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You’re driving down the street, you’re stopped at a stop sign, or you’re just parked in a parking lot. Suddenly, without warning, you’ve been hit by another driver. Auto accidents are the 9th leading cause of death globally, costing the US alone $518 billion dollars a year.
A severe car accident can leave you injured physically, devastated emotionally, and ruined financially. You may need long-term medical care, ongoing therapy, and counseling, and you may be unable to work temporarily or permanently. Don't risk harming your case by trying to handle it yourself.
Here are a few things you need to know about hiring a Phoenix auto injury lawyer to protect your rights.
Serious auto accidents have short and long-term consequences. You may need home health care and therapy for years after the crash or even for the rest of your life. The accident may severely limit your ability to work and earn money to care for your family, temporarily or for the rest of your lifetime . Your vehicle may be damaged beyond repair as well. An experienced and knowledgeable Phoenix auto injury lawyer knows how to access every dollar you are entitled to now and in the future.
If you are injured in a car accident where another party is at fault, the most important thing is getting medical attention for your injuries. If you have health insurance, have the providers bill the insurance for the services. If you have a coinsurance or a deductible, some providers will agree to wait until your case is complete before you have to pay the portion of the bills not covered by the policy.
As soon as you are physically able, write down everything you can remember about the accident. Get a copy of the accident report from law enforcement. The documentation should include the names and contact information of the parties involved and their insurance companies. If you can do so safely, take pictures of the cars, the road, and the damages with your phone's camera.
As soon as possible, after you get the care you need, you should consult an attorney about your situation. Auto accident cases can be complicated, and handling things wrong can be disastrous. You need a professional auto injury lawyer who knows how to safeguard your rights and help you get the help you need to recover. Most attorneys provide a free consultation to make an informed decision about whether you need a lawyer. While not every case requires auto accident lawyers, you should never have any conversation with an insurance company until you have received legal advice.
Many people think that getting a lawyer means you will have to go through a lengthy trial before receiving compensation. However, in reality, most car accident cases don't go to court, and many never even involve filing a lawsuit. In most situations, the parties and insurance companies agree on a settlement to avoid a trial. While this is the ideal situation, you should choose an auto injury lawyer ready to go to court if necessary to get all the money you are entitled to.
If the parties or the insurance companies refuse to be reasonable about the amount of compensation you should receive, you may be forced to file a lawsuit. Sometimes insurance companies undervalue damages to your car and your health. An insurance company may offer an unreasonably low offer to settle the case. When this happens, your attorney must be ready to fight for you through intelligent negotiation and understanding of insurance company tactics. If your attorney must file a lawsuit, it might include economic and non-economic damages.
Arizona law uses the comparative negligence rule for determining compensation in personal injury cases. The jury decides what level of fault each party has in causing the accident. For example, if the jury decides that the other party is 100% responsible for the accident, the other party must pay you the total amount of the judgment.
Suppose you are in a severe car accident and need a Phoenix auto injury lawyer. In that case, it's essential to work with someone who knows the laws and procedures for the area and who specializes in personal injury law. At the Saddler Law Firm, we handle these cases exclusively, so we know much more than the laws related to auto accident cases. We know how to help you find resources , such as auto repair shops and medical providers who won't pressure you for payment while your case is in process.
Our team of competent, caring, and compassionate professionals will work with you at the Saddler Law Firm through every step of your case. With our years of experience, we know those car accidents can be stressful, frightening, and frustrating. We do all that we can to answer all your questions and make the process as easy as possible. Our small team is responsive, and you work directly with attorney Obie Saddler, Jr. , who has almost two decades of experience. Contact us today if you need a Phoenix auto injury lawyer.
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