Tempe Auto Accident Lawyers
The aftermath of a car crash can be confusing and stressful for victims. Discussing the situation with a licensed Tempe auto accident lawyer can help bring some clarity to the situation. We may be able to pursue fair compensation for your damages through an insurance claim or lawsuit.
Over more than 27 years, our legal team has recovered more than $750,000,000 in verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients, many of whom were victims of motor vehicle accidents. We obtained $4 million for an accident victim who suffered a spinal cord injury that resulted in paralysis. We also obtained $3.1 million in compensation in a car accident wrongful death case.
Jeffrey Phillips is the founder of our firm and has served as lead counsel in more than 40 jury trials. He is also a Top 25 Member of the Motor Vehicle Trial Lawyers Association, an invitation-only organization, and a member of the National Trial Lawyers Association - Top 100.
Contact Phillips Law Group for a free legal consultation. If you have a case and decide to pursue it, there will be no upfront costs. You pay nothing unless we recover compensation. Our staff is ready to take your call any time.
Am I Eligible to File a Case?
Every car accident is different, from the factors leading to the crash and injuries suffered to vehicle damage.
This is why it is important to discuss the accident with a licensed attorney. After learning more about the accident and your injuries, we can determine if you may have a case against the at-fault driver. We can also review any information you have already collected, such as pictures from the scene, statements from witnesses, or medical records.
The consultation with our lawyers is free of charge and there is no obligation to take legal action if you have a case.
We are here to answer your questions about the legal process.
Can You Pursue Compensation if You Were Partially at Fault?
Yes, you may still be eligible to seek compensation if you were partially at fault for the crash.
Under Arizona law, you are not barred from pursuing compensation, but the final award must be reduced by your percent of fault. If a victim is seeking $100,000 in damages and is 10 percent at fault, the most he or she could receive would be $90,000.
A Tempe auto accident lawyer can explain this in more detail in a free legal consultation.
What is the Value of My Car Accident Claim?
There are many factors that must be reviewed to determine what a case may be worth, including the damages suffered by the victim. Some of the damages that may be available in a car accident claim include:
These are the out-of-pocket costs the victim deals with after an accident, which may include:
- Ambulance services
- Surgical procedures
- Rehabilitative therapy
- Medications for pain and other symptoms
- Blood tests
- Future treatment costs
- Durable medical equipment
- Cost of repairing your car
- Cost of replacing your car if it is a total loss
- Loss of earning capacity
- Lost wages
These are the emotional and psychological damages car accident victims may experience as a result of the accident and their injuries, which may include:
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Trouble sleeping
These may not be available in an insurance claim but may be pursued in a personal injury lawsuit. There is no cap on damages in an Arizona personal injury claim, so our Tempe auto accident lawyers can pursue the full cost of your damages, if you have a case.
Phillips Law Group: 1-800-706-3000
How Can Hiring a Lawyer Help My Case?
Our Tempe auto accident lawyers have decades of experience pursuing compensation for car accident victims.
These cases are often resolved through insurance claims. Arizona is a tort liability state, which means the at-fault driver is financially responsible for the victim’s damages.
Arizona requires every driver to purchase a minimum amount of liability coverage:
- $15,000 per person and $30,000 per accident for bodily injuries
- $10,000 for property damage suffered by the victim
While these are the minimums, drivers often purchase higher amounts. Our attorneys are prepared to pursue the maximum value of your damages, up to the limits of the other driver’s insurance policy.
Contact Phillips Law Group for answers to your legal questions.
What Happens if the Other Driver is Uninsured?
The short answer is you may be eligible to pursue compensation for this kind of accident from your own insurance policy. You may be eligible for compensation from your insurance policy’s uninsured motorist policy.
Similarly, if the other driver’s coverage runs out without covering the full cost of your damages, you may be able to obtain coverage from the underinsured motorist coverage in your car insurance policy.
These kinds of claims can be complicated, with requirements you must satisfy before you can use the insurance coverage. This is why you could greatly benefit from working with a trusted Tempe auto accident lawyer.
We have many years of experience reviewing insurance policies and have detailed knowledge of Arizona laws governing fault for a car accident and insurance coverage.
How Long Do I Have to File a Case?
If the insurance company does not offer fair compensation, it may be necessary to file a lawsuit to obtain compensation for your damages.
However, there is limited time to take action. There is a standard two-year deadline for most personal injury lawsuits in Arizona. This means most lawsuits must be filed within two years of the date of the accident. If you fail to file within that time, you may lose the right to do so.
While this deadline applies to many cases, there can be exceptions. For example, a minor has until his or her 20th birthday to file a lawsuit. In a lawsuit against a public entity, you must file within 180 days. There is also something called the discovery rule, which says the two-year clock does not begin until the date the victim discovers his or her injuries.
As each case is unique, it is important to discuss yours with a licensed attorney who can determine the deadline that may apply.
The clock could be running already, so contact our Tempe car accident attorneys today. 1-800-706-3000
What Should I Say if the Insurance Company Calls?
Insurance companies like to call victims and ask them about their injuries and the accident. Their goal is to trick you into saying something that hurts the value of your claim.
For example, they may ask about how badly you are hurt or how much pain you are feeling. If you answer this question, your statement may be used later to limit the value of your damages.
The insurance representative may say you need to provide a recorded statement to help speed up the process or sign a release so the insurance company can gain access to your medical records.
However, they are not asking for these things to try to resolve your claim quickly and provide you fair compensation. They are simply looking for a way to pay out less compensation than you deserve.
You can protect your claim by referring the insurance company to your attorney, who can communicate with the insurance company on your behalf throughout the process.
Common Car Accidents in Arizona
There are many different kinds of car accidents that occur on Arizona roadways, some of the most common include:
- Head-on crashes
- Rear-end accidents
- Sideswipes/T-bone accidents
- Multi-vehicle crashes
- Left-turn crashes
- Parking lot accidents
These are caused by many different forms of driver negligence:
- Disobeying right-of-way laws
- Driving through a stop sign
- Running a red light
- Following another vehicle too closely
- Distracted driving
- Driving while drowsy
- Traveling the wrong way
- Failing to check blind spots
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
If you believe your accident resulted from the other driver’s reckless behavior, contact our Tempe auto accident lawyers for a free legal consultation. We can determine if you may be eligible to seek compensation. Our firm has obtained more than $750 million in compensation for injury victims.
You can reach us any time by phone, live chat or online case evaluation form. 1-800-706-3000
Types of Crash Injuries
Our attorneys understand the devastating injuries that can occur in a car crash and how difficult it can be for victims to recover. Some of these injuries may include:
- Spinal cord damage resulting in paralysis
- Traumatic brain injury
- Broken bones
- Internal organ damage
- Burn injuries
- Severe bruising
- Damage to nerves
After these kinds of injuries, you need to be focused on your treatment and recovery. You can allow our lawyers to deal with the legal process on your behalf. We are dedicated to your best interests.
Set up Your Free Consultation with a Tempe Car Accident Lawyer
After an accident, the insurance company will be looking to avoid responsibility and pay out the least possible amount of compensation. That is why many accident victims hire legal help to protect their best interests.
Our Tempe car accident lawyers have decades of combined experience dealing with insurance companies and obtaining fair compensation for our clients. This includes $2.16 million in compensation for an accident victim who suffered a brain and spinal cord injury.
The consultation with one of our attorneys is free and there is no obligation to pursue a case. We charge no upfront fee for representing you and only get paid if you are compensated.