Arizona Traffic Accident LawyersLast updated on: July 13, 2022
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A car crash can be a terrifying and life-changing experience. Unfortunately, the accident itself is just the beginning of what can be a long and drawn-out journey to receiving fair compensation for your injuries. The best way to protect your rights can be working with the right Arizona traffic accident lawyers.
If you or someone you love has been hurt in a car wreck in Arizona, call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 for a free case evaluation with an experienced Arizona car accident attorney. You will not pay anything unless an Arizona car accident lawyer wins your case.
Car accident injuries
Motor vehicle accidents are not just a source of stress for the people who are involved in them, but they are also a true public health hazard. In fact, car crashes are a leading cause of injury in the US. On an annual basis, Americans spend more than 1 million collective days in the hospital. Some of the most commonly-suffered injuries in car accidents are:
Whiplash occurs when your body is suddenly jolted back and forth, such as when you collide with another vehicle. This sudden change of motion can lead to the overextension of the muscles in your neck and back, as well as joints and ligaments in the area. If you are experiencing any kind of pain in your neck or upper back, then you may have sustained a whiplash injury. Another common symptom of whiplash is decreased range of motion, which means that you may not be able to turn your head to the side or up and down.
Contrary to what some people may think, it is not actually necessary to hit your head on something to cause a concussion. Concussions can also occur when the force from a car accident forces your head to jerk back and forth. A concussion is a brain injury, and any and every potential brain injury needs to be treated with the utmost care. Concussions and other head injuries can also present a particular sort of danger because their symptoms are sometimes relatively benign. Some common symptoms of a concussion include a headache, dizziness, or even loss of consciousness. Some symptoms may also not appear until well after an accident occurs.
The immense amount of force generated when two vehicles collide with each other can also lead to broken bones. When you break a bone, you will immediately notice tremendous amounts of pain in the area, and you may begin to see swelling or bruising appear quickly as well. You also may notice that the area where the bone was broken looks deformed or that you have lost function in that area. Paramedics may be able to address a broken bone to a certain extent while still on the scene of the accident, but it will likely require much more follow-up with medical professionals to properly treat your injuries.
No matter what kind of injury you find yourself dealing with, you and your family can benefit from the assistance of an experienced Arizona personal injury lawyer.
What to do after a car accident
While an Arizona car accident lawyer can guide you through the legal process, there are some things that every car accident victim should do as soon as they can after their accident. Some of these steps pertain to your physical well-being, some relate to building a successful personal injury claim, and some speak to both:
Seek Medical Attention if Injured
After an accident, your first priority should be preserving your physical health. If you are hurt, seek medical attention for your injuries as soon as you possibly can. This is important, because certain injuries may not present symptoms right away, and a doctor may be able to diagnose them and prevent them from getting any worse. Getting medical attention quickly may also help to support your claim for compensation. Insurance companies may attempt to argue that your injuries are not as severe as you are claiming, so it’s important to have evidence of treatment if possible.
Report the Accident
After assessing your injuries, make sure that law enforcement responds to the scene and takes a statement from you. The report filed with the police serves as an important record of the accident and is another source of evidence. It is also a chance for you to give an account of what happened while the details are fresh in your mind. Make sure to call the police and file a report even if the damage does not seem serious. Just like with physical injuries, some types of vehicle damage may not become obvious until well after the accident occurs.
Document the Accident
Before you leave the scene of the accident, it is important that you document the scene as thoroughly as possible. This includes getting all the information for the other drivers and any potential witnesses, taking pictures or videos of the scene and the damage to the vehicles, and even taking a screenshot of the weather app on your phone to document the weather conditions. It is far preferable to have more information than you need than too little, so being as thorough as possible at this stage is critical.
Speak with an Arizona Car Accident Attorney
An Arizona personal injury attorney will be able to help your case in more ways than one. First, they can analyze the facts of your case and help you to determine whether you have a claim worth pursuing. If you do, then they can move forward to the next step of building a strong case that will help you pursue maximum compensation. They can also help you to avoid any of the mistakes that can diminish the value of a personal injury claim.
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The basis for most car accident claims is negligence. Negligence is a legal term that has a specific meaning and four basic components:
The first component of negligence is duty. The party trying to establish negligence must show that the other party had a duty to act in a certain way. When it comes to car accident cases, every driver has a duty to obey the rules of the road and to drive in a safe and responsible way.
Next, you must be able to show that the other party breached this duty. Some examples of a breach of duty in a car accident case could be proving that the other driver was speeding or was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash.
After duty, you must be able to establish causation, which is the link between your injuries and the breach of duty. If someone else’s negligent driving wasn’t actually the cause of your injuries, then you won’t be able to recover through negligence.
Finally, you must be able to show that you sustained actual damages as a result of the other driver’s negligent actions. These are injuries for which you can receive compensation.
Importantly, Arizona is a pure comparative negligence state. This means that a driver can recover for their injuries if another party to the accident is at least partially at fault. Even if you are partially at fault for an accident, that does not bar your recovery for compensation for the negligence of another driver. An Arizona personal injury lawyer will be able to explain what your rights are under the negligence laws of the state of Arizona.
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What is my case worth?
Arizona courts attempt to help accident victims recover through financial compensation. Many accident victims wonder, “What is my case worth?” There is no way to accurately gauge the monetary value of a given case without consulting an Arizona personal injury lawyer, but damages are generally in two categories:
Economic damages are the financial losses that a victim incurs. Of the two main types of damages, they are the more tangible and objective. Some examples of economic damages include things like medical bills, property damage, and lost wages or earning capacity.
Non-economic damages are a monetary award granted for general losses that are not readily quantifiable. Some common examples of non-economic damages include the injury itself, pain and suffering, the loss of companionship, and the general loss of enjoyment of life. Non-economic damages tend to be highly subjective and vary greatly from case to case. Because of this, there is complex analysis and argumentation that goes into their calculation, which is where Arizona traffic accident lawyers will be able to help you with your claim.
While economic and non-economic damages are intended to make a victim whole, punitive damages have an entirely different purpose. Punitive damages serve as a punishment for actions that were particularly reckless or even intentional, as well as a warning to other drivers not to do what the driver in your case did. Punitive damages are not available in most cases but could be available in very serious cases.
Statute of limitations
Personal injury law contains statutes of limitation. A statute of limitation is a legal time limit for how long a victim has to bring a claim based on a certain accident. These limits vary from state to state, and in Arizona, the statute of limitation dealing with traffic accidents is two years. This means that an accident victim typically has two years from the date of their accident within which to file a claim. Otherwise, it will likely be barred for lack of timeliness.
Certain factors may complicate the calculation of the two-year timeline and potentially give accident victims more time to file their case. For example, the clock begins to run when a cause of action accrues. This occurs when a victim doesn’t realize until long after their accident that they suffered a compensable injury, and a case could potentially be filed more than two years after the accident. Additionally, if the accident victim was a minor when the accident occurred, then they have two years from the date of their 18th birthday to file a claim as opposed to two years from the date of the accident.
To avoid running into any kind of problem with the timeline of your case, it is best to speak with an Arizona personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.
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Having the right Arizona traffic accident lawyer on your side during your car accident claim is invaluable. The attorneys at the Zinda Law Group give each individual case the attention that it deserves. We also have the resources of a nationwide operation combined with the localized expertise of an Arizona firm, which means accident victims get the best of both worlds.
In addition to all of this, we believe that accident victims should not have to worry about their ability to afford quality legal representation. That’s why we offer a No Win, No Fee Guarantee – you don’t pay us anything until we win your case for you.
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