Phoenix Car Accident Lawyers
Injured in a Collision? We Can Help!
Car accidents are a constant, unfortunate reality that nearly everyone has to face; in the case of a more life-changing accident, don’t move forward without the assistance of a lawyer. According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, an enormous portion of Arizona drivers—over one-third—who find themselves in accidents end up with injuries. Should this happen to you, it’s crucial to know that you can pursue a claim with a lawyer on your side. At Kamper & Estrada, PLLC, we are ready to work with you to help you receive the compensation you deserve.
Compensation After a Car Accident
If you were not at fault (or were only partially at fault) in the accident, it is possible that you could be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries. There is a variety of both economic and noneconomic damages for which you can seek compensation. Your Phoenix car accident attorney attorney can help you determine which kinds apply to your unique case.
You might seek damages for any or all of the following:
- Current and future medical expenses, including hospital bills, rehabilitation fees, and medication costs
- Pain and suffering
- Current and future income lost due to the accident
- Loss of consortium
- Property damage, particularly to your vehicle
What To Do After an Accident
When your life has been upended by a collision, what is the first step? What are your rights as an accident victim, and what are your responsibilities as a party in the accident? Immediately after the event, you may be feeling overwhelmed and uncertain.
There are a few steps that a lawyer might recommend you take:
- Note the date and time of the collision
- Make notes regarding injuries or damage to your vehicle, as well as the events surrounding the accident
- Keep a copy of any records of the accident, including police reports
- Note any statements made by witnesses
- Record your insurance declarations
By keeping these notes on file, you will feel more confident about your claim when you start working with an attorney, which you should do as soon as possible after an accident.
Once you start filing a claim, your lawyer can help you navigate its different areas. These areas may include:
- Filing the insurance claim
- Examining personal injuries and property damage
- Determining who is at fault
- Structured settlements
Is Arizona a "No-Fault" State?
No, Arizona operates under a traditional “fault” auto insurance system, which means that drivers involved in Arizona car accidents have several options:
- They may file a claim with their own auto insurance company,
- They may file a claim with the at-fault driver’s auto insurance company, or
- They may file a personal injury lawsuit in court seeking damages from the at-fault driver
Common Car Accident Injuries
When you’re in a car accident, even a minor one, you could suffer an injury. Typically the worse the accident is, the more serious the injury, or injuries, could be. Here are some of the most common injuries from a car accident:
- Head or brain injuries
- Back or spine injuries
- Broken or fractured bones
- Internal injuries
- Neck injuries
Should You File a Police Report After a Car Accident?
If there has been any sort of accident, you’ll want the police to make a report. This goes for both minor fender benders and 10 car pile-ups. In some states, it is even a requirement to call the police after an accident. So, make sure you stay on the scene and call the police.
Consider the following:
- Police reports help facilitate insurance claims
- Injuries may not appear for days or weeks
- Damage to your car may not be immediately apparent
- The other party may try to make a false claim about the accident later
- The other party may try to recant their version of events later
A police report is designed to be a non-biased third-party account of the accident. Contacting the police and creating a report may help support and protect you as the aftermath of the accident unfolds. Plus, the police officer wasn’t in the accident and isn’t experiencing the same intense emotions as you, so they are able to better document details you might forget, like the weather, road conditions, witnesses, etc.
Can You Sue for a Fender Bender?
Any kind of motor vehicle collision, from those that are seemingly minor to those that are catastrophic, can be jarring. The aftermath of any accident can be truly disorienting, precisely because accidents are shocking events. In most cases, individuals affected by accidents were minding their own business one moment, then the world changed in an instant. Accidents cause us to question our safety and examine our mortality.
They confirm that the world is often quite precarious. If you have recently been involved in a motor vehicle accident, no matter how minor, please know that if you are feeling overwhelmed, this is normal. Also, please know that you do not have to weather the aftermath of your accident alone. Regardless of whether you choose to file legal action and/or insurance claims related to your collision, the lawyers at Kamper & Estrada, PLLC are here to help.
Who is Liable After a Fender Bender?
Even the most seemingly inconsequential fender bender can result in legal challenges. Insurance companies may refuse to pay legitimate damage claims. Whiplash and soft tissue injuries may become apparent hours or even days after an accident takes place. Legal action may be filed by anyone who was harmed in the fender bender. It is also possible for illegitimate lawsuits to be filed on the part of individuals seeking to take advantage of the situation, although this is a relatively rare occurrence.
If you have been involved in a minor motor vehicle collision, you may have questions about your rights and potential liabilities. You may wonder if there are steps you should be taking right now, or perhaps you have yet to fully process your experience and may be tempted not to think about it at all. In general, it is a good idea to speak with an experienced lawyer before moving on from the events surrounding a collision.
Accident victims may not be thinking clearly in the hours, days, and weeks following an accident. Speaking with someone experienced in these kinds of events can help accident victims to protect their rights and understand their options moving forward.
Our Phoenix Car Accident Attorneys Can Help
If you have recently been involved in a fender bender and have questions about your legal rights and responsibilities, please consider scheduling a consultation with an experienced lawyer today. Even seemingly minor accidents can result in injury and/or property damage, so it is important to speak with an attorney about your legal options and potential liabilities, rather than making assumptions about whether you should be concerned about potential fallout related to your recent accident.
Once an experienced lawyer listens to the specifics of your situation, you can make informed decisions about how to best move forward, whether or not that “way” includes filing legal action. In addition, an attorney can help you navigate the ins and outs of insurance claims related to your collision. Please don’t wait, as your legal options may become more limited over time.
Contact Kamper & Estrada, PLLC for Trusted Representation
If you’ve been through the traumatic experience of an auto accident, time is of the essence. In Arizona, there is a statute of limitations that may limit you to six months to file a claim. Finding a car accident lawyer who will understand the difficulties you’re going through is key to moving forward and getting your life back.