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Here’s what you need to know about accident investigations and how police reports can influence the adjuster handling your insurance claim. Police Auto Accident Investigations Police officers are typically dispatched to accident scenes when: The accident involves reported injuries or fatalities; The accident is blocking traffic; One or more drivers are intoxicated; or Participants are being disruptive or fighting. The police may arrive at a scene of your accident but you must call 911 first.  After…
Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety is an entity and independently evaluates and ranks the States for highway safety.  The ranking system mirrors a traffic signal: green means good, yellow means there is still more work to be done and red means there need to be major improvements when it comes to saving lives on our roadways.  The rankings focus largely on what safety laws are or are not in place.  This week, Advocates for…
Wrongful death claims are generally the same as other personal injury claims, though procedurally differ from other personal injury claims.  When a person dies, the decedent essentially loses his or her claim.  However, the Arizona legislature enacted laws (statutes) that allow the claim to be prosecuted by either (or both):  (1) decedent’s estate or (2) family members of the decedent, which the legislature has specifically listed in the statute.  The “survivors” as referenced in the…
The biggest mistakes people make in their legal affairs are 1) hiring a cheap lawyer or 2) not hiring a lawyer at all. They think they are “saving money”.  But beware, in the end, how much is trying to save money going to cost you? Hiring a discount lawyer? You may soon see just how costly cheap legal help can be. I don’t recall ever meeting anyone who actually enjoys paying an attorney. It is…
According to DPS reports, a man died in a three-vehicle collision on Interstate 10 north of Marana Saturday afternoon.  Lawrence Sofaly, 74, of Hondo, Texas, was a passenger in a car that was struck by another car on westbound I-10 Saturday near milepost 230, about 2 miles east of Pinal Airpark Road, according to the Department of Public Safety.  The crash closed westbound I-10 at West Tangerine Road for about eight hours on Saturday.  A…
You or a loved one has been the victim of an accident with a big truck/tractor-trailer, and now the trucking company representatives or it’s insurance company representatives are calling you. Should you talk to them before you hire an attorney? The simple (and 100% required) answer to this is “NO”. These people are in the business of getting information, and they will use that information down the road in any way they can to ruin…
The things that are necessary to protect yourself or family members following a big truck/tractor-trailer accident are generally no different than they are with any motor vehicle accident. The first and most important step is to 1) get necessary medical care. The second step is to 2) make sure you speak with an experienced trucking accident lawyer regarding your case. While the steps are the same as for a motor vehicle crash, the investigation that…
Glendale, Arizona – January 3, 2020. Zachar Law Firm, P.C., a personal injury and wrongful death law firm, has announced the opening of a new office in Glendale, Arizona. This new location strengthens Zachar Law Firm’s presence and offers a West Valley location in order to offer accessibility and ease for current and future clients. At Zachar Law Firm, we care about helping our clients recover maximum compensation for injuries suffered in accidents. Since 1996,…
Here’s a checklist of party dos and don’ts for welcoming the New Year. Do: plan a ride in advance On average, driving accidents rise during the holidays, so it’s crucial to have a safe ride on a night when so many people are out and about. Don’t assume you’ll be able to hail a cab. Know your options in advance and decide whether you’ll take public transportation, use a ridesharing service or carpool with your friends. Don’t:…
With Christmas comes family and friends visiting to celebrate the holiday. Whether you will be a guest (traveler) or will be receiving guests (travelee?),  keeping travel facts and tips in mind is a smart thing to do. According to AAA’s website, more than 107.3 million Americans will travel this year between Dec. 23 and Jan. 1—-a new record for holiday travel.  Drivers must be prepared for everything from snow and ice to sleep-deprived travelers to “intexticated”…