One of the most startling and frustrating motor vehicle accidents to happen is being rear-ended in a car accident. However, it may not come as any surprise that rear-end collisions are actually the most frequent type of crash here in Arizona. In fact, there were approximately 40,600 rear-end collisions in 2013 alone, which made up almost 46% of all crashes across the state, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

Most Common Causes of Rear-End Collisions

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Speeding: Speeding takes the top spot as the most common causes of rear-end collisions. Whether it be on surface streets or on the highway, drivers who do not follow the posted speed limits seem to find themselves slamming into the back of an innocent driver’s vehicle far too often.

Distracted Driving: Texting, talking on the phone, eating, drinking, and anything else that might distract a driver increases the potential for a rear-end collision as drivers have less reaction time to slam on their breaks in order to avoid collision.

DUI: Driving under the influences accounted for over 1,100 rear-end collisions in 2013. Intoxicated drivers have a significantly lower reaction time and are unable to slow down or completely stop in enough time to avoid an accident.

Weather: Weather conditions like rain, snow, fog, hail, and dust can very easily limit visibility on the road, leading to rear-end collisions.

What to do after being rear ended in a car accident

The first and most important thing to do is call the police. It is also crucial to take pictures of the accidents and document exactly what happened. Be sure not to sign any documents without any legal representation and do not discuss any settlement options with insurance companies.

Again, it is extremely important to make sure you do not discuss any sort of legal issues without representation present. Take care of yourself and your car and call an experienced personal injury lawyer.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a rear-end collision, call Schenk Podolsky as soon as possible to see how you may be compensated for damages. 

One of the most frightening realizations as a parent is that your children’s toys could potentially harm them. Choking hazards are virtually everywhere when it comes to products geared toward young audiences. How can you keep your child protected? The simple answer is remaining vigilant.injuries to children

Very young children like toddlers have a certain knack for ‘tasting’ anything and everything, presenting a pretty unique challenge to their parents. Although choking deaths are extremely rare, there are nearly a dozen cases reported in America each year. At least 157 children have asphyxiated from a toy or toy part between 1990 and 2004.

According to reports from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the leading cause of death by choking was caused by small balls or toy parts. The CSPC has imposed regular sanctions upon the market since 1979. While the system is responsible for many important recalls, no system is perfect.

Caretakers must be sure that toys intended for older audiences are strictly kept away from children under the age of three. Federal regulations stipulate that warning labels must be placed on toys intended for children between the ages of three and six if they present a choking hazard.

What’s the best way to keep your child protected? Become familiar with warning labels before purchasing toys. Warning under the Child Safety Protection Act are associated with,

  • Toys designed for children between ages three and six contain small parts.
  • Small balls for children above the age of three with diameters less than 1.75 inches.
  • Toys for children older than three that contain small balls.
  • Marbles, balloons, etc.

Do you research ahead of time and always inspect toys before introducing them to your child. Pay attention to consumer recall events and make sure you regularly monitor your child’s playtime whenever possible. Always keep a vigilant eye as a parent.

Imagine your child is playing in the front yard, only 10 feet away. The sun is shining as you tend to your garden on an otherwise perfect day. In the blink of an eye, a dog, racing down the street, lunges toward your child. It isn’t the type of horror story that happens exclusively in movies – serious dog bites occur every day in America.bitten by dog in arizona

About 4.5 million individuals find themselves victim to dog bite each year in the United States. Of those victims, more than 300,000 people are admitted to hospitals to receive treatment for their wounds. The severity of a dog bite can dramatically alter the circumstances of your everyday life, not only just physical appearances.

Out of all the things we worry about in an average day – paying the bills, getting to work, preparing dinner – protecting ourselves and our family from dog bites is hardly chief among them. Following an attack and after receiving emergency medical services, you may not know who you should turn to in your time of need.

Are you or a loved one the victim of a dog bite in Mesa, Gilbert or the Phoenix Metro area? The experienced legal team at Schenk Podolsky Law Firm can help. You may be entitled to compensation under a special statute in Arizona and under the doctrines of negligence.

Of the state’s various dog bite statutes, penalties are imposed toward individuals deemed liable for a dog that bites another person.

When you’re ready for legal representation, please don’t hesitate to call us. We’ll represent you in a court of law to aggressively seek the compensation you’re entitled to. Focus on your recovery while we handle the particulars of your case.

The Valley had never seen anything like it – torrential rainfall measuring nearly 5 inches in the span of a few hours. Parts of the Southwest became swamplands from this storm that shattered all previous rainfall records dating back to 1895.

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Residents are still addressing the damage left from remnants of a Pacific Ocean hurricane, with freeways flooding and immense damage occurring to property statewide. Boats, vehicles and virtually anything that wasn’t tied down was swept away in many regions, including Mesa.

Many residents affected by the tropical storm had little chance to react. While some people awoke to emergency response messages sent electronically to their phones, many slept through the beginning stages of the storm.

No area was hit harder than New River and Black Canyon City, settlements along the desert north of Phoenix that span the stretch of nearby Interstate 17. About 15,000 people live within New River and were significantly impacted by property damage.

Residents were also forced to evacuate affected park areas by local authorities. Many living in RV communities were hit hard, as nearly 8 inches of water damage affecting some residents there.

The massive storm is a painful reminder that there is little we can do to prepare for some forms of property damage – after all, you can’t quite follow suit against Mother Nature. While many residents are left picking up the pieces, assessing the damages has been a full-time job.

Is your home storm-proofed? Ensure your roof is in good condition every few months, and that the gutters and down pipes are well maintained. Be sure to clear and tree branches and debris located near your home.

While we can’t protect you from storms, the legal team at Schenk Podolsky can help if you have suffered property damage through another party’s negligence. We understand how damages can turn your life upside down. We’ll help you claim the compensation to which you’re entitled – contact us today.