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The Phoenix injury lawyers at Abels & Annes have extensive experience assisting people who have been injured in an Arizona car accident. Anyone who drives a vehicle in the state of Arizona has an obligation to exercise care to not hurt others. If a driver fails use due care when operating a motor vehicle in Arizona, the law considers this to be negligence and the defendant can be held accountable for any damages they cause. These damages commonly include medical bills, physical injuries, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages from the accident.

If you have been hurt in an auto accident, you may be entitled to recover compensation. At Abels & Annes, P.C. we work with those who have been involved in car crashes, pedestrian accidents, bike accidents, bus accidents, truck accidents, and motorcycle accidents. Our Phoenix car accident attorneys know what it takes to protect your rights and the financial wellbeing of you and your family following a serious or fatal accident. Our goal is to handle your case so you can focus on recovery and getting back to your regular life.

Car Accidents Are Far Too Common

The number of people killed in traffic crashes each year rivals those who die by gun violence. In 2013, more than 32,000 motorists were killed in traffic crashes, according to the CDC. That amounts to roughly 90 fatalities from car accidents each day. 

Arizona has its fair share of auto accidents too. More than 100,000 Arizona auto accidents are reported each year. Of these car accidents in our state, 754 people lose their life and more than 33,000 are injured, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

When a driver causes an accident, most often their insurance policy will cover the damages, both to the vehicle and to the other people involved. This is often where things get tricky, since insurance companies are for-profit companies and very rarely give out a fair settlement without pressure. 

Other times, the at-fault motorist does not carry auto insurance as required by Arizona law. No insurance policy means to real way to get money from that at-fault driver. However, you could still have a car accident claim if this is your situation. Many insurance policies have uninsured and under-insured motorist coverage, allowing you to make a claim against your own policy.

Common Damages in a Phoenix Car Accident Claim

Damages” is term that lawyers and insurance companies use to discuss the money paid to a personal injury claimant as compensation for a loss or injury. Damages fall into two categories: special damages and general damages.

What are Special Damages?

Special damages are damages that can easily have a monetary value placed on them, like:

  • medical services,
  • doctor appointments,
  • surgery costs,
  • lost wages,
  • loss of future income,
  • anticipated future medical expenses,
  • and mileage costs incurred during treatment.

Special damages can easily be proven in court through medical bills, tax returns, proof of income, receipts, and other billing records.

What are General Damages?

General damages are damages that account for non-economic losses, or losses that cannot easily be counted or quantified. Even though they cannot easily have a value placed on them does not mean they do not have value. For example, pain and suffering, loss of consortium, and emotional distress.

General damages are more difficult to prove but they are still worth pursuing in order to get our client’s compensation for their losses. Just think, how much is being able to pick up your grandchild worth? Or how much would someone have to pay you to never walk again?

Legal Help for Traffic Accidents in Arizona

Abels & Annes is dedicated to protecting drivers in Phoenix and across Arizona. We understand that driving is one of the most dangerous things we will do in our lives and the statistics prove it. 

For example, the NHTSA states that 26% of American drivers, at some point, have been injured in an auto accident that required medical treatment. Of those people who were injured in an auto accident, 56% of them required additional medical care at a later date. 

Traffic accidents are an extremely common and dangerous segment of our modern lives. More than 2 million motorists have to get medical attention because of a traffic collision each year. That is a lot of hospital and doctor visits because of car accidents; and it's a lot of medical bills too.

More than 36,000 motor vehicle accidents that result in injury occur each year in Arizona, according to AZDOT. Of those 36,000, some 1,000 people do not survive the crash. Another 70,000 crashes result in property-damage. 

80% of the state’s traffic collisions occur in urban areas and 80,000 involve more than one vehicle.

Injuries from Phoenix auto accidents can be severe, ranging from neck and back injuries, fractures that require surgical repair, head trauma, and sometimes death

Crashes at intersections and those involving speeding, drunk or distracted drivers are among the most common.

Abels & Annes, P.C. has a history of dealing with car accident cases. The defendant's insurance company will want to resolve your claim for the lowest amount of money possible, and you should have a law firm on your side that is experienced in handling personal injury and wrongful death claims. Understanding the extent of your injuries and the likelihood of future occupational or medical complications are the first steps toward building a case to recover lost wages, medical expenses and other damages.

Commercial Driving Accidents in Arizona

For many people, driving is just a part of their workday. When we think of commercial driving accidents, we typically think of incidents like a semi-truck accident or a bus accident. But the truth of the matter is that transportation accidents are the number one cause of work-related death in the United States, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

This includes package delivery drivers, sales people, law enforcement, and many other types of employees that drive as part of their workday. 

In fact, the National Safety Council reports 1 in 4 crashes involve a cell-phone distracted driver and many of those drivers are behind the wheel as part of their job. Employers who fail to establish cell-phone policies may be exposing themselves to liability.

Those who are injured on the job in a transportation accident are typically entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. A worker injured in a collision should always have an experienced Arizona personal injury attorney review the case. In many instances, an at-fault driver or other third party may also be responsible for damages. Motorists who are injured in an accident with a commercial vehicle will also need legal help. Frequently, a company’s liability insurance may offer additional protection in the amount of $2 million or more.

Legal Help for Phoenix Traffic Accidents – Free Consultation

Whether you are a year-around or seasonal resident of Arizona, or just here on vacation, Abels & Annes, P.C. is dedicated to protecting your rights by holding the at-fault parties and their insurance companies responsible. We have the knowledge, experience and resources necessary to protect your rights and to fight for the compensation you deserve. Anyone who has been involved in a serious or fatal traffic crash should speak to a personal injury law firm before agreeing to any settlement.

Contact us immediately if you have been hurt in an Arizona car accident. We offer a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights. There is no fee unless you win your case.

Phoenix Personal Injury Attorneys – (855) 749-5299 – Free Consultation
Car Accident Settlements for Chicago Injury Victims

Here are some of the results our accident lawyers have achieved in auto cases.

Click the following link for a more complete list of our verdicts and settlements.

$825,000 – Settled claim for a plaintiff who was rear-ended by a commercial vehicle. As a result of the accident she sustained a herniated disc in her lumbar spine and had to undergo surgery.

$600,000 – Reached an insurance policy limits settlement on behalf of the family of a passenger that was killed in an accident. We obtained $500,000 from the defendant's insurance carrier, and an additional $100,000 on an uninsured motorist claim due to the fact that a second defendant had no insurance.

$460,000 – Represented a plaintiff who underwent surgeries to repair a herniated disc. The car crash was caused when a driver did not yield when pulling away from a stop sign, striking our client's car.

$250,000 – Settled a claim for driver who was involved in an accident with an uninsured driver. Car accident lawyers at our office pursued an uninsured motorist claim and collected the insurance policy limits. The plaintiff had to undergo surgery to repair a herniated disc that was suffered in the collision.

$220,000 – Represented the family of two children who were fatally injured after an intoxicated driver crossed a center line and hit the plaintiff's vehicle. The defendant was uninsured, so we successfully pursued an uninsured motorist claim and collected the insurance policy limits.

$200,000 – Settled claim on behalf of a client who was hit by a drunk driver. The plaintiff sustained two herniated discs in the accident.

$153,000 – Our office filed a lawsuit on behalf of a driver who sustained back injuries due to a defendant's negligence. Eventually both parties agreed to participate in a binding arbitration. A retired judge who heard the case returned a decision in favor of the plaintiff.

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