Being in a car accident and sustaining serious injuries can wind up costing you a great deal of money. Besides the medical costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering, if your insurance company believes the accident was your responsibility, your insurance premiums can substantially increase. Besides the financial losses you may incur, there are civil penalties such as a license suspension or mandatory driver education classes. For intentional reckless driving, criminal penalties are included, such as fines and incarceration.
There are several reasons why admitting fault for an accident is not a good idea, including:
It is important not to make a recorded statement with the other driver’s insurance company until you consult with an attorney. Insurers will use what you say to try and prove that the accident was your fault and not the fault of their policy holder. An attorney can help you prepare for any communication between you and the other party’s insurance company.
Arizona looks at car accident compensation through the lens of pure comparative negligence. This means that a driver can receive compensation for a car accident even if they are at fault for some percentage of the accident. An example of this might be a person that runs a red light and hits another car. The driver of the car that was hit by the car that ran the red light may be entitled to compensation in the amount of $100,000 to cover the cost of his medical expenses, lost wages, and physical therapy. However, if it was found that the driver that was hit had been speeding at the time of the accident, he may be judged to be 25 percent responsible for the accident. In that case, the driver that was hit would be entitled to receive $75,000.
Generally, if you were in a car accident, it would be best to:
If you have been injured in an accident in Phoenix, AZ, you may wish to find a car accident lawyer that will help you file a claim and provide effective legal representation. Call Zanes Law in Phoenix, AZ at (833)890-8329. You shouldn’t have to go through this alone, and we want to help.