Arizona Personal Injury Lawyers
Nearly 40,000 accidents occurred last year across Arizona, resulting in a total of almost 54,000 serious injuries requiring hospitalization. From car accidents to chemical exposure, injuries that occur due to the negligence of another person or as a result of a product malfunction can leave victims and their families in a tough position.
If you’ve sustained injuries in one of these accidents, you may have to deal with stressful insurance negotiations, long-term physical issues, and expensive hospital bills. However, you and your family may be eligible to claim financial compensation for your injuries and losses.
Prescott Law Group, PLLC, is a trusted Arizona law firm dedicated to protecting and defending the rights of injury victims and their families. Our personal injury attorneys in Prescott understand the many difficulties victims may face after sustaining injuries as a result of accidents beyond their control, including:
Motor vehicle accidents
Arguably the most common cause of personal injury, motor vehicle accidents are an all-too-common occurrence in Arizona. In fact, according to reports released by the Arizona Department of Transportation, one person is injured in a motor vehicle accident in Arizona every 11 minutes, and one person is killed in this type of accident every 10 hours.
And since there are more than 125,000 motor vehicle crashes that occur in Arizona annually, the victims of these accidents sustain tens of thousands of injuries, many of them serious and sometimes fatal. Common types of motor vehicle accidents include the following:
- DUI accidents
- T-bone collisions
- Cross-traffic or side-swipe wrecks
- Rear-end collisions
- Low-speed or fender-bender accidents
Often resulting in catastrophic injuries for those involved, commercial truck accidents caused by 18-wheelers leave victims and their families to deal with tragic, long-term physical issues, job loss, and even death.
According to data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a person is killed or seriously injured in an accident caused by semi-trucks, also known as big rigs, every 15 minutes. Around 500,000 trucking accidents occur each year countrywide, with about 5,000 of these incidents resulting in death annually.
In 2018 alone, Arizona claimed nearly 3.3 pedestrian deaths per 100,000 people, nearly twice the national rate that year. Most pedestrian fatalities occur on the open road in busy city centers, including in Tucson, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Flagstaff, and in suburban areas surrounding these areas, like Prescott and Chandler.
Commercial vehicle accidents
Approximately 5,000 people were killed in large truck crashes in the United States last year, and nearly 67% of those deaths were the occupants of cars and other passenger vehicles involved in these wrecks. When it comes to commercial vehicle accidents caused by large trucks, buses, box trucks, and other oversized vehicles contracted to large companies, victims and their families may pay a steep price.
From serious physical injuries and emotional trauma to job loss and even death, victims who are involved in commercial vehicle accidents suffer catastrophic consequences in the aftermath. That’s why it’s important for victims and their families to contact a lawyer after a commercial vehicle accident as soon as possible.
Since the mid-1990s, the number of motorcycle accidents has more than doubled countrywide. In fact, one in seven motor vehicle deaths in the United States occur on a motorcycle and a motorcycle rider is 16 times more likely to be killed in a motor vehicle crash than an operator of a car, due at least in part to the lack of protection from other vehicles.
In Arizona, 32 cyclists were killed and almost 1,400 sustained serious injuries in 2017 alone. Arizona is the fifth most dangerous state for bicyclists.
Due to the hot, arid Arizona climate, many Grand Canyon State homeowners and renters have pools. As a result, almost 140 drowning incidents occurred in Arizona last year, with 75 of those drownings involving a child.
Though Arizona law enforces several safety requirements for homeowners with pools, drowning accidents happen all too frequently across the state.
Premises liability accidents
In Arizona, property owners may be considered liable for an accident on their property if the owner was aware that dangerous conditions existed yet neglected to correct the condition. For example, an apartment building owner is responsible to maintain the sidewalks in their development to ensure the safety of residents and guests. If the concrete sidewalk is cracked, causing a slip-and-fall accident, the property owner may be liable if they were aware of the issue and did not rectify the problem.
If you’ve sustained injuries on another person’s property and that injury occurred due to the property owner’s negligence, contact an Arizona lawyer right away to review the facts of your case.
Wrongful death incidents
Suffering the death of a loved one is devastating, no matter the cause. From vehicle crashes to drowning incidents, these accidents leave families struggling to cope with medical bills, funeral expenses, and severe emotional trauma.
However, Arizona tort law allows the families of deceased victims to seek justice and financial compensation through a wrongful death claim. Though financial compensation can never fully address the void that the death of a loved one creates, it can help ease the burden associated with a family’s sudden loss.
Other Types of Arizona Personal Injury
At Prescott Law Group, our team of attorneys also handles less common but still serious contributors to personal injury and wrongful death in Arizona, including but not limited to:
- Lead paint exposure
- Pesticide exposure
- Nursing home abuse
- Aviation accidents
- Insurance bad faith
Arizona Car Accidents
In Arizona, car accidents happen every single day. Some of these incidents are simple fender benders where no one suffers injuries or sustains only minor injuries. However, some accidents are much more serious, resulting in catastrophic injuries and sometimes even fatalities. A few of the most commonly reported types of car accidents are as follows:
T-bone or cross-traffic crashes
Generally, cross-traffic crashes that occur at intersections or in areas where turns are frequently made are called T-bone accidents. These collisions may be caused by a driver running a red light or stop sign, or a driver making a left turn without yielding properly to oncoming traffic.
One of the most common types of collisions in Arizona, rear-end wrecks happen when one driver follows too closely behind another car or tailgates. Tailgating, even in slow-moving traffic, is the top cause of rear-end accidents. Rear-end collisions may also occur when another driver suddenly stops, you may end up rear-ending the other car.
The majority of rear-end accidents are not the fault of the lead driver, but in some cases, they may share fault for the collision. Because Arizona is a comparative fault state, it’s important to consult a lawyer after any collision causing injuries.
Merging or side-swipe accidents
Typically occurring when two drivers attempt to merge at the same time, side-swipe accidents are caused by the failure of one of the merging drivers to check their blind spots. Speeding is also a major contributor to these collisions, particularly in busy areas like intersections and interstates.
Low-speed car accidents
Though low-speed impacts do not usually result in serious injury, they can still do damage. Fender-benders, parking lot collisions, and other minor bumps under the speed of ten miles per hour can often happen in residential areas or traffic jams.
Even at low speeds, car accidents can result in ongoing physical injury. In fact, low-impact car wrecks often lead to soft tissue injuries, including strains, tears, sprains, and whiplash. Plus, if you have a pre-existing injury, you could be at greater risk for long-term physical issues. For these reasons, you should reach out to a lawyer after your low-speed collision to protect your legal rights.
Filing a Personal Injury Claim in Arizona
Filing a personal injury claim in Arizona can be daunting for victims and their families. As a result, it’s essential for those affected by personal injury to know the ins and outs of the claim process in the Grand Canyon State.
First, keep in mind that it is in your best interest to file a personal injury lawsuit as soon as possible so that you can protect your legal rights within the statute of limitations for Arizona, the time limit in which victims are required to take legal action against the party responsible for causing their injury.
Keep in mind that the statute of limitations for Arizona personal injury claims is two years from the date that your injury or your loved one’s injury occurred.
In other words, you must file your claim against the at-fault party in your accident within the two-year time limit, which begins on the date your injury occurred and ends two years from that point. However, there are specific circumstances in which the two-year statute of limitations does not apply or may be tolled.
For example, if the injury victim is a minor under the age of 18, the two-year statute of limitations will not begin until the date the victim turns 18 years old. Furthermore, if a victim is found to be mentally incompetent when their injury occurred, and therefore unable to stand trial, the statute of limitations for their claim will be suspended until a court determines the victim is of sound mind.
Each personal injury claim is unique, so it’s important for victims and their families to consult an injury attorney in Arizona to discuss the facts of their case.
Why Choose Prescott Law Group?
On average, victims who retain a personal injury attorney recover more compensation than those who have no legal representation. It’s vital for victims and their families to reach out to an attorney as soon as they can after they’ve sustained injuries through no fault of their own. Consulting a lawyer to assist you with your claim ensures that you secure your fair and full compensation for the losses you sustained in your accident.
Throughout the quad cities and beyond, the respected legal team at Prescott Law Group has earned an esteemed reputation as a legal group committed to client satisfaction. As a go-to Northern Arizona Law Firm, our lawyers are committed to obtaining the best possible outcome for our clients.
At Prescott Law, we have a strong history of success. We are dedicated to serving our clients’ legal needs promptly, efficiently, and effectively. Throughout our firm’s history, we have worked diligently to ensure our clients and their families are treated with dignity and respect. We have a proven track record in securing the justice that victims and their families are entitled after they’ve suffered in these unfortunate accidents. Furthermore, we make sure you understand everything that is happening with your claim and are involved in every step of the claim process.
Our legal team is well-versed in Arizona’s personal injury laws and will explore every option available to you and your family. The aftermath of your accident can be one of the most stressful times in your life, but you don’t have to go through this alone. The attorneys at Prescott Law Group are here to help.
Contact a Personal Injury Attorney in Prescott, Arizona
If you have been injured as a result of another party’s negligence, you may be left coping with serious injuries, emotional trauma, and significant medical bills. Your injuries may leave you unable to work, resulting in lost wages or even job loss. On top of these stressful circumstances, you may be left to deal with aggressive claims adjusters from insurance companies.
Fortunately, you don’t have to go through this process alone. At Prescott Law, our goal is to represent you and your family so that you can focus on recovering from your accident. Let us act as your liaison with insurance companies and help you recover the maximum amount of damages possible for your case.
We are committed to helping our clients recover full and fair compensation for their losses. Please contact our Arizona law office for a free, no-hassle consultation today. Don’t let insurance companies determine the outcome of your case. Reach out to our lawyers at (928) 445-1909 or firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about how our team can help you and your family in the aftermath of an Arizona accident.