Arizona Car Accident Attorneys
Being involved in a car crash in Arizona can forever change your life or the lives of the people you love. While better understanding these accidents may not make you less susceptible to an accident caused by the negligence of another motorist, it can help you to understand your options, and the best way to prepare for your future and provide for your family in the event the unthinkable happens to you.
Knowing how these accidents happen can help you to avoid them in some situations. Some of the most common actions on the road that lead to car crashes include:
- Not double-checking before changing lanes, especially during rush hour traffic, or on freeways, where motorcycles and fast-moving cars may get in the way before you can react.
- Making a left hand turn at a green light without properly judging the distance of oncoming cars.
- Running a red light.
- Not paying attention to the road and rear-ending the vehicle in front of you. This is the most common cause of accidents on Arizona's streets!
- Turning right on red when a pedestrian or bicyclist is attempting to cross the street.
If you're involved in a car accident and you sustain injuries, you may find yourself in a difficult position for a long period of time, or even for the rest of your life. Some of the most difficult results of a serious car crash involve not being able to work over an extended period of time, requiring significant amounts of medical care, and not being able to live life the way you used to.
People who sustain serious injuries in car crashes may find that they are physically unable to hold down a job for several months throughout their recovery, or in more severe cases, the victim may never be able to work again. In addition, serious injuries require a great deal of medical treatment, including multiple surgeries in some cases, and the costs of medical care can be difficult or impossible for victims to bear. Some studies have shown that the emotional and mental effects of a serious collision can last as much as a year after the accident or after the initial healing phase has completed. These types of injuries are often as debilitating as physical injuries. The inability to work, to care for oneself, and to enjoy life can dramatically alter your finances, your physical and emotional wellbeing, and your family's ability to thrive.
When you think about being injured in a car crash, you think about suffering whiplash, or a broken bone or two. But you don't necessarily think about all of the pain and suffering that can come with the injuries and damages that you suffer as a result of being involved in a collision. Car crashes typically cause more than just a broken bone or two. In fact, serious and even life-threatening injuries are typical in collisions because of the impact that is placed on the body. Some of the most common types of injuries that are suffered in a collision include:
- Head injuries
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injury
- Joint dislocation
- Torn muscle, tendons and/or ligaments
- Crushed body parts resulting in complete paralysis or loss of use
Even seemingly small injuries can impact your life in significant ways and make it more difficult to enjoy yourself, earn a living, and manage your own care.
Avoiding car accidents is singlehandedly the most effective way to prevent injuries and damages. But it isn't always as easy as it may seem. With hundreds of other drivers on the road, rushing to get home, staying safe can seem almost impossible. But there are ways that you can keep yourself safe from accidents.
- Give the road your full attention. If you're the driver of a motor vehicle, you should always give your full attention to the road and to other motor vehicles on the road. Don't eat, put on makeup, turn your head for a conversation, talk on the phone, text message, play with the radio, or do other tasks while driving.
- Follow the law and give courtesy to other drivers, even when they don't deserve it. Slow down for yellow lights, double check before making left and right hand turns, and if a driver cuts you off in traffic, breathe and move on.
- Know when to get off the road. If you're being harassed by another driver, feel tired or distracted, or are nervous at the amount of traffic around you, take an exit and take a break.
Some of the best ways to prevent injuries from happening to you and your family as the result of a car crash include:
- Always wear a seatbelt and make certain that your passengers are wearing them, too. ARS 28-909 requires the use of seatbelts for drivers and their passengers in vehicles newer than 1972. Wherever there is a seatbelt available, make certain that you and your passengers are using them and that they are in proper working order. The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) reports that nearly 315 people are killed and another 3,600 are injured each year in car crashes when not using a proper safety device.
- If you're about to be involved in a crash, don't turn the wheel sharply. This could cause your vehicle to roll over, leading to more serious injuries for you and your passengers.
- If you're involved in a crash, do not struggle to get out of your vehicle. If you are trapped, or in significant pain, stay where you are until help arrives.
When it comes to kids, don't forget about protecting them from injuries, too! The best way you can protect children in your vehicle from being hurt in a crash include:
- Make sure your child passengers are using the correct safety devices, whether that's a safety belt, car seat, or booster seat.
- Never allow small children to sit in the front seat of the car.
- If a child in your car gets out of their safety restraint, pull off to the side of the road immediately and help them back into their restraints.
- Don't try to parent from the driver seat. If there's a problem, pull off to the side of the road so you can focus on that problem and then give your full attention back to the road.
Even the smallest distraction can have a serious impact on your ability to pay attention to the road and avoid a serious crash, especially if the other drivers on the road are driving negligently.
If you've been injured in a car crash, there are plenty of reasons why you might need an Arizona personal injury attorney to help with your recovery. Some of these include:
- The other driver did not have insurance or had inadequate insurance.
- You sustained significant damages to your vehicle, far above and beyond your insurance.
- You sustained injuries that required you to be hospitalized or receive medical care.
- Your child sustained serious injuries that required medical care.
- You had to take time off from work without pay in order to deal with the injuries you, your spouse, or your child sustained as a result of the incident.
- You were unable to continue working for longer than six months due to the injuries you sustained in the crash.
- Your were paralyzed as a result of the crash, or lost movement in one of more parts of your body.
- You sustained serious emotional and mental trauma as a result of your injuries, surgeries, or recovery.
Being injured in a car accident is frightening and overwhelming. The lawyers at The Husband & Wife Law Team understand Arizona car accident law, and know what you're going through after a collision and know how to help you get what you need to make it through your recovery. If you or someone you love was seriously injured in a crash, call attorneys Alexis and Mark Breyer today at (602) 457-6222.
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