When a motor vehicle crash occurs as a result of another party’s negligence, and injuries occur, a highway accident lawyer Phoenix, AZ should be consulted, to discuss possible claims and remedies.
Following a car crash, there are many issues that need to be considered, including an investigation of who may be at fault, determining insurance coverage, including liability, commercial coverage, and underinsurance, uninsured motorist policies that may apply.
Liability witness statements may be needed. The involvement of an accident reconstructionist may be helpful to determine speeds of the vehicle, and the perception, reaction times of the negligent driver.
Legal representation is critical, in assessing fault, getting medical records and evaluating the nature and extent of potential permanency of the injuries sustained. The highway accident lawyer Phoenix, AZ will attempt to pursue a fair and reasonable settlement for your claims for your injuries, pain, and suffering, disability, medical bills and lost income, since the traumatic event and for the future.
The personal injury attorney will assess how the injuries have affected the injured person’s activities, quality and enjoyment of life. What are the claims for lost income, loss of earning capacity, since the crash, and the future?
What are the medical bills since the collision, and for the future?
If there are permanent injuries what is the injured party’s life expectancy? If permanent injuries are sustained a life care planner and an economist may need to be retained to project future damages. The life care planner will assess the injured party’s medical condition and future medical needs, and prepare a plan setting forth future needs and costs, and future wage loss. An economist can arrive at the present value of future medical expenses and lost income.
Settling a personal injury claim too soon, before sufficient information is obtained about the nature and extent of injuries sustained and future treatment can be very costly. When a personal injury claim is settled the signing of a release is required. No further compensation for damages is payable, the settlement is final.
The injured party should not give a statement to the adverse party’s insurance company. Communication between the insurance company will be handled by your lawyer. A lawsuit may be necessary to attempt to obtain a better settlement. Without a lawsuit, an insurance company may be inclined to not take a claim seriously, and offer too little.
The adverse party’s insurance carrier’s first priority is to itself, not the injured party. The other party’s insurance company often takes the position that its insured may not be fully responsible for a claim, it may delay in investigating, evaluating, paying a legitimate claim, that’s why the involvement of a highway accident lawyer Phoenix AZ soon after a collision, is a prudent course for the victim of a car crash.
Paul Englander is a certified specialist in Injury and Wrongful Death by the State Bar of Arizona and former President of the Phoenix Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA).