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Posted On 05/06/19

Arizona Bike Laws

Like many other states, Arizona considers bicyclists to have the same rights and responsibilities as all other motor vehicle drivers in the state. This means vehicle drivers should afford cyclists the same care and attention as they would to other drivers. It also means cyclists have the same responsibilities as other drivers. If you ride a bicycle in Arizona for leisure, exercise, or as an alternative means of transportation, it is essential to know and follow the state’s laws for bicyclists. Cyclists’ Responsibilities as Drivers Since Arizona law considers bicyclists on par with motor vehicle drivers, it is essential for bicyclists to follow many of the same rules of the...

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Posted On 04/26/19

Can I Claim Personal Injury If I Was at Fault?

Personal injury lawsuits allow injured people to secure compensation for their losses caused by the negligence of other parties. The first step in securing a recovery from a personal injury is identifying the party or parties liable for causing the damages in the claim. Some plaintiffs may find they bear some measure of liability for their own damages, and it is essential to understand state negligence laws before pursuing a wrongful death claim. Determining Liability for a Personal Injury When an individual suffers a physical injury or illness or incurs economic losses due to the negligence of another party, the injured party likely has grounds for a personal injury lawsuit...

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Posted On 04/19/19

Is Lane Splitting Legal in Arizona?

Lane splitting and lane sharing refer to two vehicles riding side-by-side in the same lane, typically bicycles or motorcycles. Lane splitting may also refer to “white lining” or riding between adjacent lanes of traffic. Some believe the practice has several distinct safety advantages such as making side-by-side riders of small vehicles more visible and have greater nighttime visibility, while others claim the practice is too dangerous. Lane Splitting in Arizona In Arizona, lane splitting remains illegal under Arizona Code 28-903. However, the lane splitting vehicle code contains several stipulations and exceptions all Arizona riders should know. Motorcyclists have the same rights as all other motor vehicle drivers and may make...

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Posted On 03/11/19

How Are Wrongful Death Settlements Paid Out?

A wrongful death claim is functionally similar to a personal injury claim in many ways, but everyone should know the distinctions between them when it comes to receiving the proceeds of a wrongful death claim. Depending on the type of settlement, the beneficiaries of a wrongful death claim receive, they may have options for disbursement that offer different advantages. Damages Available From a Wrongful Death Claim Since a wrongful death claim is essentially a personal injury claim filed on behalf of a victim who died from his or her injury, the damages available generally reflect those seen in typical personal injury cases. However, several other types of compensation are possible...

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Posted On 02/13/19

New Arizona Laws in 2019

January began a new legislative year, and also meant a time for new laws to go into effect. The state Congress passed many laws in 2018, many of which were effective the first of the year. Our Phoenix personal injury lawyers recommend knowing the most important changes and how they may affect your life. Knowing how these laws affect your daily life can help you plan ahead and make any adjustments that help you remain compliant with state and federal statutes. A New Minimum Wage Effective in January, the minimum wage rose by 50 cents to $11 an hour. It is a continuation of a law passed in 2016, which...

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Posted On 01/31/19

Arizona Good Samaritan Laws

Arizona state law protects individuals from criminal prosecution when they attempt to help others in good faith. Typically, the Good Samaritan law applies to two main types of situations: administering aid to a person who suffers a personal injury or medical event in a public place or intervening on behalf of an individual suffering from a drug overdose. Good Samaritan Laws in Personal Injury Events Arizona’s Good Samaritan law protects individuals who perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or who use automated external defibrillator devices to revive an individual who falls unconscious in a public place. Prior to the enactment of these laws, an individual who offered aid to an unconscious person...

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