Tempe Car Accident Attorneys
Devoted Legal Protection for the Injured
Car accidents are one of the most common types of personal injury claims filed in the United States, including in Arizona. 6 million car crashes occur annually nationwide, injuring as many as 3 million individuals. At Cook Law Office, PLLC, we believe you shouldn’t have to be in pain or debt because of another driver’s negligence. Our Tempe car accident attorneys go above and beyond to protect our clients’ rights to compensation after traumatic accidents and can seek justice on your behalf while you heal at home or in the hospital. The legal system may seem daunting, but we’re with you every step of the way.
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Common Types of Car Accidents
Car accidents can happen anytime, anywhere, from on highways to in parking lots and driveways. There are various types of car accidents that can occur depending on many factors, though our experienced team of lawyers has handled many of the same types.
Common types of car accidents we’ve dealt with include:
- Rear-end crashes: Hit from behind? Rear-end accidents occur frequently and human error is almost always the cause behind them. If the driver who hit you was tailgating you, driving under the influence, or distracted, they can be held liable for their negligence.
- T-bone accidents: T-bone accidents occur when one car collides into the side of another and almost always happens at busy intersections. If a driver failed to yield on a left turn and struck you, for example, this can be considered negligence.
- Head-on collisions: One of the most dangerous types of car accidents involves the front ends of two vehicles colliding, and can happen when a driver is distracted or drunk and drives on the wrong side of the road. Common injuries associated with these accidents include brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and broken bones.
Common Injuries Caused by Car Accidents
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Back injuries
- Internal injuries
- Fractures/ broken bones
What to Do After a Car Crash
Not sure what to do after a car crash? You’re not alone—it’s common for drivers and passengers to be in a state of shock or frenzied in the aftermath of an accident. Our team has provided a list of steps for you to follow to ensure your safety and increase your chances of filing a successful personal injury claim.
1. Call for medical attention
Your health and safety should be your top priority. Even if you aren’t in pain or cannot detect any immediate injuries, you should still see a doctor for a full assessment, as sometimes injuries can appear hours or days later and be serious, like brain damage. Make sure to hold onto all of your medical records and receipts, as they can be used as evidence in your claim.
2. Document your accident
The more documentation you have of your accident and resulting damage, the better. Take photos and videos of the vehicle damage, license plates, and your injuries, if possible, and collect the contact and insurance information of the at-fault driver. If witnesses are around, it’s important to get their contact information, too.
3. Call an attorney
The sooner you call our firm, the sooner we can get to work on your case. We go above and beyond to provide our clients with convenience so they don’t have to lift a finger. We can also speak with any insurance adjusters who contact you to ensure you don’t say anything that may potentially limit the amount of compensation you can collect.
Car Accident FAQs
What if I was partly to blame for my car accident?
Arizona is known as a “comparative negligence” state in the realm of personal injury law. This means that if you, the victim, are found partially to blame for your accident and injuries, your recovery will be reduced in direct proportion to your share of the liability—the amount of compensation you can receive will likely be lowered. For example, if the courts find that you were 25% at fault for your accident, the amount of compensation you can expect to receive will be reduced by 25%, too. This can happen in situations where you were breaking the law at the time of the accident, such as by speeding or failing to wear a seat belt.
What happens if I was injured by a hit-and-run driver?
It’s understandable to panic after being involved in a hit-and-run accident, especially if you can’t locate the driver who injured you so you can access their insurance coverage. Fortunately, there are options for those who have been injured. Many Arizona drivers have medical payments as a part of their insurance coverage, while others carry uninsured motorist coverage. Our lawyers are happy to help you determine what kind of coverage you have in your current plan.
What damages can I recover in a car accident claim?
There are a variety of damages you can recover by filing a successful car accident claim. The most obvious economic damages you can collect include medical bills related to your injuries, like hospital bills, medication expenses, and future costs of care. A successful claim can also cover damage to your property, such as vehicle replacements or repairs.
Additionally, you may also be compensated for lost income, pain and suffering, and even emotional trauma. It’s our job as a personal injury law firm to build a case strong enough to recover all that is available to you.
Don’t wait to start working towards the future you deserve—call our Tempe car accident lawyers for help at (602) 560-4756. We can conduct your evaluation in English or Spanish.
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