Major causes of Arizona Car Accidents Injury and Fatalities. As Arizona Car Accident and Personal Injury Lawyers, we want to give you as much information to keep you safe on Arizona roadways. The best advice I can give to you is to practice Defensive Driving, meaning keep alert, check intersections before you pass through them, and never ever become distracted. In doing research for this blog, it is clear what causes the vast majority of Arizona Motor Vehicle Collisions. Major Causes of Arizona Car Accidents: 1) Speeding and Aggressive Driving 2) Distracted drivers-TEXTING, eating, phone calls, applying makeup, speaking to passengers 3) Red light runners-Intersection collisions 4) Drunk Driving/Drugged Driving 5) Old Age/Fatigue/Physical Impairment (blurred vision) 6) Poor Road Conditions Essentially, Arizona Car Accidents are caused by one or a combination of these factors, which lead to the majority of Car Accident Injury and Car Accident Fatalities that occur daily in Arizona. With this information we hope that you stay aware when you are on the Arizona roads and are able to better identify any of these factors, in order to best protect yourself. If you have been in an Arizona Car Accident and want to speak now to an Experienced Arizona Car Accident Lawyer call us at (480) 540-3815 to schedule a free consultation. We do not charge a fee to take your case, and only take a fee if we settle your case.
What can negatively impact your Arizona car accident injury settlement? We always strive to prepare our Arizona personal injury clients for the best potential settlement. The sooner we are contacted about a client’s car accident or motorcycle injury claim, the better we can advise on the proper course of action to maximize the settlement. This post addresses events that will negatively impact, aka reduce, your personal injury settlement. Lack of Evidence The more evidence of the accident you have the better potential settlement. It is important to call the police and have a police report detailing the parties, insurance carriers, description of the accident, eye witness testimony, fault, violations of law, and citations issued. Pictures and video of the accident scene should be taken to substantiate the details of the police report. Far too often Arizona accident victims fail to do this, which can reduce their settlement. Most cell phones have cameras so take plenty of pictures and or video. Gaps in Treatment The moments after the accident are stressful and due to increased anxiety or even shock injured accident victims fail to realize they are seriously injured. They deny emergency response on scene (ambulance) and do not go to the emergency room or doctor. Keep in mind, onset of some injuries can take 24 to 48 hours so it is always wise to get treated asap. The longer you wait to treat, the lower your potential settlement may be. Insurance companies argue that if the accident victim were really injured, they would have been taken in an ambulance or went to the ER. For non-emergency injuries go to your primary care physician or urgent care. Incomplete medical records Far too often injured individuals will not fully disclose their injuries or pain, in an attempt to convince themselves they are not really hurt. This can be detrimental to your Arizona personal injury claim. It is imperative you fully describe your symptoms, injuries and pain levels. Without complete descriptions of each insurance companies will assume your injuries are minor. Over treatment Some think the more they treat, the bigger their settlement will be. This is not true! Insurance companies will assess your soft tissue injuries, and often cap their reimbursement for treatment. If you have been treating for a long time and are not getting better, have your medical provider draft an opinion as to why. This will provide a record of why the continued treatment is necessary. Waiting too long to call a lawyer The longer you wait, the less your potential settlement may be. An experienced Arizona personal injury lawyer can advise you from day 1. Often the car accident lawyers of Mostafavi, Marco & Wimmer will give free advice and not take a case, knowing a client could potentially settle a good claim. If however they are unsuccessful, we will represent them to maximize their settlement. For more tips on how to best prepare your personal injury case CLICK HERE. If you would like more information regarding your case, call us anytime for a free consultation at (480) 540-3815 or visit www.mmwazlaw.com.
Arizona Personal Injury-Insurance companies not playing moneyball. We have noticed a recent trend in Arizona Personal Injury Law. A quite illogical and wholly unfair practice by the insurance companies that ultimately is against the best interest of the insurance company and of the Arizona injury client . You do not have to be a Phoenix Arizona Personal Injury Lawyer to understand this dilemma. Quite honestly, a 3rd grader could tell you that the recent trend is completely illogical. In the past insurance companies would offer fair settlements for Arizona Personal Injury cases, covering not only the medical bills and costs of the client, but also give the injured a little something extra for their pain and suffering/loss of enjoyment of life. Those who have unfortunately been involved in an injury case understand that along with the pain and medical bills comes time off work/school, trips to the physical therapist, insomnia, and emotional distress that can negatively impact interpersonal relationships. These fair settlements saved all parties involved time and money, by foregoing the need to litigate. Recently, insurance companies have been far more aggressive, often offering Arizona Personal Injury Clients less their total medical bills. This means that the injured would not get all their bills paid and get nothing for pain and suffering/loss of enjoyment of life. This forces the Arizona Personal Injury Lawyer to file a lawsuit and litigate. This increases costs for the insurance company, and often times results in an ultimate fair settlement. Why the insurance companies would rather litigate than make a fair offer up front, that they would settle for in litigation anyway, is beyond me. If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident you will likely get a call from the insurance company offering you a very low settlement. DO NOT ACCEPT IT!! Call and Experienced Arizona Personal Injury Lawyer at Mostafavi Marco & Wimmer today for a free consultation. We work hard to ensure you get a fair settlement, whether it be through negotiation or litigation. Call us today at (480) 540-3815 or visit www.mmwazlaw.com.
Arizona Car Accident Jury Verdicts-Some useful personal injury facts. I read some interesting facts online that are worth sharing to Phoenix Arizona Car Accident victims. 27% of all Arizona car accidents are rear-end collisions, 13% intersection accidents, 12% turning collisions, 11% truck accidents, 9% chain reaction accidents and 8% “other. After a car accident in Arizona you have the right to negotiate with the at fault driver’s insurance adjuster personally, or hire a personal injury lawyer. If you have a straight forward case where the facts are in your favor, negligence is clear and damages are substantiated, you may be successful in negotiating a favorable personal injury claim. If you have any issues during the process, it is in your best interest to hire an experienced Phoenix Arizona car accident lawyer. We know exactly how to properly gather facts (discovery of evidence, deposition of witnesses, etc.), draft demands, and negotiate with aggressive insurance adjusters. Our goal is to negotiate a favorable personal injury claim on your behalf, in order to maximize your recovery and make you whole again. One of the main reasons we like to avoid litigation, is that only 53% of plaintiffs in trials win money damages. This means that you take a major risk by going to trial. The average damage award in an Arizona car accident case is $16,929, but keep in mind this amount includes hours of personal injury lawyer fees. Attorney Dan Marco has spent the last 25 years handling car accident personal injury claims, and through the years, has developed a very unique and successful negotiation strategy. When he speaks to insurance adjusters, they listen, because they know he has done the work necessary to prove the case. He works tirelessly, gathering facts and evidence, speaking with witnesses, and drafting effective demand letters. For a free consultation about your Phoenix Arizona car accident claim call us today at (480) 540-3815 or visit www.mmwazlaw.com.
Phoenix Arizona Car Accidents-WEAR YOUR SEAT BELT!! It goes without saying that seat belts save lives. Since the modern 3-point seat belt was invented by a Volvo engineer, hundreds of studies have directly linked their use to fatality prevention in car accidents. In Arizona, wearing your seat belt is not only a good idea, it is mandatory by law, and not wearing it can be detrimental to your personal injury case. If you have been in a car accident in Arizona, and have suffered injury as a result, your ability to recover for damages is directly linked to whether you were wearing a seat belt. In Arizona there is a “seat belt defense“, which means if you suffer injuries due to not wearing a properly functioning seat belt, that you would not have suffered had you wore the belt, your recovery for damages resulting from the car accident are limited. It is the burden of the negligent driver to prove that you would not have suffered said injuries had you been wearing your seat belt. If successful, your recovery is drastically reduced. This burden can be very complex. The Arizona car accident victim could have been wearing the seat belt, however, the seat belt failed or did not function properly. This risk is unnecessary and drivers should always buckle up. It is vital to seek proper legal advice when involved in a car accident in Phoenix Arizona. An experienced Arizona car accident lawyer will thoroughly analyze your case to assess fault and damages. Your recovery is directly linked to your ability to prove the negligence of the at fault driver, and your damages for personal injury. Attorney Daniel Marco has practiced personal injury law for 25 years and does not recover a fee unless he wins your case. For a free consultation call (480) 540-3815 or visit www.mmwazlaw.com.