Phoenix Personal Injury Law Blog – Breyer Law Offices, P.C.
The simple answer is yes, you should absolutely have a lawyer to represent you when dealing with a commercial truck business and its insurance company. Both the trucking business and the insurance company are intent on making money, which means paying as little as possible to you. Even your own insurance company is, ultimately, going to make every effort to pay as little money as it can to anyone involved in a crash. After any accident, no matter who was at fault, contact an experienced Phoenix-area personal injury lawyer to represent you and protect your rights.
Different states in the US can handle automotive insurance in different ways. Arizona is an “at fault” state, which means after a collision, you have several different options. Depending on your insurance coverage, you can file a claim with your own insurance company, with the trucking company’s insurance, or file a civil lawsuit if appropriate. After an accident, the first thing you should do is make sure you and everyone else are not injured and report the collision. Once the health and safety of yourself and others are seen to, then immediately consider contacting a personal injury lawyer to represent you.
Sharing the road with large trucks is pretty common around Phoenix, especially on the freeways and between cities like Prescott, Flagstaff, and Tucson. Driving around these big vehicles can be perfectly safe as long as you keep a few simple things in mind and make sure to always practice general safe driving procedures. You should always fasten your seat belt, obey speed limits and posted signs with traffic instructions, and never use your phone or become distracted by passengers and events outside the vehicle.
One of the most important tips for driving around large trucks is to avoid the numerous and rather large blind spots that drivers of these vehicles have. Both directly behind and directly in front of the truck is a blind spot, since the large front of the cab obstructs a driver’s view and there is no rearview mirror for the truck. On each side there is a large blind spot along the trailer of the truck. On the driver’s side, there is a one-lane blind spot from the cab to about half-way along the trailer. On the truck’s passenger side, the blind spot goes across two lanes and stretches from the front of the cab to the back of the trailer. Stay out of these areas as much as possible.
Arizona is known for having some of the lowest liability requirements for car insurance in the country. In fact, the state falls 25 percent below the national average in the liability insurance department. This is great news if you’re a driver on the road, as it doesn’t cost very much to become legal, but the news gets even better. Instead of pocketing that extra cash and using it for coffee money throughout the New Year, you can make the resolution to put that money towards full coverage – something that won’t cost much more than what you’re paying now.
Blame, especially in terms of legal liability, typically depends a great deal on the specifics of a crash and what went wrong to cause the accident. Any time a large truck is involved in a collision in Phoenix there are typically many people with concerns who are involved. There is the truck driver, maintenance technicians, and any immediate supervisors the driver has, as well as professionals higher up within the trucking company. The manufacturer of the truck or individual components may have a stake in a crash, depending on what happened. If anyone else is involved in the collision, then they too have a vested interest in what caused the crash and who is to blame.
Complete catastrophic failure of commercial truck braking systems or trailer hitches is quite uncommon. These devices are designed to withstand a great deal of use when properly maintained. When there is a crash that results from failure to brake properly, it is typically the fault of the driver or another employee of the trucking company. The driver himself or herself is the first person typically looked at, since he or she is in direct control over the truck.
Under Arizona law, it’s required that all dog owners keep their dogs on a leash at all times. The only exceptions to this are when a dog is confined on the dog owner’s property, or when the dog is let off a leash in designated dog parks such as the Rose Mofford Sports Complex, RJ Dog Park, and Paradise Valley Dog Park. Putting these requirements into place makes the entire city of Phoenix safer for both residents and dogs.
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That is a very important question, but also one that can be difficult to answer. In general, liability comes down to the specific nature of a crash or accident in Phoenix, though there are some basic guidelines that can help you understand who is to blame. Establishing liability is vital to moving forward with a civil claim against another party when you have been injured or had your property damaged. Liability means a party was negligent and caused the damages, which means you need to establish who behaved negligently.
Perhaps the first place to start when looking to find negligence after a truck accident is at the driver of the truck involved. Since the driver is directly in control of the vehicle, he or she is often the party to blame. For a driver to be negligent, and therefore potentially liable in a civil suit, he or she needs to act or fail to act in a way that is reasonable as the driver of a large vehicle. For example, if the driver followed another vehicle too closely, knowing this did not give him or her enough space to stop in case of a sudden emergency, then that may be seen as negligence on the driver’s part.
It’s the New Year, time to make resolutions for the New Year to better yourself and better your life. For many this includes a resolution to get fitter and healthier, and maybe even take up jogging. It’s a great resolution to have, but remember before you take that first step that you will be considered a pedestrian and as such, you’ll need to know how to use the “right of way” the right way!
All over the country it seems to be pretty common knowledge that pedestrians, including joggers and runners, have the right of way; at any time, and under any circumstance. While it’s true that motor vehicles do have to yield to pedestrians, and most would face penalties if they were to hit a pedestrian, there are instances in which pedestrians must give the right of way to vehicles. And while, as a jogger it’s easy to get caught up in your headphones or trying to clear your mind, it’s also important to stay alert and aware, and be aware of what the law says.
New Year’s Safety Resolutions – Ride Your Bike the Way You Drive Your Car…Follow the Rules of the Road!
With our temperate weather and beautiful scenery, biking is a great way to get around Phoenix. Sadly though, Phoenix bike accidents aren’t uncommon so it’s important cyclists do everything they can to keep themselves safe. One of the best ways to do this is to remember that riding a bike on the road is really no different than driving a car. The same rules apply, although there are other rules of the road that apply only to cyclists. If you’re going to be biking around the city in the New Year, make a resolution to brush up on all the rules that apply while you’re out there.
The Arizona Revised Statutes (ARS) of the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety is the safety standard when it comes to the rules of the road for both bicycles and motor vehicles. The ARS first lists the rules that apply to both motor vehicles and bicycles on the road, and they are as follows.
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Following the devastation of Hurricane Matthew, a number of charitable organizations worked with FedEx to deliver food and first aid supplies to the impacted area, including Haiti. Deliveries of packages and parcels in Florida resumed quite quickly, including those items sent from the Phoenix metro area. Some delays were experienced, however, but nothing occurred that should have resulted in packages being lost or misplaced due to the storm.
Hurricane Matthew was one of the strongest storms the Florida coast had seen in decades, and though the damage in Florida was significant, the island of Haiti was, perhaps, the most severely affected region. A tremendous amount of damage occurred and hundreds of lives were lost to the destruction of the powerful storm.
It’s fairly common knowledge that excessive speed and texting are two of the biggest causes of car accidents on the roads. But while nearly every road in the United States has a posted speed limit, there are still states that don’t have any regulations over texting while driving. Arizona is one of these, and it’s not only surprising to many, it’s appalling. While the dangers of texting and driving have been known nearly as long as cell phones have, it’s perhaps never been showcased more than in a recent Florida case.