On April 22nd, a new law was passed outlawing holding a phone when behind the wheel driving in Arizona. Warnings will start immediately and tickets will be issued beginning in 2021. Tickets will range from $75 - $250. Please be aware that many cities in Arizona already have restrictions on the use of cell phones when driving so now is the time to start using hands-free devices or waiting to respond until you are stopped in a safe place. Now, the only states that do not have a texting while driving ban are Montana and Missouri, although Missouri has some restriction on younger drivers.
In early January, two people were killed on Interstate 17 (I-17) in a five-vehicle crash about 70 miles north of Phoenix in Cordes Lakes, Arizona. Sadly, the accident once again brings to the forefront that this interstate highway - which runs from Phoenix to Flagstaff - may be one of the most dangerous in the country.
Federal lawmakers are quietly trying to push through legislation that will limit your right to hold unsafe health care providers accountable for preventable medical errors. The legislation will create a $250,000 federal cap on the amount a jury can award in a medical malpractice case. More than 30 states have some form of caps on damages in such cases, while 18 states prevent restrictions on jury awards either by constitutional provision or state court decisions holding such caps are unconstitutional.
Living in Arizona, we know how hot it can get in the summer. However, heat can be more than just uncomfortable. It can be deadly.
As a proud sponsor for ten years or more, HPC is a Century Club Sponsor of the State Bar of Arizona's Annual Convention. This year's convention will be held in Tucson, Arizona in June.