both wearing seat belts and were injured. The driver reportedly sustained minor injuries and is expected to recover while the passenger was taken by air ambulance to an area hospital with serious injuries.

Three children reportedly were in the back seat of the vehicle, described as a Suburban, and all were restrained but injured. None were facing life-threatening injuries, though, according to officials, who did not report if the children were related to one another or if they were related to any of the adults in the vehicle. Also in the back were an adult female and a 3-month-old baby. According to officials, neither the woman nor the baby were restrained and both were ejected upon impact. The baby was killed in the ambulance and the woman, believed to be the mother of the baby, remains in critical condition.

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October 3, 2014

Driver Rear-Ends School Bus in Tempe

463.jpgThousands of parents in Tempe place their children on school buses every morning and go about the rest of their day, never questioning the safety of their child because they trust that a bus driver and the bus company will always put safety first. Despite this significant trust placed by parents, numerous school bus accidents occur every year in the greater Phoenix area, including in Tempe, Scottsdale, Glendale, Chandler, and Mesa. Some of these collisions are minor and fortunately do not injure children but others are severe and leave those involved hurt and in need of medical care.

When a school bus accident leaves your child hurt, it may be difficult to understand what steps you need to take to ensure your child's rights and your family's rights are protected. Do you have a valid claim? Who was at fault in the collision? Do the outcome of any traffic-related charges impact your child's right to a recovery? When facing these difficult questions, it is a good idea to speak with a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer so that you can get the answers you deserve.

A collision between a vehicle and a school bus took place yesterday in Tempe and police are still investigating at this time. According to officials, a vehicle in the area of Rural and Guadalupe approached a school bus with at least 17 students on board. For reasons that are not yet clear, the vehicle did not stop and struck the back of the bus in a rear-end collision.

Police responded to the scene and spoke to the individuals involved. It appeared that none of the students on the bus were injured nor was the driver; the condition of the driver of the other vehicle is not clear at this time. Authorities have not revealed whether anyone involved will be issued a traffic citation due to the collision or whether any other charges may be forthcoming.

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