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Phillips Law Car Accident Attorneys

Car Accident Lawyers

At Phillips Law Group, we understand that an auto accident can be an overwhelming experience. For this reason, we handle every aspect of the claims process, allowing you to focus on recovering from your injuries after being involved in a car accident.

As experienced Phoenix auto accident lawyers, our team has handled thousands of car accident claims and has negotiated settlements and recovered trial verdicts that have resulted in millions in compensation for victims and their families. We are one of the largest consumer law firms in Arizona and are committed to aggressively defending the rights of our clients in every single case.

Contact us for a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss the terms of your auto accident claim. All of our Phoenix personal injury attorneys charge no fees unless we help you recover compensation for your case, and we would be happy to discuss your situation with you.

Call Phillips Law Group at the number on this site or via the contact form on this page to learn more about all your legal options if you’ve been injured in a car accident.

Learn more about auto accidents in Arizona, including statistics about economic losses and the main causes of these crashes, in our FAQs below.

+ When Do I Need an Attorney?

If you’ve been injured in an accident, it’s time to call an attorney. Studies show that the average insurance award with an attorney is 3 times higher than without. Call (602) 258-8888 to tell us your story and get a free case review.

+ Should I Accept an Insurance Offer?

Insurance adjusters work for the insurance companies, and their priority is to make sure they pay as little as possible for the insurance claim. Talk to a lawyer before accepting an insurance offer to make sure you are getting a fair settlement.

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There’s no fee to start your case. At Phillips Law Group we work on a contingency basis. That means you don’t pay us anything unless we ultimately win your case.

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    More Information on Car Accidents

    Should I File a Lawsuit?

    Most car accidents do not result in a lawsuit or trial. The parties involved are often eager to settle with their insurance company and do not want to go through a trial process.

    However, there are some situations where a lawsuit is necessary for recovering the compensation you need after an accident. This can include a car accident that was especially tragic and resulted in severe injury or death, or if an insurance company refuses to provide a reasonable amount of compensation that would cover the damages of a car accident.

    An insurance provider might depreciate the true value of the damages you have suffered or downplay the coverage allowed to help you recover from the injuries you sustained after a car accident.

    If this occurs, having an attorney on your side that can negotiate with an insurance company and fight for your rights as a victim will be your best opportunity for gaining the compensation you deserve.

    Through a free consultation, our attorneys will discuss your legal options and determine if it is in your best interest to file a lawsuit.

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    What Types of Compensation Are Available for Car Accident Claims?

    A car accident can be an expensive ordeal that amounts to thousands in medical bills, auto repairs, and lost wages. Receiving compensation for an accident that was not your fault can provide essential financial support and medical assistance.

    Insurance companies often provide car accident victims with an insufficient amount of compensation that pays for either the bare minimum or partial damages outlined in a claim. By hiring an experienced attorney who understands the tactics insurance providers often use, you are helping to increase your chances of receiving compensation.

    If we are unable to negotiate a reasonable settlement from the insurance company, we may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit seeking additional damages, which could include economic and non-economic damages.

    Economic damages are meant to help cover bills, expenses, and property loss. These damages provide compensation for the monetary losses you have experienced, such as:

    • Medical bills
    • Lost wages
    • Inability to earn future income
    • Damage to the vehicle

    Non-economic damages place a monetary value on the nonfinancial suffering and losses resulting from a car accident, such as:

    • Injuries
    • Pain and suffering
    • Death
    • Inability to comfort loved ones or publicly socialize as before the accident

    Arizona awards compensation for personal injury and property damage cases based on the rule of “comparative negligence.” Under comparative negligence, a jury will determine the level of fault both parties played in causing the accident. If you have filed a claim for $1,000 and it has been determined that you were 20 percent responsible for causing the accident, you would be awarded $800.

    Arizona law requires personal injury victims to file a claim within two years after the accident occurred or when a hidden injury was first discovered. If you wait to file a claim outside of the two-year time limit, you will not be allowed to pursue compensation.

    To learn more about the compensation you may be entitled to after a car accident, contact our Phoenix auto accident attorneys for qualified and experienced legal services.

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    Why Should I Hire Phillips Law Group?

    Whether a car accident results in serious injury or the tragic loss of a loved one, it is important to have a qualified and experienced attorney representing you during this time.

    The Phillips Law Group’s Phoenix car accident attorneys have decades of combined experience defending the rights of the injured while bringing negligent and reckless parties to justice for their actions.

    We have recovered millions in verdicts and settlements on behalf of clients who were injured or lost a loved one in auto accidents.

    By hiring our attorneys, you are retaining a team of legal professionals that will help provide relief from disputes with insurance companies and other legal hassles that prevent you from focusing on your recovery. We will personally handle any uncooperative insurance providers and will act as your representative if you choose to take legal action against the at-fault party.

    We understand that the time following a car accident is difficult and the only thing important to you and your family is recovering from your injuries or loss. That is why we always provide prospective clients with a free consultation to meet with one of our attorneys and review the events that led up to the car accident.

    We also work on a contingency fee basis, which means if you choose to hire us, we will not charge any fees unless we are able to obtain compensation for you. If we are successful in collecting damages on your behalf, we only require a portion of this amount to pay for our services.

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    What Should I Do After a Car Accident?

    Those who have been injured in a car accident might feel overwhelmed and confused about their next move. It is important to take a number of important steps after an accident.

    Seek immediate medical attention following a car crash. Even if you feel as if you are not injured, there may be a hidden condition that could have serious repercussions if left untreated. By seeking medical attention immediately after an auto accident, you are obtaining documented evidence that the injury was a direct result of the collision. The longer you wait to see a physician, the more difficult it becomes to prove that the injury was caused by the accident.

    Collect as much information as possible after an accident. This can help prove your claim and identify the party responsible for the accident. Immediately following a car accident, you should exchange information with the other parties involved. You should also take pictures of all vehicles involved, property damage, and the accident scene to use as references for a claim. If you were unable to collect photographic evidence or any information about the other drivers involved, police accident reports, hospital records, and other evidence from the scene will be vital to building your claim.

    Contact your insurance company to report the accident and begin the claims process. If the insurance company refuses to cooperate or offers an amount that is too low, you may have legal options.

    Consult with an attorney as soon as possible after a car accident. In the state of Arizona, there is a two-year statute of limitations for auto accident injury claims. This means that those that have been injured in a car accident that was caused by another individual have two years to file their lawsuit.

    Additionally, dealing with an insurance company after an accident can be difficult. An accident attorney can ensure your rights are protected throughout the process by ensuring you are not incorrectly blamed for the accident and that you receive the compensation you deserve. If we are not able to negotiate reasonable compensation, we can help you file a personal injury lawsuit seeking additional compensation.

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    How Do I Prove the Other Driver Was Liable?

    In order to file a successful claim for an auto accident, you must be able to prove that it was caused by the other driver’s negligence.

    In order to prove negligence, the following four elements must be present:

    Obligation of duty: The other driver had an obligation to act in a manner that would ensure the safety of those sharing the road.

    Breach of duty: The driver breached his or her duty to act as a reasonable person would under similar situations and failed to maintain the safety of other motorists.

    Causation: The actions of the driver directly caused the accident.

    Damages: The accident caused by the driver directly caused you damages in the form of injury or monetary loss.

    It needs to be proven without a doubt that these elements existed in order for the other driver to be held liable for the damages you have suffered.

    Examples of negligent driving that could be considered a breach of duty include:

    • Impaired driving
    • Speeding
    • Failing to follow traffic laws
    • Sleep deprivation
    • Distracted driving
    • Aggressive driving

    Each auto collision claim is unique, and the more variables added to an accident, the more complex the claim becomes. Our attorneys are experienced in handling complex accident cases, including those involving truck collisions and motorcycle crashes, which have a number of unique elements.

    We will be able to discuss the specifics of your accident during our free initial consultation and determine who is responsible for causing the collision.

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    Auto Accident Injuries

    Auto collisions often result in injuries that range from slight to severe, including:

    • Paralysis
    • Spinal cord injury
    • Head and neck injury
    • Brain injury
    • Broken bones
    • Bruising and lacerations
    • Burns

    An auto accident may also result in a victim’s tragic and untimely death. If you have lost a loved one because of a negligent driver, our reputable attorneys may be able to help you file a wrongful death claim.

    Our Phoenix auto accident lawyers are located within three miles of Banner-University Medical Center Phoenix’s Level I Trauma Center, which can provide treatment for severe injuries like those sustained in a car accident.

    Medical treatment for car accident injuries can become expensive and may require long-lasting treatment and surgeries. Filing a claim detailing the damages you or your loved one has suffered could provide some financial relief needed to recover. Our Phoenix auto collision lawyers will be able to provide you with an assessment of the compensation you deserve.

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    What Damages Can I Collect for a Car Accident?

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    The legal term “damages” refers to compensation you can receive after being injured and sustaining losses as a result of someone else’s negligence. These losses may be physical, financial, or emotional. The types of damages you are eligible for and the amount of money you can recover depends on your car accident’s specifics and the extent of losses you suffered.

    The following are a few of the types of damages that are common in personal injury cases involving car accidents.

    Medical expenses

    Car accident victims are typically able to recover compensation for any medical bills incurred as a result of the crash. If a person’s injuries are severe and require long-term care, a car accident lawyer will speak to medical experts before the case is settled and estimate the cost of future medical expenses.

    Compensation for medical expenses may include the following:

    • Ambulance fees
    • Emergency room costs
    • Doctors’ visits
    • Surgery
    • Medications
    • Rehabilitation therapy
    • Medical devices
    • In-home medical care

    Lost wages

    After a car accident, victims may be unable to work for weeks or months as a result of their injuries. In some situations, a person’s injuries permanently impair or diminish his or her ability to earn a living.

    A car accident lawyer may speak to vocational experts when calculating damages for lost wages and loss of future earning capacity. These experts can help determine how much wage-earning capacity the accident victim has lost.

    Pain and suffering

    Car accidents are traumatic experiences and may leave victims suffering physically, mentally, and emotionally. Pain and suffering damages may include compensation for:

    • Physical pain
    • Loss of enjoyment of life
    • Mental anguish
    • Therapy costs for anxiety or depression
    • Disfigurement
    • Loss of consortium

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    How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit After a Car Accident?

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    Each state has a set time limit for filing a personal injury lawsuit following a car accident. The legal term for this deadline is the “Statute of Limitations.” In Arizona, any party involved in a motor vehicle accident has 2 years from the date the incident occurred to initiate legal proceedings.

    Since the majority of car accident cases are settled out of court, the statute of limitations is not a concern for most accident victims. However, there are some situations, such as when a victim has life-altering injuries, where filing a lawsuit is the victim’s best option for recovering compensation.

    While it may seem like you have plenty of time to file a lawsuit following a car accident, it is best to contact a lawyer and begin the process as soon as possible. It takes time for an attorney to gather evidence, file paperwork, and build a solid case for a client. In addition, as time passes by, people’s memories fade, witnesses die or move away, and evidence decays or gets destroyed.

    All of these factors can greatly affect the outcome of your case. If you wait too long to file a lawsuit after your accident, you may completely lose the right to recover compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and other losses.

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    What Happens If I Am At Fault in a Car Accident?

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    “Who is at fault?” is usually one of the first questions asked following a car accident. In some situations, it may be obvious who is to blame, while it may be unclear in certain cases. The police called to the accident scene may make a determination of who they believe is at fault, and insurance companies will send adjusters to gather evidence and conduct their own investigation.

    Liability depends on who is at fault and whether you live in a “fault” or “no-fault” state. Typically, in a no-fault state, each driver will file a claim with his or her own insurance company to recover compensation for damages caused. While in a fault state, the insurance company of the at-fault party will be responsible for the payout of compensation.

    If you are responsible for an accident in a fault state, then your insurance company will likely have to pay for property damage and the medical expenses of all parties involved in the crash. This means that when your insurance renews, the cost of your policy may increase significantly.

    When your liability insurance does not fully cover the injured party’s losses, you could have a personal injury claim filed against you. At this point, it would be in your best interest to have a car accident lawyer representing you.

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    What Happens If the At-Fault Party Doesn’t Have Car Insurance?

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    All states require that drivers and vehicle owners hold at least a minimum amount of liability insurance coverage. If you were involved in a car accident, you rightly expect the insurance company of the at-fault party to pay for damages and injuries. However, what happens if the driver who caused the accident does not have car insurance?

    Accident victims hit by an uninsured driver may be able to recover compensation from their own insurance company if they have uninsured motorist coverage (UIM). This type of coverage is optional in most states but is beneficial to have as it will cover property damage and bodily injury up to a certain amount if you are hit by an underinsured or uninsured driver.

    If your vehicle only sustained minor damage, you may opt to pay out-of-pocket for the cost to repair it. Even if you have UIM insurance, you will have to weigh the possible increase in insurance premiums after filing a claim against paying for the repairs yourself.

    Another option for financial recovery after being hit by an uninsured driver is to file a lawsuit against that person. A car accident lawyer may be able to help you pursue the at-fault driver’s assets as payment for your property damage and medical expenses.

    Depending on the extent of your injuries, you may also sue the person for pain and suffering and punitive damages. Unfortunately, this does not always result in a payout since many people who are uninsured have limited financial resources.

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