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Possible options for encroachment issues

You hope to live in peace with your neighbors. However, sometimes, issues may arise that can cause a rift in your tranquility.

Particularly regarding encroachments upon your land, it is important to address the situation as quickly and efficiently as possible. There are a few options to consider in resolving encroachment issues.

Warning signs do not always mean you can't seek compensation

One way that businesses and homeowners try to avoid having to pay someone compensation if they get hurt on the property is by putting up warning signs. While they may argue that they do this to keep people safe -- and it may help -- the focus is often on liability. If someone gets hurt and threatens to sue, they assume they can just point to the sign and avoid payment.

But is that really how it works? It is true that warning signs may help prevent injuries and may make it a little harder for those who get hurt to have a case, but it does not mean it's impossible.

2 children in crosswalk struck as cars crash

A two-car crash is dangerous enough on it's own, but a recent accident in Tempe was worsened by two children being hit while they were walking in a crosswalk.

It appears that one car had stopped at the intersection. The children and other members of their family were properly crossing in front of the car. However, that car was then hit from behind by another vehicle that did not stop in time. The impact was violent enough to slam the first car into those in crosswalk.

Do you need a motorcycle license and a driver's license?

You never got your driver's license in Arizona. You don't own a car, so you didn't see any reason to do it.

However, you recently inherited a motorcycle, and now you want to get a motorcycle license. Do you have to get a traditional driver's license as well?

People still aren't doing their estate planning

Have you ever heard that most people have never done their estate planning or written a will? It's a concern that experts have expressed for quite some time, seeing as how everyone will eventually pass away and need an estate plan. That makes it feel like something that 100% of people should do, and yet the statistics have always painted a bleak picture.

Well, if you thought that this information was outdated and that people must have turned things around, the unfortunate reality is that it's still true. Reports in 2019 show that more than half of people in the United States who are 56 years old and older have not even written a will.

Red flags on a dangerous staircase

Whether you are in a hotel, a store, an apartment building or a neighbor's home, using the stairs is one of the most dangerous things you can do. Slip-and-fall accidents on the stairs are often very serious and sometimes fatal.

The risk is especially great when the stairs are in disrepair. If you want to lower the odds of an accident with serious injuries, you need to know what red flags to look for. A few of the more common ones include:

  • Cracks running through the stair treads themselves, which are most obvious on wooden stairs
  • Cracks running through the risers under the stairs
  • Damage to the front edge of the stair, where most people step
  • A handrail that is loose and moves away from the wall
  • A staircase that is missing a handrail entirely.
  • Stair treads that are loose and shift under your weight
  • Fitting posts that are either loose or not properly connected to the rails
  • Damage to the stairs from outside sources, such as water or pets
  • Staircases that do not have proper lighting
  • Stairs that are too steep
  • Stairs that are wet or where the traction is otherwise compromised
  • Stairs that are made at different heights; even a small difference can be a major trip hazard

What post-accident chronic pain feels like

If you are seriously injured in a car accident, you could wind up suffering from chronic pain for months or even years after the crash. Some people have to deal with it for the rest of their lives. If you have a back or spine injury, for example, although it may technically heal, you may always have back pain when you wake up in the morning or physically exert yourself.

When considering the ramifications of a car accident, you must think of the way that dealing with chronic pain is going to change your life. The cost to you is far more than the medical bills and lost wages.

Why rollovers happen and how to avoid them

A rollover is not the most common kind of vehicle accident, but in terms of occupant fatalities and serious injuries, it maintains a disturbingly high ranking. Most rollovers occur on rural roads and at speeds in excess of 55 miles per hour. Not only do they account for 30% of all traffic fatalities, this kind of devasting crash is also the cause of very severe injuries. 

If you and your family are heading out on a road trip, sensible preparation will help you avoid this kind of devastating accident.

It's almost a guarantee you'll get hurt in a motorcycle crash

Motorcycle accidents happen for many reasons. Some you can control. Many others you cannot.

For instance, you control your own speed and whether or not you drink alcohol before riding. These are two big reasons for crashes, but you can completely eliminate the risk.

What is the average home size?

If you're thinking about having a home built, a lot of the price comes down to the size of house you want. You may even be able to work out exactly what you'll need to pay per square foot, and you can then adjust the designs based on your budget.

How much house do you need? Studies have found that the average size in the United States has really grown over the years. Keeping up with the Joneses could get expensive.

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