The Risk of Wrong-Way Accidents in Arizona

Wrong way collisions are rare but they do happen and their one of the most deadly and frightening kinds of accidents to be in. According to statistics, there are approximately twenty-two wrong way accidents that occur in Arizona every year out of a total of 120,0000 collisions across the state. Of the total amount of auto accidents in Arizona, there are approximately 1,000 resulting deaths.

Whether from intoxication, distracted driving, or another reason, drivers sometimes cross medians and drive in the opposite direction or get on an off ramp on the highway and continue until there is a head on collision. 65% of wrong way accidents involve intoxication by the driver.

When a wrong way accident does occur in Arizona, authorities expect an average of eight of those accidents to include one or more fatalities. In 2016, there were 1,600 reports of a wrong-way driver, according to the Arizona Department of Pubic Safety’s information officer Raul Garcia. Of those 1,600 wrong way crashes, twenty-seven resulted in serious injury and death. Police arrested over 100 drivers for intoxication out of these 1,600 crashes. Garcia went on to say in his interview with KTAR News that “a very small percentage of that 1,600 has resulted in a crash, and in many instances, these people reorient themselves or get to where they are going and exit the highway.”

The reason many wrong way accidents are fatal lies in the extent of the victims’ injuries in the front seat or from ejection when not wearing a safety device, like a seatbelt. Some of the most common injuries sustained by those involved in a head-on car crash include:

  • Broken bones
  • Head trauma
  • Cuts and lacerations
  • Concussion
  • Whiplash
  • Dental damage
  • Neck and back injuries
  • Airbag injuries
  • Internal organ injuries

Get Legal Help Today

At Hastings and Hastings, we are an experienced team of lawyers dedicated to helping victims of wrong way collisions and other negligent accidents.  If you or a loved one have been involved in a wrong-way accident or any other negligent car accident, it is important to understand your rights. Further investigation could help an accident victim hold a negligent driver liable for injuries and other damages suffered by the victim of a wrong way crash in Arizona.  We are here to help you get the just compensation you deserve whether you or someone you love was injured in a head on collision in Arizona. Call us today at 800-975-0080 to tell us your story.  We will offer you a free, no-obligation consultation and answer all of your questions and concerns. Call today and let Hastings and Hastings be your fighting voice for justice.

Most Accidents on the Road are Caused by Teen Drivers

There are many vehicular accidents that occur in Phoenix and other parts of the United States that could easily be prevented. In fact, any accident that is a result of drowsiness, drunk driving, or distracted driving can be prevented. And while a large portion of accidents to take place because of the three reasons previously mentioned, the U.S. Census Bureau conducted a study and found that the majority of accidents include teen drivers. Why is this? Part of the reason is because teen drivers are inexperienced when it comes to driving, especially when it comes to problematic weather and dealing with aggressive drivers.

A study released by The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found teen drivers between the ages of 16 and 19 are three times more likely to be involved in an accident than those who are 20-years-old or older. And while many times elderly drivers are deemed as the culprit for a large percentage of car accidents, when compared with teen drivers, the latter still pulls out on top for being responsible for more wrecks. In fact, less experience — the type that comes with being a teen driver — spells out to be a primary cause for vehicular accidents. From a percentage standpoint, over 12 percent of accidents are caused by teen drivers, with only 7.5 percent being caused by senior drivers.

Fortunately, legislatures across the country have started taking note to this undeniable trend existing among teen drivers, and thanks to their recognition of this issue, all 50 states have implemented graduated drivers licensing programs; this requires teens to have more practice behind the wheel before they are able to qualify for a driver’s license. It is believed that with more experience behind the wheel comes a reduction in the number of accidents that will take place with teen drivers the at-fault or responsible party.

Teen drivers today are dealing with distractions that other teen drivers were not distracted by years ago. With the increasing popularity of smartphones, it has become a major concern among all states that teen drivers be prohibited from texting or using a cell phone while driving. When distractions are combined with a general lack of experience in driving, this often proves to be a disaster.

If you have been involved in a vehicular accident with a teen driver, you need to consult an attorney as soon as possible to see if you qualify for a personal injury claim. A professional attorney can assess the details of your case and provide you with the proper steps you need to take to ensure you get any monies owed to you.

Do I Need Evidence After a Car Accident?

Right after a vehicular accident takes place, the entire situation can seem a bit overwhelming, leading to confusion and a sense of not knowing what to do. And if there are any injuries involved, the intensity of the whole situation will likely seem greatly amplified. Fortunately, though, there are steps you can take to help ensure you take the right steps after being involved in a car wreck.

Think clearly about everything

Thinking clearly right after an accident may seem like a very difficult task to accomplish, which is why it is so important to take pictures or even video of the situation. Later on, once your adrenaline has died down, you can go back and look at the pictures and video and see if it helps to refresh your memory.

Make copies …. of everything

Whether it is a police report or pictures of the accident, you need to make copies of everything related to the wreck. Even doctor’s statements need to be copied. And while you will need to work cooperatively with your insurance company to ensure you receive proper compensation for any monies they owe to you, you will want to make sure you keep copies of the pieces of information you share with them. It is highly suggested that you contact a professional personal injury attorney before contacting any of the involved insurance companies.

Share everything with your lawyer

As mentioned above, speaking with an attorney before contacting any of the involved insurance companies is of the utmost importance; this helps to ensure you do not share any information with the insurance companies that would deter you from receiving the most amount of compensation you can receive for the wreck and any injuries sustained. A professional lawyer can walk you through the entire process of filing a personal injury claim, and if needed, the attorney can handle all communications between you and your insurance company as well as any other insurance companies involved. Your lawyer can also talk with you and help you to recall any of the details that need to be remembered about the accident; details that could be used in your favor to help you receive the most compensation possible.

If you or someone you know has been involved in a car accident, it is pertinent to contact a personal injury attorney. An assessment of your case will help determine if you have the grounds to file a personal injury claim, and if you do, this attorney can help you with the entire process. 

Drunk Drivers, the Super Bowl, and Your Safety

The fifty first Super Bowl will grace television screens across the country this February and along with traditional Super Bowl snacks like chicken wings and chips, beer and other alcoholic drinks are usually part of any size Super Bowl party.  In fact, Super Bowl ranks up there with New Year’s Eve and the Forth of July as one of the nation’s top drinking days.

It’s no surprise, then, that Super Bowl day also sees a spike in people who drink and drive.  With and average of 325 million gallons of beer consumed on Super Bowl Sunday, according to Forbes Magazine, the reality of this drinking day really hits home.

In Southern Arizona, where a DUI task force is implemented reduce drinking and driving accidents on Super Bowl Sunday, an average 550 cars are stopped on Suspicion of drinking and driving. That can add up to a lot of arrests at Pima County checkpoints where five out of seven arrests are for driving while intoxicated. The Arizona legal limit is 0.08 and anyone whose blood alcohol level exceeds this and who causes an accident faces serious consequences in the Grand Canyon State.

The key is to avoid drinking and driving on this day and to avoid drunk drivers, especially since your chances of being involved in an alcohol related car accident on this day doubles.

  • To start with, if you’re going to have a few drinks, either stay home, use public transportation, call a cab or designate a sober driver.
  • If you’re the designated driver, be sure to pay attention to everything around you.  You’ll need to be able to spot a motorist who appears intoxicated from any direction.  Signs to look for are swerving in and out of lanes and driving fast and aggressively. Get far out of the way of these drivers.
  • When driving be sure to take it slow. You will want as much reaction time as possible to slow down or swerve out of the way to avoid a drunk driver.
  • Avoid distractions.  As much fun as it is to blare the radio or talk about the game, you really want to minimize distractions when driving on Super Bowl Sunday.  Taking your eyes off the road for even a moment to adjust the stereo can mean the difference between being the victim of a car accident or not.

Even by obeying the speed limit and following these tips, you may still find yourself the victim of a drunk driver in Arizona on Super Bowl Sunday.  If you are injured in a car accident on this day or any other day, you are legally entitled to compensation that includes costs of medical treatment, time out of work, and other expenses. But to get these, you need a trusted, competent lawyer to help.

Don’t delay. Call Hastings and Hastings at 800-975-0080 for a free, no obligation consultation.

Uber and Lyft, Popular Ridesharing Apps, are Making for Safer Streets in Arizona

Ridesharing apps have taken the world by storm over the past few years. Uber, which was founded in 2009, created the market out of thin air. Their main competitor, Lyft, was established in 2012. Both of these ridesharing apps have created an entirely new way to travel. Simply type in the address of the place you want to into the app, push a few buttons, and a car with a professional driver shows up at your door.

Uber and Lyft are more than just a great convenience. There’s evidence to suggest that they’re actually making the streets safer. How? By taking drunk drivers off the road and putting them into the back of an Uber or Lyft.

Ridesharing is a Safe Way to Get Home

Due to the convenience of Uber or Lyft over a traditional taxi, more people are using these services to get home from a late night of drinking. Both of these services are viewed by the general public as a safe, reliable way to travel around their town. Instead of getting behind the wheel of their own car while intoxicated, would-be drunk drivers use a ridesharing app.

Overall, ridesharing is an extremely safe way to get home after a night of drinking at a bar or club. Instead of assuming you’re good enough to drive, an inexpensive Uber or Lyft ride home keeps you – and other people on the road – safe.

The Decline of Alcohol Related Crashes

How much of this is speculation and how much of it is backed up by research? Some research has shown a correlation between decreased incidents of alcohol related crashes and Uber/Lyft usage in the area. The first correlation occurred in Seattle. Before Uber entered the market, approximately seven drivers per day were arrested for driving under the influence. After Uber had entered the market, this figure dropped by 10 percent. Uber published this data, citing themselves as the cause for the decrease.

Another study coming out of California further supports this thesis: ridesharing apps are decreasing DUIs and alcohol related crashes. This study cited a six percent drop in DUI incidents after Uber entered the market.

Both of these studies bring up the age-old debate: is this correlation or causation? Are people becoming more responsible independent of Uber and Lyft, or are Uber and Lyft making people more responsible? One thing is for sure, Arizona streets have become safer since ridesharing apps have become commonplace.

Uber and Lyft: A Social Phenomenon

Ridesharing apps have taken the world by storm and have created a safe way for anyone to travel around their city. Beyond that, they’re also a social phenomenon. Approximately 93 percent of people asked would recommend Uber (or Lyft) to someone who was intoxicated. This data comes from major cities all around the country.

One thing is for certain: ridesharing apps have revolutionized the way people travel in the best of ways. They’re actively making the streets of Arizona a safer place to drive.

Common Causes of Accidents During the Morning Commute

The morning commute can sometimes feel like a battleground.  Congestion, impatience, aggressive drivers who are late for work, distracted drivers, and other factors make the morning commute ripe for car accidents, which in turn can slow down traffic to a complete stop or the occasional crawl.

To avoid getting into an accident on the way to work in the morning, it’s important to be aware of the most common causes of accidents during the morning drive.

Distracted Driving:  Hot, spilled coffee and car accidents go hand-in-hand.  That’s because distracted driving is one of the most common factors in causing car accidents during the morning commute.  In fact, not paying attention to the road is a leading cause of accidents any time of day.  Reaching for something, fumbling to find your ringing phone, or adjusting the heat on the console are all example of ways distracted driving can take your eyes off the road.  And before you know it, you’ve drifted into another lane or rear-ended someone.

Bad Weather: For commuters who have to get to work no matter what mother nature throws their way – like doctors and nurses – bad weather can make the morning drive into work a nightmare full of fender benders and pile ups.  To avoid collisions, drive at or below the speed limit so you have plenty of time to stop.

Driving Too Fast: Commuters who are in a hurry are one of the most dangerous kind of drivers when it comes to the morning commute. Their excess speed in congested areas can quickly result in a rear-end collision.  People who drive to fast in traffic simply do not have enough time to stop when the vehicle in front of them stops.

Drinking and Driving: While you would imagine that drinking and driving occurs late on a Friday night, chances are there is one drunk person on the road during the morning commute. If you think someone is drinking and driving, report their license number to the police and keep your vehicle at a safe distance.

Contact Us

Were you the victim of a car accident during the morning commute?  If so, Hastings & Hastings will fight to get you just compensation. Call us today at 800-975-0080 and make an appointment for a free consolation.  We will take a look at your case and get all of your questions answered.

Car Seats Help Keep Children Safe in Accidents

To drastically reduce the chance of a child getting hurt in an accident, properly securing them in a car seat is essential. However, according to the Phoenix Fire Department, up to one third of parents have their children riding in the wrong car seat for their size and age.

At Hastings and Hastings, we have gone straight to the expert source – the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration – to bring you the tips you need to be sure your child is safely secured in the right car seat on the way to daycare, school, church, the grocery store, and wherever your day-to-day travels take you.

Tips for Choosing the Right Type of Car Seat for Your Child’s Age and Size

Birth to 12 Months: For children up to a year old, they must be in a rear-facing car seat.  You can buy one that eventually turns around, but for now, facing the rear is the safest way for your infant to travel.

1-3 Years Old:  The rule of thumb is to keep your child in a rear-facing car seat for as long as possible.  Somewhere around two or three years old, they can sit in a front facing car seat.  To be sure the time is right to turn her around, check the height and weight requirements that came with the car seat. This will tell you when your child is big enough to face the other way.

4-7 Years Old:  Your child is growing so fast! And you find you are driving even more – back and forth to school, soccer practice, cheerleading practice and other activities. During these years, your child will transition from a car seat to a booster seat. To make sure you don’t transition too early , be sure to follow the advice on your car seat’s instructions.

8-12 Years Old: Your child is now ready for a booster seat to be used in conjunction with a seat belt.  Your child should always sit the back seat.  Once they reach their teenage years, they can sit up front. And before you know it, they’ll be driving you around.

How to Correctly Install a Car Seat

Besides having the appropriate car seat for your child’s age, weight and height, it needs to be installed correctly.  The best way to learn how to correctly install a car seat or have it checked out, make an appointment with a Phoenix fire station and the firemen will be happy to assist you.  Plan for about thirty minutes for the entire appointment.

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Has your child been injured in a car accident?  At Hastings and Hastings we can help you.  Call us today at 800-975-0080 to schedule a free consultation.

Safe Driving Plans for Thanksgiving Holiday

Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching and more people will be on the road heading to their favorite holiday destinations. During these holiday travel seasons, the number of accidents increases, both due to the larger amount of traffic and the fact many people are driving in unfamiliar territory. However, there are steps you can take to drive more safely and ensure a more enjoyable holiday season.

Avoid the Busiest Times

Most people don’t enjoy driving in heavy traffic. With heavy traffic comes more people who are irritable and are more likely to engage in risky driving behavior. While it isn’t always possible, consider saving your drive for off-peak days or times. Not only will you feel more relaxed driving on emptier roadways, but you will encounter fewer drivers who may also be stressed.

Give Your Car a Checkup

Many accidents are caused by poorly maintained cars. You may feel too busy to take these extra steps around the holidays, but it will greatly decrease your chances you will become involved in an accident that could have been avoided or your car will break down. A few simple checks, such as oil levels, tire pressure, fan belts and other fluid levels, can help save you a lot of headaches over the course of your trip, helping you drive more safely as an end result.

Get Plenty of Rest

You may spend a lot of time prepping for Thanksgiving, even if you aren’t the one doing all the cooking, but that doesn’t mean you should neglect your regular care. Getting plenty of sleep, especially before a long road trip, will help you feel more alert and ensure you reach your destination safely. If you are putting in a lot of miles over the Thanksgiving weekend, consider bringing another driver along to help reduce some of the strain.

Pack Extra Supplies

Extra supplies won’t protect you from an accident, but it can be helpful if you are involved in one or if your car breaks down. Pack bottled water, some food and even some blankets so you and your family can stay safe and warm until help arrives. Be sure your car is equipped with a roadside emergency kit, as well as a first aid kit, in the event of an emergency.

No one likes to think about the possibility of becoming involved in a car accident or having their car break down while on their way to a delicious Thanksgiving dinner, but it can happen. However, if you follow these tips, you will greatly increase your chances of a safe and happy holiday!

Vehicle Safety And Accident Prevention Through Technology

Here at Hastings & Hastings, we have been diligently protecting the rights of accident victim in Arizona for over 35 years. We believe in taking a client-focused approach to personal injury law. This philosophy is what gave birth to out legendary Discount Accident Fee. David Hastings, the founder of Hastings & Hastings believed that accident victims, the individuals who suffered physical, mental, emotional, and financial hardship as a result of an accident, should be entitled to the bulk of any financial settlement. Such settlements cannot turn back time and undo the damage caused by an accident, but they can help accident victims as they move forward in their lives.

Every year, hundreds of thousands of car accidents occur. According to the most recent data compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System, 29,898 fatal accidents occurred in the year 2014, resulting in 32,765 total deaths. As a personal injury law firm, our primary purpose is to defend the rights of accident victims after an accident has occurred. However, we understand that no amount of financial compensation can fully undo the harm caused by an accident. Yes, settlements can help individuals pay medical bills, repairs bills, and even make up for lost wages, but they cannot erase the physical, mental, and emotional damage that has been done. For this reason, we here at Hastings & Hastings are equally committed to accident prevention.

Of course, loyal readers of the Hastings & Hastings Blog know that this is not the first time we have discussed the important topic of accident prevention. In fact, over the last few months it has been one of our favorite topics. If we can help prevent even a single accident from happening, then our efforts have been well worth it. Previous posts have touched in ideas such as promoting accident prevention by learning from statistics, and encouraging accident prevention through driver education and training. Today, we are going to look at the topic of accident prevention through a slightly different lens. Today, we are going to examine the roll of technology in accident prevent. We will look at historic safety technologies which debuted long ago, were incredibly innovative in their time, and have already saved countless lives, we will look at modern safety technologies that are being utilized today, and we will take a peek into the future to see what types of safety technologies may be waiting for us just around the proverbial corner. Without further ado, let’s dive into it!

Historic Safety Improvements

We cannot have a discussion about historic safety improvements without touching on what is arguably the most important vehicle safety feature of all time – the seat belt. The seat belt does have some competition for this top spot, but we will touch on that a bit later.

Seatbelts were invented by George Cayley, and English engineer during the middle of the 19th century. That may cause you to say, “Now wait a second, that is before cars were even invented!” In thinking that, you would be mostly correct. The first vehicle powered by an internal combustion engine was built in 1886 by Francois Isaac de Rivaz. However, most historians point out the year 1886, when Karl Benz created the first gasoline-powered vehicle as the invention of the first automobile.

So, what were seat belts used for, if not as a safety feature in automobiles? The first seat belts were used to secure passengers of wagons, carts, and other animal drawn transportation vehicles. In 1911, one Benjamin Foulois actually invented a specific type of seat belt which was affixed to cavalry saddles. Seat belts would not be heavily used as a safety feature in vehicles for another 30+ year, and it would require a major inciting action – World War II. The military, with the intention of saving lives, incorporated seat belts as a major safety feature in aircrafts, tanks, and other military vehicles.

In the early 1950s, Dr. C. Hunter Shelden invented the first retractable seat belt for the automobile. He also proposed safety ideas such as reinforced rooves, roll bars, recessed steering wheels, door locks, and air bags. Dr. Hunter may have made the single largest contribution to vehicle safety technology. Over the course of the 1950s, more and more vehicle manufacturers began to make safety belts a standard feature. In 1970, Victoria, Australia passed the world’s first seat belt law. These simple, elegant, priceless bands of webbing and polyester have been saving countless lives ever since.

Next, let’s move on to modern safety features.

Modern Safety Features

While the seat bet is widely considered to be the most important safety feature in a car, there are many other important safety features which can help you avoid accidents all together, or protect you should an accident occur. We will go over a few of the most important modern features one-by-one.

Antilock Brakes

Breaking places an immense amount of stress and strain on a car. Before the invention of anti lock brakes, it was common for wheels to lock up when subjected to hard breaking. This would make it impossible to steer and cause drivers to lose control during the moments they needed control the most. Anti lock brakes prevent this from happening by using a sensors placed at each wheel which feed information to a small computer which then regulates the breaking power in each wheel to keep them mobile. This allows drivers to maintain control over the vehicle even sharply applying the breaks.

Airbags

While antilock brakes are designed to prevent accidents, airbags are designed to keep you safe should an accident occur. Starting in 1998, front airbags became a standard vehicle safety feature. If you experience a collision, crash sensors deploy the airbags and they inflate in a matter of milliseconds – faster than the blink of an eye. Studies show that airbags have saved thousands of lives over the years. However, it is important to note that airbags can actually be dangerous to small children or people who are not wearing seat belts. For this reason, children under the age of 12 should always travel in the back seat.

Crumple Zones

Crumple zones have been one of the most effective safety innovations of the last several decades. Essential, a crumple zone is a section of the car that is designed to be damaged. Specific parts of the car body, in front and in back, are built to crumple and deform in the event of a collision. The helps to absorb some of the energy of the impact.

Safety Features of the Future!!

There is one funny thing about the future. The future is NOW. Some of these incredible safety features are already hitting the market, and others will be prominent in the 2017 models of many cars. Many of these high-tech safety features promise to dramatically reduce the frequency of accidents. Let’s take a look at what is in store.

Emergency Brake Assist

Accidents are accidents. That is to say, they typically happen because someone made a mistake. Perhaps they took their eyes off the road for a split second, or the failed to notice a pedestrian, or someone else cut them off in traffic, whatever the cause, accidents typically happen because of human error. Emergency brake assist help to mitigate human error. This technology can detect if a collision is about to occur, and it can apply the brakes automatically. It can also provide breaking assistance even if the brakes have already been engaged.

Blind-Spot Detection

You can check your rear-view mirror, you can check your side-view mirror, but unless you peak over your shoulder, you won’t be able to tell if someone is in your blind spot. However, checking your blind spot forces you to take your eyes of the road in front of you for a split second. Blind-spot detection technology can warn you, with a flash of light in your mirror, a vibration, or a sounds, when a vehicle is in your blind-spot.

Wake Up Warnings

Studies have shown that driving drowsy is almost as dangerous as driving while intoxicated. Often, drivers will fail to realize exactly how exhausted they are. This can cause the effects of drowsy driving to creep up on them. This technology is capable of measuring your body posture and eye activity. If you begin to nod-off, it will send a warning to wake up you. This technology can also send a warning if you begin drifting out of your lane.

These safety features are just a few of the innovative new technologies which have begun debuting in cars over recent year. This is just the beginning of automation. Soon, cars may even be able to drive themselves.

Unfortunately, technology has yet to eliminate accidents all together. If you have been involved in an accident, it is important to explore your legal options. You have rights as an accident victim. Let Hastings & Hastings help you explore those rights. To learn more or to schedule a free legal consultation, call (480)706-1100 or click HERE.

Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor Opens Downtown Phoenix Campus

Hastings & Hastings is widely considered to be a Phoenix institution. Founded in 1981 by David Hastings, who graduated just two hours south of here in Tucson, Arizona, from the University of Arizona James E. Rodgers College of Law, Hastings & Hastings has grown along with the great city of Phoenix. David Hastings founded Hastings & Hastings with one clear mission in mind, to provide the highest quality representation for accident victims at an affordable rate. David Hastings created the Discount Accident Fee because he believed that lawyer’s fees were too high in accident cases. After all, it is the accident victims who have endured the hardship, not the lawyers. It is the accident victims who should walk home with the bulk of any financial settlement.

The city of Phoenix, and Hastings & Hastings have grown together over the year. Phoenix is now the 6th largest city in the nation, and with eleven Valley locations, Hastings & Hastings has grown into one of Phoenix’s largest personal injury law firms. Contributing in large part to the growth of Phoenix, has been the growth and success of Arizona State University. ASU is currently home to over 86,000 students, employees and academic staff of over 3,000 and is considered one of the nation’s top research universities.

Arizona State University is also home to the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, which is ranked 25 in the nation. The law school was founded in 1965. At the time it was called the Arizona State University College of Law. In 1969 it was accredited by the American Bar Association. With an outstanding Bar pass rate of 83.7%, the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law graduates hundreds top-quality legal professional each and every year. And the future is looking bright for ASU’s law school. On August 15th, the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law officially opened its $129 million state-of-the-art Center for law and Society building in vibrant downtown Phoenix.

“This is more than just a move to a new building. It is a major part of our city and state’s future. This move will establish Phoenix and Arizona as the home of a great educational institution and will greatly contribute to the well-being of our fellow citizens,” said Michael M. Crow, president of Arizona State University.

Today, we are going to take a close look at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law and the new Arizona Center for Law and Society.

The Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law

As we have just discussed, the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law is the 25th ranked law school in the United States. They offer a scholastic catalog of over 250 unique courses and allow students to tailor their education to best fit their interested and ambitions. With an excellent student-to-faculty ration, students at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law have easy access to a team of faculty scholars boasting over 300 years of combined experience practicing law.

The Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law offers the best bar pass rated of any law school in Arizona. It also ranks top 20 in the nation for securing graduates substantive legal jobs within 10 months of graduation. Of the graduating class of 2014, 87 percent had secured employment within 10 months of graduating. At the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, they believe that graduates should be a part of their legal community for law.They encourage this by offering career service at no charge even after graduation, and through continued legal educational programs.

Finally, before we dive into the specifics of the new Arizona Center for Law and Society building, we should touch on Sandra Day O’Connor herself, the namesake of Arizona State University’s prestigious College of Law.

Sandra Day O’Connor was the first women to serve as an associate justice on the Supreme Court of the United States. She was appointed in 1981 by Ronald Reagan and served until 2006. Before serving on the Supreme Court of the United States, Sandra Day O’Connor was a judge right here in Arizona. She also worked as the assistant Attorney General of Arizona from 1965 to 1969, as a state senator from 1973-1974, and served on the Arizona State Court of Appeals from 1979-1981, when she was nominated by Ronald Reagan. Initially, Sandra Day O’Connor’s voting records closely aligned with the conservative bloc of justices which included Antonin Scalia, Anthony Kennedy, and Chief Justice William Rehnquist. However, her stance shifted and she became a swing vote who could shift between the predominate political blocs on the Supreme Court.

Arizona Center for Law and Society

On August 15, 2016, Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law held the official Grand Opening of the Arizona Center for Law and Society. The building is built as a “state-of-the-art symbol for a new model of legal education.”

Located at 111 E Taylor St., just two miles south of the I 10 freeway, the new home of the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law is truly a site to behold. The sweeting six-story, 280,000-square foot facility embraces open design in a way that the designers, Thomas Rossant of Ennead Architects in collaboration with Jones Studios, hope will encourage interaction, collaboration, and public involvement. This vision for openness was one supported by Dean Douglas Sylvester. In the center of the building lays a large atrium which is open to the public.

The Grand Opening of the Arizona Center for Law and Society was a day long in coming. The project first began gaining momentum in 2009, as talks of relocating the law school campus took shape. Shortly after, downtown Phoenix was chosen as the destination for the relocations. Law school officials wanted their campus to be located close to the heart of Phoenix, near courtrooms, law firms, and the capital building itself. The hope was that the new campus could positively impact the “physical, educational, social, and economic landscape of the area.” Not only will the campus be home to classes and lectures, but it will also host national conferences and serves as an appellate courtroom.

In December 2012, after a long search for the perfect location, it was announced that the City of Phoenix would provide the land on which the Arizona Center for Law and Society would be built at the cost of $12 million. Two years later, in 2014 the Arizona Board of Regents approved the construction plans and the project began moving forwards. The project was primarily funded through construction bonds with the remaining amount provided through generous alumni gifts, and donations from members of the legal community. Construction of the building went smoothly, and two years later, Arizona State University announced the date of the Grand Opening.

Here at Hastings & Hastings, we are excited to see the impact the Arizona Center for Law and Society will have on downtown Phoenix and the greater Phoenix community as a whole. Young, talented, energetic lawyers are the lifeblood of our profession. We cannot wait to welcome the graduates of the Arizona Center for Law and Society into the profession.

If you have any legal questions, or have been involved in an accident, it is important that you explore your legal rights. At Hastings & Hastings, we offer free, no-obligation legal consultations. One of your experienced personal injury attorneys will sit down with you, advise you, and help you understand your case. For more information, call (480)854-9227 today!