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March 2020

Posted On 03/31/20

Diminished Value Claims in Arizona

A car accident that causes property damage will reduce the overall value of your motor vehicle. Even if you repair your vehicle to its previous state, having a crash history can diminish its market value. In Arizona, a crash survivor may have the right to bring a diminished value claim seeking financial compensation for the lesser value of his or her vehicle following a car accident. A diminished value claim seeks reimbursement for the lost resale value of a damaged car. Who Is Liable for Diminished Value? Before you can seek compensation for the diminished resale value of your vehicle, you must understand who is liable for your damages. This...

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Posted On 03/30/20

Who Has the Right-of-Way When Making a Left Turn?

Many intersection accidents are the result of one driver making an illegal or unsafe left-hand turn. Confusion as to the turning driver’s right-of-way contributes to these collisions, as does driver negligence such as drunk, distracted and drowsy driving. Learning who has the right-of-way when turning left according to Arizona’s traffic laws can help you prevent an intersection accident. It could also assist in determining the defendant during an injury claim after a left-turn accident. The Driver Traveling Straight Almost Always Has the Right-of-Way More often than not, the driver who was making the left-hand turn at the time of the collision will be liable for the accident. The police will...

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Posted On 03/27/20

What to Do When an At-Fault Driver’s Insurance Won’t Pay

Under Arizona's traditional fault-based car insurance system, the driver or party guilty of causing your vehicle collision will be financially responsible for related damages. After a crash, you will call the insurance company of the at-fault party to file a claim and request compensation for your losses. Unfortunately, not all insurance companies treat claimants fairly. Find out how to proceed if the at-fault driver’s insurance company refuses to pay. Why Might an Insurance Company Not Pay? If the at-fault driver’s insurance company denies your claim, it must list its reason for doing so in the denial letter you receive. You may then ask the insurance company for more details, file...

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Posted On 03/25/20

What to Do Following a T-Bone Accident

T-bone accidents are automobile collisions in which two vehicles form the shape of a T – the front of one vehicle striking the side of another vehicle. Other terms for a T-bone accident are side-impact collisions and broadside accidents. The party at fault for a T-bone accident could be the driver that struck the broadside of another vehicle or the driver of the broadsided vehicle. The steps you take after a T-bone accident can decide whether you recover compensation for your damages. Common Causes of a T-Bone Accident T-bone accidents are almost always preventable. They occur when one or both parties involved do something wrong, such as running a red...

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Posted On 03/23/20

How to Prove You Are Not at Fault in a Car Accident

Arizona is a fault-based car insurance state. This is a traditional system in which the party at fault for causing the car accident will have to pay for victims’ damages. The at-fault driver will compensate people he or she injured through negligence or recklessness. It is important to prove it if you did not cause a car accident in Arizona. Otherwise, your insurance company may end up paying for damages you were not responsible for – leading to an increase in your insurance premiums. You could also end up as the defendant in a civil action, potentially paying out of pocket for an accident you did not cause. A lawyer...

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Posted On 03/20/20

February Product Recalls (2020)

Defective products cause thousands of preventable consumer injuries and deaths annually. It is the responsibility of the manufacturer not to produce defectively designed and assembled products. Yet many dangerous items reach consumers daily. Keeping up with the latest product recalls for February 2020 can help you and your family avoid items with known risks. Sump Pumps A sump pump sold under the brand names Star Water Systems, Do It and Utilitech could pose a fire hazard due to an overheating risk. The brands recalled about 33,000 units of the sump pumps after receiving six reports of the pumps overheating and smoking, with no reported injuries. The recalled sump pump is...

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