In Arizona, where the temperature in its coldest month, January, still creeps up to an average of 67 degrees, and where millions of tourists flock year-round to enjoy activities ranging from the Grand Canyon to the college bowl games, the roads are busy. But while tourists and travelers bring revenue and diversity to the state, the traffic brings something else, as well: accidents.
The statistics tell a grim story. In 2015, there were a total of 6,296,000 reported auto accidents in the United States, 32,166 fatal. In Arizona alone, there was a total of 116,609 vehicle accidents, with 893 fatalities. Injuries and fatalities are tragic, but the damage doesn’t stop there. The NHTSA reports that the total costs in economic loss and societal harm topped $871 billion in 2014.
Tucson – Worst in the Nation?
In a national comparison, Arizona, with roughly 6.6 million people, ranks seventeenth for auto accident fatalities and is second only to Florida in pedestrian deaths. Arizona, and Tucson specifically, have been recognized nationally as dangerous for driving. The Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety grouped Arizona with eight other states “in the red,” meaning for various reasons the state ranks among the worst in the nation for traffic safety. What’s more, in 2013 the magazine Popular Mechanics ranked the 150-mile stretch of I-10 from Phoenix to California as the No. 1 most dangerous stretch of highway in the U.S., with an average of 85 deaths a year.
How TNKLaw Attorneys Can Help
If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident, we’re here to help – contact us today for a free consultation. Khalidi Law Firm, PLLC has more than two decades’ experience litigating vehicle accidents, including cars, motorcycles and trucks, from our offices in Tucson’s Barrio Historico. If you’ve been in an accident, we have both the resources and experience to help you navigate through the maze of legalities to make sure you know your rights and know what comes next. We can help you recover expenses and compensation including:
- Hospital charges
- Rehab expenses
- Doctor’s bills
- Prescription drugs
- Physical therapy
- Assistive devices
- Home nursing care
- Household help
- Lost wages
- Reduced future earning ability
- Loss of companionship
- Funeral expenses.
If you or a loved one has been involved in any type of motor vehicle crash, including an automobile, motorcycle or truck, set up a free consultation with Khalidi Law Firm, PLLC as soon as possible. The consultation is completely free; you pay nothing unless your case is successfully concluded. It is important, because of statute of limitations in Arizona law, to contact our Tucson lawyers as soon as possible.
Types of Motor Vehicle Accidents
A car accident can impact your health, your family, your finances and your career. When you are involved in a serious auto accident, you need immediate legal representation to protect your rights and maximize compensation for your injuries.
At Khalidi Law Firm, PPLC we know how important it is for you to focus on healing after your car accident. While you recover, we will deal with other driver’s insurance company, adjusters and lawyers. We will determine your immediate and future medical care, financial needs and pain and suffering. Our lawyers will work with forensic experts, auto accident reconstruction experts, engineers, accountants, medical professionals and other experts to build a solid foundation for your case and ensure your needs are met now and in the future. We have the legal knowledge and experience to navigate Arizona’s uninsured and underinsured motorists laws.
Because of a lack of protection, motorcycle accidents tend to be much more traumatic and severe than passenger vehicle accidents. Motorcycle accident victims die more often and suffer worse catastrophic injuries including traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, amputations, burns and broken bones.
When a motorcycle accident results in serious injuries, victims often require extensive and expensive medical procedures and treatments – sometimes long into the future.
While you’re recovering from your motorcycle accident, our lawyers we will deal with the negligent party’s insurance company, adjusters and lawyers. We will hire experts in accident reconstruction, traffic engineering, roadway design, forensic accounting and medicine to ensure you are compensated for your current and future medical care and financial needs, as well as your pain and suffering. Motorcycle accident cases are handled on a contingency fee basis. There are never any out-of-pocket expenses and we receive no attorney fees unless we secure compensation for your injuries.
Bicyclists are more vulnerable to serious injury than anyone else on the road. Each year, more than half a million people, many of them children, are treated in emergency rooms after bicycle accidents.
While motorists tend to blame cyclists for the accidents, Right of Way, a New York-based cycling advocacy group, found that an estimated 80% of bicycle fatalities were due to motor vehicle driver error, aggressive driving or negligence. In Arizona, bicyclists have same rights and responsibilities on the road as other vehicles. Poor street surface conditions, train or trolley tracks and road debris are other common causes of bicycle accidents.
While relatively few accidents are fatal, bicycle collisions can lead to catastrophic or life altering injuries, including amputations, broken bones, internal bleeding, spinal cord injuries, burns and dislocations. These traumatic injuries can be devastating to the cyclist and their loved ones.
Most Common Vehicle-Accident Injuries
- Soft-tissue injuries — The damage of muscles, ligaments and tendons anywhere on the body.
- Scrapes, cuts and bruises — Wounds in which layers of skin are scraped or torn. The most common sites for scrapes are the hands, elbows, and knees.
- Head wounds — Any sort of injury to your brain, skull, or scalp. This can range from a mild bump or bruise to a traumatic brain injury.
- Neck and back injuries — Trauma to the neck and back can lead to spinal cord injury and permanent disability.
- Chest injuries — Any form of physical injury to the chest, including the ribs, heart and lungs. Chest injuries account for 25% of all deaths from traumatic injury. Typically, chest injuries are caused by blunt mechanisms such as motor vehicle collisions or penetrating mechanisms such as stabbings.
- Limb damage – Limb damage is any injury to the arms and legs, from sprains to broken bones to nerve damage and paralysis.
Vehicle Wreck Questions and Answers
1. What should I do if I’ve been in an accident?
Remember that safety always comes first, then follow these steps:
1. Move your vehicle to a safe area, if possible.
2. Stop your vehicle and get out.
3. Check on others involved.
4. Call 911 to report the accident; let them know if someone has been injured.
5. Gather information from the other driver and witnesses.
6. Document the scene by taking photos with your cellphone.
DO NOT admit fault, even if you think you might have done something wrong. Leave that up to the insurance companies and your lawyer.
2. What do I say to the police?
In most states, you are not required to speak to the police but are only required to hand over your driver’s license, registration and proof of insurance. Generally, telling the police your side of the story is helpful to all parties, but speak carefully. Accidents often create high levels of stress, which can cloud thinking. And always remember to take care of any medical needs first.
3. What do I say to the insurance company?
Make sure your medical needs are met before anything else, and it is a good idea to get legal representation before saying anything. Remember that you and the insurance companies have different objectives. They wish to close the claim as quickly as possible, while your objective is to get the full compensation to which you are entitled.
Contact Our Tucson Law Firm
Contact the Khalidi Law Firm, PLLC at (520) 629-9909 to arrange for your free consultation with an experienced Tucson automobile accident attorney. Personal injury and wrongful death accident cases are handled on a contingency fee basis.