Our car accident injury lawyers get fair compensation for drivers throughout Mesa, AZ and surrounding areas.
Skousen, Gulbrandsen & Patience PLC is a team of professional car accident lawyers in Mesa, AZ ready to begin work on your case. We understand the personal, professional and legal hassles that come with personal injury claims resulting from car accidents and do everything in our power to help you get fair compensation. Our lawyers handle car accidents of all types, including:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- RV accidents
- Teen driving accidents
- Ridesharing accidents
- Distracted driving accidents
- DUI/AWI accidents
- Wrong way driver accidents
- Auto accidents with children
- Hit and run accidents
When it comes to car accident injury cases, we know our clients have a lot to manage. While personal injury protection policies cover a certain amount of financial responsibility after an accident, the serious nature of injuries sustained during a car accident often means that medical care exceeds the amount your plan covers. We will communicate with the insurance companies on your behalf to negotiate lower fault percentages. Our personal injury lawyers work tirelessly to develop a solid case that will help you get fair compensation, including compensatory damages, punitive damages and third party damages if applicable.
Our Mesa, AZ-based car accident lawyers know what it takes to get higher settlements from your personal injury case. In addition to potential loss of your vehicle and physical injuries sustained in the accident, there are also lost wages, ongoing medical care and emotional trauma to consider. These factors can all be calculated into your settlement to ensure you receive fair compensation for your auto accident.
Our lawyers do everything in our power to make recovery from your car accident as easy as possible. Awards can still be claimed even if your insurance company has determined that you are partially at fault for the accident. We will contact all necessary representatives from your insurance company to negotiate lower fault percentages and higher payouts.
Truck accidents have the potential to be quite serious, if not fatal, simply due to the size of the vehicle involved. Our truck accident lawyers know all the right questions to ask so we can negotiate with your insurance company and all responsible parties for higher settlements.
Semi-truck accidents or accidents involving commercial truck drivers may involve a third party, such as the driver’s employer. This is because unrealistic expectations set by trucking companies can encourage dangerous behavior on the road. Examples include systems of compensation that encourage drivers to go faster than the legally posted speed limit or to take on longer shifts than are physically sustainable. The manufacturer of the truck or components, company leasing the trailer, or broker who hired the trucking company may also be at fault for any accidents that occurred as a result of their actions.
Our lawyers make sure that all maintenance records, driving logs and weigh-ins are accounted for and are ready to be used as evidence if necessary. We will also look for past violations of state and federal trucking laws or potential manufacturing defects that could have contributed to the accident. Our goal is to design an air-tight case to ensure higher settlements that will cover damages and ensure that justice has been served.
There are many causes of RV accidents in the state of Arizona. RVs do not require any special licensing to operate, which leaves drivers open to liability based solely on inexperience. Senior drivers, speeding, improperly balanced loads, and miscalculated stopping distances are also common factors in RV accidents. Our RV accident lawyers in Mesa understand how serious injuries can be when they are caused by large vehicles. We work with your insurance company to negotiate the best payout possible to assist with your recovery.
Teen Driving Accidents
Car accidents are the leading cause of death for U.S. teenagers. Even with fatalities excluded, teen drivers account for hundreds of thousands of injuries suffered in car accidents every year. Don’t let insurance companies pay less based on an injured driver’s age. Our lawyers are skilled at fighting for justice on your behalf so you can get the settlement you deserve.
Just like any other car accident, rideshare drivers such as those employed by Uber or Lyft are required to carry insurance policies of at least $1 million in liability coverage. There are, however, certain elements that need to come into play for that insurance policy to apply. If a car accident happens when the rideshare company’s mobile app is off, the company denies liability. In this case, the driver’s personal auto insurance policy kicks in. If the rideshare mobile app is on at the time of the accident, both the driver’s personal insurance and the company’s contingent liability coverage work together to cover damages. If an accident occurs during a ride, the rideshare company’s commercial insurance applies.
Whether you are a driver on the road for work or were involved in an accident involving an Uber or Lyft driver, our car accident lawyers can help you navigate the tricky rules of insurance companies to obtain the best settlement possible.
Distracted Driving Accidents
Arizona cell phone laws vary. For example, Governor Doug Ducey signed legislation in the spring of 2017 which makes it illegal for new teen drivers to text or use cell phones in the car for the first six months of their license or learner’s permit. The Pima County Board of Commissioners went as far as to ban handheld cell phone use altogether regardless of the operator’s age or license. While there are no widespread laws banning cell phones from use across the state, distracted driving is a problem Arizona drivers have to face.
Multitasking on the road “splits” a driver’s attention and raises the risk of an auto accident. This should always be taken into account by the insurance company when determining fault percentages in an accident.
If you have been injured in a car accident by a distracted driver, our lawyers will work with your insurance company to negotiate on your behalf. We will help you get the highest settlement for your case so you can be compensated fairly.
Arizona is a zero tolerance state, which means drivers can be cited for intoxicated driving even with a blood-alcohol content of less than the legal limit of 0.08 percent. Many factors are taken into account when negotiating settlements in DUI cases, including the liable party’s BAC, previous convictions, and the presence of minors in the vehicle. Our personal injury lawyers will work to seek any and all damages you are entitled to so you can begin the road to recovery faster.
Wrong Way Driver Accidents
While rare, wrong way drivers cause more destructive accidents than those seen in standard car crashes. Wrong way drivers are often impaired, which leads to multiple charges being filed. The Arizona Department of Transportation has introduced many solutions, including thermal detection systems, in hopes of reducing wrong way driving incidents. Unfortunately, these systems can only help State Troopers respond to wrong way drivers – they do not prevent them entirely.
Our wrong way driver accident lawyers know all the laws and insurance policies that help protect you as a victim. We fight to get justice for those who have been affected by reckless drivers so you can heal faster and return to your life quickly.
Auto Accidents Involving Children
Auto accidents involving children automatically raise the stakes in the state of Arizona. In DUI cases, intoxicated driving with a minor in the vehicle could be the difference between paying a fine and facing a Class 6 felony DUI charge. Children are far more likely than adults to sustain injuries in a car accident, with the long-term effects also being far more severe. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that a majority of injuries sustained by children are to the head or skull, which increases the risk of traumatic brain jury. Our car accident lawyers protect your child’s rights in a court of law – and with your insurance company – to make sure you are properly compensated for their injuries and care.
Hit and Run Accidents
Hit and run accident injury cases are unique. Based on descriptions of the vehicle and good police work, law enforcement is often able to locate offenders of hit and run accidents. If the car accident resulted in injury or death, the defendant typically faces a class 2 felony charge. This could result in incarceration for up to 12.5 years. Additional penalties may be added based on whether the offender was uninsured or driving under the influence at the time of the accident. Punitive damages are also more likely in hit and run cases, which could entitle you to higher financial compensation.
Our lawyers will help you understand your rights in a hit and run injury case, including whether you have the option of pursuing damages against multiple liable parties. If no offender is located, you may still be entitled to benefit from a civil claim known as an uninsured motorist claim. This allows your own insurance company to act as the agent representing the offender. This allows you to recover compensation regardless of whether a defendant is located so you can begin the road to recovery.
No matter what the circumstances, your car accident deserves the attention of a personal injury lawyer. Our lawyers handle every situation with high levels of integrity and compassion. Contact us today to claim your free consultation from our conveniently located Mesa, AZ office. We serve the entire Phoenix Valley, including Scottsdale, Tempe, Glendale, and Chandler.