Car accidents can force you to contend with significant property damage, personal injuries, and complications with your job. There’s no need to try and tackle these challenges alone, though. Phoenix, AZ, car accident lawyers do more than guide you through the process of filing a car accident complaint. 

When you connect with a Zanes Law representative, you let someone else help you through your post-accident recovery. We’ll build your car accident complaint, submit it within Arizona’s deadlines, and keep you updated as your case develops.




The Benefits of Speaking to a Phoenix Injury Lawyer After a Car Accident

If you’re trying to get back to work to contend with an influx of post-accident bills, you may not feel like you have time to take legal action. It is our job to give you the time you need to both recover and file a lawsuit. 

If you contact a car accident lawyer in Phoenix shortly after an accident, we can take on the burden of legal research and composition on your behalf. While you focus on your job, your recovery, or essential property repairs, we can:

  • Compile evidence supporting your assertion of liability
  • Calculate the full extent of your accident-related losses
  • Submit your claim within Arizona’s statute of limitations
  • Fend off predatory insurance provider behaviors
  • Serve papers to the party allegedly liable for your losses
  • Protect you from intimidation techniques while communicating with the defendant
  • Represent your best interests in negotiations and preliminary hearings

You don’t need to trade in legal action for a comprehensive recovery. Let our team spearhead your case and keep you updated on new developments.

Zanes Law’s Car Accident Case Results

Your compensation doesn’t have to be based on the whims of an adjuster or the liable party. If you receive an estimate or a settlement offer that you think underestimates your losses, we can step in. Our personal injury lawyers have arranged million-dollar settlements for our clients.

You can learn more about Zanes Law’s success rate via our case results.

How to Take Legal Action After a Car Accident

To fight for compensation after a car accident, you and an attorney should file a car accident complaint. This complaint needs to detail:

  • The identity of a liable party
  • Evidence of a violated duty of care
  • The costs you’ve faced as a result of your accident
  • Evidence supporting your request for compensation

Bringing Your Estimated Compensation to the Right Liable Party

Accident liability is based on duty of care. This duty declares that everyone interacting with a car on the road must take reasonable steps to keep themselves and the driver safe. Anyone who violates that duty can cause an accident. This means that pedestrians and other drivers are equally likely to be liable for your car accident losses if they’re behaving irresponsibly.

That said, it’s not only drivers who bear responsibility for your well-being on the road. Government representatives must strive to keep Phoenix roads in good condition. Similarly, the manufacturers who sold your car must have taken reasonable steps to avoid system failures before putting the model out on the market.

Evidence helps establish liability. If you’re not sure who to hold responsible for your accident, let our team investigate the scene. We can use reconstructive measures to identify all parties involved in your accident. From there, we can work with law enforcement representatives to establish a violated duty of care.

The Costs of Being Injured in a Car Accident

Because the damages related to today’s car accident are so varied, the costs associated with your recovery may be extensive. These may include:

  • Loss of wages
  • Increased insurance premiums
  • Reduced productivity
  • Reduced capacity for relationships
  • Increased need for specialized medical care
  • Essential property repairs or replacements
  • Rentals needed to get to or from certain locations
  • Child care essential to your recovery

You’ll notice that not all these losses are economic in nature. Unfortunately, non-economic losses can still have a notable impact on your stream of income. A drop in your daily productivity, for example, can see you looked over for promotions. The loss of certain friendships can reduce your networking opportunities.

There is good news, though. You can include all these losses in your claim’s request for compensation. Even though reduced productivity doesn’t come with a bill, a Phoenix, AZ, car accident attorney can look to legal precedent to assign a dollar value to that loss. When we move your case forward, you can fight for the financial support you need to ease your recovery.

When to Submit a Car Accident Claim

If you want to fight for compensation after a car accident, you must bring your claim forward within Arizona’s statute of limitations. According to A.R.S. § 12-542, you will have two years to act on personal injury losses endured in an Arizona car accident. 

You may, however, have to file a car accident suit under other statutes of limitation. For example, should you want to hold the local government responsible for your car accident, A.R.S. § 12-821.01 gives you 180 days to file a claim.

If you’re not sure how long you have to file a specific car accident claim, schedule a consultation with our team. Most of these deadlines start counting down on the same day your accident occurs. Fortunately, our team’s combined eighty years of experience allows us to quickly and thoroughly address your concerns.

driver calls insurance provider after auto wreck

A driver calls her insurance provider after an auto wreck. A car accident attorney in Phoenix can keep your insurance adjuster honest when it comes time to value your collision’s losses.

Breaking Down Car Accident Claim Barriers

When you bring a claim to your insurance provider or against another party, you’re going to be met with resistance. 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 it’s important to avoid statements that may overstate your role in your accident.

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 you are 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 while preserving 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, make sure both 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 is ignoring your calls or refusing 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 served a civil court summons must respond to it 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. If you need your car to get to work, or you lose any property in an accident, your stream of income may be at risk. Fortunately, our team fights to secure you 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 Injury Lawyers, you can contact us. We’ll outline your legal options during your first free case consultation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Car accidents can be confusing experiences, as can the claims process. Our car accident attorneys in Phoenix answer some of the most frequently asked questions by collision victims.

What Are Some of the Most Dangerous Roads in Phoenix?

Arizona’s I-17 tends to see the greatest number of fatal accidents on a year-by-year basis. 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 do consistently owe you a duty of care, you can use the information provided about Phoenix’s unsafe intersections to take particular care when coming across these roads. If you do get into an accident, know that members of our team can immediately help you start the recovery process.

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

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

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

Is Arizona a No-Fault State?

Arizona is not a no-fault state. This means that insurance providers will strive to assign liability for an accident to one particular party after a collision. In turn, that party will be responsible for providing an injured victim with the compensation they need to recover.

What’s more, Arizona operates on an understanding of comparative negligence. This means that any party involved in a car accident may pursue compensation for their losses in court. 

Should the acting party win their case, a court can then deduct a certain percentage from their settlement. That percentage is based on the percentage of fault the acting party allegedly contributed to the accident. You’ll need to keep both fault and comparative negligence in mind if you want to better prepare for a civil suit against another driver.

What Evidence Do Lawyers Need to Establish Your Case?

When you bring a car accident case to court, you need to establish both a duty of care and the 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.

Our team can then use evidence found at the scene of your accident to elaborate on a violated duty of care. The evidence you can submit alongside your initial car accident complaint can include:

  • 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 can prove that the driver was speeding at the time of your accident. The best way to prove a speeding violation is to request a police report detailing your accident. Proof that another driver violated the law at the time of your accident automatically awards that person liability for your losses.

That said, you can still pursue a car accident case without evidence of a roadway law violation. Our team can work with the available evidence to indicate that another party violated their duty of care even if the other driver operated within their rights.

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

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

Parsing the legal-ese of a car accident case shouldn’t be your job. Instead, you should collaborate with an attorney who helps you prioritize your post-accident recovery. In turn, you should receive regular updates regarding your case’s progress, particularly after you’ve submitted your initial claim.

The Zanes Law car accident lawyers in Phoenix have a collective eighty years of experience between them. When you bring your losses to our office, we’ll take your concerns seriously. More than that, we’ll fight to help you get the financial support you need to put your accident far behind you.

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

You do not have to sue another driver when contending with 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. With on-the-scene evidence on hand, we can more effectively determine how to approach an allegedly-liable party for your accident compensation.

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

You have two years to file a lawsuit after a car accident. This deadline, known as 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.

Car accident cases tend to take longer to settle because insurance providers tend to reject a claim’s demands. While we can negotiate for certain forms of compensation on your behalf, there may come a point where the only way you can get the compensation you deserve is to go to court.

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 look over our contingency fee agreements.

Contingency fee agreements award our attorneys a percentage of your final settlement. 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.

Even with a decrease in traffic, the number of road accident fatalities in Arizona reached close to an all-time high, increasing nine percent from the previous year. This is with even fewer car accidents than the year before. Simply stated, people are driving far more recklessly than they did in the past, and it risks your life.

In one recent year, nearly 130,000 crashes took place in Arizona. While the number of crashes in the Phoenix area dropped in recent decades, it is now on a steady climb, interrupted only by the pandemic. One can expect that number to rise as more cars take to the roads. The problem is that car crashes are becoming more serious as things like distracted and drunk driving remain issues.

As the most populous area in Arizona, Maricopa County (home to Phoenix) has, by far, the most accidents in the state. Almost 100,000 accidents took place in the county in a single year, and more than three out of every four crashes in the entire state happen in the Phoenix area. Roughly 30 percent of these crashes will result in an injury. There are estimates that car crashes have a direct economic impact of over $10 billion just in the Phoenix area.

Surveys show that Phoenix-area highways are among the most dangerous in the country. For example, I-17 between Phoenix and Flagstaff is considered one of the worst interstates in the U.S, and Phoenix is the most dangerous part of that highway. Many experts are perplexed because Phoenix roads are not as congested as those in other major cities.

In Phoenix, the problem is not necessarily the roads themselves. The issues are more with Phoenix-area drivers. Their behavior is dangerous. Numerous news reports detail the aggression of Phoenix drivers. They make risky moves in traffic, and all it takes is one bad driver to raise your risk of a serious crash. In addition, Phoenix has numerous tourists and snowbirds who are not as familiar with local roads as others.

As mentioned above, I-17 is the site of numerous fatal accidents each year. Also, other major urban highways such as I-10 are frightening for drivers, especially at rush hour, where accidents are seemingly everywhere. There is almost no safe space on I-10 as congestion builds both east and west of the city during peak times.

Off the highways, you can find many unsafe intersections and roads in Phoenix.

They include:

  • 59th Avenue and Olive Avenue – This is consistently the most dangerous intersection in Phoenix in terms of major crashes.
  • Seventh Street/Seventh Avenue – Chis street has reversible center lanes that invariably cause drivers to make mistakes.
  • 67th Avenue and McDowell Road – commuters trying to avoid I-10 make life worse for those in the residential area.
  • 75th Avenue and Indian School Road – Professionals designed this intersection for a much-less congested time and they have not re-engineered it to accommodate a busier Phoenix. Over a five-year period, there was an average of 50 crashes each year at this intersection.

99th & Lower Buckeye – Based on statistics, there have been more crashes at this intersection than any other one in Phoenix.

You should contact a Phoenix auto accident lawyer as soon as possible after your accident. As we described, the insurance company is hard at work almost immediately after an accident to begin cutting their own potential liability. They could be working on it while you are injured and unsuspecting. Before you know it, the insurance company has gotten you on the record saying something you should not have, and you might compromise your claim. Hiring an attorney immediately after an accident would help protect you sooner.

In addition, you could lose evidence from your accident that you would need very soon after the crash. A car accident attorney in Phoenix would get to work immediately to try to gather and preserve what you would need to prove fault in your case. It would be very difficult for you to work on your own to preserve evidence given your injuries. However, your car accident attorney knows exactly what to do as soon as they get on your case.

No. Phoenix accident attorneys would advise you that the driver who causes the accident (or, more specifically, their insurance company) must pay for the harm that they caused. This will start with a determination of who caused the accident. In Arizona, the determination will specify who bears what proportion of the blame. Even if you were not completely blameless, you could still receive money for your accident injuries.

Arizona’s laws make it even more important to be in a position to show what happened. It will directly impact the size of the settlement check that you recover. This means that you must act quickly after an accident to gather evidence before it disappears.

There are two types of evidence that an accident attorney in Phoenix would need to help your case. The first relates to what happened to cause the crash. The second is proof of your damages as you seek compensation.

In terms of proving liability, a Phoenix car accident lawyer could use:

  • Evidence that the other driver faced charges of a traffic offense
  • Witness statements
  • Photos of the accident scene and wreckage
  • Security or traffic camera footage
  • Expert witness testimony that reconstructs the accident

To prove your damages, an auto accident lawyer in Phoenix could use:

  • Pay stubs that show what you earned
  • Your medical diagnosis
  • A log or your testimony that shows how your life changed since the accident
  • Expert testimony that shows the cost of caring for your injuries

Either way, you will need much more than your word to convince the insurance company or a jury that you deserve to receive compensation. Our experienced attorneys know how to prove a case.

This is why the police report is so helpful after an accident. If you can show that the other driver violated a law in the accident, it may mean that they are automatically responsible. This is known as the doctrine of negligence per se. Of course, the other driver’s violation of the law is not a requirement to receive compensation, but it can certainly help your case.

After your accident, it can be incredibly difficult to focus on your legal situation. Your most immediate priority is your health and treatment, but there are things that you must do to advance your legal case at the same time. There is only one of you, and you are already injured. In your focus on your health, you could understandably let other things slide. You must start the legal process no matter how badly injured you or your loved one may be after your accident.

In addition, you may not know of your legal rights and options after your accident. You are generally aware that you can receive financial compensation, but you may not know how to go about the process. The insurance company also tries to make it as difficult as possible. A phoenix auto accident attorney will be your guide to the legal process and your protector from the insurance company. Every injured person needs someone to help them with a claim system that might not always work in their favor.

When you are looking for phoenix auto accident lawyers, you should find someone who has the experience necessary to hire your case. What you are looking for the most are results. That is what we get at Zanes Law Injury Lawyers. If you have suffered severe injuries and are looking at a possibly large settlement, you need an attorney who you know can handle the big cases. You can be certain that the insurance company will make it much more difficult to get a large settlement. If they are making it too easy, chances are that they are underpaying you.

In a large majority of cases, your claim would be against the other driver who caused the accident. In some accidents, there may be a third party who is responsible for your injuries.

These could include:

  • The government that failed to keep the roads in good repair (different rules for suing the government, however, force you to act more quickly)
  • 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

An auto accident attorney in Phoenix will perform a thorough investigation of the circumstances behind your accident to quickly learn who was responsible and where you should go to pursue compensation.

This is also known as the statute of limitations. This restricts the amount of time that you have to file a lawsuit after your injuries. If you miss this deadline, you will lose the right to obtain financial compensation entirely.

In Arizona, you have two years to file a lawsuit after a personal injury case. This does not mean that you should take the entire time to wait. The sooner you begin to seek compensation, the sooner you can receive your check. You may want to take some time to negotiate with the insurance company. However, if you cannot reach a settlement agreement, it will be time to take your case to court.

The best advice that we can give is to be patient during the process. We understand that you are worried and struggling financially, but car accident cases take time. The best estimate that we give potential clients at the consultation is that your case could take between a few months and a few years. However, receiving a fair settlement check a few months after filing your case is a rare outcome.

Usually, you need to prepare to go several rounds with the insurance company. Settling your case could take several rounds of offers, rejections, and demand letters to get the check closer to what you need. All of this takes time. If you cannot reach a settlement agreement, you may need to file a lawsuit in court, which will add additional time to your case. We recommend that our clients fight for top dollar, and that is always a process.

When you hire a lawyer, you sign a representation agreement. This describes how the lawyer is going to receive payment for their services. In a car accident case, your lawyer gets payment on a contingency basis.

Whether they receive a check for their services depends on whether you receive payment for your injuries. If you do, your lawyer will collect a portion of the settlement or jury award that goes directly to them. If you do not win, you do not have to worry about receiving a large legal bill for your lawyer’s time after the case. You would owe your attorney nothing in this situation.

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