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Personal Injury Law Updates

Auto Related Fatalities Rise in 2017

In 2017 There Were 1,000 auto related fatalities in Arizona, why? According to the ADOT, for the third year in a row,  Arizona saw an increase in auto related fatalities.  The last year in which there were less deaths than the year prior was 2014.  Since 2015, the total yearly number of auto related fatalities…

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Arizona Legislature Passes Bill Raising Auto Insurance Limits But Governor Ducey Vetos.

[tm_pb_section admin_label=”section”][tm_pb_row admin_label=”row”][tm_pb_column type=”1_2″][tm_pb_text admin_label=”Text” text_orientation=”left” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid”]     Over forty years have passed since Arizona enacted its minimum requirements for auto insurance coverage (1972).  On May  1st, 2018 the house transmitted to Governor Ducey HB2254.  The bill raises the minimum limits required for liability coverage from $15,000.00 per person or $30,000.00 total…

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Could Arizona Have A No Texting While Driving Law?

[tm_pb_section admin_label=”section”][tm_pb_row admin_label=”row”][tm_pb_column type=”1_2″][tm_pb_text admin_label=”Text” text_orientation=”left” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid”]     Arizona is one of only three states not to have a statute banning texting and driving.  The legislature has introduced some variation of an anti-texting law ten times, but each time it failed.  This session the Senate is considering SB 1261 a full ban…

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To Raise or Not To Raise?

[tm_pb_section admin_label=”section”][tm_pb_row admin_label=”row”][tm_pb_column type=”1_2″][tm_pb_text admin_label=”Text” text_orientation=”left” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid”]   Over recent years there have been several attempts to pass a law raising Arizona’s minimum limits for auto liability coverage.  Recent attempts to raise the limits have failed.  Currently Arizona’s minimal coverage limits rank as one of the lowest in the United States.  In last…

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Can Your Expert Testify In A Medical Malpractice Case?

[tm_pb_section admin_label=”section”][tm_pb_row admin_label=”row”][tm_pb_column type=”2_3″][tm_pb_text admin_label=”Text” text_orientation=”left” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid”]   When a patient sues his/her doctor for medical malpractice, in most cases the patient will have to have another doctor testify as an expert to establish the treating doctor’s fault.  In Rasor/Miller v. Northwest Hospitals LLC, the Arizona Supreme Court address what prerequisites the expert must have…

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Can The Judge Modify A Jury Verdict?

[tm_pb_section admin_label=”section”][tm_pb_row admin_label=”row”][tm_pb_column type=”1_2″][tm_pb_text admin_label=”Text” text_orientation=”left” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid”]   Can a judge modify a jury verdict?  Depending on the circumstances a judge can modify a civil jury verdict in a jury trial.  The Arizona Supreme Court recently addressed this issue.    Often in personal injury trials (and other civil trials), the Defendant may request…

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Uninsured Motorist Coverage, What Is It?

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What Are Arizona's Minimum Auto Insurance Limits?

What Are Arizona’s Minimum Auto Insurance Limits?  Currently it is  $15,000 of liability for injuries to any one person in another vehicle they hit, and a total of $30,000 for all injuries and deaths out of the same incident. And their coverage for damages to the cars and other property of others can be as…

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Injured While On Government Property?

Were you Injured While On Government Property?  If you were,  your right to seek compensation from the government agency is significantly limited as compared to your rights against a private entity or person.  Specifically there are specific notices you must comply with, not only time mandated notices but you also have to provide those notices to…

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Drowsy Driving, The Next DUI?

Over the recent years there has been an increase in accidents resulting from Drowsy Driving. In 2015 according to the NHTSA. Some statistics indicate that drowsy driving causes about 100,000 car accidents a year, with about 71,000 injured people. Just like driving while impaired, drowsy driving effects driver alertness, attention and reaction time. Some states…

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