Arizona residents would agree that a car accident has the potential to wreak havoc on the otherwise peaceful life of an individual. In addition to physical pain and suffering, a car accident can also put significant emotional and financial stress on a victim and his or her family. Prolonged recovery periods and considerable expenses due to medical treatment and loss of wages are just some of the adverse consequences of a car accident.
If a car accident was caused by another person’s negligence, a victim or his or her family have the option of seeking legal recourse. A victim needs to establish that the other party is at fault by filing a civil action lawsuit which will establish responsibility and request compensation for the damages caused by the accident. Since full knowledge of Arizona laws are not usually the expertise of an average accident victim, it may be a wise decision to consult a personal injury lawyer, who can represent the victim in court.
A lawyer proceeds with a personal injury claim by carefully studying the circumstances of the accident. For example, if a victim is injured in a drunk driving accident, his or her lawyer would advise seeking punitive damages against the driver. If the drunk driver had visited a bar before the accident, the victim can also seek compensation from that establishment, based on Arizona’s dram shop laws.
Other types of accidents could involve a driver who was either uninsured or underinsured. In such cases, a victim has to seek compensation from his or her own insurance company since the other driver was either not carrying insurance or was carrying insurance that is inadequate to compensate damages in the event of a car accident.
In a case with two or more vehicles involved, another driver’s liability has to be established before claiming compensation. Often such establishment requires an in-depth investigation into the accident. An experienced lawyer can enable such an investigation and help a victim claim compensation based on the investigation’s findings.
If an accident proves fatal, an experienced lawyer at our firm can help a victim’s surviving family members file a wrongful death claim. This type of claim could address monetary losses arising from the death of a loved one as well as damages for loss of companionship and pain and suffering of the victim prior to his or her demise.