Car accidents have the potential to result in devastating injuries or even fatalities. The aftermath of such a traumatic incident could pose physical, financial and emotional challenges not just for the injured victims, but also their family members. There are also questions regarding whose fault the accident was and who should be held financially responsible for the injuries and damages caused. These and other pressing matters can very quickly prove overwhelming for car accident victims and their families, and add to the stress of what is already a challenging situation.
At the Pew Law Center, our Arizona car accident attorneys understand the challenges you are facing at this critical juncture. We can put our knowledge, experience and resources to work for you and help you secure maximum compensation for your losses. We will guide you through what could potentially be a challenging process so you can focus on recovering from your injuries and getting your life back together.
Car Accident Injuries
Car accident injuries could leave your world spinning in an instant. Even accidents that may not be perceived as high-speed or high-impact have the potential to result in catastrophic or life-threatening injuries. Accident-related expenses, ranging from medical bills, loss of earnings, and in some cases, loss of livelihood, could be staggering. Here are some of the most common types of injuries for which the Pew Law Center helps individuals seek compensation:
- Multiple fractures: Car accidents could result in broken bones in the legs, arms and other parts of the body. These serious injuries could prevent individuals from working or even performing everyday tasks such as taking children to school, going grocery shopping, driving, etc. The financial impact of broken bone injuries can be staggering. We will fight for the compensation you rightfully deserve in the aftermath of such harrowing injuries.
- Traumatic head injuries: Trauma to the head during a car accident could result in everything from concussions to permanent brain damage. Those who have suffered significant brain damage may require lengthy periods of rehabilitation. Many never recover from their injuries.
- Whiplash: Rear-end accidents often result in debilitating injury to the neck commonly termed as “whiplash.” These types of injuries involve violent forward and backward movement of the head. Whiplash injuries may not become apparent immediately after the accident. Symptoms may not surface until several days or even a few weeks after the car accident.
- Spinal cord injuries: This type of trauma affects the spinal column and could cause a range of symptoms from back pain to paralysis. Needless to say, spinal cord injuries have the potential to leave victims permanently injured or disabled.
How Our Attorneys Can Help You
If you have been injured in an Arizona car accident, there are a number of steps you can take to make sure that your legal rights are protected. At the scene, file a police report while ensuring that officers hear your account of how the incident occurred. Be sure to get a copy of the report. Your Arizona car accident lawyer can also help you obtain a copy of this important document.
Collect as much evidence as possible from the car accident scene. Obtain evidence from the scene including photographs of the vehicles involved, the surrounding environment, your injuries and the injuries sustained by passengers and others. If you are unable to collect this critical evidence because of your injuries, ask a friend or family member to do so. If you retain our services right away, we could also help collect this crucial evidence, which may be lost or obliterated later. Such evidence may include skid marks or debris at the scene, which could really help tell the story of how the events unfolded.
With regard to evidence, our attorneys can also help ensure that the evidence in your case is preserved by sending out a spoliation letter to the concerned parties. For example, if the car is impounded and declared “totaled” by the insurance company, the vehicle could be destroyed. This will not help your case. In many case, the vehicle is the most important piece of evidence, which could help establish fault and liability.
In truck accident cases, for example, it may be critical to preserve the truck driver’s log books, electronic logging information, the vehicle’s maintenance records, etc. The vehicle’s event data recorder or “black box” can also offer crucial information about what happened just before the crash. These are pieces of evidence you do not want to lose and your car accident attorney can play an important part in helping preserve them.
Damages in a Car Accident Case
If you have been injured in a car accident, there may be a number of damages you could be entitled to including:
- Medical expenses: This includes all types of medical expenses to help you recover from your car accident injuries including surgeries, hospitalization costs, cost of medication, medical equipment, etc.
- Therapeutic treatments: If you have been injured in a car accident, you very likely need rehabilitative treatment such as physical therapy or chiropractic care in order to recover strength, mobility and flexibility that you may have temporarily lost due to your injuries. These costs add up soon and often need to be paid out of pocket because insurance coverage is limited.
- Lost income: Wages lost while recovering from your injuries can put a significant financial strain on car accident victims and their families. This could be part of the compensation that you seek. If you have suffered life-changing injuries that render you permanently disabled, you may be able to secure compensation for lost future income and/or loss of earning capacity.
- Pain and suffering: Suffering injuries in a car accident can cause significant physical pain and emotional trauma. It may be challenging to put a price on what you go through during such a trying time. Again, your car accident lawyer can help you determine the type of damages you can seek by helping you understand what your car accident case is worth.
The value or worth of your case depends on the nature and extent of your injuries and the degree of negligence on the part of the parties involved. The experienced Arizona car accident attorneys at the Pew Law Center can help you better understand your legal rights and options. Call us to schedule a no-cost, no-obligation consultation and let us put our knowledge and experience to work for you.