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Car Accident Injury Law in Arizona

The majority of personal injury cases in the United States involve car accidents. Usually, when a car accident happens, it is because someone isn’t following the rules of the road, or they are not driving as carefully as they should be. If the driver causes injury to another person on the road, then they can be held responsible for injuries that resulted from their carelessness.

The state of Arizona uses an “at-fault” system to handle auto accident cases. This means that the injured person has the option to settle the claim with insurance companies, or they can go to court to prove fault and seek damages.

Drivers in Arizona are also required to have basic auto insurance coverage. This insurance coverage may provide the compensation that the injured person needs, without taking the case to court. The at-fault auto insurance laws are flexible, and help the person who’s trying to reach an insurance settlement. Here is an overview of some of the things you need to understand if you have been in a car accident in Arizona.

Determining Fault

The first step after a car accident is to determine fault. Since Arizona is an “at-fault” state, proving fault and liability for any injuries and damages that resulted from the accident will be crucial.

In most cases, fault is very straightforward. Everyone knows which driver broke the rules of the road and that driver is held responsible. Witnesses at the scene are very important to identify the person or driver who was at fault.

Sometimes, it is not clear who was at fault. In such cases, the injured person must prove the following:

  • A legal duty was owed
  • A duty was breached
  • The breach of duty led to injuries

Then there are cases where the injured person shares some fault of blame in causing the car accident. If the injured person is also at fault, then it will affect the amount of compensation or damages the injured claimant may be able to recover.

Arizona courts apply the pure comparative negligence rule in injury cases, and insurance adjusters may bring it up as well. This means that if the injured person was 30% responsible for causing the accident, they will only collect 30% of the amount awarded by the jury as damages from the other at-fault parties.

Compensation In Car Accident Cases

Personal injuries in car crashes caused by another person’s negligence, may entitle the injured person to compensation. The person can get compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and property damage.

If you have been involved in a car accident that resulted in personal injury, you need to contact an experienced personal injury attorney who specializes in car accident cases. The car accident lawyer will review your case and will let you know if you have a viable claim. The offices of Cantor Crane have the knowledge and resources to successfully handle all types of auto accident cases. We have helped numerous victims receive the justice they deserve and reach a decent settlement. Contact us today at (602) 254-2701 for a free consultation.

Author Bio:

California DUI Defense Attorney Aaron Bortel is committed to serve the people charged with DUI throughout entire bay area.

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