Hire a competent and compassionate group of professional car accident lawyers in order to secure the highest settlement possible for your car crash case.
The Mesa car accident attorneys at Skousen, Gulbrandsen & Patience, PLC, have been proudly serving our community for over 50 years. Our experienced trial attorneys have successfully settled and litigated many claims to a successful conclusion for our clients, and we are passionate about what we do. We care about every case as if it were our own, and work hard to get the best result for all our clients. If you have been injured in an auto accident, you deserve a fair settlement. You should never have to pay for someone else's negligence.
You also have rights, and our job as your attorney is to protect those rights. Too often, victims of auto accidents are victimized again when they give in to the pressure to make an early settlement agreement that benefits the insurance company. We don't care about their bottom line, because they are looking out for themselves. You need someone in your corner who cares about what happens to you.
Accidents are always unexpected, and you may feel overwhelmed. You may feel like you need to make a decision quickly, especially if there are large expenses from your accident. Your Mesa car accident lawyer can deal with the insurance company for you, and it will cost you nothing to get our advice on your case. If you are unable to make it into our office, we can meet you at the hospital or your home or whatever place is convenient for you. We understand that you are going through a difficult time, and we want to help. If we decide to take your case, you won't have to pay us until the case is over.
Why Hire an Attorney for a Automobile Accident?
Once you are involved in an auto accident, the bills start piling up quickly. Because the accident involved a vehicle, your health insurance won't pay, and your auto insurance may be waiting for the person responsible for the accident to pay. Meanwhile, the hospital where you were treated has filed a lien to protect its interests and you may be missing work.
That puts you in a tight spot, because you need to accept medical care until you have recovered. If you stop treatment early, you may cause serious setbacks for yourself and never fully recover. The focus needs to be on you while you do all the necessary things you can to get better.
Your Mesa car accident lawyer can start working on your case right away. There may be important evidence that needs to be preserved, and we will also collect witness statements and order the police report. At Skousen, Gulbrandsen & Patience, PLC, we know how important it is to preserve the evidence in your case.
We can also help you stay on top of deadlines, because there are time limits on when you can file a claim. You won't have to stress about the insurance companies anymore, because we can deal with them for you. As attorneys, we can explore the liability issues and make sure your settlement offer is fair. You don’t have to worry about paying up front because we take personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis, so if you don't collect we don't either.
Arizona Car Accident Statistics
In 2016, there were 126,987 crashes reported in Arizona, with 856 of them being fatal and over 38,000 involving injuries. A total of 952 people were killed, including 506 drivers, 222 passengers and almost 200 pedestrians. One person was killed about every 9 hours, and 155 were injured per day. All these injuries and damages totaled up to over $10 billion in economic losses, with about half that amount being attributed to the fatalities. The cost of just fatality is estimated to be an $5.8 billion loss.
While the number of total crashes in Arizona was lower for a few years, it has shown an upward trend since 2012. Most crashes occur in urban areas, where there are greater concentrations of people; most also involved a collision with another vehicle. About 93,000 of the total crashes occurred in Maricopa County, including 453 fatalities. That means that about 3 out of every 4 reported crashes was in the same county.
Common Vehicle Accident Injuries
Car accidents are one of the most common reasons for injuries, affecting millions of Americans every year. Modern vehicles keep adding more and better safety features, in an effort to protect anyone traveling in an automobile. There are still a wide range of common kinds of injuries.
- Head injuries: You can strike your head on the steering wheel, window or dashboard, leading to serious head injuries like concussions. Traumatic brain injuries can be long lasting, and victims may have permanently impaired cognitive abilities. Head injuries can also cause hearing loss and vision problems.
- Back and neck injuries: One of the best known injuries is whiplash, which occurs when a sudden movement of the head and neck causes ligament damage. Some people recover quickly from whiplash, while others need treatment for a long period of time. Car accident victims may also receive back injuries, like herniated disks or spinal cord damage, which can lead to numbness or even paralysis.
- Chest injuries: Many car riders experience blunt force trauma to the chest area when they hit the steering wheel or dashboard at a high speed. This can cause damage to ribs or lungs and sometimes heart attacks.
- Injuries to the extremities: Injuries to arms, hands, legs and feet are also common. These can range from bruising to fractures to severed limbs.
- Emotional and psychological injuries (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), etc): Being in a violent crash is terrifying, and many people find themselves emotionally traumatized. Some may have difficulty driving again, and many seek counseling. Any treatment you need to deal with the emotional impact, including medications, can be claimed as part of your damages.
What Can Be Recovered After a Car Accident in Mesa?
When you are the victim of a car crash, you can ask for any of the damages you suffered as a result of the crash. Damages aren't limited to physical injuries, and can include any losses you suffered including:
- all medical bills, including medications, surgeries, doctor visits, permanent disfigurement or scars, and physical therapy for however long that takes;
- repairs to your vehicle, or replacement if necessary, and including any rental car fees you incurred in the meantime;
- lost income because of your injuries, including any time off from work in the future or any losses you will suffer because of a new disability (losses can be computed based on your age, skill and earning ability);
- pain and suffering, including both physical pain and emotional distress, as a direct result of the accident and subsequent rehabilitation;
- loss of consortium, which is the loss of affection or companionship from a spouse, and which is claimed by the uninjured spouse;
- and punitive damages, which go beyond the range of actual considered damages, but may help to make a plaintiff whole again and may be awarded in an attempt to deter bad behavior.
If you have been injured in an auto accident, don't wait. Call Skousen, Gulbrandsen & Patience, PLC today for a free consultation on your case. To learn car accident prevention techniques, here is an article on our blog that we wrote on the subject.