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CAR ACCIDENTUnfortunately, car accidents are a common occurrence in Arizona.  In 2018, there were a total of 127,056 reported car accidents.  Many of these reported accidents involved injuries and property damage.  If you live in Arizona, the chances are that you have been involved in a car accident at one point in your life.  A car accident can cause a tremendous amount of stress and anxiety for those involved.  From dealing with physical injuries to getting your vehicle repaired to obtaining a rental vehicle, to dealing with the insurance companies, the process can be frustrating, time-consuming, and stressful.  

At Wade and Nysather, we have over 25 years of experience handling car accident cases.  We have the experience and knowledge necessary to make sure you receive the compensation you legally deserve.  Also, unlike other law firms, we will handle your property damage claim at no extra charge to you.  If you or someone you know is injured in an automobile accident, we encourage you to call us for a free initial consultation and case evaluation.   

TYPES OF COMPENSATION

If you have been involved in an automobile accident due to the fault of another person, you are entitled to receive compensation that will put you in the same or similar position you were in before the accident.  The types of compensation you may be entitled to include, but are not limited to:

  1. Medical Expenses. If you have been injured in an accident due to the negligence of another person, you are entitled to the cost of your reasonable and necessary medical treatment.  You are also entitled to the cost of any treatment you are medically probable to need in the future. Generally, the cost of the treatment must be considered reasonable and customary within the medical community in Arizona. 
  2. General Damages.  In addition to your reasonable medical expenses, you are also entitled to general damages.  These damages include your pain, suffering, and inconvenience associated with the accident.  It can also include your loss of enjoyment of certain activities that you did before the accident that you could not do after the accident as a result of your injuries. 
  3. Lost Wages.  Many people are forced to miss work and lose wages, as a result of their injuries and the time it takes to receive medical treatment.  For example, you may miss several days of work after an accident due to your injuries.  However, once you are cleared to return to work, you may miss more hours due to physical therapy or other doctor appointments.  You are entitled to compensation for this missed time from work.
  4. Property  Damages.  In addition to your physical injuries, you are entitled to have your vehicle repaired.  If the cost of the repairs is more than your vehicle is worth, then you may be entitled to the value of your vehicle immediately before the accident.  You are also entitled to the loss of use of your vehicle while it is being repaired.  
  5. Diminished Value.  Often times, while your vehicle may have been repaired following an accident, it is not worth the same amount of money as it was immediately before the accident.  You are entitled to compensation for this difference in value. 

HOW DO I RECEIVE COMPENSATION?

Generally, when you are injured in an accident, the driver responsible for the accident will have liability insurance.  This insurance will include coverage for your bodily injury and your property damage.  Sometimes this insurance coverage will be sufficient to cover your damages and put you in the same position you were in before the accident.  However, sometimes, the insurance coverage will not be enough or there will not be any insurance coverage at all.  In these circumstances, you may have to sue the other driver and go after his or her personal assets, or you may need to make a claim with your insurance company for your underinsured and/or uninsured motorist benefits.  

In other instances, there may be sufficient insurance coverage, but the insurance company will not agree to pay you fair and just compensation.  In these situations, you may need to file a lawsuit, and have a jury decide the amount of your damages.    

Regardless of the circumstances, if you have been injured in an accident, it is important that you consult with an attorney as soon as possible.  Remember, there are certain deadlines within which you must file a lawsuit against the negligent driver, or your claim will be lost forever.  These are called the statute of limitations.  Also, the insurance company for the negligent driver wants to settle your case for as little as possible.  They may even attempt to call you immediately after an accident in an effort to get you to settle for pennies on the dollar. Do not fall for this trick.  Instead, call Wade & Nysather for a free initial consultation and case evaluation. 

What Do I Do If I Am In An Accident?

Often times, the immediate aftermath of an accident can be an emotional time.  You may be scared, confused, or frustrated.  You may also feel a rush of adrenaline.  Regardless, it important to try to stay calm and do the following:

  1. Call the Police.  The negligent driver may try to persuade you to not involve the police.  However, it is important to have the police investigate the accident and document that the accident took place.  This also helps to ensure that you receive the appropriate information from the other driver, such as the driver’s name, address, and insurance information. 
  2. Take Photographs at the Accident Scene.  If you are able, it is a good idea to take photographs of the accident scene.  Many times, the negligent driver may deny fault for the accident.  These accident scene photographs may prove useful later in proving the responsibility of the other driver.
  3. Seek Immediate Medical Attention.  If you believe you have been injured in an accident, then you should seek immediate medical attention and get checked by a doctor. 
  4. Consult with an Attorney.  As outlined above, car accidents can be a stressful experience.  There are also many issues involved in car accident cases, including deadlines within which to file a lawsuit.  At the same time, the insurance company for the negligent driver will try to get you to settle for as little as possible.  For all these reasons, it is important to consult with an attorney as soon as possible after an accident.  At Wade & Nysather, we will provide you with a free initial consultation and case evaluation.     
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