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Personal Injury

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 02/19/20

How Long Does the Insurance Company Have to Respond to a Demand Letter?

After you file a demand letter, it can seem like the hardest part of your settlement is over. Waiting for an insurance company to respond, however, can be difficult while you are also dealing with lost wages and medical bills. Luckily, state law enforces time limits by which insurance companies must respond to demand letters in Arizona. If the insurance company takes too long, you may be able to file a bad faith claim to move things along. Average Response Time: 30 Days Different states have different laws for insurance company response times. Some states do not have a requirement at all. In Arizona, Administrative Code R20-6-801 states that an...

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Posted On 12/30/19

Arizona Sinkholes

A sinkhole is a dangerous natural disaster in which the surface land suddenly collapses from the dissolution of underlying rocks and subsurface. Sinkholes often appear without warning, opening a hole in the ground that may have been forming for months or years. A sinkhole can swallow up homes and vehicles, as well as cause life-changing personal injuries and deaths. Sinkholes are relatively uncommon in Arizona, but they can happen. Learning about what causes sinkholes, how to respond to injuries and who might be responsible can help a victim move forward after this disaster. How Do Sinkholes Happen? Most sinkholes start as natural ground depressions. Rainwater has no way to drain...

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Posted On 12/26/19

Car Fire Safety

Car fires can arise due to defective car parts, poor vehicle maintenance and car accidents. If your vehicle catches on fire, you and your passengers are at great risk of suffering burn and explosion injuries. You may not always be able to prevent a car fire, but you can learn how to properly respond to one. Practicing good car fire safety, such as recognizing the signs of a car fire and knowing how to react, could save your life. Prevent Car Fires From 2014 to 2016, U.S. fire departments responded to about 171,500 vehicle fires per year. These fires caused an annual average of 1,300 victim injuries, 345 fatalities and...

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Posted On 12/23/19

Christmas Fire Prevention

Fire safety might be far from your mind this holiday season, but many people’s favorite Christmas traditions pose serious fire threats. From decking the halls to trimming the tree, Christmastime comes with many activities that increase the risk of house fires, injuries and deaths. From 2013 to 2017, an average of 160 house fires per year started with Christmas trees alone. This year, keep your family safe while celebrating the season with a few general fire prevention tips. Tend to the Tree Christmas trees are a leading cause of holiday fires, property destruction and burn injuries every year. Christmas trees, especially those that have dried up, can serve as excellent...

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Posted On 11/29/19

What Is Breach of the Duty of Care?

If you bring a personal injury accident in Arizona, you will likely hear the phrase ‘breach of duty of care’. This is the basis for most personal injury accident claims. Even before you bring an injury claim, understanding breach of the duty of care could help you determine whether you have grounds for a negligence lawsuit after suffering a serious injury. Understanding what this phrase means and how it could affect your case may take help from a personal injury attorney. What Is Duty of Care? Breach of the duty of care has two parts: the breach and the duty. Duties of care refer to legal obligations. Different parties may...

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