Car Crash Lawyers in Scottsdale
If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident, it can be a very emotional time – especially if serious injury is involved. It can also be a very stressful time, having to deal with insurance companies and medical bills. At Breyer Law Offices, P.C., our Scottsdale personal injury attorneys are here to guide you through every phase of your accident’s aftermath. We are The Husband and Wife Law Team, and we not only have experience dealing with car accidents, we also know how to win!
These are some of the more commonly known causes of car accidents. Finding the cause of an accident is important, as it’s the first step in seeking compensation.
- Distracted driving. Most distracted driving involves texting and/or talking on a smartphone while driving. But, it can also include such acts as adjusting the radio, grooming, or eating.
- Driver fatigue. This is a problem most people think only truckers face, but drivers of cars and other vehicles get tired, too. In fact, the majority of accidents that happen between 11 p.m. and 8 a.m. are due in part to driver fatigue.
- Speeding. Driving at excessive speeds reduces a driver’s reaction time and can cause more severe injury, as the vehicle will make a bigger impact.
- Impaired driving. Until texting while driving took the number one spot, this used to be the most common cause of all car accidents.
- Weather. Many people think that bad weather and road conditions will excuse them if they get into an accident, but that’s not the case. Liability may still be an issue, even under the worst of conditions.
- Vehicle malfunction. It’s not always the fault of the driver. If part of the vehicle malfunctions while being driven, it can cause an accident and terrible injury.
Teen driving is one of the biggest causes of car accidents in Scottsdale, and the numbers continue to rise. This is largely because teens are more likely to engage in risky behavior while they are behind the wheel, and don’t have the experience to navigate dangerous situations successfully. Also, teens may not yet understand the risks of driving while distracted. This not only includes obvious risky behavior such as texting and driving, but also listening to loud music, or driving with a car full of rowdy and loud friends. Luckily, Arizona has enacted laws that address these issues.
In 2007, Arizona lawmakers passed the Teenage Driver Safety Act. This Act imposes strict rules on teenage drivers. A curfew restricts teens from driving on a public highway from 12:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m., but it does not apply if a parent or guardian with a class A, B, C, or D license is in the vehicle. It also do not apply if the teen driver is driving to or from an event sponsored by school, a place of employment, a sanctioned religious activity, or has a family emergency. Teens are also restricted from driving on public highways at any time if they have more than one passenger under the age of 18. This restriction also does not apply if a parent or guardian with a class A, B, C, or D license is in the vehicle.
In addition to the restrictions set out by the Teenage Driver Safety Act, Arizona lawmakers have passed a bill making it illegal for drivers under the age of 18 to use any type of wireless device while they are driving. But these restrictions, both in the Act and passed by the House of Representatives in 2017, are only in place for the first six months that a teen holds a G license.
Cars are several tons of manufactured steel, and can cause terrible injury to the people involved in crashes. If you’re in an accident, it’s important to seek medical attention even if you don’t think you’ve been injured to have everything documented. There may be injuries that aren’t apparent until weeks or months later. Here are some of the most common injuries associated with car accidents:
- Back injuries (sciatica, lower back pain, and mid to upper back pain)
- Neck injuries
- Facial injuries
- Knee injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Brain injuries, including TBIs
- Internal injuries
- Mental and emotional injuries
Without a full review of your case, no one can tell you if you can expect compensation, or how much you will be entitled to. However, any victim of a car accident can file a claim to seek compensation for losses. These are divided into two areas – compensatory damages and punitive damages.
Compensatory damages are those that you can attach an actual dollar amount to. They include things like medical bills, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, and property loss. These things will have a value, even if it’s an approximation, and you can file a claim for that amount.
Punitive damages are assessed by a jury and are intended to discourage the defendant from taking part in the same intentional behavior again.
Over the years, we here at Breyer Law Offices, P.C., have represented many victims in and around the Scottsdale area who have lost financial stability, physical mobility, and family members due to negligent drivers. These are some of the most heartbreaking cases we’ve seen, and that’s why we believe strongly in fighting for just and fair compensation for families who have been victimized in vehicle accidents.
We’ve fought tirelessly in the past for accident victims. Just check out the results we’ve gotten for past clients:
- J.M. and P.M. vs. American Family Insurance Company
- Mr. H. vs. Farmers Insurance Company; Government Insurers
- The T Family vs. Westfield Insurance Company
- R.S. vs. Liberty Mutual Insurance Company
- S.D. vs. Ford Motor Company, Bridgestone/Firestone Rubber and Tire
- M.T. vs. Bridgestone/Firestone North American Tire Company; Ford Motor Company
We are The Husband and Wife Law Team, and we’ve seen success in car accident cases time and time again. We want to help you, too. Give us a call today at (480) 422-5474 for a free case evaluation, and let us start reviewing your case today.
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