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Geoff Trachtenberg

Parental Liability for Uninsured Minors That Cause Injury Accidents

In Arizona, if you are under 18, your application for an instruction permit or driver’s license must be signed by at least one adult. The adult may be responsible for any negligence or willful misconduct when the minor is driving.The statute, A.R.S. 28-3160, provides that “[n]egligence or wilful misconduct of a minor when driving a motor vehicle on a highway is imputed to the person who signs…

Geoff Trachtenberg

Loss of Services of a Homemaker is About $138,095 a Year

This report published by Rueters says that if “the typical stay-at-home mother in the United States were paid for her work as a housekeeper, cook and psychologist among other roles, she would earn $138,095 a year.”This is an important study because the issue often comes up about the value of domestic services in personal injury litigaton. Perhaps this data can be reasonably relied upon by an…

Geoff Trachtenberg

Court of Appeals Holds That Livestock Owner Did Not Breach the Standard of Care When it Failed to Warn or Fence Land Adjacent to a Roadway Through an Open Range

The other day, Division One affirmed the trial court’s granting summary judgment to a livestock owner in connection with an accident occurring on a portion of unfenced “open range” land. The case, Brookover v. Roberts Enterprises, Inc., held that the plaintiff failed to show facts evidencing conduct below the applicable standard of “ordinary care.”To get there the Court of Appeals seized upon…

Geoff Trachtenberg

What Kind of Lawyer Do You Want for Your Case?

A New York personal injury lawyer was recently disbarred for basically “being an asshole.” Although I can hardly endorse his brash style (e.g., telling the judge to “Kiss my tuchis!”), it is interesting what other New York attorneys had to say: “Personally, I find him abrasive, angry, tough, fierce, and frightening,” says attorney Ron Kuby. “You know, the qualities you usually want in a…

Geoff Trachtenberg

Arizona Civil Jury Verdicts for 2006

The numbers are out for civil jury verdicts and they are not pretty. Indeed, they are generally very low and, since they include commercial cases in the average (which can skew the numbers quite a lot), we pay more attention to the median numbers.2006 Reported Arizona VerdictsAverages vs. Medians {mso-displayed-decimal-separator:”\.”; mso-displayed-thousand-separator:”\,”;}@page {margin:1.0in…

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Trial Scheduled In Vehicle Collision Case Involving a Commercial Truck

Over three years ago, our client was a passenger in a vehicle driving on U.S. 60 in La Paz County. Unfortunately, a truck driver that had stopped at an intersection on the highway, proceeded to cross the intersection and did not see our client’s vehicle approaching.The vehicles collided, resulting in serious injuries to our client and another passenger.As is sometimes the case, even though the…

Geoff Trachtenberg

Statute of Limitations in Uninsured and Underinsured Personal Injury Claims

Recently the Arizona Legislature enacted a new and shorter statute of limitations for UM/UIM claims. The applicable section is ARS 12-555.For uninsured motorist (UM) claims such claims, such claims must be made in writing within three years after the earliest of (i) the date you knew that the tortfeasor was uninsured; or (ii) the date you knows or should have known that coverage was denied by…

Geoff Trachtenberg

So, You Say You Have "Full Coverage" — Well, You Don't.

Let me make this clear: there is no such thing as full coverage. It’s really that simple.What types of coverage is there? There’s first-party coverages, such as comprehensive, collision, medical payments, and underinsured and uninsured motorist. Then there’s third-party coverages such as property damage and bodily injury. And then there are other coverages, such as rental and towing.But…

Geoff Trachtenberg

Uninsured / Underinsured (UM/UIM) Statutes of Limitation for Car and Motorcycle Accidents

As of September 21, 2006, the statute of limitations was amended in Arizona for UM/UIM claims. Pursuant to ARS 12-555, as amended, insureds are now required to provide “written notice” to insurers that they are making a claim, and they must request arbitration or file suit within three years of such written notice.

Geoff Trachtenberg

The Most Important Coverage – UM/UIM

“What do you mean they don’t have insurance?!” is something every injury attorney hears at some stage.Whether the issue is no coverage or limited coverage, with healthcare costs being what they are today, odds are that the person who injures you will not have sufficient insurance coverage. That is one reason why uninsured motorist and underinsured motorist coverage (called “UM” and “UIM,”…