The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that vehicle accidents cause about $75 billion in damages and losses every year in the form of lost productivity, lost wages and income, property damage, medical treatment costs, and insurance administration expenses.
If you suffered injuries in a car accident, you may be able to seek compensation for your injuries or damages if the accident was caused by the negligence or carelessness of another party. Please contact Ben Crump Law, PLLC at (800) 598-7557 to learn more about your rights, responsibilities, and important next steps. Our Phoenix car accident lawyer is here to guide you through this difficult time.
Understanding Car Accident Cases
To understand the personal, financial, and legal implications of a car accident, you need to understand the different types of accidents that can occur, how these accidents occur, and the damages you will likely face in accidents of different types. You must also understand who may be liable for your accident and the kinds of insurance coverage you may have recourse to after the fact.
Types of Car Accidents
There are tens of millions of cars on the road, and drivers vary in their driving ability and their adherence to safe driving rules. Common car accidents include:
- Rollover accidents.
- Frontal and rear-end accidents.
- Side-impact accidents.
- Blindspot and no-zone accidents.
- Intersection accidents.
- Parking lot accidents.
- Speeding, reckless driving, and aggressive driving accidents.
- Distracted driving accidents.
- Vehicle malfunction accidents.
- Damaged road accidents.
- Driving under the influence.
Causes of Car Accidents
The factors that often cause or contribute to car accidents are as follows.
- Driver negligence: Drinking and driving, speeding, driving recklessly or aggressively, driving while drowsy or fatigued, or driving while distracted by device use or interaction with other passengers are all forms of driver negligence.
- Driving without proper training or licensing is also a form of negligent driving.
- Poor maintenance: Tire blowouts, worn brakes, and cargo coming loose while a vehicle is in operation on the road can cause an accident.
- Environmental factors: Poor weather, damaged roads, slick surfaces, steep turns, inclines/declines, and narrow roads can all lead to an accident.
Other factors such as driver unfamiliarity with an area, drivers rushing to meet delivery deadlines or make up for lost time, and malfunctioning or missing traffic control signals such as lights or stop signs can increase the risk of having an accident. Hard-to-see objects or vehicles such as pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcyclists, road debris, and unmarked roadside fixtures can also lead to an accident. A Phoenix car accident lawyer with Ben Crump Law, PLLC can help you identify the likely causes of your car accident.
Car Accident Injuries
Car accidents can lead to a wide range of injuries, such as:
- Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Internal bleeding
- Broken bones
- Fractures and sprains
- Nerve, muscle, or ligament damage
- Eye, mouth, and dental injuries
- Lacerations and scars
- Cuts, burns, and bruises
- Death or paralysis/incapacitation
Accident victims will likely suffer various financial losses as well, including:
- Damaged property
- Vehicle damage
- Lost income
- Medical treatment expenses
- Incidental expenses such as care or home-service outlays
Car Accident Liability
Liability for a car accident will depend on how the accident was caused, and by whom.
- Accidents caused by driver negligence can lead to the driver or potentially his or her employer being held liable for damages.
- Road damage can lead to a lawsuit against a town or municipality or a construction/road repair team for damages.
- For vehicle malfunctions, a service or maintenance team may be liable or a product or parts manufacturer.
Different sets of evidence are required for accidents of different types to prove the cause of the accident, to determine liability, and to substantiate the severity, extent, or value of the damages caused by the accident. The following can usually be used to support a car accident claim:
- Police reports.
- Surveillance camera or dashcam footage.
- Eyewitness accounts of what happened.
- Cell phone records.
- Driving records of the driver you hold responsible for the accident.
- Medical invoices, test results, and doctor’s reports.
- Vehicle damage assessments.
- Vehicle repair/maintenance logs to prove inadequate servicing.
- A blood test or breathalyzer results to prove drinking and driving.
For a free legal consultation with a car accidents lawyer serving Phoenix, call 800-959-1444
Filing a Claim
To file a car accident claim, you must submit your evidence along with a demand letter to the at-fault party’s insurer–if you live in an at-fault state–or with your insurer–if you live in a no-fault state–to seek compensation. You might also be able to use other forms of coverage such as a personal injury protection plan–if you have one–or an uninsured or underinsured motorist policy to cover your losses. Other insurance plans such as accident liability coverage, passenger injury coverage, and rideshare accident coverage may also be applicable.
The testimony of a medical professional to prove the severity of your injuries or an economic modeling expert to prove your long-term income or financial losses may also be used in support of your claim.
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Contact Us Today for Legal Support
Gathering evidence, meeting filing deadlines, negotiating with insurance companies, and managing medical treatment expenses can be difficult if you suffered injuries in an accident. This is where Ben Crump Law, PLLC, and one of our Phoenix car accident lawyers may be able to help. Please contact us at (800) 598-7557 to learn more about what you must do after suffering a car accident, the kinds of evidence you will likely need to prove your case, and how to meet filing deadlines and other administrative formalities.
Statutes of limitations apply to personal injury cases and civil suits, so do not delay. Contact us today so that we can evaluate your case, determine whether or not you have grounds for a claim, and guide you with the next steps you need to take.