Phoenix Personal Injury Law Blog – Breyer Law Offices, P.C.
Mark and Alexis Breyer of Breyer Law Offices, P.C. were recently featured in North Valley Magazine, a bi-monthly lifestyle magazine that covers the Phoenix metropolitan area. Alexis and Mark were featured in the magazine for being recognized as two of the top attorneys in Arizona for injury and wrongful death law. The Husband and Wife Law Team has been practicing personal injury and wrongful death law together, giving them over 40 combined years of legal experience. Read the rest »
Earlier this year the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety named Arizona one of the most dangerous states in the nation for motor vehicle operators. Their report put Arizona in the “red,” with less than 7 of the 15 required laws necessary to be considered “safe.” The reasons for this are many – from seat belt requirements to lax texting while driving regulations. But one of the law that stands out the most and is usually the most hotly contested, is the lack of any required motorcycle helmet law. Currently Arizona only requires riders 18 and younger to wear a helmet. Read the rest »
In early March 2016, a chapter of the Arizona Hell’s Angels rented out a movie theater in Tempe to celebrate their 68th anniversary. It was Saturday afternoon and the marquee film was Hell’s Angels Forever, a 1983 documentary that chronicled the history of the club. Roughly 100 people attended the screening at Pollack Tempe Cinemas. The screening went on at exactly noon, ran its allotted time, and as a statement by the group explained: “Not only were there no issues or incidents at the first screening, there has never been a problem at any H-A event in the state of Arizona.” Read the rest »
Arizona shares almost half its western border with California. Many roads, highways, and rural routes crisscross between the two states. Countless commuters, visitors, and everyday motorists make their way to and from California on a daily basis. Like so many border regions, where a state ends and another one begins can be foggy. But when it comes to traffic laws – specifically those governing motorcycle operators – the division couldn’t get any more clear. Read the rest »
Anyone who rides motorcycles knows it’s not a matter of if you’ll get caught in the bad weather, it’s a matter of when. Even here in Arizona, there are regions in the state where your odds of getting caught up in a downpour are pretty good. This kind of weather makes for treacherous driving for even the most experienced of cyclist. So, it is a good idea to be prepared for that day, whenever it may come. Read the rest »
Like many states, Arizona does not require anyone of adult age to wear a motorcycle helmet. Under Arizona Revised Statutes 28-964 only individuals 18 and under are required to wear one. So motorcycle enthusiasts are free to ride without a helmet, so long as they remain within the state boundaries. Of course there are other standards – such as mandatory goggles for any bikers that do not have a transparent windshield – but overall such requirements are minimal at best. But, despite being the law of the land, is riding without a helmet a good idea? Read the rest »
We’ve all experienced it at one point or another. You were driving down the road when an emergency vehicle suddenly appeared in your rear view mirror or directly in front of you. Obeying the “move over law,” you pull off to the side and let them speed through. In most cases these interactions are fairly organized and over quickly. However, what happens if the emergency vehicle in question is driving so recklessly it leaves you with little time to react – and you end up in an accident? Do you have any legal options or are government vehicles such as ambulances, fire trucks and police cars beyond reproach? Read the rest »
How many times have you been driving somewhere and heard a loud motorcycle roll up behind or alongside you? For most motorists who don’t own or ride motorcycles, this can be plenty annoying. The sound of a motorcycle’s exhaust can be deafening in the right situation – and if the owner has modified the bike in any way, it can be ten times louder than normal. But despite the perceived nuisance, this is actually a “sound” way for motorcycle enthusiast to keep themselves safe. Anything that helps make their presence known on the road is a good thing – even if it grates on a neighboring motorist’s nerves.
But, loud pipes and modified exhaust systems aren’t the only way for bikers to get your attention. There are many other ways that can be employed in order to avoid an accident. If you are a motorcyclists consider some of the following safety features for your next ride:
- Excessive Horns – Factory or stock horns do little to let opposing traffic know that a motorcycle is near. They are small sounding and barely register when there is gridlock. Motorcycle owners can improve their odds of being noticed by installing a custom horn that has a bit more “oomf” to it.
- Neon / Reflective Surfaces – Just like their bicycle counterparts, motorcyclists can benefit by applying large swaths of reflective coatings and clothing to their ride. It only takes a few inches of reflect tape or neon lighting in order to get a passing motorist’s attention.
- LED Lighting – For as much as we all hate the guy who pulls up behind us with the super bright lights, it can mean the difference between life and death for a motorcyclist. Ultra bright lights can be seen from much farther away and lets oncoming traffic know a motorcycle is near.
We recommend that all current and aspiring motorcycle owners invest in safety gear for their rides – especially if night riding is in your plans. That being said, even when riders do invest in these safety measures often times they are still hurt by another’s negligence. In addition, it is still up to the public to watch out for innocent motorcycle riders. However, should you end up in a motorcycle accident, give Breyer Law Offices, P.C. a call and schedule a free consultation to review your legal options. We know what it takes to win cases for motorcycle riders and their families and are very involved in the motorcycle community. You can reach us at (602) 267-1280.
Over the past year motorists across the country, as well as here in Arizona, have been making the most of lower gas prices. More people are taking trips, getting away for the weekend and just enjoying a day out on the road. In addition, the job market has been on the rebound since the Great Recession, which means the nation’s workforce has more money to put into their vehicles. But for as beneficial as all this increased traffic may be to the economy, there is a downside. More cars on the road, means a greater chance for accidents – which is exactly the case. Read the rest »
Here’s the thing about Uber, Lyft, and all the other ride sharing drivers we rely on – they’re just like us. When they get behind the wheel, they are just as likely to get into an accident as we are when we drive ourselves. For many of us, however, the thought of getting in an accident with a “professional” driver rarely enters our minds. We put a great deal of faith in our driver’s abilities and just like taxi and bus operators, we expect them to drive safely. But, as recent history has shown us, Uber and Lyft drivers are just as error-prone as the rest of us – and in some instance maybe even more so. Read the rest »