After an accident that causes serious injuries, you may be worried about how you will take time off from your job to recover or how you will pay expensive medical bills. You should be reassured to know that you can potentially sue the responsible party for your medical bills, lost wages, and other losses. It is important to hire a skillful personal injury attorney to represent you. Attorney Freddy Saavedra provides trustworthy, aggressive representation to accident victims. He handles cases related to motor vehicle collisions, slip and falls, dog bites, and other accidents. Attorney Saavedra also brings wrongful death claims on behalf of families who have suffered the loss of a loved one in an accident.
Personal injury lawsuits may be brought under many different circumstances. You have two years from the incident that gave rise to the lawsuit to file your personal injury case. Usually, that is two years from the date of the accident. There is a shorter window within which to file a claim against a city, a county, or the State of Arizona. Complying with the statute of limitations is critical to success in your case, so you should make sure to consult a personal injury attorney in the Phoenix area promptly after an accident.
You may be able to hold another driver accountable for injuries that you sustained in a car accident. In most cases, you will need to prove that the other driver was negligent. This means that you will need to show that their conduct fell below the standard of care, causing the accident and your damages. For example, a driver likely was negligent if they failed to yield at an intersection, texted while driving, or drove while intoxicated. If you were partly at fault for an accident, you still can get damages that are proportionate to the defendant’s percentage of fault.Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accidents can result in severe, life-altering injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, severe lacerations, amputations, internal organ damage, internal bleeding, broken bones, and soft tissue injuries. Sometimes insurers try to blame a motorcyclist for an accident, even when they were acting safely. More often than not, however, a careless driver was at fault for an accident. They may have failed to notice the motorcycle when they were making a turn, or they may have acted recklessly or aggressively around the motorcyclist. A Phoenix personal injury attorney can help a motorcyclist seek compensation for not only medical bills and lost income but also future medical treatment and pain and suffering.Truck Accidents
Truck accidents can be especially devastating. After a truck accident, there may be multiple accident victims claiming against the truck driver’s insurance policy. The insurance coverage may be limited, such that not everyone with serious injuries can recover the full scope of their damages. Accordingly, it is important to consult an experienced truck accident attorney who can look at all of the possible sources of compensation and evaluate whether other parties may have been at fault. Other responsible parties may include the trucking company, a third-party loader, a repairperson, and the truck manufacturer. A trucking company often can be held liable simply because it employed a negligent driver, even if the company did not act negligently as an entity.Wrongful Death
A death that occurred because of someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing is considered a wrongful death. You may be able to recover damages by bringing a wrongful death lawsuit under A.R.S. 12-611 when, had the decedent not died, they could have sued for their injuries. Certain survivors can bring a wrongful death lawsuit with the assistance of a personal injury lawyer in the Phoenix area. These include a spouse, a child, a guardian or parent, or a legal representative of one of these. If none of these exists, the decedent’s estate can bring a wrongful death lawsuit.Government Negligence
Special rules apply when the government is at fault for an accident. You can sue the government if you believe that it is responsible, but there is a complicated process that needs to be followed because a legal doctrine called sovereign immunity applies. Sovereign immunity stops someone from suing the government unless the government consents. The first step is to figure out whether a municipal, state, or federal government entity is potentially responsible for the accident. Under Arizona law, you must file a claim within 180 days of your accident before you can bring a lawsuit in state court. The agency will have 60 days to answer the claim.Pedestrian Accidents
Whether a pedestrian has the right of way in various traffic situations is defined by Arizona law. Usually, a motorist is supposed to yield to a pedestrian who crosses at a marked crosswalk, crosses in accordance with a traffic control signal, or crosses at an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection. Moreover, if a driver stops to allow a pedestrian to cross the street legally, a driver approaching from the rear is not supposed to attempt to pass. Drivers are supposed to use reasonable care to avoid hitting a pedestrian and use appropriate precautions if they see someone incapacitated or a child on the road. A personal injury attorney can help Phoenix residents hold drivers liable for unsafe actions around pedestrians.Bike Accidents
Arizona treats bicycles like other vehicles, which means that bicyclists are supposed to follow the same laws as drivers of passenger cars do. There are also special rules that apply only to bicyclists. At the same time, bicyclists are entitled to the same rights as drivers of vehicles, but they do not always receive appropriate respect and attention from drivers. A bicyclist who is hit by a driver may be able to bring a personal injury lawsuit against the driver based on negligence. For example, if a driver runs a stop sign and hits a bicyclist in the intersection, it is likely that a jury would find that the driver was negligent.Bus Accidents
Liability for a bus accident may hinge on who was responsible for the bus. Generally, when a private chartered bus is involved in an accident that causes injuries, either the bus driver or the private busing company may be sued for damages. If a school bus accident happens, a Phoenix personal injury lawyer can help sue the school district or school board for damages. In some circumstances, a school board or district contracts with a private company to handle transportation, and in that case, the private bus company may be held liable as well. On the other hand, when a local municipality owns a public transit bus that was involved in an accident, certain special steps and procedures must be satisfied.Dog Bites
Under Arizona Revised Statutes section 11-1025, a victim of a dog bite who is trying to hold a dog owner liable must establish that their injuries were caused by a dog bite, and the bite was inflicted while the person was lawfully on private property or was in a public place. A dog owner can argue in defense that you provoked the dog or that you were trespassing. However, this is a strict liability statute. This means that you can hold the owner responsible for losses under the statute even if the dog had never previously bitten anybody. For example, if you go to dinner at a friend’s house and the friend’s dog bites you, resulting in hospital treatment and days off from work, you should be able to recover compensation.Premises Liability (Slip and Fall)
Property owners are required to keep their premises reasonably safe for visitors. A property owner or occupier can be liable to an invitee for injuries caused by a dangerous property condition. Common dangerous property conditions include potholes, substances on the floor, poor lighting, loose roofing materials, broken steps, open wells, and missing railings. In order to hold a property owner or occupier liable for your injuries, you will need to show that the property owner or occupier knew or should have known in the exercise of reasonable care about the dangerous condition, and it should have realized that the condition involved an unreasonable risk of danger to invitees. Establishing that the property owner or occupier had actual or constructive notice of the dangerous condition will require a thorough investigation.Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney in the Phoenix Area
It can be physically, emotionally, and financially devastating to be harmed in an accident caused by someone else. Most people are not prepared for the costs or their pain and suffering. If you suffer injuries in an accident in Maricopa County, you should retain a skillful personal injury attorney to advocate on your behalf. Call us at 602-753-8917 or complete our online form to set up a free consultation with Attorney Freddy Saavedra.