The beautiful Texas climate makes walking an enjoyable activity for many residents. Residents may walk for exercise or use it as an inexpensive and convenient form of transportation. However, pedestrian accidents are common and pedestrians must make sure to follow all traffic laws. Even when a pedestrian is cautious, he or she could be injured in an accident involving a motor vehicle.
If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, contact our experienced car accident lawyers. Email us or call us toll-free.
Pedestrian Accident Statistics
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports a total of 6,205 pedestrian deaths occurred in 2019. Pedestrian fatalities decreased 3 percent from 2018 but still account for 17 percent of all crash fatalities. Although pedestrian deaths were 17 percent lower in 2019 than in 1975, they have increased 51 percent since reaching their lowest point in 2009.
A pedestrian accident is more likely to occur in an urban area rather than a rural area. A majority of pedestrian accidents happen at night, with 24 percent of pedestrian accidents in 2019 have occurred between the hours of 9 p.m. and midnight. Nearly one-half of pedestrian fatalities in 2019 occurred on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday.
Children and older individuals are especially likely to be involved in pedestrian accidents. The fatality rate for pedestrians age 65 and older was higher than the rate for all other age groups in 2019. Nearly one-fifth of children between ages five and nine killed in motor vehicle accidents are pedestrians.
Texas pedestrians are subject to many of the same laws as Texas drivers. For example, pedestrians are required to follow traffic control signals at intersections or crosswalks in the same manner as drivers.
However, drivers are required to exercise due care to avoid striking pedestrians and use a horn when necessary to alert a pedestrian to their presence. Drivers are also expected to exercise extreme caution when encountering a young child pedestrian or a pedestrian who appears confused or incapacitated.
Although a driver must yield the right of way to a pedestrian lawfully crossing in a crosswalk, a pedestrian cannot suddenly leave a curb and walk directly into the path of an oncoming motor vehicle, making it impossible for the driver to yield in time.
Under Texas law, drivers must yield to pedestrians who are in marked or unmarked crosswalks, on the same half of the roadway as the vehicle or approaching that half from the opposite side of the roadway.
The NHTSA provides several common-sense tips for pedestrians to avoid an accident, such as:
Walk on a sidewalk.
If there is no sidewalk, walk on the shoulder of the road against oncoming traffic.
Walk in a designated crosswalk when crossing a street.
Stop and look left, right, and left again before crossing a street.
Carry a flashlight and wear reflective clothing at night.
Pedestrians should also make sure to not walk while they are intoxicated. It is estimated that in about one-third of all fatal pedestrian accidents, the pedestrian had a blood-alcohol level at or above .08 percent, which is the legal limit in many states.
The Duty Of Reasonable Care
Pedestrian accidents can involve negligence on the part of the driver or the pedestrian, similar to automobile accidents. Both drivers and pedestrians are required to exercise reasonable care on the roadways, and both could be found negligent and liable for damages if their failure to use reasonable care causes harm to another.
Seek out a car accident attorney if you are involved in a pedestrian accident. Email us or call us toll-free for an appointment.
Texas highways are often filled with fast-moving vehicles, many of which are large semi-trucks. Unfortunately, truck accidents on the busy highways are all too common.
The Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety report that truck accidents kill over 5,000 people each year and injure around 150,000 more. Additionally, nearly one in four fatalities among passenger vehicle occupants in multi-car accidents involve a large truck.
When a large commercial vehicle, such as a semi-truck, collides with a smaller passenger vehicle, the results for the passenger vehicle are often devastating. The significant weight difference between a large semi-truck and a small passenger vehicle normally means that greater damage is incurred than in a typical passenger vehicle accident.
If you’ve suffered injuries in a large truck accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, including payment for medical bills and lost wages as well as pain and suffering.
To speak with compassionate and caring attorneys, call our car accident lawyers toll-free or email us.
The Role Of Truck Driver Fatigue In Truck Accidents
Fatigue plays a major role in large truck accidents. Fatigued drivers are more likely to be involved in a motor vehicle accident. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration states that more than 750 people are killed and around 20,000 more are injured each year due to fatigued truck drivers.
Previous studies by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have also estimated that driver fatigue is a contributing factor in approximately 30 to 40 percent of large truck accidents.
Excessively long hours with minimal breaks are one of the main contributors to driver fatigue. The FMCSA notes that driver fatigue doubles between the eighth and tenth hour of driving and again between the 10th to 11th hour of driving.
Attempts To Combat Truck Driver Fatigue
The FMCSA has enacted guidelines to ensure the safety of both truckers and drivers on the road. Current law requires that large truck drivers take regular rest breaks. The rules state that large truck drivers may not operate their vehicles for more than 10 consecutive hours before taking an eight-hour rest period.
However, the FMCSA regularly proposes new rules for truck drivers. One proposed rule would require drivers to take a continuous rest break for between nine and 12 hours each day. They would also be required to take an additional two- to three-hour break in addition to the continuous rest period.
Requiring longer rest periods for truck drivers would help reduce the risk of death or serious injury from a fatigued truck driver.
A variety of previous public opinion polls show that passenger car drivers have serious concerns about truck driver fatigue. In a Lou Harris poll, 81 percent of Americans believed that fatigued drivers posed a serious safety problem on the nation’s highways.
Trucking companies are responsible for ensuring that their drivers are alert on the roadways. If trucking companies fail to use reasonable care when regulating their drivers, they can be held liable for harm caused to other drivers.
An individual who is injured in an accident involving a large truck may be able to seek compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
If you’ve been injured due to the negligence of a truck driver or trucking company, call us toll-free for a consultation with our car accident lawyers, or email us.
Similar to walking, bicycling is a cheap and easy method of public transportation in the Phoenix area. And much like pedestrians, bicyclists are in danger of being involved in a bicycle accident due to careless or negligent drivers.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that over 600 bicyclists were killed and an additional 48,000 were injured in 2011. This was a 9 percent increase from 2010.
If you or a family member has been injured in a bicycling accident caused by another’s negligence, you need a strong advocate on your side to ensure you receive all of the compensation you are entitled to.
For all necessary assistance, come see our knowledgeable Phoenix car accident attorneys. Call our law office at 602-842-0445 or send us an email.
Bicycle Safety Trends
According to the NHTSA, a majority of bicycle accidents occur between the hours of 4 and 8 p.m. Bicycle accidents are also more likely to occur in urban areas, as opposed to rural areas. In 2010, around 72 percent of bicycling accidents occurred in urban areas, such as Phoenix.
Either very young or slightly older individuals are also more likely to be involved in bicycle accidents, and the average age of those killed and injured in a bicycle accident continues to increase.
Between 2002 and 2011, bicyclists between the ages of 45 and 54 had the highest fatality rate based on the population. However, individuals between the ages of 16 and 20 had the highest injury rate.
Males are also more likely to be involved in bicycle accidents. In fact, the majority of the bicyclists injured in 2011 were male.
Safety Tips To Avoid A Bicycle Accident
There are many guidelines bicyclists should follow to avoid an accident with a motor vehicle. Some of these guidelines include:
Wear a bicycle helmet every time you ride.
Wear fluorescent or brightly colored clothing to increase your visibility to drivers.
Use a front light and red reflector or flashing rear light when bicycling at night.
Ride in the same direction as traffic.
Bicyclists are considered vehicle operators, just like drivers. This means that bicyclists must follow all of the applicable traffic rules such as obeying traffic signs and signals.
Drivers must also remember that they share the road with bicyclists. Drivers are required to exercise reasonable care and be especially alert for bicyclists when making turns. Drivers should also allow at least three feet of clearance when passing a bicyclist on the road and watch for bicyclists when pulling out of a driveway or opening a car door.
Consequences Of Bicycle Accidents
The dangers of bicycle accidents in Phoenix and nationally are likely to remain. In 2011, 23 bicyclists were killed on Arizona roadways, and this number may increase.
If you or a loved one was injured in a bicycle accident caused by a negligent driver, it is a good idea to have your case reviewed by an experienced lawyer who can determine whether you are entitled to compensation.
If you have a solid case, you could be entitled to payment for medical bills and compensation for lost wages. Damages for pain and suffering are also frequently awarded in bicycle accidents.
For a consultation with an experienced Phoenix bicycle accident lawyer, contact us by email or call 602-842-0445.
Texting & Driving
Cellphones and text messaging have made communication convenient and efficient. However, distracted driving, and particularly texting and driving, has become a serious national epidemic and is one of the most common causes of motor vehicle accidents. Young people are especially known for texting and driving.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that as of December 2012, approximately 171.3 billion text messages are sent in the United States each month. Sending or receiving a text message diverts a driver’s attention from the road for approximately 4.6 seconds. This may not sound like much, but it is the equivalent of driving the length of an entire football field at 55 miles per hour while blindfolded.
An individual who suffers injuries because someone else was texting and driving is entitled to compensation for his or her injuries.
Our Phoenix car accident attorneys are here to help you with your claim against a distracted driver. Call us at 602-842-0445 or send us an email to speak with an experienced lawyer.
Texting And Driving Is Abnormally Dangerous
The NHTSA defines distracted driving as any activity that takes a driver’s attention away from the main task of driving. Texting and driving is one of the most significant distractions and a leading cause of car accidents because it takes away nearly all of a driver’s cognitive abilities.
Reading and sending a text impairs visual perception and requires mental energy that should be completely focused on the road. Drivers who engage in these activities increase their risk of getting into an accident by three times.
In the short amount of time it takes to send or receive a text, a driver can cause a variety of accidents, such as a rear-end crash.
Teenagers And Text Messaging
Teenagers are generally inexperienced drivers. Unfortunately, they are also the most likely to participate in texting and driving. Teenagers represent the highest proportion of drivers who are distracted at any given moment.
A quarter of teenagers in a recent study reported that they reply to text messages at least once or more every time they drive.
The NHTSA also reports that in 2011, 21 percent of the drivers involved in fatal car accidents involving drivers between the ages of 15 and 19 admitted to being distracted by the use of a cellphone.
Arizona Text Messaging Laws
Arizona is currently one of the few states that does not impose a ban on text messaging for all drivers. However, there is a text messaging ban in Phoenix and Tucson, as well as for all school bus drivers.
The penalty for violating the text messaging ban in Phoenix or Tucson is a fine of $100. If a person’s text messaging caused an accident, the fine is raised to $250. Injuries from an accident caused by text messaging frequently result in extremely large medical bills and lengthy rehabilitation for injured individuals.
Texting And Driving Is Negligent Behavior
A Phoenix driver who causes an accident by engaging in texting and driving is likely to be considered negligent.
If a driver is shown to be negligent, compensation is available to cover the cost of medical expenses and lost wages. Injuries from a car accident also typically result in pain and suffering, and a negligent driver may be required to compensate a victim for these costs as well.
If you or a family member has been hurt or if you’ve lost a loved one because of a negligent driver, email us or call 602-842-0445 to talk with one of our experienced Phoenix car accident lawyers.
Rear End Collision
In Arizona, it is illegal to follow behind another vehicle too closely. This is known as tailgating, and the dangerous practice significantly increases the risk of a rear-end collision. Nearly half of the annual multi-vehicle accidents in Arizona are rear-end collisions.
A rear-end collision is one of the most common car accident causes. If you are struck from behind by a negligent driver, you may not be held responsible for the accident, even if you were completely stopped.
If you were injured in a rear-end collision, contact our Phoenix car accident lawyers by calling 602-842-0445 or by sending us an email to find out how we can help you.
Preventing A Rear-End Collision
All drivers are required to provide an acceptable amount of following distance between their vehicles and other vehicles on the road.
Drivers can avoid rear-end collisions by following a few simple rules:
Always maintain an adequate distance between your car and the car you are following.
Flash brake lights to give drivers following behind you warning of upcoming changes in traffic flow.
Use turn signals every time you turn.
Distracted driving is a serious national epidemic. Another way to prevent a rear-end collision is to avoid engaging in distracted driving, such as texting while driving or adjusting the radio.
What To Do After A Rear-End Collision
Even if you exercise reasonable care, you may still be involved in a rear-end collision with a negligent driver. When this occurs, you are likely to be confused and traumatized. However, you can take some important steps immediately following a rear-end collision.
First, check the injuries of everyone involved in the accident and call 911 for immediate assistance. Also call the police as soon as possible and make sure a formal police report is filed. Having official documentation of the accident is vital for any future legal claims.
Take note of the surrounding conditions. Try to recall what the weather conditions were at the time of the accident and the time the accident occurred. Obtain the license plate number of the other driver in case he or she refuses to provide you with any personal information. Taking photos of the accident scene is also highly recommended.
Injuries From A Rear-End Collision
One of the most common injuries from a rear-end collision is whiplash, which can easily occur when a driver unexpectedly experiences a sudden blow from behind.
Drivers also typically suffer injuries to the face and head after a rear-end collision. Although certain safety features such as air bags and seat belts are designed to prevent injury, these features may not always work effectively during a rear-end collision.
If you’ve experienced any injuries as the result of a rear-end collision, you may have a viable claim for compensation. You may be entitled to a financial award covering your medical bills and lost wages, as well as the pain and suffering caused by your injuries.
If you are suffering from injuries suffered in a rear-end collision, our Phoenix car accident attorneys are here to help you. Call 602-842-0445 or email us to see how we can assist you.
Although motor vehicles today are much safer than in previous years, auto defects remain one of the common causes of car accidents. When a vehicle malfunctions due to an auto defect, such as when an SUV rolls over, the vehicle has failed to provide you with reasonable safety and protect you in the event of a motor vehicle accident.
The law sets out minimum safety standards that manufacturers are required to follow when designing or manufacturing vehicles. Auto defects typically result in serious injuries to drivers, even if they were exercising reasonable care when driving.
If you’ve been injured due to a defect in the design of your vehicle, contact our Phoenix car accident attorneys at 602-842-0445 or send us an email and find out how we can assist you.
Common Auto Defects
There are a variety of common auto defects, such as:
Damaged brakes that wear out too fast or do not work at all
Faulty air bags that deploy too early, causing serious injury or death
Improperly designed seat belts which reduce their ability to prevent injuries or actually cause injuries
Poor tires that may blowout
Defective tires can also result in flats, which can lead to an accident. In some cases, a defective gas tank could also start a fire that results in severe burn injuries. Although this list addresses some of the most common auto defects, it is important to remember that all parts of an automobile are susceptible to defects, and any part shown to be defective may give rise to legal liability.
Liability For Auto Defects
If you have experienced an auto defect that has led to serious injury, there are numerous parties that can potentially be held responsible. Automobile manufacturers can be held responsible for defects that occur in the design of an automobile, while dealers and repair shops may be liable for defects in the manufacture or maintenance of automobiles.
When an automobile manufacturer faces a design defect in one of its automobiles, it typically has two available options: recall the defective part or the entire line of vehicles, or face legal liability.
You Have The Right To A Safe Vehicle
An improperly designed automobile often means the difference between life and death. You cannot afford to take the significant risk that comes with driving an improperly designed or manufactured automobile.
The law requires that all vehicles be safely designed and manufactured to ensure maximum safety to drivers and prevent tragic injuries and wrongful deaths. Automobile defects can lead to a variety of dangerous car accidents, such as rear-end accidents.
If you’ve been injured in a car accident caused by an auto defect, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Compensation may be available for your medical bills and any work you missed because of your injuries. You may also receive compensation for your pain and suffering.
Our Phoenix car accident lawyers can help you pursue your case when you have suffered injuries due to an auto defect. Call 602-842-0445 or email us to schedule an appointment.
Drunk driving is illegal in all 50 states, including Arizona. Drunk drivers are a common cause of car accidents. Each year, drunk drivers are responsible for countless deaths and numerous injuries. A drunk driver behind the wheel of a car breaches the duty to drive with reasonable care and can be held responsible for his or her illegal and irresponsible behavior.
Drunk drivers not only face liability to any other drivers injured by their actions, but they also face additional legal penalties. Arizona law is especially strict when it comes to drunk drivers.
If you’ve been injured by a drunk driver, contact our experienced Phoenix car accident attorneys at 602-842-0445, or send us an email to learn how we can help you get the compensation you deserve.
Drunk Drivers Are A Danger To The Roadways
Arizona residents spend a significant amount of time driving on the state’s roadways However, drunk drivers on the roads pose a risk to everyone else, including pedestrians and bicyclists. Drunk driving is a foolish and extremely unsafe form of driving recklessly which puts everyone’s life at risk.
According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, drunk drivers are involved in one out of every three accident fatalities. Additionally, an individual is killed every 53 minutes and injured every 90 seconds in drunk driving-related accidents.
Drunk drivers can be either first-time offenders or repeat offenders. MADD estimates that approximately one-third of drunk drivers are repeat offenders, while two-thirds are first-time offenders who have yet to face a drunk driving arrest.
Who Is Liable For A Drunk Driver’s Behavior?
If an individual is injured because of a drunk driver, third parties can be held responsible for the drunk driver’s actions. In addition to seeking compensation from the drunk driver, the individual who served the drunk driver may be held responsible for any resulting injuries.
For example, if a bartender serves an obviously intoxicated customer and the customer injures or kills another individual while driving a vehicle, the bartender can be held liable for the resulting damages. This concept extends to other individuals as well. Hosts of social events may also be held responsible for over-serving a social guest.
You Deserve Compensation From Drunk Drivers
Injuries from a drunk driving accident are often severe. An individual may experience not only substantial medical bills, but also may be in a great deal of pain and unable to return to work. Feelings of aggravation and resentment at the unfairness of the situation are also common.
Losing a loved one because of a drunk driver may also leave an individual feeling angry and frustrated. Although no amount of money can ever make up for the tragic and unexpected death of a loved one due to a drunk driver, the legal system may be able to provide some compensation.
If you’ve been injured or lost a loved one due to a drunk driver, make an appointment with our Phoenix car accident lawyers to get the compensation you are entitled to. Call us at 602-842-0445 or email us.
Aggressive driving, also known as reckless driving, is another major cause of car accidents. You have probably encountered reckless drivers on the road many times. Their actions may cause you to modify your own driving behavior to avoid them, and this can lead to an accident. Reckless drivers place everyone around them in danger.
It is easy to spot reckless drivers. They are usually speeding or engaging in a range of other risky behaviors such as tailgating other drivers, running red lights or frequently changing lanes.
If you’ve been hurt by a reckless driver, or a family member has been killed or injured as a result of a reckless driver, rely on our qualified Phoenix car accident attorneys. Call us at 602-842-0445 or email us to make an appointment.
Signs Of Reckless Driving
The DUI foundation states that reckless driving occurs when an individual operates a vehicle in a dangerous or negligent manner. Some reckless driving is labeled reckless driving “de jure” or by law. This means that a driver who performs certain behavior, such as driving a certain number of miles over the speed limit, is automatically labeled reckless.
Along with the dangerous behavior mentioned above, studies also show that playing music at a higher than normal volume so that other drivers can hear it is also a sign of reckless driving. Reckless drivers also tend to use their horns more frequently while they are maneuvering through traffic. Drunk driving is also an example of reckless driving.
Protect Yourself Against Reckless Driving
There are several things you can do to protect yourself against a reckless driver, such as:
Slowing down to let the reckless driver pass
Avoiding eye contact, which can sometimes aggravate the reckless driver further
Driving in the lane farthest away from the reckless driver
Ignoring any actions or gestures from the reckless driver
Most importantly, do not let your pride take over and attempt to challenge the aggressive driver. This behavior commonly leads to a crash. If the situation appears to be getting out of hand, it is best to simply pull over until the reckless driver is gone.
If you are concerned that the reckless driver may hurt or kill someone, call the police.
Avoiding Reckless Driving
It is important for all drivers to drive in a reasonable manner and exercise due care. All drivers are prone to engaging in reckless driving at times. It is possible to reduce the likelihood of reckless driving by avoiding certain behaviors, such as talking on a cellphone or attempting to multitask while driving.
It is also important to always drive according to the posted speed limit, regardless of whether you will be late to where you’re going. Being late to work or a scheduled appointment is never worth the risk.
The consequences of a reckless driving accident can wreak havoc on your life. When a reckless driver has caused your accident and left you badly hurt, you may be able to collect compensation for medical bills and lost wages, as well as pain and suffering.
For capable help with your legal claim, call our Phoenix car accident lawyers at 602-842-0445 or email us.
Back & Spine Injuries
The back and spine are some of the most vulnerable areas of the human body and are therefore especially susceptible to injury in a car accident. Even a minor twist or strain to back muscles can cause a back and spine injury and result in chronic pain.
Back injuries can be expensive and difficult to treat. A spinal injury is often a plaguing injury that can result in paralysis.
Back injuries are an especially serious type of car accident injury because they can sometimes make it impossible for an individual to return to work. Although individuals who suffer a back injury may recover enough to be able to train for a new career, those who experience a spinal cord injury that causes paralysis may never be able to work again.
Come see one of our Phoenix car accident lawyers to discuss your car accident injury claim. Call 602-842-0445 or email us.
Back Injuries Can Cause Extreme Pain
Back and spine injuries are a common repercussion of another injury, such as a neck injury. Back pain is a frequent complaint of individuals who have been in a car accident. According to the Mayo Clinic, back pain is one of the main reasons individuals visit the doctor and are forced to miss work.
The back is made up of vertebrae in the spine, cushioned by disks in between the individual vertebrae. During a car accident, the soft material inside a disk may shift out of place or even rupture and cause strain to nerves around the spine, resulting in excruciating back pain.
An individual who experiences back pain after a car accident may feel sudden spasms or a shooting pain that travels from the back to the legs. Muscle aches are also common, and an individual may also have trouble standing up straight or lose his or her normal range of motion.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries are the result of damage to the ligaments, disks or vertebrae of the spinal column. A spinal cord injury can also occur when the nerves at the end of the spinal cord sustain damage. Even the slightest impact could result in a back and or spine injury.
The Mayo Clinic states that spinal cord injuries can have permanent repercussions. An individual who experiences a spinal cord injury faces a host of bodily issues, such as a decrease in strength, less sensation in certain areas of the body and trouble performing bodily functions below the area of impact.
Treatment Is Available
Back and spine injuries can often be treated through a variety of methods. Some back pain can be treated with over the counter medication. Although bed rest is recommended, it should not be done for more than two days, or the back pain could worsen rather than improve.
A doctor will normally prescribe common pain relievers for back pain. If the pain does not improve, muscle relaxers may be prescribed. Narcotics or antidepressants may also be prescribed for extreme back pain.
Although medications may be prescribed for a spinal cord injury, immobilization of the back is often undertaken to stabilize the spine.
Back and spine injuries sustained in an automobile accident take an extreme physical and emotional toll on an individual. Fortunately, financial compensation may be available from a negligent driver.
If you’ve been injured in an accident, our experienced Phoenix personal injury lawyers can help. Call us at 602-842-0445 or email us to learn about your options.
You usually notice when a car is following too closely behind you. It probably makes you nervous. If traffic ahead of you suddenly stops or a child unexpectedly darts out into the road, a negligent driver behind you will likely crash directly into your vehicle and suddenly you’re the victim of a neck injury. Neck injuries are one of the most common types of car accident injuries, usually resulting from a rear-end crash.
Although most car accident injuries require expensive treatments, neck injuries from a car accident that result in whiplash can be especially costly and take a long time to heal.
Come talk to one of our Phoenix car accident lawyers if you’ve been injured in a crash. Call us at 602-842-0445 or email us.
Common Neck Injuries
The neck is composed of bones, joints, tissues and nerves that all work together to support the head. Although the soft tissue of the neck may be the only area that sustains damage, the damage may affect a variety of muscles throughout the body, as well as the spinal cord.
When there is a break in the cervical cord, a neck fracture results. The type and extent of the break depend on the position of the head upon impact and the angle at which the impact occurs.
A neck sprain may occur when the neck twists as the result of the sudden impact of a car accident. A neck sprain is usually the result of ligament damage. Ligaments are blocks of tissue that hold bones together.
Neck Injuries Affecting The Spine
Neck injuries are also related to spinal cord injuries. Spinal cord injuries can be caused from whiplash which damages joints or disks, which result in spinal cord irritation. A spinal cord injury can result in permanent disability, paralysis and can even be fatal.
Neck Injuries And Whiplash
Whiplash can best be envisioned by someone cracking a whip. When a car is unexpectedly smashed from behind, such as in a rear-end collision, the impact can cause the neck to suddenly snap forward and backward. These unnatural movements stretch the neck muscles and ligaments well beyond their normal range of motion.
Although whiplash may heal on its own after a few months, many times whiplash results in chronic pain that can last for years, which can require expensive treatment or rehabilitation.
Whiplash can also continue to persist for many years after an accident without any known cause.
There are a variety of treatments for neck injuries. Treatment for a neck fracture depends on an individual’s age, current health and whether there is any spinal damage. A neck brace may be required to stabilize the neck.
Neck sprains can be treated by placing ice on the affected area and getting plenty of rest. Anti-inflammatory medication may also be prescribed.
The type of treatment given immediately after a spinal cord injury often depends on the long-term effects.
Whiplash is normally treated with over-the-counter medications and applying ice to the affected neck muscles. Prescription medications and physical therapy are other options.
Treatment for any sort of neck injury is often expensive. If a neck injury from a car accident was caused by a driver’s negligence, financial compensation may be available to the victim.
Our Phoenix car accident lawyers are ready to help you when you’ve been injured in an accident. Call 602-842-0445 today or email us.
Today many vehicles are equipped with safety features that are designed to minimize the negative impact of a car crash. However, head and brain injuries are still frequently cited as common types of car accident injuries and may cause long-term damage.
Brain injuries result from a sharp blow to the head or an object piercing the skull. If the head comes in contact with a hard object during a car accident, such as a windshield, this can result in a brain injury.
All car accident injuries are serious, but head and brain injuries are especially troublesome because the healing process is extremely slow. There is also a risk of permanent brain damage.
Our experienced Phoenix car accident lawyers are here for you if you’ve suffered an injury in a crash. Call us at 602-842-0445 or email us to make an appointment.
What Is A Brain Injury?
The life of an individual who suffers a brain injury due to a negligent driver is forever altered.
It is essential for a brain injury victim to have access to expert medical care, as brain injuries require expensive and long-term rehabilitation. It is also crucial for brain injury victims to receive personalized medical attention and have access to specialized services tailored to their unique brain injury in order to continue to live a healthy and productive life.
A concussion is a form of brain injury that is now typically referred to as traumatic brain injury, or TBI. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has called TBI a serious public health problem in the United States. It is estimated that approximately 1.7 million TBI’s occur every year either as isolated incidents or in conjunction with other types of injuries, such as head injuries or neck injuries.
Traumatic Brain Injury Symptoms
A TBI is alarming because symptoms may occur immediately or may not become apparent until long after an accident. Brain injuries are classified as mild, moderate or severe. Common symptoms of a mild TBI include:
Problems with memory or concentration
Ringing in the ears or blurred vision
Feelings of disorientation
A TBI victim may also experience loss of consciousness every so often. More severe symptoms involve changes in a victim’s mood or personality. Depression and anxiety are common with moderate or severe TBIs.
Treatment Of Brain Injuries
Mild TBIs typically only require rest and over the counter medications to heal. Immediate emergency treatment should be provided for moderate to severe brain injuries with the goal of maintaining an adequate level of blood and oxygen and attempting to minimize further injury.
Medications such as diuretics, coma-inducing drugs and anti-seizure drugs may also be prescribed for moderate to severe TBIs.
Long-term rehabilitation is also usually required for a severe TBI as a victim may need to relearn how to walk, talk or perform basic bodily movements. Physical and psychological therapy is also essential. It is for this reason that treatment of TBIs can become astonishingly expensive.
The repercussions of brain injuries can last a lifetime. An individual may be unable to return to a former job or be prevented from returning to work altogether. However, compensation from a negligent driver who caused a brain injury may be available.
A devoted legal advocate is absolutely essential if you have suffered a brain injury. Email us or call us at 602-842-0445 to learn more about how we can help you.
Fatal Car Accidents
Fatal car accidents can occur when a driver suffers any type of common car accident injury, and they almost always cause unimaginable grief. If the fatal accident was caused by a negligent driver, feelings of anger often accompany the unbearable pain.
Although it is absolutely impossible to put a value on the life of the lost loved one, filing a wrongful death lawsuit can help hold the responsible driver accountable for his or her negligent actions.
If you’ve lost a loved one in an accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation.
When a family member has died in a car accident, make an appointment with our experienced Phoenix car accident attorneys by calling 602-842-0445 or emailing us.
Wrongful Death In Fatal Car Accidents
When a family member or loved one dies from an injury sustained in a fatal car accident, such as a head injury, a wrongful death lawsuit may be filed. Every driver has a duty to drive with reasonable care. When this duty is breached, a driver is negligent and may be financially liable for causing the death of another.
A successful wrongful death claim requires the following:
The death of a human being caused by the negligence of another
Surviving family members who experience financial difficulty due to the death
Establishment of a personal representative for the decedent’s estate
In some fatal car accident cases, a survival action may be brought in addition to a wrongful death claim. A survival action is essentially a personal injury action brought on behalf of the deceased family member.
Claiming Wrongful Death In Arizona
Arizona law allows a number of individuals to bring a wrongful death lawsuit after a fatal car accident including the surviving spouse, parent, child or personal representative of the deceased. A personal representative may bring the suit on behalf of the surviving family members or on behalf of the decedent’s estate if no survivors remain.
A wrongful death lawsuit is a civil claim. Therefore, a wrongful death claim can be brought even if the circumstances surrounding the accident also result in criminal charges, such as manslaughter or reckless homicide.
Wrongful Death Compensation
Although a price cannot be placed on the value of an individual’s life, there are several forms of financial compensation that may be available to those left grieving after a negligent driver causes the death of a loved one.
When juries in Arizona determine the amount to award in a wrongful death lawsuit as a result of a fatal car accident, evidence such as the cost of medical and funeral expenses and the loss of the decedent’s wages or financial support. Compensation may also be awarded for pain and suffering as well as the loss of companionship.
The rules regarding compensation are slightly modified if it is the decedent’s personal representative who brings the lawsuit. For example, a personal representative may not recover for pain and suffering. Additionally, financial awards in a wrongful death lawsuit are subject to the debts and liabilities of the decedent if a personal representative brings the claim, while this is not the case if it is a surviving family member who brings the claim.
Because of the nuances involved in determining a wrongful death award, an attorney skilled in this area is vital. A qualified attorney will know exactly which amounts to ask for in a wrongful death lawsuit.
If you’ve lost a loved one in a car accident due to a negligent driver, you need the help of our experienced Phoenix car accident lawyers. Call us at 602-842-0445 or email us today.
Do I Have A Case?
After hearing about your car accident injuries caused by a careless driver, your friends or family will probably tell you that you should sue for damages. You want to, but you aren’t sure if you have a valid claim. You may wonder, “Do I have a case?”
In order to answer this question, you will need to learn the basic law regarding car accidents and know what you could be entitled to, based on the particular circumstances of your case. You must also gather several forms of information regarding your car accident.
You are probably in a great deal of pain from your injuries and anxious about your medical bills. Or perhaps you are grieving a loved one who is suffering due to car accident injuries. Perhaps you have lost a loved one.
It is at this point that you need an appointment with a qualified personal injury attorney.
Give us a call at 602-842-0445 or email us to talk to one of our experienced Phoenix car accident lawyers.
The First Step: Gathering Information
One of the most important steps to take after your car accident is collecting all relevant information related to your car accident. A police report is a vital document. Document the names of the officers who responded to the accident.
Additionally, talk to individuals at the accident scene such as witnesses or passengers who may be able to provide additional information and fill in any gaps.
Hold onto all paperwork related to medical treatment. Keep a detailed log of all treatments and procedures as a result of the accident. Remember the names of every doctor you speak with, even doctors who simply refer you to someone else.
Keeping a journal is also highly recommended. Record any days you missed from work and document all of the ways your daily life has been disrupted because of the accident.
Negligence is the core legal theory on car accident lawsuits. The law presumes that every driver has a duty to drive with reasonable care. A driver who fails in this duty and causes harm or injury to someone else is negligent and can be held legally responsible.
For example, a driver has a legal duty to obey traffic signals. If a driver fails to stop at a red light, the driver has breached this duty. If the driver’s vehicle strikes your vehicle, causing you injuries and perhaps vehicle damage, there is a good chance a jury would determine that the other driver was negligent.
Since a negligent driver is legally required to compensate you for the injuries you suffered, you may have a valid case.
Make A Determination: Do I Have A Case?
You may feel as though your accident and injuries were caused by another driver’s negligence, but you still aren’t sure if you have a case. You want assurance from someone with the proper skills and knowledge before you file a lawsuit.
If you suspect that negligence caused your injuries, it is time to speak with a capable and compassionate personal injury attorney who can vigorously advocate on your behalf. There is minimal or no cost for an initial appointment, and the attorney will provide an honest assessment of your circumstances and your chance for success.
Call us at 602-842-0445 or email us today to make an appointment with one of our Phoenix car accident lawyers to discuss your accident and potential claim.
What To Do After A Car Accident
You may be in shock immediately after your car accident. These feelings are natural after a traumatic event and it may be difficult to remember what to do after a car accident; reviewing these basic steps will help you.
Knowing what to do in the moments immediately following a car accident is only a small portion of the necessary information you need to know about car accidents, but the information is nevertheless essential.
Call our experienced Phoenix car accident lawyers at 602-842-0445 or email us as soon as possible after your car accident for the help you need.
What To Do After A Car Accident
First, the most important rule to remember by far is to stay at the accident scene. Do not, under any circumstances, panic and drive away. Although you may fear the consequences of your car accident, the penalties for leaving the scene are far worse.
The only exception to this rule is if your accident occurs in a rural or deserted area and you fear for your safety. If this is the case, leave the accident scene and drive immediately to the nearest police station and report the accident.
Check the injuries of everyone involved and provide any necessary medical treatment. After everyone appears relatively stable, call 911 and report the accident to the police.
Make sure a proper police report is filed. A police report can be a valuable piece of information if, later on, you are attempting to determine whether you have a legal claim due to the accident.
Gathering information is next. Exchange names, license numbers and insurance information with all other drivers involved. Speak with any witnesses and ask them to describe what they saw. Get their names and phone numbers as well.
Do not say anything about who was at fault. Any admission, no matter how slight, could have serious legal repercussions. Remember that it is usually never clear who caused an accident in these initial moments.
There are several important things you need to know in terms of how to deal with car insurance after an accident. Inform your insurance company as soon as is reasonably possible that you have been involved in a car accident.
The most important rule here is honesty. Do not lie to your insurance company about any fact regarding the accident, no matter how insignificant it seems. Aside from any potential legal liability this may entail, your insurance company can use your dishonesty against you by refusing to approve your claim.
What To Document
Take photographs of your vehicle, documenting the damage from the accident. This valuable photographic evidence will help you not only with your insurance company, but also with any future legal claim.
Document everything related to any medical treatment you receive as well. Save copies of all medical reports and bills you receive. This documentation will prove invaluable if you need to prove how much your damages were.
Some Final Tips
Arizona law also requires that you move your vehicle to a safe place after an accident if possible. If you do not comply with the rules surrounding car accidents, your driver’s license could be suspended for up to three years if injuries are involved.
Once things have calmed down, you may wonder if you have a legal claim. If a negligent driver caused your accident, you may be able to receive financial compensation for your injuries.
If you’ve been hurt in a car accident, you deserve sound legal assistance. Call our Phoenix car accident lawyers at 602-842-0445 or email us today.
How To Deal With Car Insurance
If you’ve been in a car accident, you are probably going to have to work with a car insurance company if you want to gain some financial compensation. This means that you are going to have to know how to complete an insurance claim.
The car insurance claim process can be complex, and you would probably prefer to avoid the entire experience altogether. However, knowing how car insurance companies work is crucial after you’ve been in a car accident.
When you’ve been injured in a crash, one of our qualified Phoenix car accident lawyers can be a valuable asset. Give us a call at 602-842-0445 or email us to talk over your options.
Car Insurance In Arizona
According to the Arizona Department of Insurance, in order to properly register a vehicle in Arizona you need to show that you are financially responsible. Although paying $40,000 in cash or through a certificate of deposit can do this, most people simply purchasing car insurance.
Arizona requires the insured to purchase both bodily injury and property damage coverage. Minimum liability coverage in Arizona is:
$15,000 per person for bodily injury
$30,000 per accident for bodily injury
$10,000 per accident for property damage
Bodily injury coverage pays for bodily injury that others suffer from a car accident in which you are involved; it does not cover injuries you suffer. Property damage coverage pays for damage you cause to someone else’s property or vehicle; it does not cover damage to your car. Collision coverage is available for that purpose.
Talking With Your Car Insurance Company
Contacting your car insurance company is an important step to take after you’ve been in an automobile accident. However, review your policy and make sure you understand your coverage limits before speaking with your car insurance company.
Do not make any verbal or written statements to your insurance company without a thorough understanding of your coverage. Additionally, do not let a car insurance representative fool you into thinking that your conversation may be recorded – it cannot be.
When your car insurance agent gives you an initial estimate of your losses, do not automatically agree to it. It is a common practice of car insurance companies to provide lower than average estimates. You are better off getting a second opinion before agreeing with an agent’s initial estimate.
How To Deal With Car Insurance Companies
Many car insurance companies set time limits for certain actions, such as filing a legal claim or providing a signed proof of loss. Be aware of these limits and ensure that you do not miss any crucial deadlines.
Do not accept or cash any check stating that it is a final payment unless you are ready to do so. Accepting or cashing this type of check could prevent you from pursuing any further legal claims against the car insurance company.
Finally, keep copies of all receipts for expenses you incur while dealing with your car insurance claim. These expenditures could potentially be included in your final settlement amount.
To ensure the best possible outcome, it is best to retain the services of a qualified attorney to help you deal with car insurance companies. Car insurance companies do not usually want to go to court and if they are convinced that you have a valid case, they are more apt to be flexible when determining a settlement amount.
Our Phoenix car accident lawyers will help you achieve your goal of obtaining an adequate settlement from a car insurance company. Email us or call us at 602-842-0445 today.
Personal Injury Claims Process
A careless driver is responsible for your injuries and you’re confident that you have a valid negligence claim. However, you’re unsure of what to do next; you don’t know exactly how the personal injury claims process works.
You might be unsure how much money you will have to spend, and if the cost will be worth the potential compensation. You may be confused over which steps to take and feel intimidated about going into court. The basic information below will ensure you are prepared for whatever comes next.
Email us or call us at 602-842-0445 to meet with one of our knowledgeable Phoenix car accident lawyers.
The Personal Injury Claims Process
Although the facts surrounding each personal injury claim vary, the personal injury claims process usually consists of the same basic steps:
Meeting with an attorney to determine if you have a case
Filing the initial court papers
Gathering evidence and establishing facts
Deciding whether to go to trial or settle the claim
If a judgment is rendered in your favor, you are entitled to collect the amount of money a jury has awarded, or that you have settled upon with the other side.
Filing Your Personal Injury Claim
After you meet with your attorney, he or she will file your complaint. The complaint consists of a basic outline of your case. The complaint names who the parties to the lawsuit are and lays out the facts of your case.
The complaint also states what legal theory you are pursuing, such as negligence, and the form of relief that you are demanding. This is typically an amount of money that you feel will properly compensate you for your losses.
The next step in the personal injury claims process involves gathering evidence. This is called discovery. The three main forms of discovery are written discovery, document production and depositions.
Written discovery usually consists of a form with specific pre-printed questions regarding your case. Answering these questions gives you a chance to tell your version of the events that led to the case.
Your attorney may also request that certain documents be produced. These can include medical records, receipts and emails. Depositions occur when a party meets with an attorney and answers specific questions from the attorney under oath.
It is crucial to be honest with your attorney during the discovery process. Your attorney cannot advocate to the best of his or her ability without knowing the full story.
Deciding Whether To Settle
A majority of cases do not go to trial. Parties typically reach a settlement before trial. If you decide to settle your case, you agree to forgo any further legal claims against the other party in exchange for a certain sum of money.
If you think you might want to settle rather than go to trial, it is absolutely essential to discuss any settlement offers thoroughly with your attorney before accepting any offer.
Collecting Your Judgment
The final step in the personal injury claim process is to collect the money you are owed. If the opposing party is insolvent or refuses to pay you, your attorney can help you take certain steps to collect the money, such as garnishing wages or a bank account.
The personal injury claims process can be complicated. An experienced legal advocate can assist you every step of the way.
Make an appointment with one of our capable Phoenix car accident lawyers to determine whether you have a case worth pursuing. Call us at 602-842-0445 or email us today to set up an appointment.
What Is A Car Accident Case Worth?
Before deciding to file a lawsuit, you may ask, “What is a car accident case worth?” You may wonder if it is worth going to court over.
Many of your medical bills are for substantial amounts, and you’re watching them pile up every day. You’re also losing money every day that you miss work because of your injuries. You need to learn as much as you can about the personal injury claims process in order to determine whether filing a lawsuit is worth it.
Our Phoenix car accident lawyers can provide expert assistance when you’ve been hurt in a car accident. Give us a call at 602-842-0445 or email us to make an appointment.
A negligent driver who causes you harm should pay for your medical expenses. Medical expenses that you are entitled to compensation for include:
Emergency room treatment
You should also be compensated for all future medical treatment that is necessary because of your car accident. Once you have a rough estimate of how much your medical expenses have cost you, this figure is used as a guideline in determining your overall compensation.
You are also entitled to recover all of your lost wages due to being unable to work because of your injuries. Lost wages are usually measured from the time of the car accident up until the date of settlement. You should be able to recover everything you would have earned during this time.
You could be entitled to recover lost wages even if you were unemployed at the time of the accident. If you can show that you were willing and able to work during your accident recovery period, you may receive an amount equal to what you could have earned.
What Is A Car Accident Case Worth? Additional Compensation
You may also be entitled to damages for your pain and suffering. A damage award is usually based on these three things:
The nature and severity of your injury
The likelihood that you would experience future pain
The length of time your pain is expected to last
A car accident often results in more than just physical injuries. There is a high likelihood that you are also suffering detrimental mental effects.
You may have frequent nightmares, be afraid of getting behind the wheel of your car or experience feelings of anxiety, shock or embarrassment over your accident. A qualified attorney can help you receive compensation for any mental anguish you suffer as well.
If you have lost a family member or a loved one in a car accident and file a wrongful death claim, you are entitled to any contributions you would have received from your deceased loved one. This includes not only lost earnings from your deceased loved one, but potentially a damage award for loss of companionship as well.
It is highly beneficial to hire an experienced car accident attorney to help you collect the maximum amount of compensation you are entitled to.
Our Phoenix car accident lawyers are waiting to talk to you. Call us at 602-842-0445 or email us to make an appointment.
What You Need To Know
What You Need To Know image
Being in a motor vehicle accident is probably a confusing and unfamiliar experience for you. You are likely to feel overwhelmed and unsure of what to do next. Our car accident info center explains everything you need to know after being injured in a car accident.
You may be interested in filing a lawsuit against a negligent driver, but do not know whether you have a case or how to go about filing a claim. You may also have a vague idea that you need to involve your insurance company, but may not know exactly what information you need to give it and why.
It is a good idea to review the information in our car accident info center to stay informed on what you need to know after a car crash. Knowing this vital information will increase your chances of a successful outcome.
Our knowledgeable Phoenix car accident lawyers are here to answer all of your questions and explain all available options. Call us at 602-842-0445 or email us to make an appointment today.
Car Accident Info Center
There is a wealth of information available to individuals who have been injured in a car accident.
Do I have a case?: You may have a case if you were injured due to a negligent driver, or if a negligent driver caused the injury or death of a loved one.
What to do after a car accident: There are several crucial steps that must be taken immediately after a car accident, and additional steps you will need to take shortly thereafter.
How to deal with car insurance: Car insurance representatives do not have your best interests in mind, and you’ll need a skilled advocate to help you fight for the compensation you deserve.
The personal injury claims process: Filing a personal injury claim involves a number of steps that you need to understand to be successful.
What is a car accident case worth?: You may be entitled to a variety of forms of compensation for your injury or the injury or death of a loved one.
Automobile Accidents In Arizona
Car crashes are a daily occurrence in busy urban areas such as Phoenix. You probably witness at least one or two every day.
Many of these accidents occur because of negligent drivers, and innocent people such as you are stuck with the unfair consequences. Our car accident info center provides a wealth of essential information to help you each step of the way.
A car accident can significantly disrupt all areas of your life. You may be overwhelmed with crushing medical expenses and become unable to pay your bills. Your vehicle may be damaged or even destroyed.
Hardships Due To Injury
You may also be forced to miss work due to your injuries and lose out on wages, which causes further financial burden. Combined, the potential consequences could be an absolute nightmare.
You may feel as if life will never be the same again and that you will never fully recover. This is why you need a compassionate and skilled advocate on your side to fight for you and get you the compensation that you deserve.
Our Phoenix car accident lawyers are ready, willing and able to help you after an automobile accident. Call us at 602-842-0445 or contact us by email to make an appointment today.