The beautiful state of Arizona is a frequent destination for attractions that range from the Hoover Dam to Saguaro National Park. Unfortunately, it is also the site of more than 120,000 car accidents yearly, of which 51,000 caused injuries.
If an Arizona car accident injures you or damages your property, you need a legal representative. You need someone to stand against potential claims from other parties or insurance companies. You need someone who fully understands the legalities surrounding your case as it relates to the local jurisdiction.
You need someone like Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA.
After an accident, you may have trouble finding the right Arizona car accident lawyer for you. This is what you need to know about us.
- Why Choose Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA?
- Car Accident Compensation
- Where Do Car Accidents Occur in Arizona?
- 6 Common Types of Car Accidents
- Common Injuries You Can Sustain in Car Accidents
- Fighting the Insurance Company After a Car Accident
- What to Do After a Car Accident
- Consult With Our Qualified Lawyers After Your Car Accident
Why Choose Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA?
Working with our law firm comes with several important advantages. Dolman Law Group works on cases involving car accidents and has an established track record with even difficult traffic-related cases in multiple states throughout the United States.
With extensive experience in multiple U.S. states, we have helped cases like:
- A $3,200,000 settlement of a semi-truck accident that resulted in brain injury
- A $1,875,000 settlement for a car accident with initially disputed liability, moving it in favor of the client
- A $1,750,000 settlement for a truck accident that required should require surgery from the victim
- A $1,150,000 settlement for a motorcycle accident caused by another driver's illegal left turn
- And more
Of course, case results like these do not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of your legal matter. That is why we offer free consultations to help you understand our expertise, provide initial guidance, and determine whether Dolman Law Group fits your legal needs after a car accident.
Our cross-state reach also guides how we work in local jurisdictions. The Dolman Law Group works with local counsel in any jurisdiction outside Florida to file lawsuits in jurisdictions where we are not licensed. Thus, we will follow each state's ethical rules to ensure a local attorney is involved.
Car Accident Compensation
Every case is unique, so it is difficult to determine how much your case will be worth without understanding the details of the damage, injuries, and liability of those involved. That said, Arizona regulations provide some guidance on how you can begin to estimate potential compensation for your car accident.
First, and perhaps most importantly, Arizona is a comparative fault state. That means multiple parties can be partially responsible for an accident. Each party must pay compensation in line with the percentage for which they are liable. For example, if a court decides you are 40% at fault for an accident, you are still entitled to receive 60% of the damages and injuries you have sustained.
Beyond that, Arizona's average car accident settlement ranges between $10,000 and $70,000, though it can also go far beyond that.
Where in or beyond that range you fall depends on a few important factors:
- The severity of injuries you have sustained
- Your medical expenses to treat these and other injuries
- The amount of property damage, like damage to your car or property in the car
- Any lost wages due to being unable to work after the accident
- Insurance policy limits for the amounts you can receive or others can pay
Damages can be either economic, covering monetary losses, or non-economic, like the pain and suffering the party responsible for the accident has caused you.
What compensation might you receive after your car accident, or how much a potential case might be worth? Schedule an initial consultation to let us help you unpack the accident details for an initial estimate.
Where Do Car Accidents Occur in Arizona?
According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, 104,000 121,000 car accidents in 2021 occurred in urban environments. However, rural crashes are more likely to result in injuries, especially serious ones, whereas urban crashes are more likely to result in property damage and minor injuries.
Maricopa County alone saw 86,000 car accidents in 2021, with Pima County a distant second at just over 10,000 accidents in the same year. Maricopa, of course, is home to Phoenix, where the Maricopa Association of Governments has ranked intersections by their overall crash risk.
The leaders in this category were:
- 99th Avenue and Lower Buckeye Road, responsible for 411 crashes in that time
- 67th Avenue and McDowell Road, responsible for 251 crashes
- 75th Avenue and Indian School Road, responsible for 249 crashes
- 67th Avenue and Indian School Road, responsible for 234 crashes
- 75th Avenue and McDowell Road, responsible for 232 crashes
- 27th Avenue and Camelback Road, responsible for 210 crashes
Of course, careful driving in Arizona's urban and rural areas continues to be essential. Still, avoiding these intersections can help keep Arizona drivers a little safer and reduce the need for a car accident attorney.
6 Common Types of Car Accidents
Not every car accident is the same. The type of car accident you are in can impact both injury risks and who might be responsible.
The six most common types of car accidents in Arizona are:
- Rear-end accidents are the most common type of car accident in the United States. The driver of the back vehicle is typically at fault, especially when they do not leave enough distance to the car ahead of them.
- Sideswipe accidents occur when a driver swerves into a car in the next lane either because they did not maintain their lane or attempt to change lanes without ensuring the other is clear first.
- T-bone collisions, which are the most frequent type of accident at intersections. When one driver does not respect the right of way of a given intersection, they risk driving into the side of another vehicle and risk potentially serious injuries.
- Head-on collisions are less common but especially dangerous. The speed of each vehicle multiplies the force with which the collision occurs, increasing the impact and risk of serious harm to everyone involved.
- Single-vehicle accidents, in which a driver crashes into not another vehicle but a stationary object like a light pole or flips the vehicle without another vehicle involved. Single-vehicle crashes result in more than half of all traffic-related fatalities in the U.S.
- Chain reaction crashes, in which one of the two vehicles involved in an accident crashes into a third and fourth vehicle. The worst type of chain reaction crash is a pileup, in which the chain reaction extends to many cars due to the high speed of roads like interstates.
Each of these types of crashes comes with nuances and legal considerations. Understanding the kind of car accident that involved you is the first substantial information you will need in any consultation with a car accident lawyer.
Common Injuries You Can Sustain in Car Accidents
Car crashes are so scary in part because of the high speed of the vehicles involved. Even the highest safety ratings matter little for a single or multiple-vehicle accident at high speed.
Speeding, distracted driving, fatigued driving, and alcohol impairments are all common causes of car accidents that result in injuries like:
- Broken Bones
- Soft tissue injuries, like whiplash
- Spinal cord injuries
- Brain injuries
- Amputated limbs
- And more
Many of these injuries can have life-long consequences. They also require long and often expensive treatments, so hiring a car accident attorney is essential. The right legal representation can help you get the compensation you need from the parties responsible for your car accident injuries.
Fighting the Insurance Company After a Car Accident
After a car accident, your own insurance company, as well as those of other parties, quickly become involved. They will represent the parties at fault, paying out claims on their behalf.
But insurance companies are looking for something other than the payment of a fair claim. They are for-profit companies to pay as little as possible. As a result, they will use a variety of tricks specifically designed to minimize the claims they have to pay out on their client's behalf.
First, they will try to get other parties to admit fault, even inadvertently. In a comparative fault state like Arizona, even getting you to admit some partial fault will mean they will pay less.
Insurance carriers will also look to minimize the settlement they have to pay if the case becomes a legal issue. They try to catch involved parties at vulnerable moments when they need money, like right when medical treatments become necessary, and lowball their settlement.
Because they have extensive experience with these tactics, insurance companies almost always have an advantage against anyone involved in a car accident acting independently. Hiring an experienced car accident lawyer gives you the legal expertise you need to fight back.
Once hired, our lawyers will advocate and negotiate with insurance companies. They will avoid admitting fault at any level. Instead, they will judge the strength of your case and the fairest possible settlement and will help you get to that point.
That might mean having to go to trial. But above all, it means having the peace of mind of knowing that you have leveled the playing field. Being able to tell a claims adjuster or insurance attorney to talk to your lawyer instead can help you focus on your mental and physical recovery from the accident.
What to Do After a Car Accident
Naturally, your most important first steps after a car accident include a check-up by a medical professional. But nearly as important, you can still take a wide range of steps designed to help your legal case succeed with the help of the right lawyer.
Those steps include:
- Keeping all of your receipts and records. Document and safely store any receipts for car repairs, diagnoses from medical professionals, and other paperwork related to the accident. Each of them might become important evidence in your case.
- Following your professionally recommended treatment plan. Do not give other parties an opening by not following the treatments recommended for your injuries. Be diligent about any follow-ups and treatments you need to optimize your recovery process.
- Write down your recollections. Do not trust your memory. Write down everything you remember about the lead-up, accident, and immediate aftermath as soon as you can. Consider starting a journal about your actions and interactions related to the crash.
- Obtaining a copy of the police report. Arizona law requires the police officer responding to the accident to file a comprehensive report. You can obtain it from the local police precinct with jurisdiction over the accident. You might have to pay a small copying fee, typically less than $50. Obtaining it allows you to compare the report to reality and dispute any facts early if necessary.
- Consulting a lawyer early. Ideally, all of the above steps can happen in collaboration. As soon as you consult a credible law firm, they will be able to walk you through all of these and other steps needed to maximize your chances of success. They will also consider all of the evidence you have already gathered as they build a case for you.
Consult With Our Qualified Lawyers After Your Car Accident
No matter the type of car accident you have been involved in or the injuries you have suffered, working with the right attorney can go a long way toward getting the justice you deserve. At Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, we are ready to help you fight for justice and get the compensation you need.
Contact us for a free consultation today. Call 833-552-7274 (833-55-CRASH) today, or reach out online for your free case consultation.