Category: Personal Injury

Dos and Don’ts of an Accident Claim in Arizona

Aug 27, 2019 - Car Accidents by

What to Do After a Phoenix Accident Have you been injured in an accident that you believe someone else caused?  Arizona law may entitle you to compensation for the suffered losses. Though one of your first priorities should — of course — be to contact a Phoenix accident law firm for professional guidance on how to proceed with your claims, there are a number of “dos and don’ts” of which you may not be fully aware. Let’s take a look. Do… Do Seek Timely and Adequate Medical Treatment Your health is the top priority in the wake of an accident.  Seek timely and adequate medical treatment.  If you believe that you may have suffered an injury, then you should go to a healthcare facility and have the injury evaluated and potentially treated. It’s worth noting that the failure to secure timely and adequate medical treatment could have legal ramifications, too.  Defendants in Arizona can minimize their liability by claiming that the injured plaintiff was also at-fault.  Delayed treatment for a truck or motorcycle accident, for example, could lead to an assertion of contributory fault. This means that the defendant will almost certainly argue that your injuries were caused or exacerbated by the delay, thus making you responsible for the harm (and minimizing their damages liability). Do Secure Timely Legal Assistance It’s critical that you secure the assistance of a qualified attorney as soon as is practicable under the circumstances — an experienced Phoenix accident attorney is an invaluable ally at […]

Road Debris and Hazards Must Be Fixed to Protect Motorists

Jun 8, 2018 - Car Accidents by

Motor vehicle accidents are often caused — in whole or in part — by the presence of unexpected road debris and various other roadway hazards.  In the state of Arizona, for example, the Department of Transportation estimates that road debris alone is responsible for 1,000 crashes on an annual basis.  Accidents from dangerous road conditions can be particularly disastrous, as drivers may not be prepared for If you have been involved in an accident that was caused by road debris or some other roadway hazard, then you may be entitled to damages, as it the existence of the dangerous condition may be indicative of another’s negligence.  You’ll therefore want to get in touch with a Phoenix injury lawyer as soon as possible for an evaluation of your car accident claims and how best to proceed with litigation. Though the existence of a roadway hazard may not always be the fault of another party, there are many cases in which the negligence of the defendant — typically the possessor of a particular roadway (i.e., the government, or some private entity) — has contributed to the hazard at-issue.  If the defendant fails to correct the hazard or fails to warn motorists of the existence of the hazard so that it can be avoided, then liability may attach under prevailing Arizona law. Roadways Must Be Maintained in a Reasonably Safe Condition Claims arising out of injuries sustained due to road debris (or other roadway hazards) generally come under the umbrella of premises liability.  […]

15 Must-Have Items for Your Glove Compartment

Jun 27, 2014 - Car Accidents by

Our Phoenix Accident Law Firm Outlines the Best Items to Keep in Your Car Being in a motor vehicle accident can be scary and overwhelming. These emergency items, however, can help keep you safe and best protect your legal claim.   Critical medical information: Write down any medical conditions, medications and allergies in case you’re involved in an accident and can’t communicate to the responders. Owner’s manual and recommended maintenance schedule: This comes in very handy. It helps when a fuse goes out, or a tire needs to be changed, or a light goes on that you don’t recognize. Emergency contact numbers: Write them down, and have them listed in your cell phone and wallet as well. There is a spot in most cell phones called ICE; In case Of Emergency. These numbers can be accessed without unlocking the phone, and emergency professionals are trained to check these numbers. Pen and paper: It will come in handy if you’re in a car accident and need to take down information. Proof of insurance: It’s the law to keep proof of insurance in your car, and it comes in handy in certain situations as well. A flashlight: If something goes wrong at night, you’ll be glad you have one. Water Bottle: It gets hot in AZ, and having water is always a good thing. Napkins, travel wipes, tissues and hand sanitizer: They can be used to clean up when you need to change a tire, or make other messy repairs to your car. […]

How Much is Your Personal Injury Case Worth?

Feb 29, 2012 - Car Accidents by

A Look at Damages in Arizona Personal Injury Cases When considering a personal injury lawsuit a common question arises, “What is my case worth?” Each case is unique because of individual factors but the answer comes down to damages– determining what your injuries have cost you monetarily, physically, mentally, and, in some cases, whether the defendant’s actions were severe enough to warrant additional punishment. In a personal injury case, damages are paid to the injured person (known as the plaintiff) by the person or company who is found to be legally responsible (known as the defendant or insurer). Damages can be awarded in a couple of different ways: an award can be agreed upon after a settlement negotiated by the parties involved, insurance companies, or attorneys. Or, an award may be granted by a judge or jury following a court trial. Compensatory Damages in Personal Injury Cases Most personal injury damages are considered “compensatory”. This type of damage award is meant to make the injured plaintiff “whole again” from a monetary standpoint. In some cases compensatory damages are easy to determine such as when a car is damaged in an accident, for example. But, other injuries are harder to place monetary value on, like pain and suffering or the inability to enjoy hobbies because of long-term accident-related injuries. There are many types of compensatory damages. Here is a short explanation of the more common types in a personal injury case. Medical Treatment: Personal injury cases almost always award the cost […]

Personal Injury Accidents: Preserve Evidence

Jan 23, 2012 - Car Accidents by

Our Phoenix Car Accident Lawyers Explain How to Collect Evidence After a Motor Vehicle Accident The first few days following a motor vehicle accident are critical to finding and preserving evidence of what happened- and documenting your injuries. As soon as possible you should take the following steps: Return to the Scene If the car accident occurred anywhere outside of your home you should return to the scene where the accident happened. Take some time to survey the area and look for any extenuating circumstances which may have contributed to causing the accident. You may find something that you overlooked while disoriented from the accident like a traffic light that isn’t working properly. Also, you may just get lucky and find someone there who saw the accident or has witnessed other similar accidents in the same spot. Take photographs while you are there. Be sure to take pictures from many different angles including your viewpoint from where the accident happened. This will help keep your memory fresh about the events of the accident as well as document the scene. Furthermore, this will show the insurance company later how prepared you are to get the settlement you deserve. In the event of a vehicle accident make sure and photograph the site during the same time of day and day of the week as when your accident occurred. Protect Physical Evidence Who was at fault in an accident is sometimes easily proved by a piece of physical evidence. For example, a broken […]

Proving Fault in Personal Injury Accidents: General Rules

Jan 16, 2012 - Car Accidents by

How to Decide Who is Legally at Fault for an Accident or Personal Injury in Arizona Determining who is at fault (also known as “liability”) in a personal injury case can be complicated. It is obvious to say that the person or business at fault should pay for any damages, but before that it must be determined who is legally at fault. Oftentimes, this depends on if someone was careless or “negligent”. A Phoenix Accident Attorney Explains Liability  Most accidents happen as a result of someone being careless. The basic rule of thumb in personal injury lawsuits comes down to this: if one person involved in the accident was less careful than the other one must pay some or all of the damages incurred. Legal liability is almost always decided by this rule of carelessness and by one or more of the following situations: If the injured person was somewhere they were not supposed to be the person who caused the accident may not be deemed liable because they were not expected to be careful towards the injured person. If the injured person was also careless the compensation may be lessened since both parties were partially responsible for the accident. This is known as comparative negligence. If a negligent person causes an accident while under the employ of someone else the employer may also be held legally responsible for the accident. If an accident is caused on property deemed to be dangerous because it is poorly built or not properly […]

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