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Every year, tens of thousands of Arizonans are injured in car accidents alone. If you were to tally up other types of personal injury accidents, such as slip and fall incidents, dog bites, burns, construction accidents, motorcycle accidents, and defective product injuries, the total would be astronomically higher. While it often seems like such accidents only happen to other people, the sad truth is that anyone can become a victim of someone else’s negligence. This is why personal injury laws are so important. Without proper legal representation, the odds of being fairly and fully compensated for your losses are abysmal at best. In Arizona, as in all other states, it is crucial to protect your rights in the aftermath of a personal injury that another person’s negligence has caused. If you need a Phoenix injury or car accident attorney, you can’t go wrong with Zanes Law.

In a perfect world, there would be no need for personal injury lawyers. Those responsible for accidents would willingly cooperate and would want to compensate their victims. Insurance companies and law enforcement would go out of their ways to protect victims’ rights. Unfortunately, the world just doesn’t work that way. Since 2003, Zanes Law has represented injury victims in thousands of personal injury cases–and we have a track record of aggressively seeking full compensation for our clients.

Arizona, Zanes
Zanes Law has offices in Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona. The firm’s founder is Doug Zanes, a lawyer who has been handling complex personal injury cases since 1997. For Doug, personal injury law is truly personal. He and his wife once narrowly missed being involved in a head-on collision with a drunk driver, so they understand the fear and suffering that personal injury victims experience. Zanes Law is part of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, one of the most respected groups of trial lawyers in the country. Membership is restricted to lawyers who have won verdicts and settlements exceeding $1 million. To put in perspective how prestigious this membership is, less than one percent of lawyers are members.

Zanes Law has represented personal injury clients for more than 15 years. During this time, our firm has developed a reputation for going to great lengths to protect clients’ rights and to help them achieve full compensation for their pain, suffering, and losses. Personal injury victims not only experience bodily harm but also go through emotional pain. Mental anguish and emotional suffering are all-too-real consequences of traumatic events such as car accidents.

Like many Phoenix residents who become injured due to someone else’s negligence, you might think that hiring an attorney to represent you is beyond your reach because it is too expensive. However, Zanes Law takes cases on a contingency basis. If we assess your case and determine that you have a legitimate claim, we will start working on it immediately without requiring you to pay in advance. Our fees come out of whatever reward you receive and are typically based on a percentage of the total amount awarded. What’s more, our firm is flexible and willing to reduce our fees in order to ensure that you receive everything you need to be restored to your normal life.

If you have been injured in an accident or if one of your loved ones has died because of someone else’s carelessness, it is important for you to know that you have rights. And because there is a statute of limitations on personal injury cases in Arizona, you should hire an attorney at your earliest convenience. If you don’t act within the prescribed window, you will lose any opportunity to receive fair compensation for what you have suffered.

Injury Accidents in Phoenix

When someone else’s negligence causes you an injury, it’s easy to feel isolated and alone. But you might not know that tens of thousands of people in the state of Arizona are injured every year.

There is no simple way to summarize how many personal injury accidents occur annually in Arizona. One way to gain some perspective on the matter, however, is by looking at the statistics on car crashes. Automobile accidents are by far the most widespread cause of personal injuries and fatalities. As you will see below, Arizona drivers are injured and killed at an alarming rate on roads and highways throughout the state. One silver lining is that the number of accidents is declining. Still, car crashes take numerous lives and cause extensive pain to victims every year.

Here are some eye-opening facts regarding car accidents in Arizona. We have taken these from the Arizona Department of Transportation’s annual Motor Vehicle Crash Facts report for 2016:

  • Total number of collisions in 2016: 126,845. This represents an 8.6% increase over the previous year.
  • Total number of fatalities due to car crashes: 962. In 2016, 65 more lives were lost than in 2015, which represents an increase of 7.3%.
  • Of those killed in crashes in Arizona in 2016, 250 were not wearing safety belts.
  • Impaired driving was linked to 4% of all collisions in Arizona in 2016, and it was linked to one-third of all fatalities caused by car accidents.
  • Of those killed in crashes in 2016, 525 fatalities occurred in urban areas while 437 happened in rural areas.
  • In Arizona, one person is killed in a car crash every 9.11 hours.
  • Seven out of 10 car crashes in Arizona occur during daylight hours.
  • The highest number of car accidents in Arizona occur in March. In March 2016, for example, there were 11,291 crashes reported across the state.
  • Total crashes involving pedestrian deaths in 2016: 197. In 2015, the total was 163.
  • Total crash fatalities involving motorcycles in 2016: 144. In 2015, the total was 134.
  • Speeding is the most common factor involved in car accidents in Arizona.
  • Rear-end collisions are the most common type of car accident in the state.

Types of Personal Injury Claims in Phoenix

Accidents can occur in many settings, under many different circumstances. If an accident occurred due to the intentional actions or negligence of a person or company, the injured party may choose to seek compensation for the costs incurred as a result of the injury.
At Zanes Law, we can help you recover damages when you were injured in an accident. In Arizona, some of the most common types of accidents include auto accidents, trucking accidents, motorcycle accidents, slip and fall, wrongful death, construction accidents, nursing home abuse, workers compensation and dog bites. Here’s a run-down of the most common types of accidents we see.

Car Accidents

Arizona’s extensive roadways attract millions of drivers annually. In fact, Phoenix has a freeway system that contains nearly 1,500 miles of road; thus, roadway accidents are a daily sight in the Phoenix metro area.

Fortunately, the majority of those accidents result in minor injuries and/or property damage. However, varied circumstances such as high speeds, inclement weather, distractions like smartphones, and impaired driving can lead to dangerous roadway conditions and a high possibility of accidents.

Car accident injuries vary widely, but even at slow speeds, a collision can lead to major physical problems. Whiplash, bruising and brain injury are among the many injuries that can occur as the result of a motor vehicle accident.

According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, roadway accidents become fatal primarily because of three factors: lack of seat belt usage, speeding and impairment. Of the more than 1,200 fatalities on Arizona roads in 2016, about 250 were not wearing a seat belt, ADOT reported.

Impaired Driving: The Numbers
While impaired driving was a factor in only 4 percent of car accidents in 2016, impairment due to alcohol, illegal drugs and prescription medications accounted for more than 400 fatalities. That number is a full one-third of the total number of fatal collisions on Arizona roads in 2016.

Trucking Accidents

Trucking accidents, also called 18-wheeler accidents, semi truck accidents and/or commercial vehicle accidents, are classified separately from passenger car accidents. This is because the weight of commercial vehicles, which primarily travel at high speeds on interstates and highways, often result in more serious injuries and death.

Arizona is home to a lengthy stretch of historic Route 66, so highways are an important part of the culture of the Grand Canyon State. Surprisingly, big rig accidents aren’t limited to highways and rural roadways, however. Of the more than 2,600 big rig collisions that occur on Arizona roads on an annual basis, about half of them take place in an urban setting.

While trucking accidents in Phoenix can have serious consequences that may require litigation, there are a few simple methods you can take to stay as safe as possible on the road. First, always assume that a truck driver can’t see your vehicle, even if you can see them in their side mirror.  Additionally, drivers who regularly share the road with big rigs and other types of commercial vehicles should remain vigilant and aware of potentially dangerous surroundings. Take extra care when traveling during thunderstorms, high winds and other types of inclement weather conditions, and during high traffic hours.

Due to the increased risk of catastrophic injury, truck accident victims typically see higher settlement and damage award amounts than those injured in a car accident. If the accident occurred while the driver was on duty, the injured party and their personal injury attorney may choose to seek damages from the trucking company as well as the at-fault driver.

Motorcycle Accidents

The scenery and extensive system of rural and urban roads in Arizona attracts a large number of recreational drivers, with hundreds of motorcycles taking to the pavement daily.  Unfortunately for motorcyclists, injuries sustained from motorcycle accidents can be serious and even catastrophic. In 2010, The Arizona Department of Transportation reported 86 motorcycle accident deaths, most of which occurred in urban areas.

At Zanes Law, one of our largest settlements was awarded to a motorcycle accident victim who was hit by another driver. The victim was awarded more than $1 million and has since recovered from his injuries.

Premesis Accidents

Whether you’re a guest in someone’s home or the customer of a commercial establishment, you have the right to know if any dangerous conditions exist on the property, according to Arizona law. If a hazard is present, like a slippery patch of floor, the property owner must let visitors know about the dangerous condition.

If the property or land owner fails to prevent injury to a visitor, he or she may be held responsible, or liable, for the sustained injuries. Accident types that fly under the banner of premises liability law include burns and slips and falls.

Victims of premises accidents in Arizona may be able to recover costs of their medical bills and lost wages incurred as a result of their injuries. Liable landowners may also be required to compensate the victim for their pain and suffering, especially if the injury was serious or life-altering.

Slip-and-Fall Accidents

Slips and falls are an everyday occurrence in Phoenix, no matter one’s occupation or lifestyle. Slip-and-fall accidents are considered the most common type of premises accident. In most cases, slips and falls are minor and can truly be classified as “accidents,” occurring through simple clumsiness or inattention. However, some slip-and-fall accidents happen due to the negligence of another person and could have been prevented.

Across the United States, slips and falls are the leading cause of traumatic brain injuries, and more than 17,000 people die each year as the result of a fall or slip. Slippery and uneven walking surfaces are the main culprit in slip-and-fall accidents, and many of these types of accidents occur in the workplace.

According to the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI), falls are the No. 1 cause of occupational injuries among workers between the ages of 15 and 24, accounting for at least one million emergency visits annually. Slips and falls result in a huge loss of workplace productivity, with an estimated 95 million work days lost and $70 billion in worker’s compensation claims filed each year.

Dog Bites

Man’s best friend can sometimes become foe, and recent numbers show an upward trend in dog bite-related injuries across Arizona. Between 2008 – 2012, more than 2,300 people were hospitalized for a dog bite injury across the state, a number that more than doubled in the last five years, according to Department of Health Services data.

If you or a family member is bitten by a dog in Arizona, the owner of the dog is strictly liable for the resulting injury. With help from Zanes Law, a dog bite victim may wish to seek compensation for medical bills and emotional distress from the at-fault dog owner.

Workplace Accidents

No matter where you work, you face the possibility of injury while on the clock. While high-hazard occupations like construction and demolition, as well as fast-paced environments such as restaurants and healthcare facilities, pose a higher rate of workplace accidents, all work settings are potential liabilities.

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, strains and sprains were the most common type of workplace injury from 2010 – 2014. While most common, however, inflammation following a workplace injury led to the highest number of missed work days.  Workers compensation claims may be filed by injured workers in a variety of situations, and damage amounts often encompass lost current and future wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering. If you have been injured at work, aZanes Law injury attorney will look over the details of your case to determine an appropriate claim amount.

Pedestrian Accidents

The dry, temperate climate of Phoenix means that plenty of people walk, hike and bike on a daily basis. Unfortunately, accidents can happen even in the great outdoors. in Arizona, over 1500 pedestrians are hit by motor vehicles every year, resulting in about 100 deaths annually and more than 1000 injuries. Of Arizona’s pedestrian accident fatalities, around 80 percent occur while the victim is crossing a road. Statistics show that the majority of pedestrian accidents happen during daylight hours, but the risk of death increases four-fold once the sun goes down.

Wrongful Death

In the worst situations, accidents can be fatal. In the event of death following a car accident or severe brain injury, a surviving family member may be entitled to file a wrongful death suit against the at-fault party. Arizona statutes mandate that a wrongful death claim is appropriate if the deceased would have been able to file their own personal injury claim had they survived the accident.

If you have experienced the heartbreak of losing a loved one due to the actions or negligence of another person, Zanes Law may be able to help. An Phoenix wrongful death attorney from our firm can help you determine if your claim has merit and will advise you on how to proceed.

How Zanes Law Helps Accident Victims in Phoenix

Like most people, you probably never planned to get injured. The personal injury attorneys at Zanes Law in Phoenix understand your situation and are here to help. At your earliest possible convenience, contact our firm to arrange a free consultation. If our lawyers determine that you have a case, they will take it on contingency, meaning that you don’t pay anything up front. All your fees will come out of whatever you are awarded.

Some of the primary ways in which our personal injury lawyers can help you with your case include:

  • Investigating. It is crucial that you collect as much evidence as possible in the immediate aftermath of an accident that has caused you personal injury. Our personal injury attorneys are here to handle whatever additional investigation is needed. We will do everything from getting witness statements to helping you document and organize all evidence regarding your injuries. The attorneys at Zanes Law will do all they can to build you the strongest case possible.
  • Representing. The law does not requires you to get a lawyer to file a personal injury lawsuit in Phoenix. However, seeking compensation on your own within the complex legal system is ill-advised at best and catastrophic at worst. You won’t have to contend merely with attorneys, judges, and other legal professionals. You’ll also have to deal with insurance company adjusters. Without proper legal representation, it is all too easy for others to trample on your rights. You will enjoy incredible peace of mind knowing that Zanes Law is acting on your behalf.
  • Knowing the law. As with all other states, laws and statutes in Arizona are complex and often must be interpreted in court. Laypeople simply can’t hope to understand the intricacies of Arizona personal injury law, so they are at a distinct disadvantage when going against savvy insurance company adjusters or attorneys for the other party. Our personal injury attorneys in Phoenix have decades of experience in dealing with Arizona personal injury cases. This experience allows our lawyers to develop strong, effective cases for our clients. By hiring an attorney from our team, you can focus on healing and leave the legalese to us.
  • Protecting your rights. People often naively assume that insurance companies will fully and fairly compensate them if they ever become injured in, say, a car accident. What most don’t realize is that profit drives insurance companies. They go to great lengths to avoid paying out on claims, especially when the claims are large, but also even if the claims are modest. All too often, insurance companies make it appear that whatever settlement they offer is the best that the claimant can hope for, but they are rarely being truthful. Our attorneys know your rights and will work to protect you from start to finish.
  • Dealing with insurance adjusters. We can’t emphasize this point enough: your insurance company is not in your corner. Because insurance companies are for-profit businesses, they make more money when they don’t have to pay claims. Unlike you, they have vast experience in dealing with claims and are incredibly adept at getting claimants to settle for far less than what they deserve. Fortunately, the attorneys at Zanes Law know these tricks. They will represent you and your interests in a way that won’t allow insurance adjusters to take advantage of you.

Frequently Asked Questions About Personal Injury

If you have questions about personal injury cases in Arizona, we have answers! Consult the questions below to find the answers that you need, and don’t hesitate to contact Zanes Law if the answer that you’re looking for isn’t listed below:

What Is Personal Injury Law?

Personal injury law refers to an area of law that handles the claims of those who have been personally injured in accidents. For a case to fall under the purview of personal injury law, the injury must have demonstrably occurred due to someone else’s negligence or recklessness. In other words, you must be able to prove by providing evidence that someone’s carelessness caused your injuries. The laws regarding personal injury in Arizona are complex, so it is essential to have a skilled Phoenix personal injury attorney by your side.

What Types of Cases Does Your Firm Handle?

If you have incurred injuries due to someone else’s negligence, chances are that our firm can assist you. We don’t limit ourselves to certain types of personal injury claims. But even if you have been injured and can show that it was someone else’s fault, Zanes Law might not be able to handle your case. We determine eligibility on a case-by-case basis. When doing so, we consider factors such as how likely we are to succeed, how large the potential reward might be, and whether or not you filed the case before the statute of limitations has expired.

What Is Negligence As It Pertains to Personal Injury Law?

Negligence is the common denominator across all valid personal injury cases. Just because you got hurt on someone else’s property doesn’t mean the owner was negligent. For example, if you slip and fall while engaging in reckless behavior, the courts are not likely to view the property owner as being negligent. However, if you slip and fall because of a spill on someone else’s property, we can argue that the property owner was negligent because he or she did not maintain safe premises. In that situation, you might very well have a personal injury case.

What Types of Damages Can I Seek?

In Arizona, there are two broad categories for damages when it comes to personal injury matters. First, there are compensatory damages, which are designed to make the victim “whole” again. Compensatory damages often include monetary damages for medical bills or loss of employment. They sometimes include monetary damages for less tangible casualties, such as pain and suffering or the loss of enjoyment. Second, there are punitive damages, which are designed to punish negligent parties in order to deter them from being negligent in the future.

Examples of damages that people typically seek in personal injury cases in Arizona include:

  • Compensation for medical bills that incurred because of an injury
  • Compensation for being unable to work for a period of time due to an injury
  • Compensation for property loss or damage as the result of an accident
  • Compensation for pain and suffering
  • Compensation for emotional distress
  • Compensation for loss of enjoyment or consortium

How Long Do I Have to File a Personal Injury Claim?

It is crucial that you are aware of the statute of limitations that applies to personal injury law in Arizona. In most cases, you have two years from the date when you were injured to seek compensation in a court of law. But it is important to note that the window could be briefer in some instances. For example, the statute of limitations might be shorter if you are bringing a case against a government agency. To be as safe as possible, always consult with a Phoenix personal injury attorney at your earliest convenience after being injured.

How Much Is My personal Injury Case Worth?

There is no way to accurately predict the precise outcome of any personal injury lawsuit. However, Zanes Law has been practicing law in Phoenix since 2003 and employs numerous, highly experienced personal injury lawyers. As a result, we are able to assess cases with a fair degree of accuracy. Our team knows the local courts and how they work, so we can arrive at a good estimate you can use in order to assess how to move forward. Please note that while we might provide a general estimate for how much your case could be worth, we might also have to inform you that you don’t really have a case.

Who Can File a Personal Injury Lawsuit?

Technically, anyone can file a personal injury lawsuit in Arizona. It is up to the courts, of course, as to whether it will ever see the light of day. Not all cases are likely to come to court or to lead to settlements, so our attorneys assess potential cases carefully. While the injured party is the one who needs to file the suit, a personal injury lawyer should file it on the party’s behalf for the best results.

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Suit?

If someone else’s negligence injures you, you are still around and can seek damages from that person in court. But what happens when someone dies due to another person’s negligence? In that case, survivors can file a wrongful death suit if it appears that negligence was to blame. In Arizona, only certain relatives are eligible to file wrongful death suits. To file such a suit, you must be the parent, spouse, or natural child of the deceased. If you are eligible to file a wrongful death suit, you can seek compensation for loss of financial support as well as for loss of guidance, love, and companionship.

Do I Have a Persona Injury Case?

Because personal injuries are so emotional, it’s normal for your injury to consume your life. It’s also easy to assume that you definitely have a case. But unless you are an experienced Arizona personal injury attorney, it’s unlikely that you can accurately assess whether or not your case has merit. Luckily, the team at Zanes Law has handled thousands of personal injury cases in Phoenix, as well as in other metropolitan areas around the state. During your free consultation, we will gather information on your case, determine whether or not you have one and, if you do, give you a general idea about what compensation you might receive.

What Should I Do After Becoming Injured?

In the aftermath of an accident that results in personal injury, you should first seek medical care. Depending on the type of accident, it is also important to alert your insurance company to what has happened. Prompt reporting is usually a part of the agreement that your company has with you. In most cases, it is also smart to contact the police so they can file a report that you can refer to later. Bear in mind, however, that police reports aren’t usually admissible in court because they are typically considered hearsay.

How Long Will My Personal Injury Case Take?

As nice as it would be to give you a definitive answer to this question, the truth is that the answer entirely depends on the specifics of your case. The majority of the time, personal injury cases are settled out of court. Settling out of court is optimal because doing so often results in a much faster resolution. If your case has to go to trial, it will take longer. Again, there is no way to accurately predict how long trying your case in court will take. We can say confidently, however, that we will keep you in the loop every step of the way and relay developments to you as they happen.

Do I Really Need to Hire a Phoenix Personal Injury Attorney?

Someone might have told you that you must have legal representation to file a personal injury lawsuit in Arizona, but this is false. You can file your own lawsuit. However, without a lawyer by your side, the odds of bringing your case to a satisfying conclusion are exceedingly slim. Because you don’t know the intricacies of personal injury law and how the court system works, it’s easy for those who do know the system to completely disregard your rights. People who settle personal injury cases without attorneys typically end up with far less compensation than those who choose to hire lawyers.

My Insurance Company Has Made Me an Offer. Should I Accept It?

Insurance companies are incredibly savvy at not paying claims and at lowballing settlements in order to avoid paying what they really owe. If your insurance company quickly comes to you with an offer, the odds are your company doesn’t want you to get a personal injury lawyer. All too often, claimants immediately accept such offers because they have no way of knowing how much they are truly entitled to receive. While you must report any incident to your insurance company, you absolutely do not have to—and should not—accept any offer without having an attorney review it. Zanes Law can help.

My Injuries Are Relatively Minor. Can I Skip Seeing a Doctor?

Absolutely not! If you are injured due to someone else’s carelessness and need compensation for your medical bills and other losses, you should seek medical attention at once. Injuries that seem minor at first often significantly worsen over time. It helps enormously to have a paper trail showing that you sought treatment right away. The more evidence that you can provide when filing your case, the better. Also keep in mind that should you win your case, you will likely be compensated for the cost of that doctor’s visit. But more than anything, it’s important to see a doctor simply to ensure that you are okay.

Do You Offer Free Consultations?

Yes. The first step in personal injury cases is always a free consultation during which a member of our team gathers information about what happened in order to determine if you have a case. If you do, our firm will take you on as a client and provide you with a general idea of how much you can expect to recoup. If you do not have case, we will let you know, and you will not owe us anything.

How Much Do You Charge to Handle Personal Injury Cases?

Given that you are likely to accrue debt due to your injuries, you are probably not prepared to part with any cash at the moment. But you don’t need to worry because Zanes Law handles personal injury cases on a contingency basis. Should we determine that you have a case that is likely to turn out in your favor, we will work on it without collecting any initial fees from you. Later, we will take our fees from the proceeds of your settlement. We usually calculate these charges as a percentage of your total settlement amount. However, we are flexible and willing to cut our fees to some extent in order to ensure that you obtain the full and fair compensation to which you are entitled.

Speak to a Zanes Law Phoenix Personal Injury Attorney Today

Regardless of the specifics of your situation, if someone else’s negligence has injured you or caused the death of a loved one, you deserve to seek compensation as permitted by law. Sadly, insurance adjusters, law enforcement, and other parties often get in the way of victims achieving full and fair compensation. Insurance companies in particular do whatever it takes to pay as little as they possibly can. The fact of the matter is that without a qualified personal injury lawyer by your side, you are likely to get the short end of the stick–or no stick at all.

Don’t let those who carelessly caused your injury to get off without facing any consequences. Unless you fight for your rights, others are likely to disregard them. Personal injury laws exist to hold negligent parties accountable, not only so injured people can receive compensation but also so the guilty parties learn from their mistakes and avoid making them again in the future. Let our Phoenix personal injury lawyers build a case that both shields your rights and ensures that you are fairly and fully compensated as permitted by law.

Since 2003, Zanes Law has helped thousands of injured people collect compensation. With free consultations and contingency fees, you have nothing to lose–so call our firm today.

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