Traveling by car in Arizona is actually more dangerous than traveling by commercial air. Don’t believe me? Take a look at the 2016 Crash Facts published by the Arizona Department of Transportation. In fact, experts indicate that the average driver will have a serious enough accident to require a collision claim at least once every 17.9 years. The United States has an average life expectancy of almost 79 years, which means you can reasonably expect three to four crashes before your driving days end.
In 2016, Arizona residents reported 126,845 auto accidents. These incidents included 962 fatalities and a staggering 56,636 injuries. The annual medical cost for people killed in Arizona crashes is $11 million. Therefore, it’s no wonder that surviving family members often pursue legal options such as a wrongful death lawsuit after losing a loved one.
People who survive an automobile accident in Arizona may suffer anything from minor injuries all the way to a life-altering handicap. In either case, any medical costs that come out of the injured individual’s pocket should be taken care of by the responsible party’s auto insurance.
Unfortunately, insurance companies aren’t simply going to offer to pay for everything. Instead, they’ll try to reduce the amount you receive. Additionally, most drivers who are responsible for an accident don’t offer any extra money due to issues caused by their negligence. This is the primary reason you need an attorney on your side who has experience with car accident cases.
If you’ve been involved in a car accident in Arizona, it’s important to pay close attention to the factors involved in the accident – including witnesses, weather, property damage, your personal safety.
Immediately following a car accident in Arizona, you need to:
It’s important to first ensure that you are physically safe after a car accident. Once you are sure that you are safe and receiving the care you need, start thinking about the accident. Try to record as many details as possible – both mentally and on your phone if possible. Then contact an experienced car accident attorney in Arizona. We can help you formulate an overall strategy for recovering from your car accident and putting your life back together.
Schedule your free case consultation with one of Arizona’s most experienced personal injury attorneys.Book Free Consultation (866)-499-8989
Did you know that Fridays in March between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. are the worst times to drive in Arizona? That’s because this is when the highest concentration of auto accidents take place statewide. Interestingly, fatal injuries are most common on Saturdays in March between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m., which points to a higher likelihood of alcohol related crashes. The most common type of accident involves the responsible party rear ending the other driver’s vehicle.
Other intriguing Arizona car accident stats to consider include:
• 3,104 crashes involve a motorcycle
• Speeding is the most common cause of accidents
• Most motorcycle crashes occur on Saturdays between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m.
• Alcohol is a factor in 4,923 auto accidents
• Accidents that happen between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. have the highest likelihood of involving a drunk driver
Regardless of the type of accident you were in and when it happened, you can turn to the Tucson and Phoenix car accident lawyers team to protect your rights after being involved in an accident. We will handle the necessary conversations with the at-fault driver’s insurance company to help minimize your risk of receiving an unfair settlement. Not only can this help you take care of your medical bills but it also gives you the opportunity to focus on healing instead of the constant frustration of dealing with insurance adjusters.
Waiting to obtain legal representation could cause your personal injury or wrongful death case to be dismissed by an Arizona court. Most personal injury cases in Arizona are restricted by a two-year statute of limitations. This means you must file your case within two years of the date of the crash. But also keep in mind that your statute of limitations will be much shorter than this under some circumstances so it is extremely important to speak with an attorney immediately after your accident.
It doesn’t matter if your injuries weren’t immediately discovered or if you spent the entire first two years recovering in a medical facility. The law is clear; if you wish to take legal action against the responsible party, you must file your case in a timely manner.
Wrongful death lawsuits also follow the two-year statute of limitations, but there is one exception. If the deceased individual didn’t pass away immediately, family members will have two years from the date of their death to file a case. In other words, if they held on for three weeks before dying from their Arizona auto accident related injuries, the two-year clock starts three weeks after the accident.
How Do Wrongful Death Auto Accident Lawsuits Work? To start, the law restricts who has the right to file a wrongful death case on the deceased’s behalf. You must be part of a short list of surviving people affiliated with the deceased to make a legal claim.
Sadly, this means that a long-term partner who wasn’t the deceased’s spouse could be denied the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit after a deadly auto accident in Arizona. However, an individual in this situation could turn to their partner’s parents or children to move forward with a case.
As the above information suggests, getting compensated after a car accident in Arizona can be a very complex process. That is made even more difficult by the fact that immediately following your car accident, the insurance company and other parties involved in the accident will start hounding you for information. It is in your best interest to have these people speak with your Zanes Law Tucson or Phoenix car accident attorney.
At first, the insurance adjuster will be overly friendly and sound supportive. Their goal is to get the information they need in order to minimize the total amount they have to payout to make you whole. You’ll probably be pressured to accept a low-ball personal injury settlement.
If you sign an agreement to settle the case in return for an immediate or fast cash payout, you may be forfeiting your right to seek the total damages you may be entitled to. It’s critical that an experienced car accident attorney reviews the offer to help you make an informed decision.
Zanes Law has more than a decade of experience helping car accident victims in Arizona. We have helped car accident victims just like you recover nearly $140 million dollars in damages.
It’s important to get all of the money that you may be legally entitled to under Arizona personal injury law. Mounting hospital bills, lost time at work and long-term medical treatment resulting from your accident needs to be recovered. You shouldn’t have to financially pay for someone else’s negligence.
We are standing by 24/7/365 to answer your questions regarding your car accident claim in Arizona. If you’ve been hospitalized or need us to come to you, we can travel to any of the communities nearby to meet with you where you’re most comfortable. You are also more than welcome to visit our personal injury law offices in Phoenix and Tucson.
Our goal is to reduce the stress and frustration you’re feeling. We do not bill for our legal services until we are successful in recovering the financial compensation you’re entitled to under Arizona personal injury law.
After I was hit by a drunk driver last year, Zanes Law handled my case and my experience was a positive one. Even though the guy was never given a sobriety test (due to a lot of inconvenient and frustrating circumstances including police incompetence and other thinKayley Self Personal Injury
Good people to work with.Greg King Personal Injury
I never though of myself as a person that would ever file a lawsuit, but sometimes you have to do what you don't want to do to get what you need/deserve this was one of those times i didn't know a thing about the process they we very helpful in answering all of myNate Ash Showers Personal Injury
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury, or worse... we are here to help. Please don't hesitate to reach out.