October 4, 2013
No laws in Arizona or the United States restrict the sale of aged vehicle tires. A few states have inspection laws, but they only test wear and tear of the tire’s tread. The life of a tire with regular use is about six years— however, there tire safety goes beyond tread wear and proper inflation.
Even though a used tire retailer may be willing to sell it to you, a “new” old stock tire will typically have dried-out rubber, making it more prone to blow outs and tread separation. Test data by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration proves that a tire that is more than six years old has a significantly greater chance of catastrophic tread separation than a newer tire. Unfortunately, due to the lack of regulations, used tire retailers can and often do sell tires upwards of ten years old—a clear safety hazard.
To determine the age of your tires or any used tire you may be purchasing, look for the DOT code on the sidewall of the tire. The last four numbers of this code represent the week and year the tire was manufactured. So, if the last four numbers were 0110, this would mean that the tire was manufactured in the first week of 2010.
If you or a loved one is seriously injured in an accident caused by aged tires, an experienced attorney can assist you with any claims you may have. The Law Offices of Michael Cordova is a personal injury law firm in Phoenix, Arizona with a team of skilled, experienced and talented personal injury attorneys. We have an excellent track record of delivering the compensation our clients deserve. Contact us at 602-265-6700 for a free case evaluation.
July 24, 2013
We are in the middle of the Major League Baseball season, and a Diamondbacks game is the perfect way to escape the heat. But what happens if a foul ball flying at 120 mph hits you? Many personal injury lawsuits by fans are unsuccessful. These suits are usually unsuccessful because courts have consistently ruled that spectators enjoy sporting events at their own risk.
In Bellezo v. State, the Arizona Court of Appeals held that: (1) the danger of being struck by foul balls was open and obvious to a spectator, and; (2) the owners of the stadium complied with their duty to protect spectators from unreasonable risk of being injured by foul ball.
So if the owner of the premises takes reasonable precautions to protect fans and a fan is injured from an “open and obvious” danger, the fan will most likely not be able to recover for his or her injuries.
However, there are always exceptions: an experienced attorney may be able to establish that the owner of the premises did not take the appropriate steps to protect fans, or that the specific type of injury may not have been “open and obvious.” For example, if a fan is injured tripping in the stadium or from sitting on a defective bleacher, these risks may not be considered “open and obvious” at a baseball game.
Law Offices of Michael Cordova is a personal injury law firm in Phoenix, Arizona with a team of skilled, experienced and talented personal injury attorneys. We have an excellent track record of delivering the compensation our clients deserve. Contact us at 602-265-6700 for a free case evaluation.
Every summer in Arizona, small children tragically drown in backyard swimming pools. Drowning, the leading cause of death in Arizona for children under the age of five, is a preventable tragedy.
Small children are top-heavy and don’t have the strength to lift themselves out of pools when they fall in. However, drowning and near-drowning incidents can be prevented with simple steps! Listed below are useful tips and advice to prevent these needless tragedies from occurring.
- Use an approved barrier, such as a pool fence, to separate your pool from the house
- Never allow children to be alone near a pool
- Keep life-saving devices in the pool area, such a pole/hook or floatation devices
- Keep large objects like tables and chairs away from pool fences to prevent children from climbing over the fence
- Do not allow small children to play around the pool
- If you leave the pool area—even for a second—take the children with you
- Enroll your children in swimming lessons
- Install low-cost motion sensor door chimes on all exterior doors in your home. These chimes are available at retailers such as Amazon, Lowes, and Home Depot for less than $20 and are easy to install.
The Law Offices of Michael Cordova urges you to take the necessary precautions at your home to minimize the danger of your pool to your small children!
July 10, 2013
The recent loss of nineteen members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots in the Yarnell Hill fire is a devastating loss for the entire state of Arizona. As we mourn this terrible tragedy, we are reminded of the substantial risks our first responders take and the courageous service they provide to our communities.
Please join the Law Offices of Michael Córdova in extending our heartfelt sympathies to the families of the fallen firefighters and their community of Prescott, Arizona.
In the wake of this heartbreaking event, many are questioning how they can help. Below is a list of options for donating to the families of the firefighters who perished:
- The United Phoenix Firefighters Association, which donates 100% of proceeds to the families of the 19 firefighters. Donations can be made at Chase Bank to account #987218757
- American Red Cross– text REDCROSS to 90999 for a $10 donation to be charged to your next wireless bill or visit www.redcross.org/donate
- Directly to the Yarnell Fallen Firefighters website at yarnellfallenfirefighers.com/to-donate/.
- United Way of Yavapai County’s Yarnell Fire Fund: donate in person at any National Bank of Arizona branch or online at www.unitedwayyavapai.org
- Arizona State Credit Union is accepting donations at all branches, and will match up to $20,000 of direct contributions
- The National Fallen Firefighter Foundation: www.regionline.com/yarnellhill
June 14, 2013
In the wake of the tragic drowning of a 2-year-old girl in Lichtfield Park, it’s time to look at water safety in a legal context. Losing a loved one in a drowning accident can be a horrendous ordeal, but it is important to understand key aspects of the incident in order to settle any legal issues and begin the healing process.
First, understand that any entity, individual or organization, that possesses a swimming pool, has a legal responsibility to maintain a certain level of pool safety. The walls of the Paradise Valley pool are lined with notices – “lifeguard on duty”, “no running”, “no diving allowed”, etc. Individuals that own pools at their residences also have a responsibility to provide a safe place to swim. These measures are in place to ensure safety, as well as to prevent liability in case of an accident.
Liability for injury occurs if a drowning accident or any other swimming-related injury occurs. If the swimming pool was not staffed by on-duty lifeguards, or if the lifeguard was reckless in his or her actions and failed to prevent a drowning, the owner can be held liable for this accident. Liability can also be placed on a reckless swimmer if they forcefully caused an individual to drown. A drowning can also be the result of negligence of an individual that failed to provide supervision for a child in a pool.
If you or a loved one has sustained an injury at a pool, or if someone you know has drowned, there are a few steps you should take immediately. Try to gather any evidence possible from the situation in which the accident occurred. This includes people present at the time, the safety regulations put in place, and anything else that might be pertinent to a pending investigation.
Along with writing down all of this information, bring a camera along with you to take pictures of the scene of the accident. These can be used during a case as evidence against the person who assumes liability. Try to revisit the scene as soon as possible after the injury or drowning has occurred.
Also, if there are any non-working products or pieces of equipment at the scene, try to gather them and keep them in your possession. These can be used by an attorney at the offices of Michael Cordova as key evidence in your case. If anything has been removed from the area, attempt to get ahold of it so that no piece of evidence goes unnoticed.
This is a lot to handle in this time of grief, but don’t worry – turn to the law offices of Michael Cordova, where we specialize in wrongful death cases and can sort out the issue of legal liability in the death of your loved one. We will quickly and aggressively fight for you to ensure that the reckless actions of others don’t go unpunished. Call the offices of Michael Cordova today – we’re here to help you seek justice and keep your head above water.Newer Posts »
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