When we drive to work or our friend’s house we often don’t think twice about the possibility of something happening to us while we’re traveling. We drive our cars multiple times a day, every single day not expecting something to go wrong. Unfortunately car accidents happen all the time and they can often result in some serious injuries. Our Arizona car accident lawyer is here to help you through all of the legal aspects of your case. Our job is to get you the most compensation possible to cover the damages you have had due to someone else’s carelessness. You shouldn’t be hurting financially for something that you had no control over. We will make sure your rights are protected.
Common Car Accident Injuries
After the accident, you may have a lot of adrenaline running through your body and it can be very tricky to figure out just how badly injured you are. You should never assume that you are fine and go about your life. You should seek medical attention as soon as possible so that you can get your injuries checked out. You do not want to run the risk of worsening your condition by ignoring the injuries. Also when you ignore your injuries for whatever reason, the insurance company could tell you that your case is not strong enough. You want documented proof that you were injured because of this car accident and going to the doctor to start getting treatments will be beneficial for your health and your case. Here are some of the most common car accident injuries.
- Broken bones and fractures
- Tendon, nerve, or tissue damage
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
If you have been seriously injured after your car accident, you need to get to a doctor as soon as possible. Your health is the highest priority. You need to make sure you treat yourself like a priority and never ignore the pain you’re in. Tell the doctor about everything that is bothering you so that you don’t miss an injury that might turn into something serious. If you need surgery, have that surgery. If you need physical therapy, have it. We will make sure you are compensated for all of it.
Best First Step for a Successful Claim
To have a successful claim, you should collect evidence at the scene of the accident. If you are too injured to do it yourself, you can call on someone to come do it for you. You want to get photos and videos of all vehicles involved in the accident and any debris or tire marks on the road. Anything that looks like it is important to the accident should be recorded. You also should talk to the witnesses and get their contact information. An important tip to remember is not telling anyone it was your fault. You might think it was, but later find out it wasn’t. For now, don’t talk about who caused the accident. Let your attorney handle that later.
Dealing with the Insurance Company
A huge reason why you shouldn’t talk about fault right after the accident is that the insurance company will take any opportunity to try to throw out your case. If you said to their insured that it was your fault, they will use that against you. They will also call you shortly after the accident and try to get a recorded statement from you about the cause of the accident. You should never give them any statements. They will use your words against you. Instead, tell them that they need to talk to your lawyer.
How to Get Full Compensation
A large part of getting the fullest amount of compensation is avoiding getting blamed for the accident. By hiring an attorney early on, they will make sure you are protected from the bullying tactics of the insurance company. In Arizona, if you get blamed for the accident, you can still receive compensation, but it will be reduced by the percent of fault you share. Fortunately, you won’t be barred unless you were the sole cause of the accident, but that rarely happens. We will make sure we advocate for the best amount of compensation possible.
Frequently Asked Car Accident Questions
How Do I Pick the Best Attorney for My Case?
If you’re trying to select an attorney for a car crash in the state of Arizona, you want to look at a couple of different things. You want to make sure the attorney has the experience in dealing with car crashes and successfully handling those cases. You want to make sure that your attorney focuses on car crash cases. You don’t need somebody who’s doing bankruptcy, wills and trusts, a little criminal law, and a little bit of car crash. You want somebody who does it on a regular basis, is familiar with the areas of law, and can handle that.
One other thing that’s really important is to consider getting a trial attorney. If you need to go to trial, you want to be prepared and you want your case from the beginning to be heading that direction, so insurance companies know you’re serious as well. They will deal with you better knowing that you have somebody who’s not afraid to take the case to trial.
What Case Mistakes Can I Avoid?
In dealing with Arizona car crashes, we’ve been able to put together a pretty good list of things that you shouldn’t do. We’ve had a lot of people come to us a little bit too late. We have people who don’t get the medical treatment they should for their injuries, and we have people who don’t follow their doctor’s advice as they should.
We have people who contact attorneys too late in the process after they’ve given recorded statements to insurance companies and we have people who come to us because they’ve hired the wrong attorney. It’s important that you hire an attorney who has the experience in the area that you’re dealing with, specifically a car crash, that focuses their practice on personal injury including car crashes, and can take the case as far as they need to get a fair resolution for you.
What Should I Do After a Car Accident?
If you’ve been injured in a car crash in the state of Arizona, you probably want to know what to do next. You should try to get as much information as you can.
You want to make sure you take photographs of the scene if you can, or have somebody else do that as soon as possible. You have to take photographs of the vehicles involved. You need to make sure you get to your doctors and get medical treatment so you start on the healing process. Once you see a doctor, you need to follow the doctor’s advice and do what they ask you to do and be compliant in their orders.
You need to contact an attorney who can help you in preserving the evidence. Witnesses will disappear, the evidence will disappear, and electronic data will disappear. You want to hire an attorney who can help you in gathering all of that information and preserving it.
You also want to make sure that you hire the right attorney. You want to hire somebody with the experience to handle your case who has handled those type of cases in the past and has done so successfully. You want to hire somebody who focuses on that type of case, so they know the issues that come up and know what to do in those circumstances. You want to hire somebody who’s a trial lawyer and can take your case from the beginning to the end, as far as the insurance company wants to push it to make sure that you get a fair resolution.
Will My Case Go to Trial?
People who’ve been in a car crash often ask, “Will my case have to go to trial?” Because they don’t want to be involved in that. Initially, it’s very difficult to tell somebody if their specific case will go to trial.
We are able to resolve most of our cases without going to trial because we get a fair resolution of them. If we can’t get a fair resolution, some cases have to go to trial. If we do have to take a case to trial, we’re going to be prepared for trial, and we’re going to make sure that you’re prepared as well so that there won’t be anything to worry about.
How Much is My Case Worth?
Anybody who’s been involved in a car crash in the state of Arizona always wants to know what the value of their case is. That’s a very tough thing to know initially. We first need to know what the medical bills are, what medical bills are going to be needed in the future, how much time has been lost from work, and what impact the injuries are going to have on you long-term. Once we have more of that information, we can give you a very good indication of what the case is worth.
Can I Afford an Attorney?
If you’ve been involved in a car crash in the state of Arizona, you may be worried about being able to afford an attorney. If you hire us, everything we do from that point forward is at our expense.
We’re covering the cost of preserving the evidence, and getting the discovery completed. The only time you pay us is when we get a successful resolution of the case.
How Long Will It Take to Settle My Case?
People ask me all the time, “How long does it take to resolve my car crash case and can we get this case resolved really quickly?” One of the things that’s difficult about resolving a case extremely quickly is that you need to make sure, before you resolve it, you know what the injuries are. You need to get the diagnosis from doctors, get treatment from the doctors, and know what’s working and what isn’t to determine what future treatment you’re going to need and how that’s going to impact you.
Once you have a good understanding of what the injury is and what the treatment’s going to be for that, we can get that demand to the insurance company pretty quickly. Then from there, it depends on if they’re going to make a fair offer to settle it or if we have to prepare the case to go into litigation. It’s a very personalized question and hard to answer on a general format. The one thing that’s always true is we’re always pushing the insurance companies to get the case resolved fairly.
Call Our Office Today for a Free Consultation
After your car accident, a lot of things may seem confusing and we are here to help you through all of it. We want to take the burden of the case off of your shoulders so that you can focus on your recovery. We will make sure you are on the track to get the fullest and fairest amount of compensation. Please do not hesitate to call our Arizona car accident lawyers as soon as you are able to so that we can set up a free case evaluation. We will get to work for you right away and make sure everything is headed in the right direction to get the best result possible.