As the state of Arizona continues to grow, the roads and highways are not only becoming more congested, but dangerous as well. In fact, thousands of people are injured or killed in automobile accidents each year. Nonetheless, all drivers have an obligation to operate their vehicles in a safe manner and avoid causing injuries to others. When accidents happen, it helps to have an experienced personal injury attorney to rely on.
For over 25 years, the Blischak Law Firm has been fighting for the rights of auto accident victims in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Mesa, Tempe, Chandler, and throughout the state of Arizona. We have a well-earned reputation for successfully recovering significant compensation for our clients.
Common Causes of Car Accidents
There are many causes of car accidents in Arizona, including:
- Distracted driving
- Driving under the influence (DUI)
- Driver fatigue
- Failing to obey traffic signals
- Improper turning
- Unsafe lane changes
- Reckless driving
- Mechanical defects
In order to have a successful claim, it is necessary to show that the other driver was negligent. Generally this requires demonstrating that (1) the other driver had a duty to operate his or her vehicle in a safe manner, (2) he or she breached this duty, (3) the other driver’s actions caused the accident, and (4) the accident was the direct cause of physical injuries or monetary losses.
In some cases, defects in the road, a curb or median, inoperable streetlights, or a faulty stop light may have contributed to the accident. In these circumstances, it may be possible to pursue a claim against the responsible city, county, or state. Finally, if a defect in an automobile caused the accident, then a product liability lawsuit can be pursued against the manufacturer or distributor.
Automobile Accident Injuries
Auto accidents can lead to a wide range of injuries, including:
- Bruises and lacerations
- Broken bones and fractures
- Neck and head injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Loss of limbs
- Traumatic brain injuries
While a high impact collision can result in traumatic injuries, even minor fender benders can lead to injuries. At times, some victims may not immediately realize the full extent of their injuries or the amount of medical treatment they will need until long after the accident. In the worst case scenario, an auto accident may lead to a victim’s death.
Automobile Insurance in Arizona
Arizona relies on at “at-fault” auto insurance system which means there are a number of options for settling accident claims. You can file a claim with your insurer, the at-fault driver’s insurance company, or pursue a personal injury lawsuit against the other driver. Nonetheless, obtaining the full value of your claim requires the skills of an experienced auto accident attorney.
Because insurance companies try to settle claims for as little money as possible, we leverage our legal knowledge and negotiating skills to obtain the maximum settlement. We will help you obtain just compensation for your losses that also considers all of your future medical and financial needs. Depending on the severity of the injuries and the nature of the accident, it may also be necessary to pursue a personal injury lawsuit in court. By engaging the services of The Blischak Law Firm, you will have confidence knowing that dedicated advocates are handling your case.
What to Do After an Automobile Accident
The first thing to do after an automobile accident is call the police and seek medical treatment. Do not let the other driver talk you out doing this because reports of the police and emergency responders will provide critical evidence in your personal injury claim. It is also important to collect any additional information that may support your claim, including the other driver’s name and contact information, his or her insurance information, and the names and contact information for any witnesses. If possible, you should also take pictures of the accident scene, your injuries and damage to the cars.
If you receive ongoing medical treatment from doctors, physical therapists and other specialists, it is crucial that they thoroughly treat your injuries and provide the necessary medical documentation to support your claim, including records of doctor’s visits, X-rays, required surgical procedures, prescription medications, and rehabilitative care. It is also crucial to follow your doctor’s orders regarding all recommended medical treatment and therapy.
Since most automobile accident injury claims are paid by insurance companies, you will be contacted by the insurer’s claims adjuster shortly after the accident. The role of this individual is to investigate the circumstances of the accident and negotiate the claim. You should not speak to an anyone from the insurance company or agree to a settlement without having proper legal representation. We will successfully demonstrate the other driver’s negligence, validate your injuries and property damage, and help you obtain a settlement that is fair and reasonable.
Automobile Accident Attorneys in Arizona
The Blischak Law Firm has extensive experience representing automobile accident victims and their families. We are well versed in Arizona’s at-fault insurance system and have the skills and resources that are necessary for pursuing successful claims. By conducting a thorough investigation and collaborating with a respected network of accident reconstruction specialists and other experts, we will diligently pursue your claim. We understand that being injured in an automobile accident can be an overwhelming experience and will offer you compassion and knowledge and make sure you receive the medical care that you need.
If you were injured in an accident that was not your fault, we can help you obtain compensation for lost wages, past and future medical expenses, property damage, pain and suffering and other expenses and losses. If a loved one was killed by a reckless or negligent driver, we will pursue a wrongful death lawsuit to obtain the justice you deserve. We believe that no one should be forced to suffer because of another person’s reckless or negligent conduct. Fill out a contact form or call our office today at (602) 252-1984 for a free consultation.
The Law Office of John W. Blischak serves clients in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Mesa, Tempe, Glendale, and throughout the state of Arizona.