As the owner of Zanes Law, Doug Zanes is proud that his team of car accident lawyers in Tucson helps injured people every day. These accident victims hire us to fight for them. In turn, we gather evidence to support assertions of liability. We protect you from intimidation.

Above all else, we fight for the financial compensation you deserve after a car accident. But what does it take to begin the legal process after a car accident, though? Our team can walk you through the process of assessing your scene and building your initial complaint.
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Our Car Accident Case Results

When you work with our team, you benefit from our combined eighty years of professional experience. Our Tucson, AZ, car accident lawyers have won our clients settlements of up to $265,000 for their car accident injuries. Our testimonials speak to our ability to serve our clients by addressing insurance claims, stubborn defendants, and even catastrophic losses.

If you have questions about what your car accident case may look like, you can schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys. We can assess your accident, help you estimate the value of your losses, and prepare you for the complexities of a civil car accident trial.

The Forces Behind Today’s Car Accidents

Every auto accident is unique. There are, however, common forces that often see drivers left to contend with significant personal injury or property damage. These including:

You need to address the evidence found at the scene of your accident if you want to determine which of these forces contributed to your losses. Viable evidence can include physical signs of distress, debris on the road, and behaviors brought forward in police reports.

Because you need evidence to establish liability in a civil car accident case, it’s best to follow the symptoms of damage at the scene to their natural cause. Once you have all the appropriate evidence in hand, you can more effectively claim that a particular party violated the duty of care owed to you.

Reacting to a Car Accident

After you’ve had professionals look at your injuries and called the police, it’s time to think about your legal approach to your car accident. You have a limited amount of time to gather some forms of evidence, as city clean-up and law enforcement can start to clear your scene within hours of your accident.

This is where car accident lawyers in Tucson distinguish themselves. Our attorneys take on the pressure of legally responding to a car accident for you. While you focus on recovering, we gather evidence to back your assertion of liability. We can even file a legal complaint while you’re still receiving essential medical care.

Above all else, we never force you to contend with an insurance adjuster alone. Adjusters are eager to use your shock to later hold certain words against you. If you’re not careful, you may talk yourself out of certain forms of compensation or even your right to legal action. Instead, let our team stand with you when you contact your insurance provider.

Our Team Tackles All Elements of Your Car Accident Complaint

When you bring your post-car accident concerns to our team, we work through your losses together. We specialize in:

Naming Parties Liable for Car Accident Losses

In the immediate aftermath of a car accident, it’s natural to want to lay blame on one of the drivers on the road with you. While other drivers can be liable for your car accident, we follow the evidence. There are other parties that can be held liable for your losses, including:

  • Corporations
  • Automobile manufacturers
  • Small businesses
  • Tucson government officials
  • Construction crews
  • Trucking agencies

You can hold corporations like Uber and Lyft liable for your losses if you’re hit by an on-duty driver. You can do the same if you’re hit by a business’s vehicle, so long as you can prove that the driver in question was on the clock. Our team can help you assess the other driver’s circumstances and bring forward evidence to support your claim in court.

Estimating Your Car Accident Compensation

After questions of liability come questions of compensation. What kind of settlement should you look for after a car accident? Ideally, you’ll want one that covers the full cost of your losses. In most cases, the settlement you estimate in your initial car accident complaint can include:

  • Damage done to your car and other personal property
  • Medical bills related to essential post-accident car
  • Ambulance fees
  • Medical aids needed to restore your previous quality of life
  • Lost wages or opportunities for employment
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress and/or PTSD
  • Wrongful death and the cost of a funeral/essential care
  • Loss of consortium and/or companionship

You can discuss which forms of compensation you can include in your case with our team.

Filing Your Complaint Within State Deadlines

If you want to take legal action after a car accident, you have to do so within Arizona’s state deadline. A.R.S § 12-542 permits all injured parties to take legal action within two years of the day their accident occurs. Your complaint must be on the desk of the county clerk within that two-year period if you want a court to consider your losses.

Failing to file your car accident complaint within this deadline denies you the right to legally pursue compensation for your losses. While you may receive some financial support from your insurer, you cannot request that the party allegedly liable for your accident take on your financial burden.

With that in mind, get in touch with an attorney as soon after an accident as you can. The faster you get in contact with our office, the faster we can submit a complaint on your behalf.

The Rights Allowed to You By a Car Accident Complaint

When you file a civil car accident complaint, you request the right to address a liable party through a lens approved by the state judicial system. There is more than one way to go about this. Should a court approve your claim, you can choose to either pursue your settlement through negotiations or a civil trial.

More specifically, an approved complaint allows you to summon the allegedly-liable party to talks. You need to inform the named party that you intend to act against them and allow them, in turn, to respond to your concerns. Parties who ignore you can have their right to a response waived. However, parties who answer can contest the compensation you’ve requested.

Car accident settlement negotiations are not superior to trials or vice-versa. Rather, these options exist so that both you and the defendant can come to a satisfactory agreement in the conditions that suit you. You can discuss which process might suit your losses best with one of our car accident attorneys in Tucson, AZ.

Get to Know Our Team

Our personal injury attorneys have recovered tens of millions of dollars for our clients. Our efforts have helped clients who have been in automobile accidents that have left them with medical bills, lost wages, and other damages. We strive to offer you the same comprehensive services when you come to us after your auto accident.

From your initial consultation to the end of your trial, you can count on our team to:

  • Identify evidence that can support your case
  • Use evidence to craft the narrative of fault in your accident
  • Communicate with the liable party on your behalf
  • Prevent intimidation attempts from the defense and/or an insurance provider
  • Prepare you for discovery and settlement negotiations
  • Represent your best interests before a judge and jury

Above all else, Zanes Law does not contribute to your post-accident financial strain. We operate on contingency. You can look over our contingency fee agreements during your initial consultation. Upon signing, we can work with an area court to secure a percentage of your settlement – but only if we win your case. Win or lose, you’ll never have to write us a check!

Call Zanes Law for Car Accident Guidance Today

Doug Zanes has been practicing law since 1997. He began practicing law because he wanted to help other people. Nowadays, Zanes Law Injury Lawyers uphold that original goal. When you come to us after a car accident, a car accident lawyer in Tucson, AZ, can fight to get you back on your feet.

If you’d like more information about what a Zanes Law attorney can do for you, you can contact us over the phone or through our website. We can schedule your initial case consultation and answer any questions you may have about Arizona’s civil processes.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Are the Most Dangerous Roads in Tucson?

What Are Some Risk Factors on Roads Near Tucson?

Why Is Medical Care Critical Right After an Accident?

How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit for a Car Crash in Tucson?

Is Arizona a No-Fault State?

What Happens if the Other Driver Violated the Law?

What Is the Average Settlement for a Car Accident?

How Much Is My Car Accident Worth?

Doesn’t the Insurance Company Have to Pay Me What I Deserve?

What Happens When You Receive a Settlement Offer?

How Long Will My Car Accident Case Take?

What Happens if I Have to File a Lawsuit?

Does Filing a Car Accident Lawsuit Guarantee a Trial?

Will I Have the Money to Pay My Attorney?

What Are the Most Dangerous Roads in Tucson?

I-19 between Tucson and Nogales regularly makes several of the country’s most dangerous road lists. It ranks 19th overall in the U.S. in terms of fatalities per mile. Because the road doesn’t always have barriers between its lanes of traffic, many drivers end up driving on the wrong side of the road on their way to and from Phoenix.

It’s not only roads that pose a danger to Tucson locals, though. The most dangerous intersections in Tucson, according to the American Automobile Association, include:

  • Alvernon Way & Grant Road
  • Grant Road & Swan Road
  • Golf Links Road & Kolb Road
  • Broadway & Wilmot
  • 22nd Street & Kolb Road

While the city government is trying to make these intersections safer to navigate, environmental factors only contribute to a portion of the area’s car accidents. You can discuss whether an intersection or another driver’s behavior bears the most blame for your losses during your initial case consultation.

What Are Some Risk Factors on Roads Near Tucson?

Desert roads present challenges for drivers. While you can’t control other drivers’ behavior behind the wheel, you can keep an eye out for:

  • The long stretches of straightaway roads that can dull drivers’ reflexes
  • Overconfident motorists driving recklessly on isolated roads
  • Motorists unprepared for urban congestion
  • Distracted driving on long stretches of desert road
  • An excess of trucks near manufacturing centers

Why Is Medical Care Critical Right After an Accident?

Even if you do not feel injured, it is always a good idea to get checked out after your accident. Early treatment can detect damage that you’re not aware of while also establishing the extent of your medical losses. You can subsequently document your visit to medical services and use the gathered information in your legal case.

The insurance company is always going to be looking for an excuse to pay you less or not pay you at all. One thing they may raise is that your injuries did not come from your car accident. The longer you wait after an accident, the more it gives them the opening to challenge your injuries.

Similarly, immediate medical care helps you establish a paper trail regarding your losses. Ask your provider to share detailed documentation of your injuries to elaborate on the extent of the damages. You can then reference this paperwork when estimating your possible compensation.

How Long do I Have to File a Lawsuit for a Car Crash in Tucson?

Arizona outlines its statute of limitations in A.R.S § 12-542. If you fail to file your lawsuit within this statute of limitations, you can lose your right to legal compensation.

The statute of limitations for personal injury cases in Arizona is two years. However, you should not take all that time to get the process started. You should have a lawyer well before then because it takes time to investigate and prepare your case. You will also want to allow some time for negotiation with the insurance company before you file a lawsuit.

Is Arizona a No-Fault State?

Arizona is not a no-fault state. This means that you must prove that someone else was responsible for your crash to receive compensation for your injuries. It does not mean that you are completely barred from recovery if you were to blame for the crash so long as the other driver bore some responsibility for the crash.

That said, an insurance company or a court may apportion blame in a car crash. Each one of the drivers can recover for the portion of the crash that was not their fault under Arizona’s contributory negligence policy. For example, if you suffered $100,000 in damages and you were 20 percent responsible for the crash, you could recover $80,000.

What Happens If the Other Driver Violated the Law?

In most civil car accident cases, you need to prove that another party’s negligence contributed to your losses. However, a misdemeanor conviction after a car accident can serve as proof of negligence. These charges tend to indicate that a driver engaged in some manner of unreasonable behavior, include:

This is why it is so important to get a police report after the accident. While you can’t use the police report in your case, you can use evidence of a ticket to argue that negligence contributed to your losses.

What Is the Average Settlement for a Car Accident?

When you come away from a car accident, you’re left with questions regarding your health and your upcoming bills. Instead of asking how much the average car accident settlement might net you, though, consider the question of financial support from an individualized perspective.

For example, your car accident could have been much more serious than the average crash. This means you could have suffered more losses. In turn, the settlement you can fight for is going to be more substantial than the one someone in a fender bender might request.

To determine the value of a possible car accident settlement, schedule a consultation with a Tucson car accident lawyer. We can calculate your non-economic and economic losses and then present you with an idealized compensation to shoot for.

How Much Is My Car Accident Worth?

The worth of your car accident depends entirely on the damages you suffered. Your case could be worth tens of thousands of dollars or millions, depending on the severity. Usually, high settlement checks apply to the most serious cases.

You have the right to receive payment for everything that you lost in the accident. This could include your health and your paycheck. Here are some of the elements of personal injury damages:

  • Lost wages for time missed from work and a reduction in your earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering
  • Medical costs
  • Emotional distress
  • Wrongful death if your loved one passed away from their injuries

There may be damages available to you that you’re unaware of. Unfortunately, if you do not fight for these damages, you will not get them. Our team, however, will explore all possible avenues through which you can receive compensation when you come to meet with our team.

Doesn’t the Insurance Company Have to Pay Me What I Deserve?

You have a legal right to receive full compensation for your accident injuries. The core concept of personal injury law is that someone else must pay you when their negligent actions harm you.

However, the insurance company does not make this easy for you to request financial support. They think that by making you fight for every penny, you may accept less and be grateful for it. Don’t let that become your way of thinking. Be ready to fight the insurance company. At Zanes Law, this is why we come to work every day.

As a claimant, you must prepare for a difficult process to get your money. You may have to go to court to get what you deserve.

What Happens When You Receive a Settlement Offer?

Getting a settlement offer isn’t always a relief. If the settlement offer you receive is worth far less than you were expecting based on your own estimated compensation, the offer can feel like a slap in the face.

Fortunately, our team reviews any settlement offers you receive while using our service. You, like many other victims before you, are likely to reject your first settlement offer. Insurance companies know this! Afterward, we can work with you to draft a demand letter elaborating on the evidence you have asserting your right to additional support.

You can expect this process to be lengthy, even if your case never goes to trial. We’ll stand with you every step of the way and prevent an insurance company from trying to trick you out of your right to both compensation and legal action.

How Long Will My Car Accident Case Take?

It is impossible to know how long your car accident case will take to resolve. Most of it is out of your control. Your attorney would need to investigate and gather the evidence needed to support your claim before they file it. Then, the insurance company does their process, and that could take months.

While the average case settles in just under a year, your case may be far from average. Complicating factors could add to the standard unreasonableness of the insurance company. When you work with our team, though, we’ll keep you updated as to developments in your case and ensure you have access to the information you need to comfortably proceed.

What Happens If I Have to File a Lawsuit?

Many cases settle at the claims stage. Claimants, in turn, never become plaintiffs because they do not have to go to court. However, if the insurance company denies the claim, or they simply will not be reasonable in settlement negotiations, you may have no choice but to file a lawsuit.

This can be a lengthy process that could take up to two years to unfold. However, it will not automatically result in a trial. Instead, you can discuss your roads to compensation with a member of our team.

As we file a legal complaint and engage in discovery, we can also continue to arrange meetings with the defense. As such, we can continue to discuss settling outside of court even as you sit for a deposition. In short, we’ll work within our means to provide you with the legal experience that best suits your goals.

Does Filing a Car Accident Lawsuit Guarantee a Trial?

Filing a car accident lawsuit does not guarantee a trial. While many people associate a court case with a courtroom trial, that is actually a very rare outcome for legal action. The overwhelming majority of cases settle before they reach a trial, even if you already filed the complaint.

Will I Have the Money to Pay My Attorney?

You might assume that, in light of the bills related to your car accident, you can’t afford to pursue legal action against a negligent party. This is not the case.

Zanes Law Injury Lawyers operates on contingency. This means that you will never need to write our firm a check. Instead, when you first meet with our team, you can sign a contingency fee agreement. This agreement states that our firm will receive a percentage of your proceeds should you receive compensation for your accident.

To put it another way, we only receive compensation for our services if we win your case. You do not need to borrow money to afford our services. Instead, you can learn more about our contingency fee agreements during an initial case consultation.

I-19 between Tucson and Nogales regularly makes the national lists of the most dangerous roads in the entire country. It ranks 19th overall in the U.S. in terms of fatalities per mile. One major risk on this road is that drivers travel the wrong way because there are not always barriers between both ways of traffic. I-10 is also heavily trafficked by cars and trucks traveling to and from Phoenix.

In terms of local roads, here are the most dangerous intersections in Tucson according to the American Automobile Association based on the number of accidents at each location:

  • Alvernon Way & Grant Road
  • Grant Road & Swan Road
  • Golf Links Road & Kolb Road
  • Broadway & Wilmot
  • 22nd Street & Kolb Road

Tucson is trying to do something about dangerous intersections, but accidents are far from completely preventable. Tucson car accident lawyers see many cases that originate at these intersections.

Desert roads present challenges for drivers. The biggest one is that you cannot control what another driver does behind the wheel. Here are some of the dangers of these roads:

  • The long stretches of straightaway roads that can dull drivers’ reflexes
  • Motorists may think that the police will not catch them when they drive aggressively on more isolated roads.
  • Drivers may not be ready for the switch to more congested traffic as desert roads approach the cities.
  • There is more of a tendency to drive distracted when you are on a long stretch of seemingly straight highway.
  • There are plenty of trucks on these roads, both coming to and from the border and going from the massive nearby Walmart distribution center.

Even if you do not feel injured, it is always a good idea to get checked out after your accident. If you suffered injuries, you need a comprehensive diagnosis and treatment right after your accident. Aside from your health issues, it can strengthen your legal case when you have your injuries diagnosed and documented extensively right after your accident.

The insurance company is always going to be looking for an excuse to pay you less or not pay you at all. One thing they may raise is that your injuries did not come from your car accident. The longer you wait after an accident, the more it gives them the opening to challenge your injuries. In addition, you also need detailed documentation of your injuries to leave little doubt about the extent of the damage. You would present this with your compensation claim.

You must pay close attention to the statute of limitations for personal injury cases. If you miss it, you will lose the right to file a lawsuit completely. The court takes this time limit very seriously, and there is zero margin for error. Even missing this deadline by a day will pose a serious problem, and there are very few exceptions that would cause the court to allow a late filing.

The statute of limitations for personal injury cases in Arizona is two years. However, you should not take all of that time to get the process started. You should have a lawyer well before then because it takes time to investigate and prepare your case. You will also want to allow some time for negotiation with the insurance company before you file a lawsuit.

No. This means that you must prove that someone else was responsible for your crash to receive compensation for your injuries. It does not mean that you are completely barred from recovery if you were to blame for the crash so long as the other driver bore some responsibility for the crash.

The insurance company or a court may apportion blame in a car crash. Each one of the drivers can recover for the portion of the crash that was not their fault. For example, if you suffered $100,000 in damages, and you were 20 percent responsible for the crash, you could recover $80,000. Everything starts with the investigation of your crash and the evidence that shows that someone else is to blame for the injury.

Normally, you would have to prove negligence in your case. However, there is a concept in personal injury law that, if the other driver committed a misdemeanor, it is proof of negligence. This means that they could be responsible for the accident if they did something like:

This is why it is so important to get a police report after the accident. The police report cannot directly serve as evidence in your civil case. However, if the police show up and ticket the other driver, it is valuable evidence that you can use to receive compensation.

After their health, the next thing on someone’s mind after a Tucson auto accident is the amount of money they can receive in a settlement. The question they always ask is how much the average settlement is worth, but they should think more about their own case. Your car accident could have been much more serious than the average crash, and you have suffered more in damages.

The factors that influence what someone else got may not be present in your case. In addition, you may have a Tucson car accident lawyer who is committed to fighting for you to get top dollar, while the average car accident plaintiff may have left themselves at the insurance company’s mercy. Focusing on the average settlement means that you may leave money on the table.

Again, this depends entirely on the damages you suffered. Your case could be worth tens of thousands of dollars or millions, depending on the severity. Usually, high settlement checks apply to the most serious cases. You have the right to receive payment for everything that you lost in the accident. This could include your health and your paycheck. Here are some of the elements of personal injury damages:

  • Lost wages for time missed from work and a reduction in your earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering
  • Medical costs
  • Emotional distress
  • Wrongful death if your loved one passed away from their injuries

There are many damages that the average person may not be aware of that they can receive. If you do not fight for them, you will not get them. Tucson car accident attorneys know everything that you can include in your claim.

You have a legal right to receive full compensation for your accident injuries. The core concept of personal injury law is that someone else must pay you when their negligent actions harm you. However, the insurance company does not make this easy for you. They think that by making you fight for every penny, you may accept less and be grateful for it. Don’t let that become your way of thinking. Be ready to fight the insurance company. At Zanes Law, this is why we come to work every day.

As a claimant, you must prepare for a difficult process to get your money. You may have to go to court to get what you deserve.

Receiving a settlement offer from an insurance company is not always the happy moment that you would think. After many car accidents, liability is not the issue because the responsible driver is very apparent. The issue is more about receiving the money to which you are entitled. You may get a settlement offer, but it is worth far less than you were expecting based on what your lawyer told you about your case’s value.

Your car accident attorney in Tucson will carefully review the settlement offer. If it is an initial offer, they would likely advise you to reject it because the insurance company never makes their best offer first. You may then send a demand letter to the insurance company stating what you feel you deserve and why. Expect to go through this process several times for each car accident claim.

It is impossible to know how long your car accident case will take to resolve. Most of it is out of your control. The thing that you do control is hiring an aggressive attorney right after your accident to begin the legal process and getting the medical diagnosis that you need to demonstrate your injuries.

Outside that, the legal process takes time. Your attorney would need to investigate and gather the evidence needed to support your claim before they file it. Then, the insurance company does their process, and that could take months. Again, while the average case settles in just under a year, your case may be far from average. Complicating factors could add to the standard unreasonableness of the insurance company.

Many cases settle at the claims stage, and claimants never become plaintiffs because they do not have to go to court. However, if the insurance company denies the claim, or they simply will not be reasonable in settlement negotiations, you may have no choice but to file a lawsuit. This can be a lengthy process that could take up to two years to unfold. However, it will not automatically result in a trial.

Your court case will begin when your Tucson auto accident lawyer files a legal complaint on your behalf, which sets out the facts and legal grounds. The longest stage of your case by far is the discovery phase. This is when the plaintiff and defendant get to request information from the other. You will likely have to sit for a deposition where you are asked questions for up to seven hours. Finally, you would have a trial in court in front of a jury.

 

No. While many people associate a court case with a courtroom trial, that is actually a very rare outcome for a legal action. The overwhelming majority of cases settle before they reach a trial, even if you already filed the complaint. The defendant might approach you at some point with a settlement offer, or your Tucson car accident attorney may think it’s best to start talking with the other side.

In any event, only five percent of personal injury cases make it all the way to trial. While we could never guarantee a settlement, it is the most likely outcome in your case. At Zanes Law, we are fierce litigators who will fight for you until the very end of the case. If your case goes to a jury, we are experienced courtroom lawyers.

Some people think that a car accident lawyer in Tucson is out of their budget. They are worried about how they may get the money to hire a lawyer when they may not be earning anything because of their injuries. When it comes to hiring a lawyer, money concerns are not on the table.

You have probably seen tons of ads for car accident lawyers telling you that you owe nothing unless you win. What this means is that you do not need to write a check to a lawyer to hire them. Instead, you agree that they will receive a percentage of the proceeds if you receive compensation for your accident. If you do not receive payment, neither does your lawyer. You will not need to borrow money to hire an attorney. You just have to make a phone call and hire them.

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