You Can Be Injured With Any Transportation
Drivers in Yuma experience hundreds of car accidents a year, several of which lead to devastating injuries or premature death. In 2016, Arizona drivers were involved in 126,845 car accidents. Of these, 865 were fatal, and 38,544 resulted in at least one injury. Over 1,500 collisions took place in Yuma alone. Not one person is immune to the possibility of a car accident, for even if you opt for alternative methods of transportation like walking or riding the bus, you can still be hurt by a driver.
Injuries that come from a car accident range from minor to severe, with severe injuries being the most costly to treat. In the worst of cases, victims cannot fully recover causing them to rely on long-term treatment and care.
Some victims miss work for a few weeks, while others might need to be retrained in a completely different occupation or may not be able to return to work at all. If you find yourself in any of these unfortunate situations, it’s important to arm yourself with the representation of competent auto accident lawyers in Yuma.
Common Injuries after Yuma Car Accidents
Yuma auto accidents frequently cause injuries that can take a long period to heal. In some cases, accident victims may take months or years to make a complete recovery. The most common injuries you can sustain from a car accident are:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Back and neck injuries
- Head trauma
- Spinal cord injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
- Knee injuries
- Facial disfigurement/ scarring
- Cuts, lacerations, bruises, and scrapes
- Broken bones
What Can I Lose after a Yuma Car Accident?
Injured parties of negligent car accidents in Yuma can suffer several damages. The most basic unexpected expenses that result from an injury accident include medical care and the costs to repair or replace your vehicle. Additionally, missing work to recover means that you stand to miss out on the wages that keep you and your loved ones afloat.
Accident victims in Yuma can receive compensation to help offset the long-lasting effects of the trauma they have endured. Some of these damages include:
- Past, present, and future medical expenses and treatment
- Lost income and earning capacity
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
By working with an experienced attorney, you can properly value these losses. In our experience, many people don’t seek enough compensation. For example, they might not value pain and suffering highly enough. As a result, they accept small settlements when they could have received much more. At Karnas Law Firm, our car accident attorney will carefully sift through the facts of your case to seek reasonable compensation.
What You Must Prove to Receive Compensation
Each car accident claim is a little different. But there are still certain requirements you must show to obtain a settlement or jury verdict in your favor.
One key fact is liability. No matter the car accident case, if a driver struck you, you will need to prove they were negligent or reckless. At base, this consists of explaining how and why the driver did not operate their vehicle safely. Many motorists are negligent for the following reasons:
- Failing to yield
- Driving while texting
- Drinking and driving
- Making an illegal lane change
- Passing illegally
- Driving while distracted
- Driving while drowsy
In some other cases, a road defect or defective part on your car could be the culprit. You will also need to prove that these defects contributed to the crash. As an example, you might need to take a photograph of the giant pothole that caused you to lose control. If a defective part caused a crash, you should keep it for an attorney’s inspection.
You also need to prove your losses. This means gathering evidence of your medical bills and lost income. If you experience pain, depression, or anxiety, you will need proof as well. Speak with an experienced attorney at Karnas Law to go over your case.
Accidents with Uninsured Motorists
Too many drivers lack the necessary insurance from a car insurance company in Arizona. Nevertheless, they still go out and drive, getting into a crash and injuring innocent people in the process. The lack of insurance can make receiving compensation very challenging.
Our personal injury law firm can help you seek other available sources of funds, including:
- Medical payments coverage, which can pay medical care on a no-fault basis
- Uninsured/underinsured motorist insurance, which can cover a collision where you are not at fault
- Collision coverage, which can pay to fix or replace your car
- You might also lean on the above sources if you are involved in a Yuma hit and run.
Deadlines for Bringing a Claim
If you’ve been hurt in an accident, it is critical to reach out to a lawyer quickly. You only get two years to bring a lawsuit in court to seek compensation. That’s the time limit set by the Arizona statute of limitations. This rule forces injured victims to promptly seek legal justice for their injuries.
In many situations, these two years will race by. People are very busy with rehabilitation, trying to return to work, and spending time with their families. Before they know it, two years have passed.
Unfortunately, if you miss the deadline, you can be prevented from bringing a lawsuit. This will mean you can’t hold the driver responsible for your crash and your compensation will be $0.
How Can a Yuma Car Accident Lawyer Help My Case?
Yuma auto accident lawyers with Karnas Law Firm are determined to make sure you are properly compensated after you have suffered from a negligent car accident. We have over 25 years of experience serving Yuma residents who have unfairly sustained trauma.
Our personable personal injury attorneys are skilled in the art of negotiation so that you can focus on your recovery while we fight for your rights. Call (928) 323-0456 to discuss your case for free or contact us online. You will not pay us until you get paid!
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