Truck Fatalities Nationwide Are Rising
Truck accidents are much more likely to cause deaths than car accidents for many reasons. Trucks are simply much bigger, longer, wider, taller, and heavier than cars. When a truck strikes another car, the odds are high that the car will be crushed, causing fatal injuries to the occupants. The drivers and passengers in small…Read More
Almost Human But Not Quite – Autonomous Vehicles Drive Among Us
Right here in the greater Phoenix area, autonomous vehicles (AV) navigate our roads alongside the average car piloted by very human drivers. Over the past couple of years, we have wondered whether these cars and trucks would ever really be safe enough, or if the tech would ever be truly capable of preventing accidents. In…Read More
Bicycle-Related Traumatic Brain Injuries and Emergency Room Visits
It’s clear – if a car or truck comes barreling down the road and strikes a bicycle rider, the cyclist will be lucky to survive. Even when vehicles are traveling slowly, the bike rider is usually pitched off the bike and often strikes the ground with his/her head. Bicycles lack protective frames for the rider.…Read More
Are You Less Likely to Be Injured in a Crash When Your Windows Are Down?
Car accidents are common if unfortunate experiences. While not always predictable, there are traffic rules to follow that can help drivers to avoid them. We also know that, in the case of a wreck, there are things we can do to avoid serious injury, such as properly wearing a seatbelt or having the head rest…Read More
Motorcycle Riders Now Allowed to “Lane Filter” in Arizona
Riding a motorcycle remains a popular pastime for many reasons, including the freedom the open road represents. Unfortunately, motorcycle riders are “invisible” to car and truck drivers too often, resulting in serious or fatal accidents. Motorcyclists in Arizona are now legally able to engage in “lane filtering,” also known as lane splitting. This practice is…Read More
Is introducing Trucking to Younger Drivers the Right Choice?
Since 2020, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has been talking about a pilot trucking program that will allow drivers between 18 and 20 years old to haul heavy cargo in 18-wheelers. If this program is approved, it would lower the age of eligible truck drivers and possibly lead to an increase of truck…Read More
Is UPS Dangerous?
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently rejected UPS’s second request to be exempt from particular safety requirements. One of those requirements was a mandatory two years of experience for long-haul truck drivers. With the first request, the FMCSA stated that the company failed to demonstrate that they would be able to either maintain…Read More
Congratulations to Mia Nevarez, the 2022 Recipient of the Annual Civil Justice Scholarship!
The team at Plattner Verderame, P.C. is proud to announce that Mia Nevarez is the 2022 recipient of the Plattner Verderame Civil Justice Scholarship! Mia is currently attending Notre Dame Law School, and is expected to graduate in 2025. At Notre Dame, she is a Victor Hedberg Presidential Law Fellowship Award Winner and a representative…Read More
Do I Have to Release My Entire Medical History After a Car Accident?
If a person asked you over the phone to release your medical history, would you do it? Of course not. It’s illegal. But for some reason, when an insurance adjuster asks to release someone’s medical history, things change. Don’t believe what an insurance adjuster tells you – you do not have to give them access…Read More
Can Your Car Insurance Affect the Outcome of Your Injury Claim or Lawsuit?
Everyone who’s been in a car accident knows how annoying it is dealing with insurance companies. It feels like instead of helping you, they are working against you every step of the way. If we weren’t required to carry car insurance, many people wouldn’t even bother. But when you are involved in a car accident,…Read More