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The Christensen Law Firm of Utah recently created an infographic about bicycle accidents and the injuries that often result. The Christensen Law Firm believes strongly in providing integrity and compassion to their clients that have been the victim of a Utah bicycle accident. This infographic helps to explain the importance of wearing a helmet and ways in which bicycle injuries affect a rider. The law firm represents numerous bicycle accidents ranging from cyclists, tri-athletes, and children that have been injured.

The infographic discuses the most common places to ride bikes, the reasons people ride, and statistics about helmet safety. The most common place to ride is on paved roads and the most common reasons people ride bicycles are for recreation purposes and exercise. Even though 48.1% of bicyclists ride on paved roads among cars, only 19 states require drivers to stay at least 3 feet away from cyclists while on the road.

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As parents of seven children with our 8th to be arriving in January, as well as Phoenix product liability attorneys, we are always trying to stay on top of the latest safety findings for kids. This latest product ban comes, we fear, too late for many families.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has outlawed the manufacture, sale, and re-sale of drop-side cribs. The products, designed with one side rail that moves up and down to make it easier for parents to remove the child, have been made by many different manufacturers over the past 10 years.

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Many Arizona residents are actually transplants from other states around the country; it can be difficult to find an “Arizona native.” Arizona’s draw is oftentimes the single-digit days of rain per year, but also Arizona is recognized for being a safe family state. As parents, Arizona transplants, and accident attorneys, we chose Phoenix because we felt at home. Now our sentiments are being confirmed!

November’s issue of Parents magazine has rated several cities in Arizona in the top 100 best U.S. cities to raise a baby (Arizona Republic via AZ Central 10/7/10). Scottsdale was awarded the “Golden Binky” as it was rated number one on the list; Phoenix was 7th; Mesa was 11th; Gilbert was 14th; Chandler was 17th; Glendale was 25th; and Tucson was 30th. Child injury rates, availability of car seat checks, baby-accessible parks, and number of pediatricians are some of the criteria measured every year by Parents Magazine to determine the rankings.

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Multitasking may be one of the best advantages to having opposable thumbs. However, while driving, those thumbs should remain on the wheel and not on a Qwerty keyboard. In Arizona, there is no ban on texting while driving except in the city of Phoenix. As Arizona car accident attorneys, we hope all drivers keep 100% of their attention on the road in front of them and around them.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety conducted a study on the effectiveness of texting bans (USA Today via AZ Central 9/28/10). Thirty states and the District of Columbia have a ban on texting while driving. The Insurance Institute found that the bans have not decreased the number of accidents at all; in fact, they found rates had risen in three states. Instead of refraining from texting, drivers now may be focusing more on hiding the fact to evade the police, which lowers their eyes from the road even more, and for longer periods of time.

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With our own children approaching driving age, we are reminded nearly every day of the safe driving practices we want our children to utilize. All too often, car accidents are caused by distracted drivers who are rubbernecking, texting, eating, or talking on the phone. As Arizona car accident attorneys, we hope all drivers minimize their distractions in the car.

This weekend at the Tempe Diablo Stadium, the National Driving Safety Institute and Cricket Communications are hosting a safe driving program for teens (KPHO 9/24/10). The program, the XCD Driving Challenge, is expecting over 100 teens to participate in programs designed to teach teens how to ignore distractions, including activities such as the “Safe Text Driving Challenge.”

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Phoenix car accident lawyers are often asked all the time whether or not a person should file a claim after a car accident. Mark Breyer is a top rated attorney through AVVO. In answering this question, people who are involved in a car accident are very vulnerable and many times have lots of questions. This is a very important question because it usually means that the person has not yet spoken to the insurance company.

The answer to whether or not you should file a claim is that YES a claim has to be filed, but NO the person who was in the accident should not be filing the claim. Typically, after a car accident, a person is shaken-up and the adjuster wants to ask lots of questions and wants detail. Many times the adjuster will ask that the conversation be recorded.

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Phoenix Personal Injury Attorney, Mark Breyer, has received the highest rating of “superb” from AVVO. AVVO is currently one of the top attorney ranking services throughout the Nation. AVVO is a top notch organization that ranks lawyers all over the country to give potential clients a better understanding of each lawyer’s different expertise. Lawyers are acknowledged for their stated area of practice and each attorney has their own profile. The ranking includes evaluations by former clients, endorsements by other lawyers, awards the lawyers have received, associations that the attorneys are a part of, the lawyer’s professional conduct, and recognition by the entire industry. Although Mark Breyer is a certified specialist in injury and wrongful death law by the State Bar of Arizona, AVVO rates attorneys not just in injury and wrongful death law, but every area of law, including criminal, bankruptcy and family law.

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Severe injuries to a child. An allegation and evidence of a dangerous, defective product. How will this get resolved? Fortunately, through our jury system. I recently read about this tragic case where Trevor Dennis, a minor, suffered severe burns due to an alleged defective heater. The defendant, Coleman Company, has thus far refused to accept responsibility or settle the case. To some, this may sound like a story destined for injustice. However, perhaps those people do not realize the strength of our civil justice system: the jury. Nationally renowned law firm Bisnar Chase is handling the matter for the plaintiffs, so we know the plaintiffs are going to get a fair shot at justice. Without prejudging the case – it is the job of the jury to decide the facts of what happened and come to a final conclusion – I think it is fair to say that many defendants that have wrongfully denied justice have had to answer to the jury.

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Phoenix car accident lawyer Mark Breyer has received the honor of being rated “superb” by AVVO, the nation’s top lawyer rating service. AVVO is an organization that rates attorneys throughout the United States. AVVO rates and recognizes attorneys in every area of practice. Lawyers are rated based on numerous meaningful criteria, including the lawyer’s experience, client feedback, professional conduct, and industry recognition. The ratings are from a 1 to 10 and a very small percentage of lawyers receive a perfect 10 rating. Mark Breyer has been awarded a perfect “10” rating by AVVO.

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