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Mesa Car Accident Lawyer

Have you been injured in a car accident in Mesa?  If so, contact a Mesa car accident lawyer who will explain all your legal options and show you how to maximize the compensation your deserve.  The injuries suffered in a car accident often require medical attention, and this means doctor bills and hospital bills.  You may have lost time from work, and you have certainly been required to endure significant pain and suffering.  These and other losses, as well as your discomfort, may continue into the future.  Smith Alston has extensive experience as a trial attorney in Arizona and will work with you to determine all parties at fault and aggressively go after every dollar you are owed.

Many car accident attorneys can make similar claims; where Smith Alston excels is going deep into your case and finding additional areas for compensation.  Will your injuries require long-term care which have not been calculated into a settlement offer?   Maybe instead of simply going after the insurance company there is also a product liability claim against the auto manufacturer?  Did the car which hit you belong to a business?  If so, Smith Alston can go after the business.  Does the person at fault have a homeowners policy which provided them additional coverage above and beyond their auto insurance coverage?  This may be an opportunity to significantly expand the degree of compensation.

What types of injuries typically result from car accidents?

If you are involved in a car crash, there is statistically a one in three chance that you or someone else will be injured.  The nature and extent of the injuries varies widely, from scrapes and bruises, on the one hand, to life-altering injuries, and even wrongful death, on the other.  Common injuries suffered in auto accidents include lacerations, bone fractures, neck, back and spine injuries, concussions, traumatic brain injuries (TBI), and internal injuries such as damage to one or more of your internal organs.

Some injuries suffered in car wrecks are obvious from the start.  Others, however, are more difficult to detect, since symptoms may not appear until well after the accident occurs.  This is particularly true of soft tissue injuries, where the symptoms at the outset may merely be stiffness, perhaps some numbness, soreness, headaches and the like.  Some of these symptoms could also be an indication of a more serious problem, including a possible brain injury.

Because the injury in many cases will not manifest itself until days, weeks or even years after the crash, it is essential that you seek medical attention at the earliest possible time.  A medical professional will often be able to spot potential problems before the onset of acute symptoms.

Since medical injuries are not always obvious, Smith Alston will seek compensation not only for your current medical bills, but the potential medical expenses for years to come.

How do I prove who was at fault in my wreck?

There are times when an automobile accident occurs as the result of a mistake, lapse or traffic violation by a single driver.  In many cases, however, the fault lies with two or more people, each having contributed to some degree in causing the accident.

The first thing to understand about proving fault, and therefore liability, in an auto accident case, is that you can be partially at fault and still collect damages from the other parties in your case.  This is a function of Arizona’s comparative negligence law.  The primary statute, A.R.S. 12-2505, provides that if you are partially at fault in a case, you can still collect, but your damages will be reduced by the relative degree of your fault.  This is known as “pure” comparative negligence, as opposed to modified comparative negligence, which has been adopted in some states.  But even among the states, like Arizona, that have adopted the “pure” version, there are various wrinkles that make the law in our state unique.  Smith Alston can explain exactly how this will affect your car accident settlement and how to use the law to your benefit.

What are some examples of comparative fault?

  • Pedestrian hit by car:  You are a pedestrian.  You have been struck by a car that went through a stop sign while you were crossing the street within a marked crosswalk.  Other things being equal, this could be a relatively easy case to prove on the issue of liability, or fault.  On the other hand, other things are often not equal, and additional facts could affect any determination on the issue of liability.  In these situations it critical to collect all the information and present the favorable findings to the insurance company or the party at fault.
  • Car on car accident:  You are in a collision with another car.  It occurred at an uncontrolled intersection.  The result in this case will depend upon a number of factors, and likely will hinge upon the testimony of witnesses, including yourself and the other driver. Police reports can play a role, but the police report is not the final factor in determining fault.  Even if the police say you are at fault, does not mean you are! In these situations the Smith Alston legal team might try to find a security video from a local store or do a forensic analysis of the accident.
  • Jaywalking and hit by a car: You are a pedestrian, and you are struck by a car.  You were jaywalking at the time.  In this situation, additional facts will no doubt affect the outcome.  Did the accident occur during the day or at night?  What were the weather conditions?  In some cases this may result in a finding of partial liability on the part of both the driver and the pedestrian.  In either situation, compensation is most likely available.
  • Rear ended: Your car is hit in the rear by the vehicle behind of you.  While there are exceptions, rear-ending another car usually translates into liability.  This applies whether your car is traveling on the highway or stopped at traffic light, stop sign or pedestrian crossing.  Many of these accidents are caused by inattention, and others by speeding, and traveling too closely to the car in front of you.  Each of these factors combined results in the total fault, and thus compensation which can be collected on your behalf.

Download Our Free Accident Guide

Nobody wants to be in a car accident, but that doesn’t prevent them from happening.  Don’t get caught unprepared.  Download our free Accident Reference Guide for things TO DO and things NOT TO DO if you’re involved in a car accident.

What should I consider when hiring a car accident lawyer?

There are numerous characteristics that should be considered when you look for an attorney to represent you in your car accident case.  First, make sure that your attorney has trial experience.  Most personal injury lawsuits are settled out of court.  However, an attorney with trial experience will increase the probability of a more lucrative settlement since the parties at fault, do not want to pay for trial.  Additionally, if it does go to trial, you need someone who knows how to win.  Next, you’ll want a lawyer with a reputation for credibility – with clients, judges, other lawyers, and jurors.  Look at online reviews on Google, Yelp, etc.  This will give you an idea of the experiences previous clients have had with the attorney.

Along with abilities, client testimonials, ultimately, you’ll want your attorney to be a person who inspires confidence in you.

The Smith Alston team has the experience you want when looking for a personal injury lawyer.  Our legal team is qualified to analyze your case, and provide you with a well thought out strategy, and include an intensive investigation of all the facts.  This usually means reviewing witness statements, interviews, and examination of physical evidence.  Experts may be required in various areas, including both liability and damages.  We will also discuss options around making a demand (usually on the insurance company) for a specific amount of money, or responding to an offer that may have been proposed by those liable for your injuries.  You will be kept informed at each step during the process, and the Smith Alston legal team will remain available throughout the case to answer any questions you might have.

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