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Fatality rate increased during first six months of 2016

Arizona motorists might want to take heed of a report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and drive more carefully. According to the NHTSA, almost 18,000 people were killed during the first six months of 2016, and if the numbers continue, 2016 will have the largest increase in traffic fatalities in several decades.

Coping With the Financial Fallout From Personal Injury

When you are hurt as a result of an accident, whether at work, a commercial property or public place, the sudden need for medical attention can be overwhelming. While it is always good to be prepared for the worst, you can't plan for sudden injury. Before you know it medical costs could quickly pile up and wipe out your personal savings. The stress that comes with a sudden injury is often just as intense and debilitating as the injury itself. Working with a personal injury attorney in Arizona can help protect your rights, ensuring that you have everything you need to work through this difficult time in your life so that you can focus on recovery.

Negligent Security Can Lead to Violent Criminal Acts

The notorious Arizona inmate attack on a prison teacher was in the news again recently. More than two and a half years ago, an Arizona Department of Corrections inmate violently assaulted a teacher within a medium-security prison. The assailant, Jacob Harvey, was serving a 30-year sentence as a violent sex offender. Left alone with the teacher in a prison classroom, he choked her, stabbed her with a pen, beat her head into the floor, and raped her.

Melissa Rivers settles lawsuit over mother's death

Arizona residents who were fans of the late comedian Joan Rivers have probably heard about the medical mistakes that led to her death. Rivers was undergoing throat surgery at a clinic when she died in September 2014 at the age of 81. According to a medical examiner, Rivers experienced a lack of oxygen that led to brain damage. Medical personnel were unable to resuscitate Rivers after she stopped breathing.

Family of man shot at Zombicon files lawsuit

Arizona residents may have heard about a shooting at an annual horror-themed charity event, Zombicon. The shooting happened at the event in Fort Myers, Florida, about two weeks before Halloween and resulted in the death of a 20-year-old man. Several others were injured. On Nov. 2, the man's grandmother filed a wrongful death suit against the organizers of Zombicon. Lawsuits against the city and the police department are planned as well.

Estate of Bobbi Kristina Brown files lawsuit for her death

Arizona residents may be interested to learn that Bobbi Kristina Brown's estate is suing the boyfriend she had been living with over allegations he caused the injuries that led to her death in July. Brown was the only child of Bobby Brown and the late Whitney Houston.

In a brief life, he excelled

A Phoenix teenager was about to soar to the rank of Eagle Scout in his beloved Boy Scouts. The Sunnyslope High School sophomore had other passions in life, too, such as playing the clarinet, making his friends laugh and working hard to attain good grades. Perhaps his greatest passion was for helping his disabled mother, however.

Peoria man dies in hit-and-run motorcycle accident

He was rolling through the intersection at 75th Avenue and Thunderbird Road when his motorcycle was hit from behind. The violent collision left a 60-year-old Peoria man dying on the street, while the other driver, identified by law enforcement officials only as a Glendale man, fled the scene in his car.

Biggest dangers on the road

When you're out driving on Interstate 10 or I-17 in the Phoenix area, there is probably little doubt in your mind that some of the most dangerous things on wheels are large commercial trucks. Weighing up to 80,000 pounds, they are 13 times heavier than big SUVs and are 20 times (or more) heavier than passenger cars. They are difficult to maneuver and hard to stop quickly.

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