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25+ YEARS OF EXPERIENCE

When you hire us, you’re adding unmatched experience to your team, ensuring you get the best possible outcome.

99% WIN RATE

Our firm maintains an impressive 99% win rate, even while accepting difficult cases other law firms have turned away.

NO UPFRONT FEES

We are not afraid of trial, and insurance companies know this. If it’s in your best interest, we are always trial ready.

This was the 1st time I’ve used Zanes Law. It was a fantastic experience for having to go through a situation most would rather not. The attorney and staff were always available to answer my questions and explained things clearly and were obviously 100% in my corner. My attorney, Jim, was very genuine and made me immediately comfortable when I came in to speak with him about my case. Every case manager I dealt with was patient and helpful. I would definitely return to Zanes should the time ever come again that I need a personal injury firm.

Kelly Kay

Personal Injury

Hello! As client of Zane law I was recently involved in accident last September and my recovery is still healing but Zane law checked on me and made sure everything was going smoothly and made sure I was on the right step every single time. I definitely would used them again ! They have helped my recovery so much and being a mom of 6 it has made my days alittle more better/easier! From chiropractor to message therapist and making sure I had that extra help like trauma counseling to get through my days! I thank you so much Rachel and Annabelle!

Monique Cota

car accident

Zanes Law was a terrific legal experience. I first went to a law firm that only wanted me to go to physical therapy and pad the bill, so they could utilize my insurance policy to its capacity. Once I went to Zanes, they were honest, professional and prompt with calls almost once a week. Sometimes I got a call just because we did not have contact for close to two weeks. Some calls were to just ask how I was doing. I also received more money than originally discussed. Great job Zanes Law!!!!! If need be I will use their services again. THANKS

James Doligale

Personal Injury

Zanes Law was a terrific legal experience. I first went to a law firm that only wanted me to go to physical therapy and pad the bill, so they could utilize my insurance policy to its capacity. Once I went to Zanes, they were honest, professional and prompt with calls almost once a week. Sometimes I got a call just because we did not have contact for close to two weeks. Some calls were to just ask how I was doing. I also received more money than originally discussed. Great job Zanes Law!!!!! If need be I will use their services again. THANKS

James Doligale

Personal Injury
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$1,320,000

Car Accident

Our client walked into the bathroom of a convenience store and tripped over an improperly maintained doorstop that had fallen off the door, causing him to fall to the ground and suffer multiple injuries.

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$1,065,000

Wrongful Death

Our client walked into the bathroom of a convenience store and tripped over an improperly maintained doorstop that had fallen off the door, causing him to fall to the ground and suffer multiple injuries.

Zanes Law Practice Area

$700,000

Slip and Fall

Our client walked into the bathroom of a convenience store and tripped over an improperly maintained doorstop that had fallen off the door, causing him to fall to the ground and suffer multiple injuries.

Zanes Law Practice Area

$1,100,000

Motorcycle Accident

Our client walked into the bathroom of a convenience store and tripped over an improperly maintained doorstop that had fallen off the door, causing him to fall to the ground and suffer multiple injuries.

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Breaking Down Car Accident Claim Barriers

You may be met with resistance when you bring a claim to your insurance provider or against another party. That resistance makes it all the more important for you to have the right representation on hand.

Our team does more than establish your initial case. We also stand between you and any malicious attempts to deny you the financial support you deserve.

When you work with a Phoenix, AZ, car accident lawyer at Zanes Law Injury Lawyers, we can help you:

Challenge Rushed Settlement Offers

Insurance adjusters can often encourage you to accept an initial case settlement without consulting an attorney. While that initial settlement offer may look appealing, it often undervalues your losses and prevents you from taking further legal action.

With that in mind, do not sign any paperwork offered alongside a settlement unless you have an attorney on hand. We can assess the paperwork alongside a settlement offer and fight for your right to comprehensive compensation.

Avoid Undue Admittance of Fault

Because Arizona operates on an understanding of comparative negligence, you always retain the right to pursue compensation for your losses in court, provided you abide by state deadlines.

However, Arizona judges may opt to reduce your final settlement. If you’re accused of any degree of fault, and the defense can back their claim, you can lose a percentage of your settlement equal to your fault. This is why avoiding statements that may overstate your role in your accident is important.

It’s our job to ensure that any exchanges you have with the defendant are as free from conversations of fault as possible. Both insurance adjusters and defense attorneys may try to turn your words against you if your case goes to court. Fortunately, we can intercede before you chat away the compensation you need to recover from your losses.

Prevent Immediate Statements

Insurance adjusters strive to keep an insurance’s post-accident payment as low as possible. That’s why many adjusters will reach out to you while contending with the immediate aftermath of an injury. If an adjuster asks to record your post-accident statement, you can be sure that they’ll try to use that statement against you.

With this in mind, do not make a statement or allow an adjuster to record your conversation without an attorney present. We can help you craft your statement and better preserve your right to comprehensive compensation.

Defend Your Medical Records

While insurance adjusters do have the right to request certain documents from you after your accident, you can deny requests that seem unreasonable. For example, an insurance adjuster who requests your medical records may mean well – but they also may be looking for ways to lower their expected payments.

Before you hand over your medical records, ensure you and an attorney have assessed the losses that could be included in your civil complaint. When you have your own estimate on hand, you can prevent an adjuster from understating the severity of your injuries.

See Your Claim Through

There are times when insurance providers can forgo all manner of traditional manipulation and “ghost” you instead. If an insurance adjuster ignores your calls or refuses to discuss your accident claim, you can turn to our team.

We don’t let an insurance company’s stonewalling keep you from a comprehensive settlement. We’ll either bring the deliberate ignorance up in your case or communicate with a provider on your behalf.

The good news is that the parties allegedly liable for your losses do not benefit from ignoring your request for compensation. Any party serving a civil court summons must respond within thirty days. Parties who fail to answer a summons waive their right to a say in the upcoming case.

Let Our Phoenix Injury Lawyers Fight for You

Car accidents threaten more than your physical health. Fortunately, our team fights to secure the financial support you need to recover from an accident. If you’re ready to discuss your losses with a car accident lawyer in Phoenix, AZ, at Zanes Law, you can contact us today. We can outline your legal options during a free case evaluation.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What Are Some of the Most Dangerous Roads in Phoenix?

Arizona’s I-17 tends to see the greatest number of fatal accidents yearly. Other dangerous roads in Phoenix and the surrounding areas include:

  • Interstate 10
  • N 59th Avenue and W Olive Avenue
  • N 7th Street between E McDowell Road and E Dunlap Avenue
  • N 7th Avenue between W McDowell Road and W Northern Avenue
  • N 67th Avenue and W McDowell Road
  • N 75th Avenue and W Indian School Road
  • S 99th Avenue and W Lower Buckeye Road

While other drivers owe you a duty of care, you can use the information about Phoenix’s unsafe intersections to take particular care when coming across these roads. If you get into an accident, know that our team members can immediately help you start the recovery process.

When Is the Best Time to Hire a Phoenix Car Accident Attorney?

It’s best to hire a Phoenix car accident attorney as soon as possible after a car accident. Where insurance providers may attempt to undercut your credibility, our team strives to have your voice heard by those who can help you recover.

When you contact an attorney shortly after a crash, you make it easier for us to gather the evidence we need to support your claim. We work with law enforcement representatives and witnesses at the scene to establish liability. At the same time, we prevent insurance providers and drivers from using your words against you.

Is Arizona a No-Fault State?

Arizona is not a no-fault state. Arizona follows a theory of comparative negligence. In case of an automobile crash, each person involved has the right to claim financial damages.

The proportion of liability reflects the degree to which the responsible party is to blame for the incident. If you are determined to be 25 percent at blame in an accident with a total of $10,000 in damages, you will get a $2,500 reduction in your compensation.

What Evidence do Lawyers Need to Establish Your Case?

When you file a car accident case, you must establish a duty of care and a violation of that duty. Fortunately, all drivers on the road owe one another a duty of care. This means that each driver must behave reasonably while behind the wheel.

The evidence you can submit alongside your initial car accident complaint can include the following:

  • Video footage of inappropriate roadway behavior
  • Witness statements
  • Photos of the scene of the accident
  • Expert witness testimony reconstructing the accident

You should also submit evidence of your losses alongside your initial complaint. This evidence, including hospital bills, pay stubs, and expert testimony, helps a court understand the financial impact an accident has had on your life.

Can You Hold a Speeding Driver at Fault for Your Accident?

You can hold another driver accountable for your losses if you prove that the driver was speeding during your accident. The best way to prove a speeding violation is to request a police report detailing your accident.

After you call the police to report the crash, the officer responding at the scene will investigate the incident. Police reports are a valuable source of evidence for traffic accidents, and they help establish liability.

Proof that another driver violated the law at the time of your accident automatically awards that personal liability for your losses. You can still pursue a car accident case without evidence of a roadway law violation.

How Can I Find the Best Car Accident Lawyers in Phoenix, AZ?

When you pursue a civil car accident suit, you want to work with an attorney sympathetic to your losses. More so than that, though, you want to work with an attorney with a certifiable track record of legal competence.

You shouldn’t have to spend your time deciphering the legal aspect of a vehicle accident lawsuit. Instead, it’s recommended that you work with an attorney who can assist you in the whole process.

Zanes Law’s Phoenix car accident lawyers have been practicing for a combined 80 years. We will work hard to ensure that you get the financial aid you need to put this tragedy in the past.

Can I Sue Anyone Besides the Other Driver in My Accident?

You don’t have to sue another driver for your car accident losses. Depending on the circumstances that led to your collision, there may be other parties that hold the blame for your injuries. These can include:

  • The government official who failed to keep the roads in good repair
  • The manufacturer of the car or the part that failed to cause your accident
  • The bar or establishment that served the other driver alcohol before they got behind the wheel drunk
  • A rideshare service that failed to train or protect its drivers

It’s our job to investigate the scene of your accident and subsequently build a case for liability on your behalf.

How Long do I Have to File a Car Accident Lawsuit?

You have two years to file a lawsuit after a car accident. Arizona’s personal injury statute of limitations prevents older cases from resurfacing in civil court. You can learn more about this statute of limitations by referencing A.R.S. § 12-542.

How Long do Car Accident Cases Take?

No two car accident cases take the same amount of time to settle. Our cases have lasted anywhere from a few months to a few years.

While we can negotiate for certain forms of compensation on your behalf, the only way you can get the compensation you deserve is to go to court. Court proceedings take their due course to unfold and don’t have a definite deadline.

How Much does a Phoenix Auto Accident Lawyer Cost?

Our car accident attorneys in Phoenix operate on contingency. This means that you do not pay for our services. Instead, when you sign with one of our representatives, you’ll have the opportunity to review our contingency fee agreements. However, we will only receive that percentage if we win your case. If we do not win your case or an appeal, you won’t pay a cent for our time.

Insurance Company Hurdle #1 – A Rushed Settlement Offer

Each Zanes Law Phoenix car accident attorney sees this all the time. The responsible driver’s insurance company tries to get you to accept a check and sign away your legal rights. The adjuster wants to do this before you consult with an attorney. This would be a HUGE mistake! So make sure you don’t sign any papers or accept any payments until you retain legal representation.

When you accept a settlement check, it’s almost always going to come with paperwork that must be signed. Doing this means you are waiving your legal right to ask for any additional money in the future. Insurance companies try to get a settlement right away so that they can avoid future medical expenses. This means that if it turns out your whiplash injury is actually much more significant, you will be out of luck because you settled your car accident claims. Therefore, contact our auto accident lawyers before signing anything.

Another example: Imagine for a moment that you begin experiencing serious issues a few months after the accident as a result of sustaining a traumatic brain injury. If you have already signed a settlement agreement, you may be out of luck and on the hook for all of your related expenses moving forward. This is especially distressing in a TBI situation because many of the worst problems may not present themselves until at least six months after the accident. In this scenario, the injured party could end up footing the bill for medical complications such as seizures, growth hormone insufficiency and even progressive dementia.

Insurance Company Hurdle #2 – Tricks to Make You Admit Fault

Arizona is an at-fault, comparative negligence state. In a nutshell, if you are 99 percent at fault for the accident, but you’re also the injured party, you have the right to compensation. However, being 99 percent at fault means you would only be eligible to recover 1 percent of your auto accident injury-related expenses.

As you can see, this makes it imperative for people who were injured by the negligence of others to never admit fault. Insurance adjusters may attempt to trick you into admitting at least a little bit of fault as you bring your car accident claims to reduce their financial obligation to you. This is a common trick, and many people fall for it, especially if they do not have an attorney advising them. This is also the reason every Zanes Law Phoenix car accident attorney handles the communication with the insurance company on behalf of our clients.

Insurance Company Hurdle #3 – Getting an Immediate Statement

It doesn’t matter to an insurance adjuster if you are in the hospital or dealing with a painful injury. They will try to corner you into making a statement about the accident as quickly as possible. The adjuster will also ask for permission to record your statement, but this is a trap. Essentially, the adjuster is hoping to get you to say something on record that will make them less responsible for your medical bills.

Do not play these games. Instead, politely decline to make a statement, recorded or otherwise, until your Phoenix car accident attorney is present. The professional, experienced auto accident lawyers at Zanes Law will guide you through the process to help reduce your risk of ending up with a smaller settlement.

Insurance Company Hurdle #4 – Claiming You Can Trust Them and Don’t Need a Lawyer

Our Phoenix injury lawyers have seen insurance companies do lots of dishonest things. Although not all adjusters will flat out lie, you need to protect yourself by not letting them lull you into a false sense of security. It is an adjuster’s job to wrap up all car accident claims as quickly and cheaply as possible. Being friendly and polite is a great way to achieve these goals. It can help convince injured people that the other driver’s insurance company truly cares about them.

If you start thinking of the adjuster as someone who is on your side, you have been roped in and will probably lose a lot of money as a result. Even worse, after these adjusters convince people that they are trustworthy, they then use their persuasiveness to dissuade the injured party from speaking with auto accident attorneys. If they truly wanted the absolute best for you, why would they go out of their way to convince you not to hire legal representation?

Insurance Company Hurdle #5 – Ignoring Your Claim

Have you already filed your car accident claim and are currently trying to work with an insurance adjuster who never returns your calls? Insurance companies do not make money by paying claims, so they try to avoid them at all costs. One tactic is to push people off for long enough that the victim either stops trying, dies or accepts a low settlement offer. If this is currently happening to you, our team of Phoenix injury lawyers can help your injury claim get the attention it deserves.

Insurance Company Hurdle #6 – Requesting Your Medical Records

Did the adjuster ask for your medical records? This is not as reasonable of a request as you might think. After all, they are probably not looking at these records to determine how much they should pay. Instead, they are looking for a way to deny part or all of your claim.

For example, if you file a claim due to a whiplash injury you sustained during the car accident, the adjuster will comb through your medical records looking for any previous neck and back issues. If they find one, they can try to claim that your current injury is a preexisting condition that was not caused by the accident.

Another insidious trick is to try to minimize what you are going through. For instance, you suffer from blinding headaches from your whiplash injury. The adjuster then claims that there is not enough proof that these headaches are happening or that they are severe enough to warrant medical attention. Due to this erroneous claim, they deny payment for that part of your medical expenses.

Don’t let a penny-pinching adjuster compromise your health and financial well-being. Fight back with the Zanes Law Phoenix injury lawyers on your side.

Insurance Company Hurdle #7 – Denying Fault

Each Zanes Law Phoenix car accident attorney sees insurance adjusters scour all applicable records looking for any loophole that gets their company off the hook for your medical payments. These adjusters claim that their insured party was not actually at fault. However, an insurance company denying fault does not mean that their customer truly has no fault in the accident.

There are several sad scenarios that can arise from this. For example, injured people who are unable to work will sometimes become so desperate for money that they abandoned their car accident claim and accept a very low settlement from an unscrupulous adjuster. Unfortunately, our Phoenix injury lawyers regularly see this. The conversation could go something like this, “our client has zero fault in this accident. Because of your extensive injuries, we still want to offer you some financial assistance. We will send you a check for $500 today if you sign this waiver.”

Meanwhile, their client actually was at fault, and the injured party’s injury claim is for $5,000. Despite this, someone who tries to navigate through the confusing world of car accident claims without an attorney might end up accepting a paltry amount and signing away all of their future rights. Your Zanes Law Phoenix car accident attorney will make sure this does not happen.

Important Qualities in a Phoenix Car Accident Lawyer

Don’t hesitate to contact a Zanes Law Phoenix car accident attorney after a motor vehicle collision. When meeting with our Phoenix injury lawyers, bring whatever evidence you’ve gathered, including medical records and any photos from the scene. Make sure your attorney exhibits certain key qualities. These include:

  • Personal attention to clients and their unique needs
  • Dedication and compassion
  • Keen analytical thinking
  • Extensive experience with car accident cases and general personal injury law
  • A sterling reputation and a track record of success

After a car crash, hire the Phoenix injury lawyers at Zanes Law. It is critical to open your car accident claim and take immediate legal action. At Zanes Law, your Phoenix car accident attorney has the proven experience necessary to help you navigate through the complicated world of insurance companies and lawsuits. We take pride in offering top-notch service to each of our clients and will do everything in our power to help you secure a fair settlement.

Do not sit back and let the insurance adjuster treat you badly. Don’t accept an insulting settlement offer. Instead, call a Zanes Law Phoenix car accident attorney at 602-999-9999. Our Phoenix injury lawyers offer assistance for a variety of personal injury, car accident and wrongful death cases for clients.

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