Car Accidents In Arizona Are Stressful Situations
This article shares some great advice from Phoenix injury lawyer, Aaron Crane from Cantor Crane with respect to car accidents and how stressful they can be. It can be very stressful and frightening to be involved in a car accident, and it doesn’t matter whether the accident was a minor or major one. If you also have to worry about additional issues involved with having a personal injury, such as your medical expenses, lost wages, other damages and bills that pile up because of the collision, it can make it very difficult to handle alone. An experienced car accident attorney, by using their knowledge to help you, can really make a difference. Very few personal injury accident cases are straightforward. There are many different things that your personal injury attorney will analyze and take into account in determining whether your case is a winnable one before they advise you to move forward with your case.
Your personal injury lawyer will start by investigating which driver the involved insurance companies believe is at fault in causing the accident. Arizona follows a liability rule called comparative negligence. Under this law, each driver will only be found responsible for their proportionate share of fault in the accident. If you are found to be partly responsible for the accident, any potential settlement award may be reduced significantly. This means that your attorney will evaluate whether you hold a percentage of the liability in causing the accident. If you do, they will evaluate the percentage of fault that is likely to be allocated to you in determining whether your claim is worthwhile.
Injury after a car accident
Your injuries that you received as a result of the crash are another important determinative factor in how winnable your case might be. For example, if your injuries were limited to minor bruises and cuts, you may have a difficult time finding an attorney who would be willing to accept your case. A majority of insurance companies will agree to settle small claims reasonably and quickly. Claims involving serious property damage and injuries, however, will likely require the assistance of an attorney in order to recover the fair settlement you deserve.
The amount of evidence you can provide to support the basis for your claim is also important. Your lawyer may be better able to negotiate with an insurance company for a higher recovery amount if you have sufficient evidence to support your side. Such evidence might include photos of your injuries, photos of the accident scene, police reports, witness statements, medical expense statements and medical records, for example. These items may also be able to help your attorney prove that the other party was at fault for causing the accident.
Availability of Funds
Even in the event that the other party is clearly at fault and you successfully receive a judgment, if the other party doesn’t have sufficient insurance policies or other assets to pay your claim, it might not be worthwhile to pursue. Your attorney will work to determine whether or not the negligent driver has enough insurance and assets to continue pursuing a case. It doesn’t make sense to file a lawsuit just to get a judgment that you won’t be able to collect.
Finally, if you can demonstrate that you suffered serious injuries without any fault on your part, have the evidence needed to support your claim and learn that the other driver has enough available funds to pay your settlement, your personal injury attorney at Cantor Crane will likely be able to proceed with representing you confidently. With your lawyer’s help, you may be able to better negotiate with the insurance company to reach a settlement that will provide you with the compensation you deserve to cover all of your economic and noneconomic losses caused by your accident. Contact us today at (602) 254-2701 for a free initial consultation.