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Think carefully about why dogs bite

Most dog bites feel random and unexpected, but they're not. They happen for a reason. Something causes them.

That does not mean you can always avoid them. It also doesn't mean it's your fault. If you run by a dog that is not properly restrained and it bites you on the sidewalk, it isn't your fault you were bitten just because the dog's prey drive caused it to chase and bite you when you ran close.

More information comes out regarding fatal crash

A mother and her five-year-old son passed away in a car accident back in December, and new details are now emerging about the tragic accident.

The woman and child were riding in a Kia sedan when it got rear-ended by a pickup truck. The impact was hard enough to smash the Kia forward into another vehicle.

4 times you should replace your child’s car seat

Like most Arizona residents, you drive safely to avoid automobile accidents. If you regularly transport children, though, you must exercise additional care to keep kids safe on the road. For small ones, you must also use a quality booster or car seat. 

You may never need to replace your child’s car seat. That is, many manufacturers design their seats to last for years without any problems. Some seats also convert, allowing you to use one seat until your child is big enough to safely rely on your car’s seatbelts. Sometimes, however, you must swap out an old seat for a new one. Here are four instances when you should probably replace your child’s booster or car seat: 

What is the average cost of a home in Arizona?

It's time to buy your first house. You have spent a few years renting while you got a new job and learned what you wanted to look for in a house, and you're ready to take that next step.

What you don't know, however, is what it is going to cost you. What is the average price for a new home in the state?

Why should you review your estate plan?

Do not make the mistake of assuming that your estate plan will stand forever just because you finally got it down on paper. This is not a one-time event. It's important to periodically review your plan and make alterations to ensure that it still fits with what you need it to do.

For instance, perhaps the estate planning laws changed in Arizona. Any time a major legal change happens, you want to look at the potential impact on your plan and how you can alter it to take advantage of that change.

Establishing liability after a slip-and-fall injury

Property managers in Arizona have a duty to their guests to maintain safe premises and remove any known dangers. Property owners should also post signs if a danger is present so that guests can avoid getting hurt by it. When a property owner fails to fulfill this duty to his or her property visitors, resulting injuries could give rise to a premises liability claim.

In Arizona, premises liability plaintiffs generally need to prove one of the following facts in their lawsuits:

  • The property owner or the property owner's employee should have known about the danger that caused the injuries -- or any reasonable person would have known about it -- and corrected it to prevent injuries.
  • The property owner and/or the property owner's employees actually knew about the danger and failed to correct it.
  • The property owner and/or the property owner's employees caused the danger to exist on the premises and failed to correct it.

Examples of common vehicle defects that could result in a recall

Nobody purchases a vehicle expecting to have a serious problem that could put their health at risk. But this happens a lot more often than anyone cares to admit. Countless auto manufacturers have had to institute global recalls -- of millions of vehicles -- due to simple yet potentially deadly manufacturing errors.

To give you an idea of what these defects could involve, here's a list of common automotive defects that have resulted in personal injury claims:

What would you give to bring back someone who died?

The great pain and sadness that comes from the unexpected loss of a loved one are inconceivable for someone who has never experienced it. But the longer we're alive, the more likely we'll experience this kind of pain. Tragically, one of the primary sources of an unexpected death -- the motor vehicle accident -- is usually avoidable. In most fatal crashes, police and personal injury lawyers can point the finger of blame at an individual who was careless, reckless or unlawful.

In such cases, how do family members come to grips with losing their beloved mother, father, husband, wife, son or daughter? Especially when they know that death never should have happened in the first place, it's a life-long process of growth and learning despite this kind of pain.

Tips to bypass the threat of a motorcycle crash

If you like to strap on a helmet, jump on your bike and ride through the Arizona desert -- or just ride your motorcycle around town -- you're going to face real dangers every day. It's impossible to bypass all of these dangers, but you can significantly reduce the chances that you'll get into a crash.

Here are some "must-do" tips that could save your life as a motorcyclist:

Motorcycle accidents and loss of consortium damages

If your husband or wife is seriously hurt in a motorcycle crash, you'll probably be hurting emotionally just as much as he or she is hurting physically. The worry and sadness will surely take its toll on your psyche, but what about the other things you're suffering with?

If you're a parent, you're taking care of the children all by yourself. You might also be doing the cooking, cleaning, driving and laundry for your family — and a whole lot more. Let's not forget the bookkeeping and home repair tasks that your spouse carried out on your family's behalf.

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