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Car accidents can leave our lives completely and overwhelmingly changed. With hindering injuries and conditions, emotional trauma, tremendous loss, and diminished earning capacity, a car accident can throw someone's life completely off track. What makes it worse is when the at-fault driver is refusing to take responsibility for the damage they caused, or their insurance company is denying your claim. This leaves victims with even more doubt and uncertainty about their lives.
The solution for Arizona and New Mexico is Impact Legal. When you need someone to fight for you and help you navigate the complex process of a car accident claim, Impact Legal is the law firm for you. We'll get in the ring, and fight for your recovery as we have with many clients like you. We've helped clients recover medical expenses, lost wages, emotional trauma, and more. We understand you need someone on your side to ensure you're treated fairly and get the outcome you deserve, so let us put our gloves on and hop into the ring for you.
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Should I File a Lawsuit?
Most car accidents do not result in a lawsuit or trial. Often involved parties settle with the insurance provider(s) fairly quickly. However, there are some instances where filing a lawsuit after a car accident might be necessary. Some situations where filing a lawsuit is necessary include:
The insurance company is rejecting your valid claim
The insurance company is trying to offer you a ridiculously low settlement that won't cover your expenses
The accident was especially horrible, resulting in severe injury or death
The at-fault party is denying responsibility
You suffered from a pre-existing condition worsened by the accident
If any of the above scenarios happen, having a car accident lawyer in Phoenix on your side will help you communicate with the insurance company, prove fault, valuate your damages, and get the compensation you need to recover.
Car Wreck Compensation in Arizona & New Mexico
After a car accident, expenses can compound. From medical costs to property damage to emotional trauma, an accident can cost victims a lot. Many times insurance companies will offer settlements that are entirely too small to cover all damages incurred. When this happens, having an attorney who understands how insurance companies operate will increase your odds of getting better outcomes.
Some of the damages available after car accidents include:
Economic Damages - These are tangible damages, like medical bills, property damage, lost wages, transportation, etc.
Non-Economic Damages - These are more difficult to put a dollar amount on, covering things like pain and suffering, emotional trauma, depression, severe physical pain, etc.
Punitive Damages - These damages are awarded for the purpose of punishing the wrongdoer.
Arizona | Car Accident Damages
Arizona operates under the doctrine of pure comparative negligence, meaning in the case of multiple negligent parties, liability is shared. This provides clients who are partially liable to seek partial compensation. In these circumstances, a party's injuries will be reduced by the percentage at fault they are proven to be for the accident in question. For example, if a party was rewarded $100,000 in damages, and they were found to be 80 percent liable, they'd receive $20,000 of the reward.
In Arizona, victims are required to file a claim within two years after the accident occurred or the injury was discovered. Waiting to file after two years will result in no longer being able to receive compensation for your injuries.
New Mexico | Car Accident Damages
Like Arizona, New Mexico also adheres to the comparative negligence rule– Plaintiffs are entitled to compensation minus the percentage of their fault in the accident.
In New Mexico, the statute of limitations for filing a claim is three years. If you fail to file before that time period has lapsed, you may lose the right to seek compensation.
What to Do After a Car Accident
After a car accident, there are several things you should do to ensure your safety, as well as the safety of other parties involved. Additionally, there are some steps to take to support any future case you may have in the instance that the at-fault party refuses to take responsibility or the insurance companies give you the runaround. Here's a car accident checklist:
Assess the safety and health of yourself and others involved; call for medical assistance, if needed
Ensure you call the authorities to draft an official report; this may be a crucial piece of evidence going forward
Get information from the other driver(s), including their name, address, telephone number, driver's license number, and insurance information.
Obtain information from potential witnesses of the accident
Take pictures of the accident; remember to do so safely
Do not post pictures of the accident on social media
Never take blame or admit fault of any kind; this can be used against you later
See a doctor; even if you “feel fine” following the accident, remember that potential injuries may not be evident until days after the accident has happened
Serving Arizona and New Mexico
We're here to help the people of Arizona and New Mexico get the justice they deserve. We'll always stand up for you when you need us. It's what we do. It's why we're here. Don't let an insurance company bully you. Don't accept less than what you deserve.
When it's time to call Impact Legal, our car accident lawyers will be there for you.