Skilled Tucson Car Accident Lawyers Manage Complex Cases
Helping accident victims recover compensation in Arizona
An auto accident can inflict serious injury and financial hardship. Losses include medical bills, rehabilitation expenses and lost income from being unable to work. These losses can continue indefinitely into the future depending on the victim’s prognosis. The law allows you to pursue full compensation for these losses but the process can long and arduous. If you have been hurt in a car accident or if someone close to you has been seriously injured or killed, trust Rockafellow Law Firm to manage your accident claim. Our dedicated Tucson car accident lawyers are ready to fight for the fair and adequate compensation you deserve.
Steps to take in the aftermath of a car crash
If you are involved in an auto accident, your most immediate concern should be for your safety and that of your passengers. In brief, you should:
- If possible, get your vehicle out of the road to avoid a second collision. Otherwise, put down flairs or florescent triangles to alert and divert oncoming traffic.
- Shelter yourself and your passengers safely out of traffic.
- If you are able, render first aid as necessary.
- Call 911 to request police and ambulance assistance.
- Exchange license and insurance information with the other drivers, but only if you feel safe doing so. Otherwise, stay in your car and wait for the police.
- Do not engage in conversation with other drivers about how the accident happened.
- Get yourself checked at an emergency room.
- Notify your insurance company.
- Call a lawyer at our firm.
Your actions in the wake of a car crash can have a great influence on your ability to recover compensation. If you delay getting a medical evaluation, a defendant’s insurance company may claim your injuries resulted from a later event. If you make an excited utterance, such as “Oh no, I’m so sorry,” a defendant’s counsel may claim that it is an admission of fault on your part. Remain calm, say as little as possible and contact our attorneys to ensure that your ability to recover is not compromised.
Determining fault in an Arizona car crash
To hold another driver accountable for a crash that caused you injuries, an accident victim must prove:
- Negligence — This means that a driver failed to exercise reasonable care behind the wheel. Inattentive driving, distracted driving, DUI, reckless driving, speeding and other types of negligent behavior can lead to crashes.
- Comparative fault — It’s not enough to show another driver was negligent. You must also prove to what extent that negligence led to the accident. Defense attorneys will often try to claim that a victim should bear a large share of the blame, which would diminish the damages recoverable.
- Damages —Your damages include economic losses, such as medical bills, lost income and property damage, and noneconomic losses such as pain and suffering. Accident victims often need expert reports and testimony to prove the extent of their losses and the fair value of the compensation they deserve.
Sadly, many victims do not recover fair or adequate compensation for their injuries, most often because they did not have skilled representation. Our skilled personal injury attorneys are committed to managing your case with the care and attention it requires.
Experience attorneys manage complex insurance issues
Arizona has a fault-based auto insurance system. Drivers are required to carry liability insurance at or above these mandatory minimum levels:
- $25,000 for bodily injury or death of one person in an accident
- $50,000 for total bodily injury or death liability in an accident
- $15,000 for property damage per accident
Unfortunately, the mandatory minimums often are not sufficient to cover the losses in an accident. Worse yet, there are drivers who defy the law and drive without any insurance. In cases involving uninsured drivers, it’s necessary to seek their other assets or to file a claim under the victim’s uninsured motorist coverage. Our lawyers have more than 40 years of combined experience serving the people of Pima County and nearby communities. We are adept at using creative strategies to recover the compensation our clients deserve.
Speak with an attorney in Tucson, AZ
Rockafellow Law Firm in Tucson provides effective representation for motor vehicle accident cases. Call today for a free, no obligation consultation at 520-334-1354 or contact us online. All cases are taken on a contingency basis, so that you do not owe us legal fees unless we win recovery on your behalf.