It can happen any time on the road. Commuting to work, taking the kids to school, going to the store, or even on a road trip. Car accidents happen all too often in Arizona. There were over 127,000 collisions last year in Arizona, resulting in over 36,000 injuries. Over 80% of these motor vehicle accidents occurred in urban areas like Tempe. Tragically, over 900 people lost their lives in these traffic accidents. If you were injured in a Tempe Car Accident, contact a law firm with decades of experience handling motor vehicle accidents. Abels & Annes is here for you. We believe in getting our clients big firm settlements while still providing them with a small firm level of communication.
Arizona Laws Keep Tempe Drivers SafeWhen a motorist operates a vehicle in the state of Arizona, he or she has to do so in a safe manner that will not injure others on the roadways. A driver is required to operate a vehicle in a reasonably safe manner, free from negligence (also known as due care). If you have been hurt by the actions of a negligent driver, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages.
Our Tempe accident attorneys help those who have lost loved ones or who themselves sustained personal injuries in various types of collision claims such as auto accidents, truck crashes, bicycle accidents, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian accidents and bus crashes.
What to do After an Accident in TempeIn the moments, days, and weeks following an accident, there can be many critical decisions that need to be made, many obstacles, many possible pitfalls. Our Tempe personal injury lawyers are well aware of the pressure that you can be under following the crash.
You’ve been injured, you’re stressed, you’re in a lot of pain and sometimes heavily medicated, and you’re trying to handle issues and answer questions from one or more insurance carriers. Mind you, these are typically trained insurance professionals, whose goal is to minimize the insurance company’s liability, meaning they want to pay you as little as possible on the claim.
This is why it is important to start working with experienced accident attorneys as soon as possible. We can help guide you through this difficult time and take that pressure off of you. You can let your injury lawyers handle your claim, and at the same time you can start focusing on recovering from your injuries. The insurance carriers have well-trained claims adjusters and attorneys looking out for their interests, you certainly should have the opportunity to have your own accident attorney looking out for your rights.
What to do Immediately Following an AccidentOf course, before anything, make sure you follow protocol immediately after an accident. This means that you should:
- Contact the police right away to get an official record of the incident.
- Exchange contact information and insurance details with any other drivers involved.
- Gather info from anyone who may have witnessed the accident. You will need them later.
- Take photos of the accident, conditions, roads, and any other info that may be important.
- Finally, seek medical attention to treat any injuries you may have received from the accident, no matter how minor you think they are.
Injuries in Tempe Car AccidentsUnfortunately, injuries sustained in motor vehicle accidents are sometimes severe and can affect the quality of your life for years to come. Sometimes people incur traumatic brain injuries, serious lacerations, spinal cord or back and neck injuries, broken bones (which sometimes require surgery to repair), burns that result in permanent scarring, and sometimes unfortunately death.
Attorneys from our office will look to make a monetary recovery on your behalf from the defendant’s insurance carrier for the following types of damages:
- The cost of medical treatment, both present and future, including but not limited medical expenses related to the emergency room, ambulance, diagnostic scans, doctors visits, physical therapy, and the cost to acquire medical devices such as crutches and walkers.
- The loss of income sustained due to the accident.
- The pain and suffering due to the accident, a loss of normal life, any physical impairments, and disfigurement.
Common Types of Tempe Car Accidents
- Side Impact Collisions
- Rear-End Collisions
- Drunk Driving Accidents
- Distracted Driving Accidents
- Texting While Driving Accidents
- Chain Reaction Accidents
- Head-On Collisions
- Road Rage Accidents
- Parking Lot Accidents
- Uber Car Accidents
- Lyft Car Accidents
- Speeding Accidents
How long will it take to resolve my claim?I am asked that question periodically and unfortunately there is no firm answer to that question. The length of a claim depends on many different factors.
First, it is ill advised to move forward with a settlement until you are done with your medical treatment, or have at least reached the point of maximum medical improvement. If you resolve our claim while you are still treating with doctors, this is a problem due to the fact that you are still incurring new expenses every week. You would essentially be losing money out of pocket by settling too early. Typically medical care for more serious injuries will last a longer period of time than those less seriously injured.
The next factor that can affect the length of the case is the defendant’s insurance carrier. Some insurance carriers are better than others, some are more reasonable than others, some evaluate claims quickly, some slow. Once a settlement offer is received, it will be your decision whether to accept or reject the offer. If the offer is unfairly low, you may wish to continue on to a courtroom setting and trial, which can take a significant amount of time.
Abels & Annes is Your Tempe Car Accident Attorney
The law partners at Abels & Annes, P.C., David Abels and Gary Annes, have both focused their law practices on handling personal injury cases since the mid-1990s. They both have had extensive experience working on motor vehicle accident-related claims and look forward to helping you with your Tempe.
Free consultations 24/7. How much is your case worth? Well it is certainly worth a phone call for a free consultation. Our Tempe car accident lawyers are here for you, ready to answer your questions. You can call us toll-free at (855) 749-5299, or locally at (602) 819-5191. You can also reach us by filling out the contact form on this webpage. Again, we are here to help and it’s a free, no obligation consultation.