When people think about lawsuits involving an injury, a “slip and fall” accident is what usually comes to mind first. “Slip and Fall” is the term that describes a case in which a person slips and becomes injured on another person’s property, due to a wet floor or some other hazard underfoot. While it’s not always a case that’s sure to win, the property owner can be held liable for the injury. Here’s a deeper look at this common type of lawsuit.

How is liability determined in a slip and fall case?

considering a personal injury case Arizona Injury LawyersMany people would think that this case would be pretty simple, and that the owner is automatically liable, but the truth is, it’s more complex than that. In order to win a slip and fall case, one of the following must have happened to you:

  • The owner of the property, or one of the employees of a business must have caused a spill, a worn spot, or other slippery or hazard to be underfoot.
  • The property owner or employee must have known of the hazard, but failed to address it.
  • If the owner or employee was not aware of the hazard, then the court can determine that they should’ve been aware, because a “reasonable” person taking care of the property would have discovered it.

Other factors of a personal injury case.
When you’re out in public, or even in another person’s home, the property owner is responsible for keeping up the property. Even if a hazard causes an injury, a successful negligence claim depends on whether the court finds that the property owner acted reasonably. Even if a dangerous surface is missed, as long as owners and employees make regular and thorough efforts to maintain the safety and cleanliness of the property, they are acting with reasonable care, and are not likely to be held liable.

Also, in order to bring an injury case to court, there must be an injury as a result of the incident, however minor it happens to be. If you sustained an injury in a business or someone else’s home, the case can be more complex than most people think. Discussing the details with an experienced attorney will help you determine the best course of action.

One of the ways in which communication has changed forever is the advent of text messaging. While it has made rattling off a quick message to your friends easier than ever, it has also created a new set of challenges, and placed more demands on our already divided attention. One of the biggest problems with texting is how distracting and dangerous it is when people start texting while driving.

Dire Results of Driving Simulators

New studies show that drivers seriously overestimate their ability to multitask behind the wheel. Several companies, including AT&T, Toyota and the New York Times, have produced game simulators that are designed to measure how your reaction time is affected by external distractions, namely text messaging. All of the simulators have led experts to agree that no one should attempt to text when driving.

Texting and Driving Leads to More Auto Accidents

texting and driving dangersStatistics have shown that text messaging makes drivers 23 times more likely to be involved in an auto accident. In 2011, it was estimated that 23% of collisions in that year involved cellphones. As a result, several states have implemented laws that ban or restrict cellphone use while behind the wheel. While Arizona hasn’t officially added laws to the books yet, several cities, including Tempe, Phoenix, Flagstaff and Yuma have cellphone bans or restrictions in effect, and statewide laws seem inevitable.

Try it For Yourself (Safely)

While it’s easy to make excuses, getting in a wreck for a silly reason simply isn’t worth it. To try your hand at some of the simulators, and to truly understand how distracting text messaging can be, check out the following links:

http://dropitanddrive.com/driving-simulators/
http://www.itcanwaitsimulator.org/
http://www.dontduit.org/textdrivingsimulator.html
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2009/07/19/technology/20090719-driving-game.html?_r=0

While the history of Mesa has seen many different phases, it is quickly becoming a destination for the arts and entertainment events. Throughout the year, festivals of many different types bring East Valley residents out to take in the great art, music and cuisine in the heart of downtown Mesa. Continuing in the vein, the Out to Lunch Concert Series is coming back to the Mesa Arts Center for another season of free entertainment. Here’s where you can find it.

A favorite among Mesa activities.

Starting on January 21st and running through March 24th, the Thursday afternoon concerts at the Mesa Arts Center will resume for the Spring season, providing free entertainment during the lunch hour to patrons. The concerts begin at 12:30 p.m. and take place in the Wells Fargo Garden at the Mesa Arts Center. During the shows, Life of the Party Catering will be bringing a selection of hot and cold lunches as well as beverages and desserts. You’re also welcome to pack and bring your own picnic lunch to the event.

This Spring’s lineup for the Mesa festival.

The 2016 Spring season brings another lineup of musical acts to the Out to Lunch Series. Check the following to see if one of your local favorites is playing!

family having a picnicJanuary 21:Groove Defenders (Variety)

January 28: Stan Foster (Tribute to the Stars)

February 4: The Burchfield Brothers (Instrumental/Vocal Duo)

February 11: Crackerjack Jazz Band (New Orleans Style Jazz)

February 18: Mario Carboni (Honky-Tonk Pianist Extraordinaire)

February 25: Pearl Ridge Band (Rock n Roll)

March 3: Trio Rio (Southwestern American Acoustic Music)

March 10: Mark Lucas and the Wild Bunch (Country Western Band)

March 17: Salt River Brass (Irish Eyes are Smiling)

March 24: JT’s Island Steel (Steel Drum Band)

Seating for the Out to Lunch Concert Series is limited, so especially if you have a big group, you’re encouraged to bring your favorite lawn chairs or picnic blankets. For more information, go to www.mesaartscenter.com.