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Arizona Bicycles and Traffic Rules

Did you know bicycles are required to follow traffic rules? Did you know you can get a ticket for speeding, running a stop sign, failing to yield and riding on the sidewalk? Most people do not know that these are some things one should not do on a bicycle.

Uninsured Driver

Uninsured and underinsured claims

Why would I need a lawyer if my injury claim is for uninsured or uninsured coverage with my own carrier?

Lien Against Insurance Proceeds

Wait, I thought that was mine. . .

Did you know that a hospital or health care provider can file a lien against the proceeds of any settlement or judgment you may get against the person who ran the red light and hit you. Even though your insurance paid the bill, the medical provider may claim a balanced bill lien. That is, the hospital that saw you in the emergency department has the right by statute to record a lien against your settlement or judgment. Although the provider may not sue you directly under the terms of your insurance or under the statute for the difference between what the insurance paid and what the hospital billed, it can still get that difference from the third-party tortfeasor (bad guy who hit you).

Under-Insurance Coverage

Protecting Yourself From the Other Guy

Why of course you have automobile insurance that covers you if you are in an accident. The state requires a very minimum policy so at least you have what is called a 15/30 minimum policy ($15,000 per person/$30,000 maximum per accident). And, if you are like most people, you have a lot more insurance if you have any assets.

Truck Accident Lawyer

Truck Accident Lawyer: Truck vs. Car

Truck vs. Car and the laws of physics.

Every day on the interstate big rigs and cars have to travel together. Unfortunately the laws of physics do not allow them to occupy the same place at the same time. We hear about a parallel universe but the theory does not work when a big rig moves into your lane.

Before You Settle With an Insurance Company Adjuster

When you have been injured in an accident, the other side may not want to tell you the truth about the defendant driver, the condition of the vehicle he or she was driving, any medical issues that may have made that person ineligible to have a license and a host of other facts important to you the injured person.

How Long Can I Wait to Sue?

This is not a simple question. Some people will automatically say two years from the date of the injury. But that is only correct some of the time. As an example, if a government employee in a State, County or City car hits you while you are on your bike, your injury claim ( if you are 18 years old) most of the time the Statute of Limitations period starts when you were hit. But suppose the accident puts you in a coma - that disability may extend the time for you to sue. Or, IF you are under 18 at the time of the accident, the time may be extended. But what is the time for an auto wreck when there is a State, County or City vehicle involved?

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