Phoenix Injury Lawyer Discusses Personal Injuries from Motor Vehicle Accidents
If you’ve been injured in a motor vehicle accident in Arizona, you may be entitled to damages under the law. Our team here at Hirsch & Lyon can help you obtain the compensation you need to cover your losses. Contact an experienced Phoenix injury lawyer at our firm today to setup a free consultation.
Determining whether motor vehicle accident litigation is “worthwhile” is a difficult question that may ultimately depend on the severity of the injuries suffered. If you walked away from an accident with minimal injuries, you are still encouraged to consult with a personal injury lawyer because you may have sustained losses that are not immediately visible. For example, it is not uncommon for plaintiffs to experience bone and spinal degeneration in the wake of a seemingly minor accident, such as a low-speed rear-end collision.
Let’s consider some basic issues.
Common Injuries in Arizona Motor Vehicle Accidents
There are various types of injuries associated with motor vehicle accidents, ranging from minor injuries to catastrophic, life-changing injuries (i.e., paralysis). Whether you are exposed to a minor or severe injury will depend on the type of accident, unique fragilities and various other circumstantial factors.
Common injuries include:
- Nerve damage (i.e., movement impairment, paralysis, etc.)
- Burn injuries
- Laceration injuries
- Brain damage
- And more
It is worth noting that the sudden impact of a motor vehicle accident (and the effects of a severe physical injury) can also lead to emotional damages. There are many cases where the injured plaintiff experiences post-traumatic stress disorder or similar symptoms relating to their accident. Skilled attorneys understand that damages are not always obvious and they are experienced in identifying potential issues that could give rise to damages. For this reason, we encourage you to consult a Phoenix injury lawyer for guidance regarding the extent of your injuries.
There are a few types of motor vehicle accidents that are particularly dangerous, such as:
For illustrative purposes, consider sideswipe collisions. Sideswipe collisions tend to expose plaintiffs to a heightened risk of severe injury due to the fact that side airbags are not yet standard there is minimal “absorptive” material built into the sides of motor vehicles. That being the case, there is simply not enough material between the plaintiff’s vehicle and the defendant’s vehicle to absorb the impact force of the collision.
Negligence Leading to Injuries
Driver negligence is the main issue in most motor vehicle accident litigation. Driver negligence is a rather broad category and may include the following behaviors:
- Intoxicated driving
- Distracted driving
- Inadequate maintenance of vehicle
- Fatigued driving
- Driving without a license (or with an expired license)
- Violating other traffic laws
Motor vehicle accidents primarily occur due to driver negligence, but we often encounter cases where the vehicle (or a part therein) is defective, and in some instances, that defect contributed to the accident. If you were injured due to a defective motor vehicle — say, a defective airbag release or defective brakes — you can bring a claim against the manufacturer for damages.
In Arizona, as in most jurisdictions, product liability claims are unique in that they operate on a strict liability basis. In other words, you do not have to prove that the defendant was negligent in creating the defect. You need only show that the product was defective and that the defect contributed to your injuries.
Third-Party Property Owners
Sometimes, the roadway itself (or adjacent property) is filled with hazards that can contribute to a car accident. For example, a large pothole on the roadway could expose drivers to a heightened risk of injury, particularly if the pothole is placed in such a way that is not easily visible. In such cases, the individual or entity responsible for developing, inspecting and maintaining the property at issue (i.e., the roadway, the adjacent property, etc.) can be held responsible for the damages.
A Phoenix Injury Lawyer Can Provide Guidance for Seeking Medical Treatment
It is important to understand that successful personal injury litigation — in the context of motor vehicle accidents and otherwise — depends on doing the “little things” right, which includes following up with doctors and maintaining a proper treatment regimen. This is where an experienced Phoenix injury lawyer can step in and provide additional assistance. Here at Hirsch & Lyon, we work with clients from the very beginning to ensure that they are keeping up with their medical treatment in a way that will maximize their eventual claims.
If a given treatment isn’t working, for example, we work with our client to identify specialists who can offer alternative treatments. This has the added benefit of proving that you are serious about your recovery, which can help to overcome a defense strategy focused on undermining the legitimacy of your claims.
The Damages Stemming From a Phoenix Car Accident Can Vary
The damages in motor vehicle accident litigation can vary greatly. The compensation that you are owed will largely depend on the severity of your injuries (and subsequent losses/impairments). Damages may include the following:
- Medical expenses
- Wage loss
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of earning capacity
- Property loss
- Mental anguish
For example, suppose that you are involved in a car accident in which you suffer a severe spinal cord injury. As a result, you experience movement-related impairments that prevent you from returning to work. This would likely give you a claim for damages that not only includes the “standard” suite of damages (i.e., medical expenses, wage loss, pain and suffering), but that also includes significant damages accounting for a lifetime loss of earning capacity.
Contact an Experienced Phoenix Injury Lawyer at Hirsch & Lyon to Setup a Free Consultation
Here at Hirsch & Lyon, our team has decades of experience working with injured plaintiffs throughout Arizona in motor vehicle accident disputes. Unlike many of our competitors, we focus entirely on motor vehicle accident litigation. This concentration on car accident, motorcycle accident, truck accident, and pedestrian accident cases has a number of benefits, not the least of which is the fact that we can provide cost-efficient, high-level representation to our clients as a result.
It is important to us that the client be given all the tools they need to secure their rights under the law, and to that end, we strive to make effective legal representation accessible to the average person. We pass the savings onto the client by offering reduced contingency fees of just 25 percent for settled cases and 30 percent for cases involving litigation. This ensures that clients can keep more of the compensation that they are awarded.
Interested in speaking with a qualified Phoenix injury lawyer at our firm?
Call us at 602-535-1900 or complete an online intake form through our website to schedule a free consultation with an accident attorney here at Hirsch & Lyon. In these early conversations, we will help you identify the legal issues in your case and develop an initial strategic framework.