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The Top 5 Most Common Bones Broken in Car Accidents

The aftermath of a car accident can be beyond devastating, especially on the human body. The impact forces involved in a collision could cause mild to severe damage to your soft tissues, muscles, or ligaments. They could also fracture or break bones. In this article, we outline the top 5 most common bones broken in…

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Dog Bites in Arizona: A Strict Liability Tort

It is common rhetoric that dogs are “man’s best friend”. Despite this adage, dogs occasionally bite adults and children. What happens if you are bitten by a dog and injured? For example, what if the dog had never bitten anyone before? Is the owner still liable if he or she had no reason to believe…

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Ryan v. State: The Abolition of Broad Tort Immunity for Government Entities and Employees

Qualified immunity is a judicially created doctrine that shields certain government officials and entities from liability for some tort actions. However, the doctrine of qualified immunity does not insulate government officials and entities from all liability. This has not always been the case. At one point in Arizona’s history, public entities and employees were protected…

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Failing to Turn Left from A Two-Way Left Turn Lane

In our last blog post, we discussed how drivers often impermissibly use Two-Way Left Turn Lanes as express lanes and passing lanes. You can find that blog post here. However, A.R.S. 28-751 also dictates that when a Two-Way Left Turn Lane is present, drivers must use it in order to turn left.   In part, A.R.S.…

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Impermissible Use of Two-Way Turn Lanes as Express or Passing Lanes

In Arizona, drivers frequently encounter a center turning lane that separates the flow of traffic heading in opposite directions. Sometimes, the center turning lane will only be available to traffic heading in one direction. However, many center lanes are “Two-Way Turn Lanes” and allow drivers heading in both directions to use the lane to make…

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Notice of Claims Against Arizona Public Entities

An Arizona civil action begins with filing a complaint with the superior court. Generally, the injured party does not need to provide the defendant with any advanced notice of lawsuit prior to filing the Complaint. However, before filing a claim against a public entity, an injured person must provide the public entity with advanced notice…

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Safety Bulletin on Cell Phones

Cell phone explosions or fires seem unlikely, but the chemical properties of the lithium-ion batteries make it possible.  There are more than 225 million active cell phones in the U.S. alone. Approximately 96% of Americans use a cell phone on a day to day basis.  How Can Cell Phones Cause Injuries? Your cell phone may…

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Who Can Sue For Wrongful Death?

Wrongful death claims are made against a person who can be held liable for the death of another. A wrongful death constitutes that a fatality must be caused by some form of negligence. Examples of negligence are an auto collision caused by another driver or medical malpractice.  How Does a Wrongful Death Lawsuit Work? Wrongful…

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Underage Drunk Driving

Underage drinking is a major concern in the United States. Underage drinking is not only illegal, it’s also a major safety concern. In the United States, one out of three fatal car accidents is caused by a drunk driver between the age of 16-20.  Underage drunk driving has become an increasingly serious safety concern because…

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