Car accidents continue to be one of the most common causes of injury and death throughout Mesa, Arizona and surrounding areas. In fact, despite efforts to reduce the number of motor vehicle collisions, there were still more than 125,000 crashes reported throughout our state in a single year, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.
Arizona Tort System
Arizona maintains a traditional tort system, also called an at-fault system, of liability following a car accident. This essentially means that drivers are responsible for paying for accidents that they cause, and are therefore required to carry liability insurance as such. If you are involved in a car accident that is caused by another driver, you typically have three recovery options available to you:
- File a claim with your own insurance company (i.e. uninsured/underinsured motorist, Personal Injury Protection coverage);
- File a claim against the liability insurance provider of the at-fault party; or
- File a lawsuit directly against the at-fault party.
Arizona Shared Fault Rules
While Arizona is a tort liability state, it also maintains rules for how liability is to be split in the event that the plaintiff/victim contributes to their own injuries. For example, if you are in a car accident and you are 10 percent to blame for the crash, state law dictates how you are to be compensated.
Under the state’s pure comparative fault law, an injured person can recover the amount of damages that is proportional to their degree of fault. If you were 10 percent at fault, then, your total damages award will be reduced by 10 percent. If you were 99 percent at fault, you could still seek one percent of damages from the other party. No matter the case, be sure that you enlist the help of our car accident attorneys in Mesa to get the best representation for your case.
Why You Should Work with a Mesa Car Accident Attorney
Even if you believe that fault is clear and that your case is straightforward, you should strongly consider working with a Mesa car accident lawyer. Your lawyer will:
- Prove fault. Proving the fault of the other driver–or another liable party, such as the party responsible for maintaining a road or the manufacturer of a vehicle part–can prove complicated, and may require an intensive investigation and expert opinion. Your attorney will have the resources necessary to front these expenses.
- Establish damages. Don’t be surprised if the insurance adjuster assigned to your case disputes the amount of damages you have suffered, or even goes so far as to discount your injuries or claim they were preexisting. If this happens, having a skilled attorney on your side will be invaluable.
- Negotiate a settlement. You deserve to be compensated for the full value of your economic and noneconomic damages. If you are offered less than you deserve, your attorney will represent you in rejecting the settlement and negotiating for a more appropriate offer.
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