A car accident can inflict catastrophic and permanent injuries. It could abruptly take the life of a loved one or leave you with lifelong disabilities. At Gallagher & Kennedy, we do not believe you should have to pay for an auto accident you did not cause. If a driver or another party negligently contributed to your recent crash in Arizona, our Phoenix personal injury lawyers could help you pursue financial compensation from the at-fault party. Call our Phoenix accident lawyers today for a free consultation at (602) 530-8400.
Why Choose Our Phoenix Car Accident Attorneys?
- We have handled some of the largest & highest profile cases in Arizona.
- We have obtained hundreds of millions of dollars on behalf of clients in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits. Many of our successful cases have involved serious and fatal car accidents.
- We take a personal approach to tort law, working with each accident injury victim one on one to create customized legal strategies. You will have access to 24/7 communication with your attorney during your injury claim.
- We strive to help car accident victims, not add to their financial burdens. We take most car accident cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning our clients only pay attorney fees if we succeed in obtaining them financial awards.
How a Phoenix Car Crash Lawyer Can Help
The aftermath of a serious motor vehicle accident can be difficult to navigate as a victim. The other driver may refuse to admit fault or an insurance company could deny your injury claim. Meanwhile, you are struggling to recover from serious injuries and do not know how you will pay your medical bills.
If this sounds familiar, an auto accident attorney can help with your injury claim. Hiring a personal injury lawyer can ease your mind after a car accident. An experienced Phoenix car accident attorney from our personal injury law firm will fight for the best possible case outcome so you can focus on getting medical attention and your individual recovery.
What Causes Most Car Accidents in Arizona?
Car accidents are the most common cause of unintentional injury deaths in the United States. In 2017, 127,064 car accidents occurred in Arizona, according to Department of Transportation data. These crashes caused 1,000 deaths and almost 55,500 injuries. Gallagher & Kennedy’s Plaintiffs’ Personal Injury and Wrongful Death practice group has enough experience in the car accident practice area to recognize the most common causes of car collisions in Arizona.
- Driver distraction
- Drowsy driving
- Driving under the influence
- Reckless driving
- Vehicle defects
- Roadway hazards
Driver error causes the most serious and fatal motor vehicle accidents. It is every driver’s legal responsibility to obey traffic laws, drive prudently, and reasonably prevent auto accidents and collisions. Failure to fulfill these duties, resulting in a car wreck, is negligence. Civil laws in Arizona allow car accident injury victims to seek financial recompense from the at-fault party or parties.
Serious Injuries Resulting from Car Crashes in Arizona
At Gallagher & Kennedy, our experienced car accident lawyers have represented victims with a wide range of serious injuries after all types of auto accidents in Arizona. We understand how much serious injuries can affect victims and their family members, as well as how important it can be for claimants to receive fair and full financial compensation. Our attorneys may be able to help you with any kind of personal injury in Phoenix.
- Broken or shattered bone
- Back or spine injury
- Herniated disk
- Knee injury
- Traumatic brain injury
- Internal injury
- Road rash or laceration
- Burn injury
- Crush injury
- Emotional injury
Car accidents can be catastrophic, meaning they cause injuries that will change a victim’s life temporarily or permanently. Catastrophic injuries can inflict permanent scarring, disfigurement or disabilities on a victim. Examples include traumatic amputations, broken bones, severe burns, spine injuries and brain injuries. At Gallagher & Kennedy, we have the resources to demand full compensation for injuries, catastrophic injuries and wrongful death. Our attorneys will not let an insurance company convince you to settle for less than you require. We can stand up for your rights in and out of the courtroom.
Insurance Claim vs. Personal Injury Lawsuit
Arizona is a fault-based insurance state, meaning the party most at fault for causing the collision will be liable for damages. You may seek initial recovery through the at-fault party’s insurance company after a car accident. If the insurance company denies your claim or deals with it unfairly, you may have grounds to take the driver or another party to court in pursuit of better compensation. A tort claim against a driver, product manufacturer, or the government could end in full recovery for your economic and noneconomic damages, including pain and suffering.
What Types of Compensation Are Available for Car Accident Claims?
Financial compensation is just one of the many important reasons to file a car accident claim. Filing a claim could also hold the negligent party accountable and bring you justice and closure. The monetary benefits of bringing a cause of action, however, are often why people come to Gallagher & Kennedy for legal advice. A car accident can be financially devastating. A successful insurance settlement or car accident lawsuit in Phoenix could reimburse you and your family for many economic and noneconomic damages.
- Property damages. The at-fault party may owe you compensation for vehicle repairs if you were driving your car when you crashed. You might be eligible for the full pre-crash value of your vehicle if the accident totaled the car, as well as loss in value of your vehicle due to the stigma of being in a wreck.
- Medical expenses. The defendant might have to pay for all past and future medical bills related to your injuries. This includes compensation up to the date you reach the point of maximum medical improvement.
- Lost income. Many car accident injuries force victims to take time off work to heal, recover and go to doctor’s appointments. Temporary or permanent disabilities could take a victim out of work completely. Lost wages are recoverable damages in Arizona.
- Pain and suffering. The law may entitle you to financial recovery for your intangible losses as well, including physical pain, mental anguish, diminished enjoyment of life, loss of consortium and humiliation.
Other compensable damages available during a car accident case include legal expenses, out-of-pocket costs, disability accommodations, punitive damages and wrongful death damages if you lost a loved one. Every auto accident case is different. Discuss how much your claim might be worth with our attorneys. Speaking to a lawyer first, before an insurance claims adjuster, can better enable you to protect your rights during settlement negotiations.
What Are the Arizona Car Accident Statutes of Limitations?
When you work with the accident attorneys at Gallagher & Kennedy, you do not have to learn Arizona’s car accident laws. Your lawyer will take care of the legal matters connected to your crash case for you while you focus on healing. If there is one law you do learn after a collision, however, let it be the statute of limitations. If you miss the statute of limitations on your case, the courts will most likely bar you from recovery – meaning you will not be eligible for compensation even if you have proof of the defendant’s fault. The statute of limitations is a very important law to know if you wish to protect your right to file.
A statute of limitations is a deadline by which you must bring your injury claim. Every state has them to prompt claimants to file their claims in a timely manner. Most courts will not accept cases brought after the expiration of the statute of limitations, with only a few exceptions to the rule. If the injured victim is a minor, for example, he or she might have longer to file. Speak to our lawyers as soon as you can after a collision to make sure you do not miss your deadline. Each type of case in Arizona has a different statute of limitations. Car accident claims fall under the category of personal injury law.
In Arizona, you have two years from the date your crash occurred to file a personal injury claim in most cases not involving a government entity or employee. In most cases, the claim deadline begins on the day of the vehicle collision.
Who Can Sue If Someone Was Killed in an Accident?
You might know your rights as an injured accident victim in Arizona. What many people do not know, however, is that they may also be able to acquire compensation for a loved one’s death. If someone you loved passed away in a fatal car accident in Phoenix, the law may entitle you or your family members to financial recompense from the at-fault party. Although compensation will not fill the hole your loved one has left behind, it could help your family move forward with greater peace of mind and financial stability.
Only certain parties will be able to bring claims after the loss of a loved one in Arizona. The state’s wrongful death law does not allow everyone to file after fatal car accidents. It limits this privilege to close surviving relatives or a representative only. You might be able to bring a suit for the loss of a family member if you are a surviving spouse, child, or parent of the deceased. The personal representative of a surviving family member or the decedent’s estate may also bring a claim in Arizona in some situations.
Filing a wrongful death auto accident claim could compensate you and your family for many different losses associated with the fatal collision. Your case may lead to payment for a funeral and burial, medical costs leading up to the date of death, property damages, lost inheritance, pain and suffering, your mental anguish, and loss of the loved one’s consortium. The types of damages you may obtain depend on whether you are a surviving family member or a representative of the estate.
What Should I Do After a Car Accident in Phoenix, AZ?
It is easy to feel overwhelmed after getting into a car accident in Phoenix, AZ. You might experience fear or adrenaline that makes it difficult to think clearly. Keep a few steps in mind for what to do after an accident, if you can. Some the law mandates while others can serve to protect your rights during the injury claims process. When in doubt, start by calling Gallagher & Kennedy and we will guide you through the next steps forward.
- Call the police. If your car accident caused injuries or major property damage, call 911 while still at the scene. Arizona law requires you to report serious accidents immediately. Calling the police could also protect you by establishing a record of what happened.
- Exchange information. Obtain the other driver’s information, including name and insurance company, before leaving the scene of the accident.
- Collect evidence. If you are physically able, collect evidence from the scene of your Phoenix car accident. Take photos and video footage of the crash site and any property damage. Get the police report number and the names of eyewitnesses.
- Go to the hospital if you are seriously hurt. If you cannot safely drive, ride in an ambulance or have someone take you to the nearest hospital in Phoenix if you feel any potential symptoms of an injury. These could include pain, aches, discomfort, swelling, discoloration, numbness and tingling.
- Call an attorney. Before you initiate the insurance claims process after an auto accident, contact Gallagher & Kennedy for a consultation. Our lawyers can help you learn what to say and what not to say to insurance claims adjusters.
From there, your Phoenix car accident lawyer can help you call the correct insurance provider (the insurer of the at-fault party) and submit a demand letter. Then, your accident lawyer can estimate the value of your case and negotiate for fair compensation on your behalf. Once you hire an accident attorney, you will have the peace of mind to relax and focus on you while your lawyer handles the rest of your claim.
Call (602) 530-8400 for a Free Consultation with our Phoenix Accident Attorneys
The Phoenix accident attorneys at Gallagher & Kennedy handle all types of car accident claims in Arizona. We have successfully represented injured victims after passenger vehicle, motorcycle, bicycle, commercial truck, pedestrian and Uber/Lyft accidents. Whether you suffered life-changing injuries or a loved one lost his or her life in a recent vehicle collision, contact our Arizona law firm for a free case review near you. Our experienced Phoenix car accident lawyers may be able to help your family obtain injury compensation.