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Personal Injury

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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Posted On 10/22/19

New Rule Could End Sale of Inclined Sleepers

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is proposing a new rule that would effectively eliminate the sale of inclined sleepers, an infant bed that is designed to position babies to sleep on an incline of between 10 and 30 degrees. However, the American Academy of Pediatrics has long cautioned that these products make it more likely that a child’s airway will become compressed, causing them to suffocate. A study conducted for the CPSC found that babies have died in inclined sleepers despite pediatricians’ warnings over the years that the devices were not safe.  Erin Mannen, assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, directed the...

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Posted On 09/27/19

Parking Lot Injuries

Parking lot accidents are common in Arizona. Distracted and negligent drivers, along with pedestrians who do not follow the rules, can get into collisions that cause serious injuries. Parking lots are especially dangerous places due to the high number of vehicles crossing paths with pedestrians. Parking lot injuries can also arise due to unsafe premises. Inadequate security, slippery surfaces and uneven sidewalks could contribute to parking lot incidents and injuries in Arizona. Common Parking Lot Injuries in Vehicle Accidents The most serious parking lot injuries stem from vehicle-pedestrian collisions. Although a low-speed car accident could cause injuries such as whiplash, serious parking lot injuries more often involve pedestrian victims. When...

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Posted On 08/29/19

Arizona has the Highest Rate in the Country for Deaths Caused by Drivers Running Red Lights

According to NBC News, the number of people killed by drivers running red lights has hit a 10-year high and Arizona is the state with the highest rate of running red-light deaths in the country. AAA is advising drivers and pedestrians to use attentiveness at traffic signals. In 2017, the latest figures available, 939 people were killed by vehicles blowing through red lights, according to a AAA study of government crash data.  It's the highest death toll since 2008 and 28% higher than in 2012. AAA says one person is killed every 12 hours every day in the U.S. by drivers who don't stop for the signals. AAA isn't sure...

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Posted On 07/01/19

Understanding the Personal Injury Lawsuit Settlement Process

Accidents happen all the time – at school, at work, and especially on the road. While many people have been in a motor vehicle accident, few people have ever filed a lawsuit. The process of a personal injury lawsuit is complex but it should not be stressful. Most people choose to hire a personal injury attorney to ensure insurance companies and other parties involved in their case don’t use the legal system to take advantage of them. The personal injury lawsuit settlement process consists of eight simple steps. 1. Meet with your personal injury lawyer Although it is permissible to settle small claims without legal representation, a lawyer can be...

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Posted On 07/01/19

Arizona Jaywalking Laws

As of March 1, 2018, Arizona had the highest number of pedestrian deaths. The increase in deaths may be due in part to the speed of vehicles and negligence of drivers. Increasing the speed of a moving vehicle from 20 miles per hour to 40 miles per hour, increases the likelihood of death from 10% to 80%. Arizona has attempted to encourage walking, but has done little to remedy the tragedy of injuries and deaths from pedestrian-car accidents. Is Jaywalking Illegal in Arizona? According to Arizona legislation Section 28-793, a pedestrian may cross at an unmarked crosswalk but not between adjacent intersections at which traffic-control signals are in operation. The...

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