Whether you’re dealing with bumper-to-bumper traffic or wide-open lanes, highway driving is rarely stress-free. Road rage, high-speed driving, and other forms of negligence can all result in terrible accidents that leave you to face the consequences of someone else’s actions.
If you’re struggling to react to a highway accident, call on Zanes Law Injury Lawyers. Our highway accident attorneys in Tucson can help you assess your most recent accident for liability. We can then present a highway accident complaint to a local county clerk, helping you fight for the financial support you need to recover from your losses.
When you bring a highway accident to our team, we do more than assess your immediate losses. We strive to give you the tools you need to pursue a civil case against the parties that have done you wrong. More specifically, we:
It’s our goal to bring your case to a satisfactory conclusion. We can begin working on your case within hours of your accident or after a prolonged recovery. Either way, we’ll keep you posted as your lawsuit develops.
If you want to take a highway accident complaint to civil court, you need to assert that a particular party violated the duty of care they owed you. This duty is not a written law. Rather, it is a social understanding dictating that all parties, from other drivers to government officials, must act reasonably on the highway.
To claim that another party violated their duty of care, you need to indicate that the party in question engaged in legally unreasonable behavior. You can show that other drivers engaged in reckless roadway behavior. Alternatively, a construction crew may have improperly used their equipment.
No matter what party you name, you must be prepared to bring forward evidence backing your assertion of liability. That’s why it’s often best to explore your available evidence before choosing a party to focus your suit on. Our Tucson, AZ, highway accident attorneys can spearhead your investigation and subsequently assess the evidence brought from the scene.
Highway accident liability is not always as straightforward as it seems. If it looks like another driver caused your accident, it’s easy to lay all the blame for your losses on that individual. However, there are circumstances that may allow you to take a highway accident complaint up against a larger body.
For example, highway accidents that involve an on-duty truck driver do not allow you to sue that individual driver. Instead, you must file a complaint against that truck driver’s parent company. The same logic applies to accidents involving company vehicles or rideshares.
If the highway your accident occurred on has fallen outside of the state’s safety expectations, and if its dangerous areas have not been marked, you may even have a case against a government official. A.R.S. § 12-821.01 limits the amount of time in which you have to file your complaint, but our team can still help you take action.
The complaint you file with Tucson’s civil court details more than the identity of the party allegedly liable for your accident. Your complaint should also include an estimate of your accident’s losses. This estimate becomes an estimate of the compensation you’d like from a victorious case.
How do you calculate this estimate, though? Highway accidents, like other car accidents, can see you face economic and non-economic losses. Property damage and personal injury both represent economic losses with their tangible bills. Pain and suffering, comparatively, is a non-economic damage. You can reference legal precedent to assign it a dollar value.
Other losses that you may have the right to include in your highway accident complaint include:
You should be prepared to defend the losses you’ve listed in front of a judge. With that in mind, keep any bills relating back to your post-accident care. You can also ask the professionals who oversaw your care to provide witness statements regarding the cost of essential repairs or treatments.
It’s our goal to offer you as much flexibility in your highway accident case as possible. Should your complaint move forward, we can sit down with you to discuss what kind of legal action you want to take.
After your complaint’s approval, you have the right to summon the allegedly-liable party to either negotiations or a trial. Highway accident negotiations let you present your losses to the defendant’s representation. In turn, Tucson highway accident attorneys can discuss what kind of settlement you might receive without having to go before a judge.
Uncooperative defendants may force your hand, though, and make you take a case to trial. In these situations, a judge and jury determine your right to compensation. The trial process is lengthy and does not result in criminal punishments for the defendant, regardless of the court’s decision. You may, however, have the right to pursue a simultaneous criminal complaint.
Arizona’s statute of limitations on personal injury cases, A.R.S. § 12-542, strives to keep the cases brought to civil court up to date. You have two years under this statute to present your highway accident losses to the applicable parties. Failure to file a complaint within this time period sees you waive your right to legal action.
You don’t have to take the full two-year period to file your complaint, though. You can reach out to our team in the days following your accident for legal guidance. We can then use the time given to us to bring together a comprehensive complaint, all while allowing you to recover to the fullest extent of your ability.
It can be difficult to represent your own best interests after a highway accident. Combine the stress of your recovery and the density of civil court’s legal-ese, and you may find yourself doing more harm to your case than good. Fortunately, Zanes Law Injury Lawyers are always willing to step in on your behalf.
You can discuss your accident case with one of our highway accident lawyers in Tucson, AZ. For more information about our services, contact us through our website or over the phone.