A Car Accident Attorney Can Help Your Case
After a motor vehicle accident, you may be concerned about how you will physically recover from your injuries, how you will pay for medical bills, and what will become of your damaged vehicle.
It can be easy to become overwhelmed by stress and pain in the aftermath of a vehicle crash. The Advocates are experienced Phoenix car accident lawyers who have helped thousands of accident victims over the last three decades. We will help you recover from your injuries, make sense of the legal process, and claim the damages you are owed under the law.
If you or a loved one has been injured by another driver’s negligence in Arizona and need a competent, caring legal team for your personal injury claim, contact The Advocates law firm today for a free consultation.
Frequently Asked Questions
Not every accident requires an attorney. However, if the accident resulted in injuries or significant property damage, it is a good idea to contact a lawyer. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you navigate the claims process, which can be lengthy and complex. Your attorney will build your case, keep track of your medical records, negotiate with insurance companies, and represent you in court if necessary. Studies have shown that accident victims who hire a personal injury lawyer can receive settlements up to 3.5 times larger than if they settled on their own.
The best way to know if you have a case is to speak with an attorney. The Advocates offer free consultations—you can speak with a qualified legal team to understand what your case is worth without paying a dime. Once you have decided to hire an Advocate, we will investigate your accident to firmly establish liability.
Your initial consultation with us is always 100% free. There are never any upfront costs or hidden fees when you hire The Advocates.
Our attorneys work on a contingency basis, which means that our attorney fees are calculated as a percentage of your settlement. You will not pay us unless we win your case, and you receive a settlement.
Every personal injury case is different. There is no one-size-fits-all solution to accident claims. The length of the claims process will depend on the severity of your injuries, the willingness of the other party to settle, the court’s caseload, and more.
In general, personal injury cases can take anywhere from several months to a few years. It’s important to contact an attorney as soon as possible to get your case started. Each state has a statute of limitations for personal injury cases, after which you will lose your right of action.
When you hire The Advocates, we will begin investigating your accident immediately while you finish medical treatment. Once all evidence and medical records have been compiled, your attorney will send a demand letter to the other party’s insurance company. At this point, negotiations will begin.
In many cases, a settlement can be reached during negotiations. If the other party refuses to make a fair offer, you may choose to file a suit. In the litigation phase, your attorney will represent you in court in front of a judge, jury, and/or arbitrator.
A Team of Legal Professionals Assigned to Your Case
For nearly 30 years, The Advocates have helped thousands of personal injury victims receive the compensation and care they deserve after their accidents, and we are prepared to do the same for you.
We can help you:
- Understand the claims process
- Help you get your medical bills paid
- Investigate your accident
- Build your case
- Negotiate with insurance adjusters
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- No need to wait for an email response
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Arizona Car Accident Statistics
Where are car accidents most likely to occur?
- According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, Maricopa County sees over 80,000 car accidents each year, with nearly half of them occurring in the city of Phoenix
- Male drivers are involved about 54% of total car accidents, but account for more than 65% of fatal car accidents
- The large majority of fatalities from car accidents occur on dry roads and on clear days
- October sees more accidents than any other month
Arizona state car accident statistics
- The state of Arizona sees more than 120,000 car accidents each year
- Impaired driving contributes to nearly 4% of car accidents each year, and around 22% of fatal crashes
- Around 70% of all crashes occur during daylight hours
- In the five years following 2007, the number of accidents fell significantly, but began to climb again from 2014-2019
Common causes of car accidents
- Speeding: Traveling above the speed limit or at speeds too fast for road conditions not only increases the likelihood of a crash, it also increases risk of serious injury or death
- Distracted driving: Motorists become much more dangerous and unpredictable when using a cell phone, eating, talking with passengers, or participating in other non-driving activities
- Impaired driving: Car accidents are far more likely to happen when one or more drivers is under the influence
- Improper passing: Illegal passing on two-lane highways can lead to head-on collisions, which often cause devastating injuries
Common car accident injuries
Depending on the nature of your accident, car accident injuries can range from mild to life-threatening. Some common injuries car accident victims face include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Broken bones
- Lacerations and bruising
What to Do After a Car Accident in Arizona
Stay at the scene
The scene of an accident can be chaotic and confusing. While it may not be a place where you want to spend much time, it is absolutely critical that you do not leave.
Arizona law specifies that drivers involved in a car accident have the duty to stop, the duty to exchange information, and the duty to render aid if necessary. Leaving the scene without fulfilling these duties can be classified as either a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the severity of the accident.
Don’t admit fault
After your accident, it may feel natural to apologize to the other driver or admit responsibility. Don’t do this, even if you truly believe the collision was your fault.
Admitting responsibility for the crash can seriously harm your case later on. Even something as simple as a polite apology can be used by insurance companies as an admission of fault.
In many cases, an investigation is needed to determine who was actually at fault in an accident. This investigation may find that you had little to no responsibility for the crash. If you admit fault, the investigation may not be done, and you will have no case. In fact, this may enable the other driver to build a case against you.
Call the police
As soon as you can, contact the police. In serious accidents, their assistance might be needed in getting everyone out of harm’s way. In minor incidents, such as fender benders, you still need to call law enforcement in order to make a police report. This is important for several reasons:
- Your auto insurance provider may require a police report before you can file a claim
- Police documentation of the scene can be helpful evidence to your case
- The at-fault driver may appear friendly at the scene, then try to deny liability later on
If the police will not come to the scene, exchange information with the other driver and any witnesses, take pictures of the scene, then go to the nearest police station.
You can file a report there. Include any important information, but refrain from speculating or giving an inaccurate account of the incident. Simply provide the police with the facts associated with the crash.
Once the police have been summoned, you should exchange contact information with the driver of the other vehicle. If you fail to do this, you will have difficulty filing a claim later on. Information you should collect from the other driver includes their:
- Full name
- Phone number
- License plate number
- Insurance information
You should also speak to any witnesses of the accident. Collect their names, phone numbers, and addresses. Their accounts of the incident can be used to build your case later.
Slow down and make note of details
While at the scene of the car crash, be as observant as you can. Make note of weather and traffic conditions, marks on the pavement, and property damage. All of this information may be relevant during the investigation. Even things that may not seem important at the time may prove useful later. The more information you can collect, the better.
The best type of evidence comes in the form of pictures. Verbal accounts can be argued against more easily than photographic proof. If you have a cell phone, get pictures and/or videos of the scene from multiple angles.
Even if something doesn’t seem significant or relevant, document it. Your legal team can help you determine what is important later on. You should be sure to take pictures of the following:
- All sides of any vehicles involved
- Marks on the pavement
- Traffic conditions
- Your injuries
- The scene as a whole from several different angles
By obtaining photographic evidence of your car accident, you ensure that your account of the event is accurate and cannot be discounted.
Examine injuries and seek medical attention
If your injuries are not severe, you can decline a trip to the emergency room. However, be sure to take inventory of any visible injuries as well as any pain you are feeling. If an ambulance arrives at the scene, you should be checked out by the medical staff to make sure nothing is of immediate concern.
While you may not notice all your injuries right away, make sure to document and seek treatment for any you do find while at the scene. The sooner you see a medical professional for your injuries, the better your recovery will likely be. It will also make it easier to build your case.
File a car accident claim
Contact your own auto insurance company to file a claim. Your insurance policy may cover some or all of your expenses while you wait for your personal injury case to settle.
Be prepared to provide your insurance company with the following information:
- Your policy number
- Your address and license plate number
- Date of accident
- Location of accident
- Description of accident
- Police report number
- Other driver’s insurance information
When Should I Hire a Car Accident Attorney?
If you were injured in a car accident, you will need to begin your case immediately. Arizona is a comparative negligence state, meaning that you may collect damages from the other driver, even if you had some responsibility for your accident.
However, the statute of limitations in Arizona is relatively short compared to other states. You have two years from the date of your accident to bring legal action against the at-fault party before you lose your right to a claim. Personal injury cases can take a long time to settle, so it is a good idea to contact an auto accident attorney as soon as you believe you have a case.
The Phoenix car accident attorneys with The Advocates will be there for you. We will negotiate with insurance providers and fight for your right to fair compensation under the law. We are ready to provide you with fierce legal representation and thoughtful, compassionate care throughout your entire recovery.
We are here to help every step of the way– our number one priority is protecting your best interests. We will listen to your story, help you build your case, and provide up-front, honest communication throughout the entirety of your case. Contact us today for a free case evaluation. You deserve peace of mind. You deserve an Advocate.
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