What Is the Minimum Auto Insurance Coverage in Arizona?

Posted on July 20, 2020 in Car Accidents

If you operate a motor vehicle in the State of Arizona, you legally must carry at least the minimum required amounts of automobile insurance. Car insurance ensures all drivers have the financial ability to cover victims’ damages in an at-fault accident. As of July 1, 2020, Arizona’s minimum requirements for auto insurance coverage have changed….

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Rules of the Road in the Sky

Posted on July 13, 2020 in Aviation

An aircraft in distress has the right-of-way over all other air traffic. When aircraft of the same category are converging at approximately the same altitude (except head-on, or nearly so), the aircraft to the other’s right has the right-of-way. If the aircraft are of different categories: A balloon has the right-of-way over any other category…

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Remember Flight Paperwork with “ARROW”

Posted on July 6, 2020 in Aviation

The acronym ARROW helps pilots remember the paperwork to be kept in a plane at all times: Airworthiness Certificate – this is the airworthiness certificate provided after the aircraft is inspected by an FAA-approved vendor. This document ensures the safety and condition of the plane before it takes-off; Registration Certificate – this is the registration…

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In the Huddle with the MVPs of Gallagher & Kennedy

Posted on July 1, 2020 in Firm News

Gallagher & Kennedy, one of Arizona’s premier law firms, is comprised of attorneys whose talents and expertise have consistently ranked them among the finest in the country. Not surprisingly, several of these attorneys first proved their prowess, stamina, and avidity to win as NCAA athletes.

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Baggage & Safety

Posted on June 29, 2020 in Aviation

How much baggage weighs is very important in pre-flight planning, but so is proper loading. Improper loading can severely impede an airplane’s performance and maneuverability. The load must also be secure. If the load moves to the aft of the plane, the center of gravity moves aft as well. This will decrease the stability of…

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Pre-Flight Warning Signs

Posted on June 22, 2020 in Aviation

Pilots must heed warnings signals to avoid tragedy. For example: Is the pilot under pressure unduly influencing his deceive to fly? Will the pilot have to stretch the fuel reserves to the limit? Does the pilot have a plan B? Does the pilot and respect the limits of his or her own skills and experience?

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Pilots Must Avoid Mid-air Collisions

Posted on June 15, 2020 in Aviation

Mid-air collisions are rare, but deadly. Pilots are responsible to “see and avoid” other aircraft. This isn’t just a slogan, it is the law. FAR 91.113(b) states: “When weather conditions permit, regardless of whether an operation is conducted under instrument flight rules or visual flight rules, vigilance shall be maintained by each person operating an…

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Loss of Power in Flight

Posted on June 12, 2020 in Aviation

In May 2019, the crew of a chartered Cessna Citation 550—being operated as an air ambulance flight—experienced a total power loss that began just over an hour into the flight. With a tremendous amount of skill, and with nurses and patients on board, the pilots performed a successful no-engine landing. The failure was later traced…

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Weather is a Factor in Crashes

Posted on June 8, 2020 in Aviation

Weather is a cause or contributing factor to a number of plane and helicopter crashes. Weather is constantly in flux and even though pilots may focus on pre-flight planning including weather, they must monitor weather forecasts during the flight and make changes when and if necessary. General aviation pilots should always plan an alternative course…

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Arizona’s Notice of Claim Statute and Private Employers

Posted on June 8, 2020 in Personal Injury

Since 1994, Arizona’s Notice of Claim Statute, codified as A.R.S. § 12-821.01, has protected the State of Arizona from persons attempting to use it.  The Notice of Claim Statute applies to every conceivable claim a person may bring against the State of Arizona.  The protections found in the Notice of Claim Statute also extend to…

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Careful Flight Planning Reduces Risk

Posted on June 1, 2020 in Aviation

As part of a preflight preparation, general aviation pilots on cross-country flights may want to avoid high-traffic areas near busy airports. The pilot should also check the status of military airspace, alert areas, and look for notices to airmen outlining potential hazards such as unmanned aircraft operations. Careful flight planning can help ensure safe operations…

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Pilots and Alcohol

Posted on May 25, 2020 in Aviation

There are safety rules for pilots, just like for  people driving cars. For instance, a pilot should not consume alcohol or other intoxicants within 8 hours prior to flying and should always consider the lasting effects of alcohol the following day. Issues that seem mundane for the general public can be of great concern for…

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Arizona Dog Bite Injury Laws

Posted on May 20, 2020 in Personal Injury

Dog attacks can be abrupt, unexpected and violent. They can cause permanent and catastrophic injuries in a matter of seconds. If a dog bites you in Arizona, the pet’s owner may be responsible for paying for your related bills. Arizona’s dog bite injury laws often hold pet owners liable for dog attacks. If you or…

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