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Car accidents are a common occurrence in the United States, and Phoenix is no exception. Car wrecks are sudden and unexpected, and they can cause serious injury or even death. The aftermath of an accident may leave you confused about what to do next.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a collision, the experienced car wreck lawyers at Zinda Law Group may be able to help you pursue the compensation you may entitled to. You should contact the personal injury attorneys from Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 for a free consultation. If we cannot reach a favorable result for your claim, you will not owe us anything.
COMMON CAUSES OF ACCIDENTS
According to the Arizona Department of Transportation Crash Facts Summary, Phoenix had 45,208 car crashes in 2019, with 193 of these accidents being fatal while 11,820 caused injury. 202 people were killed in car accidents in Phoenix in 2019. Car accidents may be caused by numerous factors, including:
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Driving while under the influence is dangerous and frequently leads to accidents causing serious injury or death. According to ADOT, alcohol-related crashes accounted for 3.78% of all crashes and 25.69% of all fatal crashes. In Phoenix, there were 1,303 alcohol-related crashes in 2019, including 60 fatal accidents and 722 causing injury.
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Speeding is another common cause of accidents, as higher speeds make it more difficult for drivers to stop, avoid obstacles, and avoid colliding with other vehicles. According to the National Coalition for Safer Roads, Phoenix is one of the top 10 most dangerous cities in America for speeding.
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Distracted driving, such as texting while driving, eating, adjusting the radio, putting on makeup, or any other action taking the driver’s attention from focusing on the road, is another common cause of car accidents in Phoenix. A distracted driver is more likely to not adjust to a change in road conditions or to fail to notice vehicles coming to an abrupt stop.
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Running a Stop Sign or Red Light
Car accidents frequently occur when a driver fails to stop at a red light or stop sign. Intersections are dangerous locations, and a vehicle’s failure to obey traffic laws may often cause a collision with another vehicle entering the intersection.
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WHAT SHOULD I DO AFTER A CAR ACCIDENT?
Seek Medical Attention
The first step after a car accident is to seek immediate medical attention. Even if you generally feel well and uninjured, many injuries may not be readily obvious, such as whiplash, internal bleeding, and other injuries.
Contact an Attorney
Contacting an experienced attorney after your accident may be one of the most important steps you may take after a car accident. Hiring an attorney allows you to focus on recovering from the accident while your lawyer negotiates with the insurer and pursues compensation you may be entitled to. An attorney may investigate your case, gather evidence, interview witnesses, and provide proof supporting your claim.
It is important to maintain all records, including medical records, such as any medical billing, diagnoses, and treatment. These records may be able to help your attorney prove the severity of your injuries. Contact information for any witnesses, pictures of the accident scene and the vehicles, and other relevant documentation such as insurance policies may all help strengthen your claim for compensation.
Once your attorney has investigated your case and has been able to determine that the other driver or party may have negligently caused your accident, your lawyer may begin to negotiate with the other party’s insurer to reach a potential settlement. If your lawyer is able to reach an agreement with the insurer, you may receive a settlement offer. This negotiation process may involve offers and counteroffers between each party. If no settlement can be reached, then your case may go to trial.
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WHEN SHOULD YOU HIRE A CAR ACCIDENT LAWYER?
The aftermath of a car accident can often be very confusing, and you should be able to focus on recovering from your injuries. Hiring an experienced Phoenix car accident lawyer allows you to focus on recovery while your attorney focuses on seeking any compensation you may be entitled to. Insurance companies employ teams of lawyers to pay as little as possible to settle claims. It is often crucial to gather as much evidence as possible to support your car accident claim. An attorney may help level the playing field and negotiating with the insurer to pursue compensation.
WHO MAY BE LIABLE FOR THE ACCIDENT?
Often, the driver who caused the accident will be held liable for any damages or injuries you may have suffered. To prove the other driver’s liability for your accident, you will have to prove the other driver owed you a duty to avoid colliding with your vehicle, and the driver breached this duty through negligent conduct such as running a red light, speeding, or driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. You will also have to prove that you suffered injuries or damages, and the other driver’s breach of the duty owed to others on the road actually caused your injuries and damages.
If the other driver negligently caused your car accident, their employer may also be liable for your injuries. If the other driver was acting within the scope of employment, such as delivery drivers, or was driving a company vehicle, you may be able to pursue compensation from the employer. You may also be able to pursue compensation for negligent hiring of the driver, such as if there were multiple accidents on the driver’s record and the employer nevertheless chose to hire the driver. This is especially true in trucking accidents.
If the accident was caused by defective vehicle parts, the vehicle’s manufacturer, retailer, or others who installed the parts may be held liable for the defective vehicle.
In some cases, the government entity responsible for maintaining the roadway may be held liable for your accident. If you can prove the governmental entity failed to appropriately repair or protect against hazardous road conditions, the governmental entity may be liable for your damages.
HOW LONG WILL MY CAR ACCIDENT CASE TAKE?
There is no definitive answer on how long your case may take. Each case will depend on the nature of the injuries sustained, the compensation sought, whether a settlement is reached, and numerous other factors. For example, the more severe your injuries are, the longer it may take for the extent of your injuries and the need for any potential future treatment to become clear. If a case goes to trial, the trial process will lengthen the process even more.
HOW MUCH IS MY CASE WORTH?
Compensation for car accident claims varies depending on several factors, such as who was at fault, the amount of damage to your vehicle, the extent of your injuries. You may be entitled to compensation for various damages, including:
You may be entitled to compensation for any injuries you suffered in the accident. This compensation may include your medical costs for treatment, any necessary surgeries, medication, physical therapy, hospital stays, and any future treatment you may require.
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You may be able to pursue compensation for your damaged vehicle as well. Compensation may include the cost to repair your vehicle or replace the vehicle if it is damaged beyond repair.
If you were unable to work as a result of your accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your lost wages. You may also be entitled to compensation for lost income if your accident leaves you unable to work as much or at all.
Pain and Suffering
You may also be able to pursue compensation for any pain and suffering you endured as a result of your injuries from the car accident. This pain and suffering may include any physical pain or discomfort, as well as any psychological or emotional anguish. This type of compensation is usually calculated by taking into account the type of injury and the impact the injury has had on your quality of life.
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STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS
Even if you may have a claim for compensation, every state has an applicable statute of limitations, which sets the legal time limits within which a lawsuit must be filed. If you do not file a lawsuit before the statute of limitations expires, your lawsuit may be barred completely. In Arizona, the statute of limitations for car accident claims is two years from the date of the accident.
However, if a minor was injured in a car accident, this statute of limitations will not begin running until the minor reaches age 18. The minor will then have two years from the date the minor turned 18 to file any lawsuit seeking compensation for injuries suffered in the car accident.
GET HELP FROM A PHOENIX CAR ACCIDENT ATTORNEY TODAY
At Zinda Law Group, our Phoenix lawyers may be able to assist you with your car accident claim. We help our clients pursue the maximum compensation they may be entitled to after being injured in a car wreck.
Call (800) 863-5312 today for a free consultation with one of our personal injury lawyers. You will not pay anything unless we can win your car accident case. That’s our No Win, No Fee Guarantee.
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