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Pick Safety Over Style When it Comes To Motorcycle Helmets

By Breyer Law Offices on April 29, 2016

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 »

Posted in: Motorcycle Safety

When Accidents Happen With Emergency Vehicles In Arizona

By Breyer Law Offices on April 24, 2016

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 »

Posted in: Auto Accident

Arizona Motorcyclists Need To Be Seen And Heard

By Breyer Law Offices on April 20, 2016

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. Read the rest »

Posted in: Motorcycle Accident

Watch Your Step – Arizona Pedestrian Deaths Surged In 2015

By Breyer Law Offices on April 15, 2016

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 »

Posted in: Pedestrian Accident

Steps You Should Take Following an Arizona Uber or Lyft Accident

By Breyer Law Offices on April 10, 2016

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 »

Posted in: Auto Accident

Keeping Your Mind’s Eye on The Road In Arizona

By Breyer Law Offices on April 5, 2016

A study recently conducted by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute indicates that certain forms of distracted driving are more dangerous than others. While this news may come as no surprise to many drivers, the specific findings may. As published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers discovered that driving aggressively or while upset can make a person 35 times more likely to get into an accident. The only behavior more dangerous than this was drunk driving, which puts a person only slightly more at risk of an accident. Every other form of distraction, such as texting, drowsiness, eating or speeding was significantly lower. Read the rest »

Posted in: Distracted Driving

Should You Go-Pro Behind the Wheel In Arizona?

By Breyer Law Offices on March 30, 2016

Nearly all drivers in Russia has a dash camera – and for good reason. All one needs to do is look at some of the footage found online to know why. Images of out of control tanks careening onto busy highways, meteorites streaking through the sky, and endless fights between intoxicated drivers are just a sample of what can be found. By all accounts, having a dash camera is the only way Russian drivers can back up the facts of whatever outlandish accident they may have been involved in. Read the rest »

Posted in: Auto Accident

One For The Road – Dram Shop Laws in Arizona

By Breyer Law Offices on March 25, 2016

“Why didn’t someone stop them?”

It is one of the most common questions following a drunk driving accident, especially when the person in question is quite drunk. Depending on the situation, stopping a drunk driver from getting behind the wheel might not be an option. But, in many instances, someone witnessed their gradual intoxication and eventual inebriation. Someone – a friend, a fellow patron, or even the bouncer had to notice the uncoordinated behavior or slurred speech. But, can anyone be held responsible for noticing the problem and failing to act? Read the rest »

The Takata Airbag Recall Continues

By Breyer Law Offices on March 22, 2016

While using words such as “epic,” “historical,” and “unprecedented” to describe the Takata airbag recall might have been hyperbole before, it is beginning to look like the truth. If the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) gets its way, the auto parts maker could end up recalling 120 million defective airbags. Thus far, only 29 million out of the potentially 285 million fault devices have been recalled. Officials remain unsure about how an expanded recall may operate, as many vehicles have airbags installed from two different manufacturers, thus making it difficult to determine which one is which. As ominously stated by a former Takata manager – “You have no way of knowing.” Read the rest »

Posted in: Product Liability

Driving Tips For Rainy Arizona Roads & Treacherous Travel

By Breyer Law Offices on March 18, 2016

Despite El Nino’s lackluster performance this rainy season, weather forecasters are still anticipating showers. Whether this will happen or not is anyone’s guess. But one thing is for certain – when there are heavy downpours in cities like Flagstaff or Sedona, there is localized flooding and slippery roadways. It doesn’t take much for an unwary driver to end up skidding all over the road when the heavy rains begin. The key is keeping an eye on the road and as conditions deteriorate, make the appropriate adjustments. Read the rest »

Posted in: Auto Accident

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