The results of an Arizona car accident can vary widely. The auto accident lawyers in Phoenix with Phillips Law Group help car accident victims receive the compensation they may be entitled to under the law.
Car accident collisions often cause extraordinary suffering and loss to motorists, passengers and pedestrians, in addition to property damage to the vehicles involved in the accident. In Phoenix and throughout Arizona, injured victims face medical bills, lost wages, pain, suffering and loss of enjoyment of life. Family members suffer economic loss, mental anguish and loss of companionship. In the event of a wrongful death, families are torn apart without warning.
An AZ car accident is most often caused by negligent operation of one or more of the cars involved in the accident. In Phoenix and elsewhere in Arizona, the driver has the duty to safely operate his/her car. When an accident results because of unsafe operation of the car, our Phoenix, Arizona car accident lawyers can argue the driver breached this duty of safety.When this breach of duty of safety results in harm to another person, our lawyers can argue that negligence caused the car accident.
Regardless of who was at fault in the car accident, victims should seek the advice of our experienced Phoenix accident lawyers at the law firm of Phillips Law Group as soon as possible after the car accident. Even if a car accident victim is partially at fault, he/she may be entitled to recover some amount of damages. Under Arizona's law of comparative fault, if more than one person causes an accident, the damages are all apportioned based on each party's percentage of fault.
Our Phoenix Car Accident Lawyers Help Arizona Accident Victims Through the Legal Process
At Phillips Law Group in Phoenix, our lawyers promptly investigate your car accident. Consulting with our experienced AZ car accident lawyers immediately following an accident involving severe injury or a death can greatly improve your chances of receiving compensation. Often times within the first week following a car accident important physical evidence is lost and witnesses become unavailable.
You should also talk to our car accident lawyers before speaking to insurance investigators or adjusters, or before giving recorded or written statements to anyone, including anyone at the scene of the accident. Our Phoenix and Tucson area car accident lawyers can also help make arrangements with your health care providers to defer payment until you receive compensation for your injuries.
The lawyers with Phillips Law Group offer home and hospital visits for anyone injured in a car accident if requested. While most cases are settled before trial, our Phoenix car accident lawyers can and will go to trial if necessary to protect you and your loved ones. Contact us to discuss your case.
- Preserving your legal rights after a car accident
- Frequently asked questions regarding car accidents
- Frequently asked questions regarding property damage resulting from a car accident
- Phoenix Rules of the Road
If you have been involved in a car accident in Phoenix or any other Arizona city, there are a number of things you can do to preserve your legal rights. First and foremost, you should not delay in consulting our Arizona car accident lawyers if you have been injured or have suffered property damage as a result of the car accident. Beyond that, the following is a summary of some of the most important things you can do to protect your legal rights after a car accident:
1. Do not leave the scene of your Arizona accident: If you leave the scene of a car accident in Phoenix or anywhere in Arizona, you may be criminally prosecuted. You are required to provide your name, address, driver's license and auto insurance information to the other driver.
2. Help the injured: If someone has been injured in the car accident, you should call for paramedics and assist them to the extent you are qualified. Before calling for the ambulance, be prepared to give an accurate location of the car accident, motorcycle accident or trucking accident and an assessment of the number of individuals injured in the wreck.
3. Avoid additional car accidents: Make sure your vehicle is not presenting a safety hazard to other motorists. It should be moved so that it is not obstructing traffic, if possible. You can further notify oncoming traffic to proceed with caution by setting out flares, turning on your hazard lights, and raising the hood and trunk of your vehicle.
4. Notify the police of the car accident:. Typically the police will prepare a report that contains various information concerning the car accident and the parties involved. While you may not be required to call the police, the car accident reports they produce could be helpful to you later.
5. Do not admit liability to the auto accident:. You should not admit responsibility for the car accident to the other drivers, passengers, or to the police for that matter. You may convey facts concerning how the incident occurred; however, it is best not to comment on your responsibility (or liability) for the car accident. This is a legal matter that is not always readily and easily ascertainable. Judgment as to who was at fault should be reserved for a later time and be based on a number of factors. Our Phoenix car accident lawyers can help you make sense of the often confusing situation after an accident, but you should not admit to any liability.
6. Obtain information from the other drivers and pedestrians involved in the accident: You should get the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of any individuals involved in the car accident, as well as any witnesses to the accident. You should also obtain the name of the insurance company and policy number of the other drivers involved. If possible, you may take photographs to document the car accident scene including skid marks, road obstructions, and damage to the vehicles. Make note of any statements made by other parties involved in the car accident.
7. Notify your insurance company of the car accident: If you do not give your insurance company prompt notice, your policy may provide that the insurance company may deny coverage for your car accident claim. Accordingly, you should give your insurance company notice by way of telephone and by written notice that provides you a means of proving such notice was given, such as by facsimile or by certified mail. You should provide your insurance company with all information they request concerning the facts of the car accident. Our Phoenix, Mesa, and Tucson area, Arizona car accident lawyers can help you properly notify your insurance company if you contact us immediately following your accident.
8. Consult a doctor if you have been injured in the auto accident: If you believe that you may have been injured in a car accident, you should consult a doctor. Some injuries may not manifest themselves until some period of time after the accident; therefore, the mere fact that you do not immediately feel as though you have been injured does not necessarily mean that no injury has occurred. You should consult your insurance agent to see if the cost of seeing a doctor in connection with the car accident is covered by your insurance policy. You should not settle your claims for injuries arising from the car accident until you have been advised by your doctor as to the full extent of your injuries.
9. Contact our Phoenix car accident lawyers. You should consult with us promptly to be advised as to your legal rights. In Arizona, you have a two-year statute of limitation period in which you must file a lawsuit or be forever barred from bringing such a claim. Fact-sensitive exceptions to this rule may apply; therefore, our Arizona car accident lawyers should be consulted as soon as possible. Furthermore, by promptly notifying our Phoenix lawyers, your car accident can be investigated by us in a timely manner, the events are fresh in witnesses' minds, and the evidence is capable of being documented by way of photograph or otherwise.