Experienced Vehicle Accidents Lawyers Representing Texas, Colorado, New Mexico, California, Utah & Arizona Personal Injury Victims
Each time we drive we run the risk of being involved in a serious accident. We don’t usually expect it, but mishaps happen every day, and when they do, the aftermath can be devastating. Injury, medical bills, loss of wages, and pain and suffering are all issues that stem from vehicle accidents and are grounds for compensation if the negligence of another party can be proven.
At Rabb & Rabb, PLLC our attorneys will thoroughly analyze your case and help you build a strong lawsuit, if necessary.
Determining Fault in an Auto Accident
Arizona is a “fault” state, which means proving fault and liability are going to be the most important parts of your case when seeking damages and compensation. In most cases, the driver found to be at-fault will be held responsible for financial damages owed to the other injured party, typically through his or her insurance company. Sometimes it’s obvious who was at-fault. Other times it isn’t so simple, and there are several things that must be proven in order to make a claim. Drivers owe a legal duty of safety to one another every time they take to the roads, and when a breach of that duty causes injury to another driver, the at-fault party can be held responsible for the accident.
Arizona’s Comparative Fault Laws
You should also be aware of Arizona’s comparative fault laws in regards to auto accidents. Comparative fault means that if you are found to be partially at-fault for the injury-causing accident, your financial damages may be reduced. These laws work on a percentage basis; for example, if it was proven that the other driver was 60% responsible for the accident but you were 40% responsible, you will only receive 60% of the final awarded damages.
Statute of Limitations for Vehicle Accidents
The biggest mistake people can make when it comes to injuries sustained in a car accident is waiting too long to make a claim, which is essentially a forfeiture of any monetary damages to which the injured party may have been entitled. Don’t make that mistake — if you have been injured in an auto accident, you must act right away if you wish to receive compensation for your injuries.
In Arizona, the statute of limitations for a standard automobile accident is two years from the date of the incident, or three years if the other driver was underinsured or uninsured. If a driver is struck by a public entity on duty, such as a police officer or other public employee, the statute of limitations is a mere six months to serve a claim and one year to file a lawsuit. Thus, acting fast is important when seeking compensation for personal injuries sustained in an auto accident. At Rabb & Rabb, PLLC we shoulder the burden for our clients by handling all the legal issues that may arise in such situations.
Contact an Arizona Personal Injury Attorney Today
For years Rabb & Rabb, PLLC has helped clients throughout southwest Arizona and beyond get the compensation they need following a personal injury accident. We’re very familiar with auto laws in Arizona and our extensive trial and litigation experience allows us to work through the complications involving vehicles on the road. If you have been injured in a collision with another driver and are looking to receive compensation to cover medical bills and lost wages, we can help.