Just take a Taxi

“In 2008, there were 39,991 DUI arrests in Arizona; making this offense responsible for the highest number of arrests or 11.9% of total arrests. 2008 recorded 6,757 alcohol-related vehicle crashes in the state and 324 people killed. Drinking drivers were involved in 59.26% of all fatalities in the State of Arizona. In Maricopa County alone there were 4,240 alcohol-related crashes, killing 132 and injuring 2,888 people.”

According to the taxi fare finder, there is an initial charge for approximately $2.50 to $3.50 and then a charge for every additional mile after that which tends to range from $1.50 to $2.00. Why take the risk of causing severe injuries or death to a person when you can pay a much smaller fee to begin with? Just take a taxi because you don’t want to be the one included in these statistics and the one who causes death and injuries to a loved ones family members.

If you or a loved one suffers from severe injuries or death caused by a drunk driver, the attorneys at Phillips and Lyon will help you fight for justice. Contact us now.



Running Red Lights and Speeding

What is considered red light running?

“A violation occurs when a motorist enters an intersection some time after the signal light has turned red. Motorists inadvertently in an intersection when the signal changes to red (waiting to turn left, for example) are not red light runners.”

Red light running is the most common cause of crashes nationwide. In 2007 alone, approximately 900 people were killed and an estimated 153,000 injuries were caused by red light running. Many of these deaths caused by red light runners were either pedestrians or people in the opposing vehicle that were hit and generally the collision were T-bone accidents. Arizona has been known to have some of the worst offenders pertaining to red light running.

“According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, red light running crashes only account for about six percent of all vehicle crashes in Arizona. However, 80 people were killed and nearly 7,500 were injured as a result of red light running. Additionally, Arizona has one of the highest death rates in the country per 100,000 people, according to data collected by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The institute also reports that Phoenix, Mesa and Tucson are three of the worst offending cities for red light runners.”

To prevent red light running in the state of Arizona, red light cameras were put throughout the cities of Scottsdale, Phoenix, Tempe, Mesa, and Paradise Valley. These red light cameras have proven to decrease intersection accidents and also reduce red light violations. “A study of the same fixed speed-enforcement program in Scottsdale, AZ, found that the speed camera program led to lower speeds, safer drivers, shorter drive times and economic savings. Average speeds were reduced by about 9 mph following the installation of six cameras on the Loop 101 freeway; total crashes were reduced by 44% to 54% and injury crashes decreased by 28% to 48%.”

If you or a loved one suffers from severe injuries or death from a red light running accident, the Phoenix personal injury lawyers of Phillips and Lyon will help you get the money you deserve. Contact us now.




Products Liability

“The responsibility of a manufacturer or vendor of goods to compensate for injury caused by defective merchandise that it has provided for sale.”

Manufacturers, retailers, distributors and furnishers have a certain responsibility when making products. These companies must follow general standards of health and safety along with making their consumer goods follow these guidelines.

Many times companies take shortcuts, risks and let their responsibilities slip to save a little money. If a company does not follow these guidelines of health and safety and their product results in a personal injury, the company is held liable.

A few examples include defective design of tires, automobiles, and seatbelts. With defectives automobiles and tires, there is a higher risk for auto accidents. A defective seatbelt or airbag could be a huge risk and result in a major products liability case.

If you or a loved one suffers from injuries from a defective product, the Phoenix personal injury lawyers of Phillips and Lyon will help you get the money you deserve. Contact us now.


Class-action lawsuit over tobacco ads proceeds

Consumers have the right to sue as a group over advertising they believe misled them into buying products, a divided state Supreme Court ruled Monday in reinstating a massive suit against the tobacco industry.

The 4-3 decision rejected business arguments that, if accepted, would have virtually prohibited class-action suits for false advertising by requiring proof that every plaintiff – millions of them, in some cases – had seen an allegedly deceptive ad and relied on it to make a purchase. The court majority said that evidence is required only for the single plaintiff or small group that represents the entire class.

“This gives the consumers rights to protect themselves from fraudulent advertising,” said Mark Robinson, a lawyer for the smokers who sued tobacco companies in 1997.

The ruling could make California “the class-action capital of the country,” retorted William Stern, a lawyer for business organizations and a co-author of Proposition 64, a 2004 ballot measure at the heart of the case.

Boy, 6, killed when garage door closed on him

Wrongful death lawsuit: Parents of boy killed by garage door sue homeowner, manufacturer and installer

By Lauren R Harrison

The family whose 6-year-old son was killed after a garage door closed on him filed a wrongful-death lawsuit Wednesday against the Chicago homeowner and two companies believed to have manufactured and installed the door.

Angela Washington-Sanders and Marshall Sanders sued in Cook County Circuit Court on behalf of their son, Dijion, whose death Saturday was from compressional asphyxia after he was trapped under the garage door, according to the medical examiner’s office. His 9-year-old brother found him fatally injured and alerted their mother after Dijion was playing outside alone, the family said.

The suit names as defendants Darrell Washington, the victim’s uncle who owned the home in the 9200 block of South Saginaw Avenue in the Calumet Heights neighborhood where the accident occurred, as well as Mid-America Door Co. and Sears, Roebuck & Co.

The suit alleged that the garage door wasn’t equipped with a motion sensor and that Washington failed to warn his relatives that it “could unexpectedly close or fall.”

“I’m haunted by this every day, and if I would have known he was under the garage [door], then there’s no way that I wouldn’t have run to him,” his mother said at a news conference. “I keep thinking that he was screaming and calling someone and no one was there to help him.”

Timothy Cavanagh, the family’s attorney, said that since 1992 the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has required garage door openers to have devices that reverse the door when it comes into contact with a person or object. Cavanagh said he did not know when Washington’s garage door was manufactured or installed.

Sears declined to comment, but a company spokeswoman as well as John Earnest, president of Mid-America Door, expressed sympathy for the family’s loss.

Read entire article: Chicago Tribune