After a car accident in Arizona, you or a loved one may have sustained severe injuries and damages, and you need help. Handling legal claims on top of the costs of medical bills and the stress of missing work can be too much for one person, which is why our law firm is here. A Phoenix, AZ car accident lawyer from Buckingham Barrera Vega Law Firm can help you through the legal process. We’ll be at your side every step of the way to seek full and fair compensation on your behalf. Our lawyers will do everything possible to get you the compensation you deserve so you’re able to focus on healing.
The lawyers at our law firm have experience in representing clients who have been injured in car accidents. We understand how overwhelming it can be when the negligent actions of another driver leave you with injuries, emotional damages, and a long road to recovery. We’ll hold the negligent driver accountable for their actions and help you recover for your losses. Our lawyers will fiercely advocate for your rights and fight for your future.
Car Accident Statistics in Phoenix, AZ
Arizona has 6.2 million registered vehicles and 5.4 million licensed drivers. In 2019, the state had 129,750 motor vehicle crashes. 911 of those were fatal crashes and caused 982 fatalities. There were 36,926 injury crashes that caused 53,809 injuries.
Phoenix had a high number of fatal and injury crashes in the same year:
- 45,208 total crashes
- 193 fatal crashes
- 11,820 injury crashes
- 202 fatalities
- 17,193 injuries
These accidents happen with alarming regularity. Every day, a Phoenix resident could have been injured or worse in a car collision. When these incidents occur, the results can be devastating. That’s why our law firm is so dedicated to helping victims of car accidents. We fight for those who have been injured because of a negligent or reckless driver.
What Causes Phoenix Car Accidents?
As your lawyer is building your case, we’ll review the evidence from the accident to find out what the other driver did to cause the accident. Negligent actions behind the wheel can cause a dangerous collision in seconds. It’s possible they did one of the following common causes of car wrecks:
- Speeding. When drivers are going above the posted speed limit, they’re putting themselves and others at risk because they have less control of their car and less time to avoid other drivers.
- Drunk Driving. Intoxicated drivers are not able to safely operate a car because their judgment, senses, and alertness are all impaired. They could easily veer out of their lane, run up into a curb or sidewalk, or may not notice that traffic is slowing down or stopping.
- Texting and Driving. Phones are a major distraction to drivers. When drivers are more focused on sending a text, they may take one or both hands off the wheel. The driver will also look at the phone and take their eyes off the road. When a driver is distracted, they may not notice that they’re exiting their lane, changing their speed, and they can’t see if a car has changed lanes in front of them.
- Road Rage. Drivers may get angry behind the wheel and allow that anger to influence their driving behaviors. If someone cuts them off, they may feel the need to get back at that driver. When a driver is more focused on the other driver, they may speed, forget to use their signal, or lose control of their steering and cause an accident.
It’s possible that the negligent driver was exhibiting a combination of dangerous driving behaviors. For example, if they were looking at their phone, they may not realize they were speeding up at the same time. These combinations can contribute to an accident that has a higher severity of injuries.
When your car accident lawyers know what caused your accident, they’ll assess the damages done to you and the vehicle. We’ll use this evidence to seek fair compensation for your losses.
What Makes the Types of Car Accidents So Dangerous?
Different types of collisions can lead to certain injuries and some collisions tend to be more likely to cause potentially life-threatening injuries. You may have been involved in one of the following kinds of accidents:
- Head-On Collisions. When a driver is heading the wrong way or swerves out of their lane, they may cause a head-on collision. Since the impact is at the front of both vehicles where the drivers are located, they can sustain severe injuries. Traumatic brain injuries, internal organ damage, and severe lacerations are all possibilities.
- Rear-End Collisions. If a driver collides with the back of another vehicle, the impact can cause whiplash. Rear-end collisions are common when a driver is distracted and doesn’t realize that traffic has stopped.
- T-Bone Accidents. These are also called broadside collisions and commonly occur at intersections. The front of one vehicle strikes the side of another. The driver or passenger can both sustain serious injuries like spinal cord injuries or broken bones if they’re on the side of the impact.
- Sideswipe. When vehicles are traveling side by side and one exits the lane, the cars can collide. This could happen when a driver doesn’t check their blind spot when changing lanes or merging.
- Single Vehicle Accidents. In some cases, a negligent driver can cause an auto wreck but not be involved in the crash. If a negligent driver swerves in front of another vehicle, the other driver may try to maneuver their car to avoid a collision. While they may avoid a crash with the negligent driver, they can lose control and crash into something else.
All the crashes above can cause injuries. As your Phoenix, AZ car accident lawyer investigates your case, we’ll know the details of what type of crash you were in and what injuries resulted from it. We’ll make sure to have the full scope of your injuries and damages so we can fight for maximum compensation.
What Should You Do After a Car Accident in Arizona?
While you may feel shock, distress, and not know what to do in the moments after an accident, there are steps you can take that could potentially help you in the future. Take a look at these tips so you can take care of your health and your claim.
- Get to a Safe Spot. After an accident, you may still be in traffic. It’s important to get to a safe area so you’re not at risk of sustaining other injuries. If possible, get to the side of the road.
- Call for Help. You’ll need to call emergency services so you can have medical professionals assess your injuries and police can make a report.
- Don’t Apologize. You may feel the need to apologize to the other driver because of the situation, even if it was their fault. Your apology could be used against you because it could be an admission of guilt, and put some of the responsibility on you.
- Cooperate with Police. Provide the police with the facts that you know. Be as accurate as possible and tell them if you can’t remember everything—guessing could lead to inaccuracies.
- Exchange Information. You’ll need to get the other driver’s information: their name, a way to contact them, insurance policy information, and vehicle information.
- Take Photographs. Photographs of the damages and the accident scene can help show the severity of the crash and possibly include clues as to what happened. You may also want to document your injuries with photographs or a journal to keep track of how the injuries are affecting you.
- See a Doctor. Once you’ve done all you can at the scene, you need to see a doctor for an evaluation of your injuries. You’ll know how you were hurt and be able to start treatment.
- Contact a Lawyer. You should reach out to a lawyer as soon as possible so they can start fighting for you. The photographs of the scene, police report, photographs, and medical records can all help your lawyer fight for you.
Our lawyers understand how difficult it can be to deal with the injuries and losses after an accident. We’ll go over how we can help and work with you throughout the legal process.
A Phoenix, AZ Car Accident Lawyer Can Fight for You
Your lawyer will start gathering evidence to support your claim and seek full compensation for your damages. These will likely be split into two kinds of damages that cover your financial losses and the other types of losses.
- Economic Damages. Your financial losses can be your medical bills, future medical costs, lost wages, loss of earnings, and diminished earning capacity. If your vehicle sustained damage in the accident, your lawyer will also include the repair costs. We’ll examine every bill and other form of expense that you’ve received from the accident and seek compensation for it.
- Noneconomic Damages. These types of damages are a bit different. You can also seek compensation for losses that don’t have a bill. Pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and mental anguish are all noneconomic damages that your car accident attorney will take into account when fighting for you.
You can trust your lawyer to always fight for your best interests. We’ll stand up to insurance companies that are trying to get you to settle for less than you deserve or are minimizing the effects of your injuries. We’ll seek compensation that will allow you to get the medical care you need and provide you with peace of mind so you can work on your recovery.
Buckingham Barrera Vega Law Firm Will Stand Up for Your Rights
Our law firm protects people whose lives have been upturned because of a car accident. We can help you secure your financial future. It all starts with a phone call for a free case evaluation. You’ll meet with an experienced Phoenix, AZ car accident lawyer who will review what happened, how you were hurt, and will go over your options.
While the time after an accident can be confusing, it’s important to act quickly so you can get the recovery you deserve. If you wait too long, you may not be able to come forward with a claim because the statute of limitations has passed. Your lawyer will be able to tell you how much time you have and take steps to make sure you come forward within that deadline. Buckingham Barrera Vega Law Firm is here to help you move forward.