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School Zone Laws in Arizona

By The Husband and Wife Law Team on February 7, 2022

School zone laws are designed to protect children commuting to and from school. Their safety should be our highest priority. It is important to be extra cautious and know what you need to do in school zones to avoid causing injury to children or others. School zones are zero-tolerance areas. Even a minor traffic offense, such as driving a mile per hour or two over the posted speed limit, could get you pulled over and cited. Traffic fines are doubled for violations that happen in school zones.

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Dog Bites Involving Fake Service and “Therapy” Dogs

By The Husband and Wife Law Team on February 1, 2022

Under state and federal laws, service dogs may accompany their owners to any public accommodation. This includes restaurants, grocery stores, movie theaters, motels, businesses, schools, parks, gyms, and stadiums. These laws also apply to public transportation, depots, terminals and stations. However, some owners pass off animals as service animals that do not actually meet the criteria.

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Posted in: Dog Bite

What If a Self-Driving, Ride-Hailing Car Hits a Pedestrian?

By The Husband and Wife Law Team on January 28, 2022

Self-driving cars and trucks may be the “wave of the future,” but problems with these vehicles continue to plague the industry. In San Francisco, the ride-sharing company Waymo can be seen all over the city. Recently a pedestrian was hit by a Waymo vehicle. A company spokesperson said the car was being driven in manual mode, not self-driving mode. A famous Arizona case in which an Uber self-driving car hit and killed a pedestrian is not easily forgotten.

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Ten Tips for Maximizing Your Car Accident Settlement

By The Husband and Wife Law Team on January 20, 2022

After an injury accident, the amount you are paid in compensation should reflect the cost of medical care, lost wages from work, pain and suffering, and your future wellbeing. You can maximize the amount you recover by ensuring you have the following supporting evidence:

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Posted in: Auto Insurance

Appeals Court: AZ Utilities Can Be Accountable for Negligence

By The Husband and Wife Law Team on January 15, 2022

The Arizona Court of Appeals has ruled that utilities cannot legally shield themselves from a claim when acts of negligence have led to injuries, death, or property damage. This ruling was the result of a claim in which arcing electrical wires destroyed a home and the family’s personal belongings.

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Sharing the Road with Bikes

By The Husband and Wife Law Team on January 11, 2022

Cycling is more popular than ever, and Phoenix drivers commonly encounter cyclists, whether driving a regular bicycle or an electric bike. When operating your car, truck, van, or SUV in an area where cyclists often travel, you must drive more carefully. A cyclist, whether on a regular bicycle or a motorized bike, holds the same legal rights and responsibilities as other vehicle operators.

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2021 Among Deadliest Years for Arizona Drivers

By The Husband and Wife Law Team on January 5, 2022

Driving a vehicle in Arizona is proving to be more dangerous than ever, with the highest number of fatal accidents in over a decade. This frightening increase in fatalities is due to faster driving speeds, causing more violent accidents, according to the Governor’s Department of Highway Safety. The speeding trend began during the pandemic, with traffic deaths increasing, even with fewer vehicles on the road.

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Holiday Travel Safety Tips

By The Husband and Wife Law Team on January 4, 2022

People tend to travel more during the holidays to reconnect with friends and family. More people than ever may be traveling this holiday season after the social distancing required with the global pandemic last year. Travel in winter weather conditions comes with some hazards. The following tips can help keep you safe in your holiday travels.

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Posted in: Auto Safety

National Impaired Driving Prevention Month

By The Husband and Wife Law Team on January 2, 2022

December was chosen as National Impaired Driving Prevention Month for one simple reason. Both Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve fall in December. These are two of the most dangerous drunk-driving dates of the year. More people travel and attend parties and events where alcohol is served in December. Drunk-driving traffic fatalities and injuries escalate during the last month of the year.

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Posted in: Auto Accident

Staying Safe on New Year’s Eve

By The Husband and Wife Law Team on December 31, 2021

New Year’s Eve is one of the worst times of the year for drunk driving accidents. January 1st can be just as bad, when people who still have alcohol in their systems get behind the wheel of a car without realizing they are still intoxicated. If you drink on New Year’s Eve, after getting a ride home with a sober driver, the best plan may be to stay at home and rest to avoid driving alcohol impaired.

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