Get a Trusted Auto Accident Lawyer — Seek Compensation for Your Injury
Every year, about six million people get into car accidents in the United States. About half of those accidents leave people with injuries. In Arizona, there were about 127,000 motor vehicle accidents throughout 2017, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation. The causes for these accidents are varied and range from reckless driving, speeding, driving under the influence, and more. These statistics are all too real and as auto accident lawyers, we know that even a minor accident can alter your life significantly. Your life can change instantly after an auto accident. We work every case with dedication and attention to detail in order to get you the compensation you deserve to help get your life back to normal.
If you’ve been injured in an accident, get the support you need. We have the legal knowledge, experience, resources, and understanding of insurance companies to fight for you.
Auto Accident Law in Arizona and What You Need to Know
Every state has different laws. Arizona’s car accident laws determine your legal rights. Dealing with insurance companies and submitting claims can be quite daunting and confusing. If you’ve just had an accident, you likely don’t have time to worry about standing up to the insurance companies. Here are a few things you should know:
- Most auto accidents fall under personal injury law. Liability is usually determined based on the concept of negligence. If you were injured in a car accident as a result of the other driver’s negligence, you are entitled to financial compensation.
- In Arizona, fault is determined based on the law of negligence.
- Arizona has a hands-free policy when it comes to cell phones. It is illegal to drive while talking or texting on a cellphone while driving unless the device is “hands-free.”
- When law enforcement is called, a police report will be written about the accident as recorded by the officer. This serves as an important official record for your case.
- Witnesses can play a key role in establishing fault.
Who Was at Fault and How Do I Prove It?
An auto accident can occur for any number of reasons. Several factors can be at play at the same time. The first thing to understand about proving fault or 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.
Examples of comparative fault:
- Pedestrian hit by car: 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.
- Car on car accident: You are in a collision with another car. 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.
- 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, you might still be entitled to compensation, but additional facts will determine the outcome.
- Rear ended: Your car is hit in the rear by the vehicle behind you. While there are exceptions, rear-ending another car usually translates into liability.
In many of these cases there may be partial liability on the part of both the driver and the pedestrian. In either situation, compensation is most likely available.
Common Causes of Auto Accidents on Arizona Roads
There are a variety of causes for accidents on our state’s roads. Some of the most common include:
- Speeding or driving too fast for conditions
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Texting while driving
- Distracted driving
- Reckless driving
- Falling asleep behind the wheel
- Failing to stop at a red light or stop sign
Car Accident Damages We Seek & Injuries We See Frequently
No two accidents are the same and no two situations are equal. Every accident has its own unique set of circumstances and factors that contributed to it. Because of this, the injuries vary greatly. We will help you seek the following damages for injuries:
- Current and future financial loss
- Damage to your vehicle
- Lost wages
- Emergency medical costs
- Rehabilitation services
- Costs of physical therapy or other recovery services
- Pain and suffering
- Past and future medical bills
There are some bodily injuries that are obvious from the start. Others, however, are more difficult to detect. Some symptoms may not appear until well after the accident occurs. This can be true of soft tissue injuries, whose early symptoms at the outset may seem to be common stiffness, numbness, soreness, headaches, etc. Some of these symptoms could also be an indication of a more serious problem, including a possible spine or brain injury.
Because the injury in many cases may not manifest itself until days or weeks after the crash, it is essential that you seek medical attention at the earliest possible time. A medical professional will often be able to detect and diagnose potential problems before the onset of acute symptoms.
What To Do When You Are Involved in an Auto Collision
If you’ve been in an auto accident and have been injured or hurt in some way, don’t wait any longer. Call a trusted auto accident lawyer that can fight the insurance companies on your behalf. When you call the offices of Smith Alston Darner & Lee, you will speak to an experienced personal injury attorney to discuss the details of your accident and injury. If you cannot travel due to injury, medical conditions, or the loss of your vehicle, one of our attorneys will come to you. We can meet you at home, work, or anywhere that is convenient for you.
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The more evidence that is collected, the better chances there are of piecing together the actual events of the accident. When in a car accident:
- Call 9-1-1. This ensures that everyone at the scene receives necessary medical attention, and also brings law enforcement into the scene so they can create an official report.
- Collect details. If possible, try to collect as much information as possible of the other driver. Get names, phone numbers, insurance information, license plates, etc. of the other vehicle.
- Take pictures. One good thing about having wide access to smartphones is the ease with which we can take pictures and collect evidence on our devices. If possible, take pictures of the scene, vehicles involved and other important information.
Seek medical attention. If you do not receive emergency medical attention, it is a good idea to visit a medical professional or your doctor immediately following the accident. This way you can record pain and injuries through a medical professional and ensure you are on track to make a full recovery.
Contact an Auto Accident Lawyer That Will Fight For You
We are a local law firm that specializes in lawsuits and litigation involving personal injury cases. If you’ve been in an auto accident due to another driver’s fault or negligence and have sustained bodily injury, we can help. Call us today at 602-892-5000 for more information, or feel free to come by the office at 6816 E Brown Rd #101 Mesa, Arizona 85207.