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GRID Bikes Takeover Phoenix

July 20, 2015

At the beginning of the year, Phoenix contracted with CycleHop, LLC., to institute a bike share program across the city. The program includes 500 GRID bikes in the city of Phoenix alone. Tempe and Mesa are said to follow. But, with beginners and novices swerving into traffic without helmets, or an understanding of Phoenix bike laws, is bike sharing the safest route possible for commuters on any set of wheels?

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Phoenix Makes a Commitment—Sort of

The city of Phoenix was fully committed from the onset. Once the contract was accepted, Phoenix promptly made changes to the street grid. Mostly, this came in the form of adding bike lanes. But, these commitments do fall short. Instead of adding a real bike lane, where there is added space to the furthest right-side car lane, Phoenix instead chose to just add bike lane markings to already existing car lanes. Thus, this lane operates more of an interchangeable lane, where cars and bikes both ride in it. This is a stark difference to many bike lanes found in other metropolitan areas like Chicago or New York, where the bike lane is separate and apart from a car lane to ensure the safety of the rider.

The Numbers are Good

Arizona is relatively late to the bike sharing program. Indeed, the first bike share program started in 2007, while most other major metropolitan areas had one by 2013. However, that is a good thing. With Arizona cities as late entrants, previous cities have provided enough information to show if the bike share program really is safe.

Using New York as a guide—known for their mean streets—perhaps proves that safety is attainable. There, after nearly 10 million rides, New York’s bike share program has yet to mark a fatality; however, 40 riders have been injured resulting in medical attention. Nonetheless, those numbers are low. What’s lower? How about no fatalities across the entire U.S. since the beginning of the program (2007), which has chalked up a total of 23 million rides! Those numbers are nothing to balk at, and, oddly, do not reflect the same kind of safety expected by non-bike sharing riders.

Nevertheless, Phoenix might find itself on a different page. Again, other metropolitan cities like Chicago and New York built bike lanes separate and apart from a car lane. Phoenix, however, built bike lanes right into a car lane, where the lane can be used interchangeably. Without question, the safety of the rider in this scenario is at greater risk than a rider who has the benefit of using a separate bike lane.

GRID bikes provide ease and convenience for the city commuter, or for local errands and coffee with friends. Even with this convenience, riders should be prepared to know the laws governing bike riding in that city. Moreover, bikers should utilize all proper protective equipment.

GRID Bike Injury—Getting Help

If you or a loved one sustained an injury while riding a GRID bike, it is important to call an attorney immediately. The Law Offices of Michael Cordova has attorneys who are experienced in personal injury, bicycle accidents, and wrongful death.

Authored By: Jonathan J. Cianfaglione

Arizona Fireworks Guide

June 25, 2015

With every state having a complex set of firework laws, Arizona is no difference when it comes to which fireworks are legal, and which fireworks are illegal. To make it more confusing, Arizona passed a bill in April last year creating tiers for fireworks, dates permissible for use, and an outright prohibition on counties from banning fireworks. One thing that is clear: violation of the fireworks law will land you a fine up to $1000, and a class 1 misdemeanor. Here’s what you need to know about using fireworks during July 4th.

Prohibitions on Bans

The firework bill expressly prohibited counties, and cities within those counties, from banning fireworks. There is a catch: those counties must have populations of over 500,000 people. Thus, smaller counties are exempt from the outright prohibition of banning fireworks, and are free to institute a ban.

Restricted Use and Sale

Fireworks and the desert just don’t mix. That is why the firework bill sought to restrict the use of fireworks throughout the year. This also helps limit safety issues, as well. Unfortunately, the bill has two separate timeframe categories: sale and use. Further, of those two categories, the timeframes don’t always overlap (still with me?). Therefore, it is extremely easy for an Arizonan to find trouble with the law. Here are the dates to know:

Permitted Sale: May 20 – July 6; Dec 10 – Jan 3
Permitted Use: June 24 – July 6; Dec 24 – Jan 3

Fireworks—Legal and Illegal

Fireworks come in a large variety. Consequently, Arizona sought to create three categories of fireworks to help consolidate all the varieties, and square it with the bill’s restricted use and sale time frames. These categories come in green, yellow, and red: fireworks in the green category are available for use and sale all year; fireworks in the yellow category are restricted to the seasonal time frame, as annotated above, and; fireworks in the red category are completely prohibited. Below is a picture as a guide:

fireworks chart

As a friendly reminder, the Law Offices of Michael Cordova remind you to be safe when using fireworks. All fireworks, including novelties like sparklers, may cause injury if used in a manner inconsistent with proper use. Should you, or a loved one, find yourself injured by someone else’s improper use of fireworks it is important to contact an attorney immediately to review your case.

Authored by: Jonathan J. Cianfaglione

Hold’em For Hope Casino Night Fundraiser

May 13, 2015

This Saturday on May 16 at 6pm, Stepping Stones of Hope will host a Hold’em for Hope Casino Night fundraiser at the Arizona American Italian Club. The event is also led by the title sponsor—Law Offices of Michael Cordova—with the Hold’em For Hope Casino Night fundraiser aimed at helping grieving kids, teens, families, and adults who have tragically lost a loved one.

Stepping Stones for Hope

Stepping Stones of Hope offers help for grieving kids, teens, families and adults through education and camps. Change is difficult for everyone; accepting the death of a loved one, on top of all the normal changes life brings, is probably the most difficult to understand, especially for a child. Learning how to cope and accept these changes is important for navigating their individual path of grief and helping them grow up to enjoy a productive and successful life as an adult.

Stepping Stones for Hope program director Diane Raden noted the importance of events like Hold’em For Hope Casino Night fundraiser: “Casino night is just one of our many fundraisers in which the community, our business partners, supporters, volunteers, and past campers can all come together for a night of fun and fundraising for a great cause.”

A Natural Connection for the Law Offices of Michael Cordova

Personal injury firms like the Law Offices of Michael Cordova have to deal with more than just law; they deal with personal, emotionally impacted clients. After 23 years of practicing law Michael Cordova, owner and attorney of the Law Offices of Michael Cordova, understands the deep emotional pain clients experience when suffering from the loss of a loved one. “Unfortunately, we see many cases in which children are tragically impacted by the death of a loved one and we see the true benefit of organizations, like Stepping Stones of Hope, and how their camps help children understand and manage their grief,” explains Cordova.

For Michael Cordova it’s not just about recognition of the loss; it’s about taking actionable steps to help in a more meaningful way: “sponsoring Hold’em For Hope Casino Night fundraiser for Stepping Stones of Hope is a wonderful opportunity for our firm to give back to an organization in the Valley that makes a positive impact in the lives of kids and their families.”

Event Information

For more information about Stepping Stones of Hope’s Hold ‘Em For Hope Casino Night fundraiser, visit the website here. Tickets and sponsorships are available to purchase online from the website. For more detailed questions, please call the office at 602-264-7520.

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Laparoscopic Power Morcellation Creates Caution, FDA Cites Cancer Risks

May 12, 2015

In April 2014, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) called for caution when using a laparoscopic power morcellation to aid in a hysterectomy or myomectomy in women. The FDA noted that the use of laparoscopic power morcellation in hysterectomy or myomectomy increased cancer risk in women. Just over six months later, the FDA issued an “Immediately in Effect” guidance to the public and health professionals, requiring the manufacturer of laparoscopic power morcellators to update warnings on the box.

How it Works

Laparoscopic power morcellation is commonly used in hysterectomy—removal of the uterus —and myomectomy—removal of uterine fibroids. Laparoscopic power morcellation is one of several options to remove fibroids, but offers a few benefits like reduced risk of infection and quicker post-operation recovery time. These devices breakdown uterine fibroids into fragments so they can be removed from the body.

Where the Danger Lies

Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous growths that originate from the smooth muscle tissue in the wall of the uterus. According to the National Institute of Health, most women will develop uterine NA-CC035B_MORCE_G_20140722220608fibroids at some point in their lives.

However, current data estimates that 1 in every 350 women undergoing a hysterectomy or myomectomy is found to have an unsuspected uterine sarcoma, a type of uterine cancer that includes leiomyosarcoma. If laparoscopic power morcellation is performed in women with unsuspected uterine sarcoma, there is a risk the procedure will spread the cancerous tissue within the abdomen and pelvis, significantly worsening the patient’s likelihood of long-term survival.

Insurers Have Taken Notice

Given the danger of performing laparoscopic power morcellation in women to remove fibroids, Aetna Inc—the nation’s third-largest health plan—will stop covering routine use of laparoscopic power morcellation. Citing the FDA’s concerns with the increased risk of cancer, Aetna’s new policy will take effect on May 15th, 2015, and will require prior approval from the insurer.

Getting Help

If you, or a loved one, has recently had a hysterectomy or myomectomy where laparoscopic power morcellation was used, consequently spreading cancerous tissue, it is important to call an attorney immediately. The Law Offices of Michael Cordova has attorneys who are experienced in wrongful death, medical malpractice, and products liability, and will vigorously fight for your justice.

Authored by: Jonathan J. Cianfaglione

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Arizona Waterways: Plugging Boating Accidents

May 7, 2015

Arizona waterways provide for some of the country’s most beautiful lakes and rivers, which is why it’s easy to understand why Phoenicians retreat to Arizona waterways to beat the summer heat2012-Sea-Doo-GTX-215-Action-01. Unknown to most water-goers, though, is that, according to AZ Game and Fish Dept, Arizona averages fifth in the nation when it comes to boating accidents and seventh for total number of injuries on water. If those numbers have got you thinking, this article will help identify the leak that is causing such staggering numbers in Arizona’s waterways.

Common Reasons for Boating Accidents

With Arizona averaging fifth in the nation when it comes to boating accidents, a main question to ask is what is contributing to boating accidents? To avoid being a statistic, here are the U.S. Coast Guard’s top five contributing factors to boating accidents:

It almost goes without saying that alcohol use/abuse aggravates these factors substantially. Indeed, alcohol is a leading contributing factor in fatal boating accidents amounting to 17% of all deaths. To help mitigate becoming a statistic, we recommend taking the AZ Game and Fish Dept. online boating class, though not required by law. Additionally, obtaining a copy of “The Boater’s Guide of Arizona” will apprise you of Arizona boating laws and should always be kept onboard the boat.

Boating_AccidentYou, Your Boat, and Accidents

In 2012, the total number of boating accidents surpassed 4500 incidents and cost $38 million of damage to property in the aggregate. Of the 4500 boating accidents, 651 resulted in fatal boating accidents. A majority of those—almost 71%–were the result of drowning. Not only is it extremely important to keep safety gear on the ship, but on your persons as well. Wearing a life jacket at all times is the best way to combat drowning. Further, many boating accidents have the effect of knocking a person unconscious. In a situation such as this, the only way to prevent drowning would be wearing a life jacket. For more information on common injuries involved in boating accidents and drowning, visit our boating accident page.

Getting Help

A boating accident requires special attention as it comes with personal injuries and financial burdens. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Michael Cordova understand boating accidents in Phoenix and around Arizona, and recognize the legal complexities that are involved. If you, or a family member, has been injured in a boating accident due to the negligence of another, contact our office to schedule a free, personal, and confidential consultation.

Authored By: Jonathan J. Cianfaglione

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