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Car accidents are frequent events in Glendale, Arizona, and throughout the state. In 2020, Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) data revealed 98,778 motor vehicle accidents in Arizona, with 970 fatalities and 28,610 injuries. Maricopa County had the majority of accidents, with 71,611 incidents, 460 fatalities, and 19,997 injuries.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that 94% of car accidents result from driver error. Victims of accidents caused by others’ negligence can file injury claims to recover compensation for medical costs, lost income, property damage, and non-economic losses. Engaging a skilled Glendale car accident lawyer at Lamber Goodnow can enhance the likelihood of full compensation.
Lamber Goodnow’s Glendale car accident attorneys are dedicated to achieving justice for clients. They have years of experience representing negligence victims, thoroughly investigating each claim to build the strongest possible case. They hire experts and investigators when needed, and their legal knowledge, litigation expertise, reputation, and dedication help secure fair settlements for most clients. If an insurance company refuses a fair settlement, Lamber Goodnow attorneys are unafraid to fight for justice in court. The following information outlines the car accident claims process and relevant laws that could impact your case.
Steps to Take After a Glendale Collision:
- Stay at the scene, call the police
- Check for injuries, provide first aid if necessary
- Request witnesses to remain at the scene
- Take photographs and videos of the accident scene
- Share your account with the police
- Seek immediate medical attention
- Consult a Lamber Goodnow Glendale car accident attorney
Arizona follows a fault system for auto accident claims, meaning victims file claims with the at-fault driver’s insurance company. However, insurance companies often employ tactics to minimize payouts or avoid claims altogether. It is essential to remember that insurance adjusters work for the company, not for you. Avoid discussing your accident and injuries with them and never sign a release allowing access to your medical records. If you receive an early settlement offer, consult your attorney before accepting.
Relevant car accident laws in Glendale include:
- Obedience to stoplights and stop signs (ARS 28-644)
- Prohibition of reckless driving (ARS 28-693)
- Reasonable speed requirements (ARS 28-701(a))
- Driving in the right lane (ARS 28-721)
- Passing on the left (ARS 28-723)
- Passing on the right regulations (ARS 28-724)
- Following distance rules (ARS 28-730)
- Drunk or drugged driving prohibition (ARS 28-1381 et. seq.)
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FAQs: Glendale Car Accident Lawsuits
Navigating Car Accident Lawsuits in Glendale The process of filing an accident claim can be confusing after experiencing an injury or losing a loved one in a car accident. To help clarify the process, here are some frequently asked questions our Glendale car accident attorneys at Lamber Goodnow often encounter.
Q: When is the Best Time to Consult with a Lawyer?
A: Arizona’s statutes of limitations, outlined in ARS 12-542, give you a two-year deadline to file a lawsuit after an injury accident. If you’ve lost a close family member, the deadline is two years from the date of their death. However, certain circumstances may alter these deadlines, such as accidents involving government employees, which require filing a claim within six months under the Arizona Tort Claims Act.
Consulting with an attorney soon after your accident allows them more time to investigate, gather evidence, and build a strong case on your behalf.
Q: What Happens if the Other Driver Was Working at the Time of the Accident?
A: When employees cause accidents while on the job, their employers are often held vicariously liable for the resulting damages. In these cases, the employer’s liability policies, which typically have higher limits, can help you recover full compensation for your losses.
Q: Should I Give a Recorded Statement to the Other Driver’s Insurance Adjuster?
A: It’s best to avoid giving a recorded statement to the insurance adjuster representing the other driver. Adjusters are trained to ask questions that may prompt you to make harmful statements. Instead, politely inform the adjuster that you plan to consult an attorney before providing any information about the accident or your injuries.
Q: Who Will Cover My Medical Expenses?
A: Ultimately, the at-fault driver’s insurance company will be responsible for paying your medical bills if you secure a settlement or verdict. In the meantime, you can use your medical insurance to cover expenses, minus copays and deductibles. Additionally, your attorney may help you find a doctor who is willing to provide treatment while your claim is pending.
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