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The Danger of Worn Tires

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.

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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.

Going to a D-Backs Game This Summer?

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.

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Mourning the Yarnell Hill Fire Tragedy

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.

Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial Service

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:

Trouble Under Water

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.

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The 5 Steps after a Car Accident

June 1, 2013

No one wants to plan on the worst-case scenario. Unfortunately, sometimes that is exactly the scenario that unfolds; and when that happens, it is important to be prepared. A car accident is one such scenario. On the I-10, scraping metal, jarring impact, blaring sirens—a person is easily shaken up after an accident, whether minor or massive. Faced with such stressful circumstances, no one could expect to think clearly and make the best decisions. However, if someone is prepared, he or she won’t have to worry about what to do.
After a car accident, regardless of the damages or liability, there are several key steps to follow to guarantee a smooth resolution. Below are the most important measures for people to take to protect themselves and their car.

1. Check for Safety

First and foremost, it is important to ensure the safety of all parties. Before insurance, liability, or legal details are discussed, getting necessary medical help should be the top priority. And most importantly, remain calm. Panic is the last thing people need in the aftermath of a car accident.

2. Speak Carefully

When someone says, “I’m sorry, I should have paid better attention,” it may just be a polite apology. However, taken in legal context, even something as slight as an apology, can be considered an admission of liability. The only people with whom an individual should discuss the accident are the police, the insurance agent, and his or her attorney. Witnesses of the accident may also be able to offer their views for added information, but the police are the ones who should gather all of the details. Save the good manners for later.

3. Document the Scene

Even minor accidents have the potential to snowball into a larger legal dispute. It is important for people to document the scene of the accident to provide evidence later. Some people even recommend carrying a disposable camera in the glove compartment of the car for such a need. Pictures are vital in sorting through an auto accident. They are reliable and unchanging when compared to the testimonies of witnesses and drivers. There are even apps for your iPhone that can help you through the entire documentation process.

4. Call an Insurance Agent

To get a quote of the damages, a person needs to consult his or her insurance agent. This will be the estimated figure that will cover all damages to the cars involved, based on who is at fault. Not all quotes or companies will be the same. If the first estimate is not satisfactory, an individual should ask for outside quotes from different companies. A second opinion can often be incredibly helpful.

5. Call an Attorney

Before making any final decisions, even if a driver has decided not to pursue major legal action, it is important to discuss the car accident with an attorney. The Law Offices of Michael Cordova will be able to fully assess the situation and any settlement that has been proposed. Having legal help as back up, especially before talking to the other party’s insurance agent, will save that person from a potential future mess. Enduring a car accident is headache enough; seeking legal help from Michael Cordova, even just as support, will save a driver all the unnecessary trouble afterward.

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