phoenix-traffic-largeThe metro Phoenix area has been one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas for a while now, which means that there’s now four and a half million of us trying to get around the valley throughout the day. This can and does lead to traffic problems, especially in some specific areas. It seems like we’re still learning how to be a city. Here are some tips on how to get around safely while still being considerate of each other.

 

Do change lanes as soon as possible when you see a lane closure in front of you, instead of waiting until the last minute and cramming into the cialishowtobuy line of cars who did merge early.

Do change lanes if you’re behind a bus at an intersection. It’s most likely going to stop for passengers on the other side, leaving you stuck behind it if you don’t get over.

Do let persons entering the freeway merge into your lane if you’re in the right lane. This is one where the golden rule really helps you avoid a fender bender.

Don’t enter an intersection until you see that there’s room for your car on the other side of it.

Don’t text while driving (or Snapchat or Facebook or Instagram). It’s not an official law here in Arizona, but it makes sense (and it is a law in 44 other states; we’re just one of the last to cross the finish line with this one).

Do use a speakerphone or bluetooth device while talking on the phone and driving.

Do check the tread and air pressure in your tires, especially during the summer months. The asphalt temperature reaches almost 160 degrees in the summertime, making the rate of blowouts skyrocket.

Do watch out for bicyclists, especially in the more urban areas. While the roads are being restructured to become more safe for both drivers and bicycles, bicycle injuries and deaths are still a major issue in Arizona.

Do be respectful and courteous of other drivers.

The valley is home to a growing number of people, and two of the most dangerous intersections in the country (7th street and Bell Road, and 19th Avenue and Northern). Be safe and courteous out there and it will help ensure that all of us get home safely at the end of the day.

These days, you can find and download apps for just about any purpose, even if that purpose is to completely waste a few minutes. There are also several apps available to help with legal matters, even if you’re not a legal professional. Here’s some of the best new releases, many of which are free.

 

Viewabill

This is a good one if you have an ongoing case with attorneys involved. It allows you to access the time entries for billable hours when your attorney has signed up with Viewabill.

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CamScanner

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Transporting legal documents used to take time. CamScanner now allows you to create, edit and share documents instantly in either PDF or JPG format via email. You also have the option of saving in the cloud, faxing and printing the documents.

 

Court Days

Court Days instantly calculates the number of court days or calendar days (or a combination of the two) before or after a given date. It also provides custom court holidays if your jurisdiction is not in the application’s default database. From there, you can email the calculated dates to other parties.

 

U.S. Constitution

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If you’re a bit of a law or history buff, there’s also U.S. Constitution, which is provided by the Library of Congress. This app contains the full text of the U.S. Constitution, including clause-by-clause discussions, and discussions of relevant Supreme Court cases. You can navigate using its built-in table of contents, table of cases and index.

 

Help! I Crashed my Car

If you’re in a car accident or motorcycle accident, your phone can now be a one-click automated emergency communication system that contacts up to 3 family or friends, your insurance agent and the body shop of your choice. Also, car accidents can get your adrenalin going and your judgment foggy. This app also provides you important information on what to do if you’re involved in an accident.

 

If you were involved in an accident and you sustained a personal injury, talk to Schenk Podolsky, your personal injury attorneys, about your rights today!

 

NeckbraceIn legal terms, a personal injury occurs when someone has been physically or emotionally injured or killed by a negligent or wrongful act of another. A personal injury claim is made by the harmed individual or family members seeking compensation for the harm done. There are many different types of personal injury claims, such as general negligence (a car accident), premises liability (when you slip in a restaurant), malpractice (typically medical-related), and dog bites.

Schenk & Podolsky can help you in all of these situations. Depending on the type of personal injury claim you have, and the person or entity against whom you’re making the claim, there are different statutes of limitations for filing.

Negligence
For a claim involving injury to person, injury when death ensues, or medical malpractice, you have two years from the date of your accident to file a lawsuit. In some cases, you may not be aware that you were injured until later. In that case, the two year time limit starts on the date that you discover the injury. For claims against a city, county, or the State of Arizona or any political subdivision thereof, including school districts, cities, state agencies and departments, etc. and their employees, you are required to file a “Notice of Claim” within 180 days and to file a lawsuit within one year.

Dog Bites
In the event that you’re bitten by a dog, the owner or person(s) responsible for a dog strictly liable for your injury or any property damage. The statute of limitations is one year after the incident occurred.

If you were injured and another party is at fault, you have rights and are entitled to collect damages, but the clock is ticking. Call Schenk Podolsky to speak to an experienced injury attorney today.

Have you suffered a physical injury or financial loss as a result of someone else’s actions? If the answer is yes, give us a call now!
There are many instances when taking someone to court can be an appropriate action, such as when you’ve sustained a personal injury, have dealt with a breach of contract, or experienced property damage as the result of someone else’s negligence. If you decide to take legal action to resolve physical and financial losses, here are some factors to consider.

Proof
Although it may be clear to you who was at fault in an incident, you will still need to be able to prove your claim. Make sure you have relevant documentation, whether it’s an invoice, a letter or email, or even witnesses who can back up your claim.

Costs
In order to file a formal complaint, you will have to pay court fees or other types of filing fees.
Fees need to be paid when:
● you file the claim
● you take depositions
● if you need to enforce the judgment

In the event that you win your case, the defendant is often responsible for many of these costs, but it still may be some time before they are recovered.

Time
Some complex cases involving multiple parties or intricate details are difficult to litigate and can take a lot of time for a resolution to happen. Even smaller claims that go through Arizona’s Compulsory Arbitration system can take months or years before a trial occurs.

Legal Issues
There may be some doubt about how the court will view the legal issues involved in your claim. This is why it’s important to seek legal professionals who have knowledge of the applicable laws and also know the correct procedures of filing claims in order to ensure that your rights are protected.

Even if you are unsure about taking legal action, you can discuss the merits of your case with an experienced attorney at Schenk Podolsky for free. Let us help you understand your options and what the best course of action will be. Contact us today to set up your free case consultation.