Phoenix Car Accident Attorney

A car accident has the potential to have a devastating impact on your health, your future, and your finances. At Torgenson Law, we understand the difficulties people can experience even in minor car accidents, and we want to help. If you or a loved one has been harmed in a traffic accident caused by a negligent driver, call our Phoenix car accident attorneys at (602) 759-0012. We are here to help you explore your options for compensation and give you support during this time.

Why Choose Torgenson Law for Your Car Accident Case?

Torgenson Law is 100% dedicated to Arizona Personal Injury Law. Our Arizona personal injury law firm relentlessly fights for personal injury victims as well as the families of those who tragically lost their lives in a fatal accident. Our goal is to empower those who feel broken obtain the legal justice they will need to rebuild and essentially restore their quality of life.

  • We have more than 20 years of experience successfully representing clients who have been injured due to the negligence of another.
  • We have a reputation for success and results, securing millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients.
  • We are committed to transparency, honesty, and direct communication. All of our clients always speak directly to their attorney when discussing their case – not as junior associate or legal assistant.
  • We are proud to have a bilingual staff that is fluent in both English and Spanish, so that a language barrier doesn’t stand in the way between you and your deserved compensation.
  • We represent clients on a contingency fee basis – there are no upfront costs, and you only pay legal fees if we win your case on your behalf.

Torgenson Law is committed to serving you throughout this challenging time.

Phoenix Car Accident Attorneys

Common Causes of Auto Accidents in Arizona

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, car accidents are one of the leading causes of death in the United States: in 2019, there were over 36,000 fatalities as a result of motor vehicle crashes. This is largely because travel by car is one of the most popular and most-used methods of transportation in the country. Car collisions are extremely common and happen every day across the country and in our own state. These incidents can lead to severe injuries and often result in the deaths of those involved.

Car crashes can happen for a number of reasons. External conditions, such as weather, can create dangerous roadway conditions, potentially causing the driver to lose control of their vehicle. But more often than not, a car accident is related to the negligent behavior of another driver. With recent advances in technology such as cell phones and GPS, there are more and more distractions on the road that have drivers not paying adequate attention to their surroundings. These distractions, combined with human error and negligence, have resulted in an increase in car accidents and injuries related to those accidents.

Most frequently, car accidents are the result of driver error or negligence. Operating a motor vehicle is a privilege given to drivers who adhere to the laws and rules of the road. Some drivers take this privilege for granted and do not take their responsibilities as seriously as they probably should. When drivers do not take their obligation to drive safely solemnly, they do unsafe things while driving such as use their cell phones, fall asleep, or drive under the influence. These kinds of reckless actions can also cause drivers to disobey crucial traffic rules and regulations, causing them to speed, run red lights, or, in the worst cases, strike another vehicle or person.

Other common causes of car crashes include:

  • Drunk Driving. In 2018, an average of 1 alcohol-impaired fatality occurred every 50 minutes in the United States, according to the NHTSA. In Arizona, 28% of all traffic fatalities in 2018 were alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities.
  • In 2018, speeding was responsible for nearly 9,500 fatalities on U.S. roads. According to the AZ DOT, 281 people were killed in crashes where speeding was a factor. Speeding does not always mean going over the posted speed limit. It can also mean driving too fast in the given road conditions.
  • Disobeying Traffic Rules. Outside of driving at unsafe speeds, motorists in Arizona often fail to yield the right-of-way to other drivers, closely follow other vehicles, run stop signs, ignore traffic signals, turn improperly, and break other traffic rules. These behaviors confuse and disorient other drivers and can lead to catastrophic accidents, such as T-bone or head-on collisions.
  • Drowsy Driving. Driving while tired may be one of the most common driving behaviors – but it is also one of the most dangerous. A study by AAA found that missing just one or two hours of sleep can double your risk of a crash – and that those who sleep for less than four hours at 11.5 times likelier to crash.
  • Other Reasons. Some crashes are not caused by motorist actions. Insufficient maintenance of the vehicle, malfunctioning parts of the car, poor weather conditions, and unsafe roadway conditions are also leading causes of car crashes both in the State of Arizona and across the United States.

The legal team at Torgenson Law believes it is important for everyone to understand your rights following a car accident in the State of Arizona. In order for someone to be compensated for the injuries they sustained in a motor vehicle crash, it is necessary for the injured victim to prove fault by an involved party.

How Much Does Hiring a Car Accident Attorney Cost?

The exact costs to retain a car accident attorney vary greatly based on the law firm, the accident, and the circumstances of your case. At Torgenson Law, we understand that even small car accidents can result in significant, sudden financial hardship for many Arizona residents – and that spending more money on an attorney is likely not a priority.

That’s why we offer our legal services on a contingency fee basis. There are no upfront legal costs; your initial consultation is free. All legal expenses are advanced to the conclusion of the case, and you only pay for legal fees if we secure a favorable verdict or settlement on your behalf. Then, we take a percentage from your winnings – never from out of your pocket. If we don’t win, you don’t pay.

This arrangement allows you to receive the best possible representation without worrying about if you can afford it. Additionally, it allows us to put a full focus on your case – and not on billing or other extraneous concerns. This enables us to give you the best possible representation for the maximum possible compensation you need.

Car Accident Statistics in Arizona

Vehicle collisions, including both fatal and non-fatal crashes, are an increasing problem, not only in Arizona but throughout the United States. Statistics show that, in recent years, car crashes have been on the rise. According to the Arizona Department of Transportation (DOT), Arizona alone experienced 127,056 crashes in 2018, the most recent year that data is available.

Although this represents a slight decrease from the year prior, the total fatalities from traffic accidents rose slightly: there were 1,010 total fatalities as a result of these crashes. This may indicate that those who are getting in accidents may be getting in more severe accidents – with more serious consequences.

Common Types of Car Accidents in Phoenix

Often, the type of collision or accident in which you are involved can provide relevant information on how and why the incident happened. It is important to understand the different types of car accidents and the reasons for which they occur, which could be helpful when attempting to assign responsibility for the crash to an at-fault party or individual. Certain types of car crashes are more common than others. Some of these include:

  • Rear-End Collisions – In this accident, a car makes contact with the vehicle immediately in front of it. Rear-end collisions are very common and typically involve motorists who are speeding or driving while distracted, resulting in the driver failing to stop in time to miss striking a car that may be stopped or slowing down. This type of collision is often the liability of the driver who hit the vehicle from the rear.
  • Sideswipes – This type of accident occurs when two cars collide with one another while they are driving parallel to one another and in the same direction. This accident can be the result of merging into an adjacent lane while failing to check for other vehicles, or it can involve swerving into a nearby lane without looking for another car.
  • Multi-Vehicle Collisions – A multi-vehicle collision, often called a pileup, is an accident involving several other vehicles. This often creates a chain reaction-style accident where a vehicle strikes the one in front of them before being struck again from behind. This trend is particularly true of rear-end collisions. If a single motorist is responsible for a multi-vehicle collision, they can be liable to pay for all damages and expenses for all other drivers involved in the crash.
  • Single-Car Accidents – These are the most common type of vehicle accident. In Arizona, there are thousands of single-car accidents every year. These accidents are often the responsibility of the driver. However, they can also be the fault of a third party not present in the crash. In certain cases, the accident could be the responsibility of the vehicle manufacturer due to a defective component or part, such as the braking system. These accidents could also be the responsibility of the entity that maintains the roadway. If you are a passenger in a single-vehicle accident and were injured as a result of that crash, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries as well.

Compensation for Car Accident Lawsuits

At Torgenson Law, we pride ourselves on providing first-class, personalized service to all of our clients who have recently been involved in a car accident in or around the state of Arizona. Vehicle collisions can have long-term consequences for all victims and can lead to expensive hospital bills and medical costs. When working with the experienced auto accident lawyers at Torgenson Law, you may be entitled to financial restitution to cover the costs of:

Medical Bills

Car accidents can result in rising medical costs due to the injuries suffered. Hospital costs are at an all-time high in the United States, and serious incidents can require extensive medical care that is difficult for a majority of citizens to afford. These medical costs include past, current, and future expenses that are the result of a vehicle collision.

Loss of Income

If you have sustained a significant injury from a vehicle collision, you may be unable to return to work for an indefinite period of time. In some cases, you may be unable to return to work permanently due to the severity of your injuries. We are here to help you regain lost income resulting from vehicle collisions. This type of compensation includes lost current or future wages, as well as the loss of overall earning ability.

Pain and Suffering

Car accidents can result in long-term pain and suffering of victims. This type of compensation includes any mental, physical, and emotional anguish that is the direct result of a motor vehicle crash.

Wrongful Death

Vehicle collisions too often result in the premature passing of a loved one or family member. Whenever death is the result of irresponsible action or negligence on the part of another, our Phoenix wrongful death lawyers can pursue a claim. While no amount of money can make up for the lost life, this compensation can help cover funeral costs and lost income.

Phoenix Auto Accident FAQs

What is the time limit to file a car accident claim?

Like other states, Arizona has a strict statute of limitations on car accident claims – a deadline to file a valid lawsuit. In Arizona, you have two years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit. This statute of limitations applies regardless of the damages you are seeking, whether it’s for personal injury, property damage, or wrongful death.

What if the driver is uninsured or underinsured?

If you are attempting to file an uninsured or underinsured claim, you have three years from the date of the accident to file a claim. In cases where you were initially unaware that the other party was uninsured or underinsured, you have three years from the date you found out (or should have known) that the other party is not insured or does not have adequate insurance.

Is Arizona a no-fault state?

The State of Arizona is an at-fault insurance state, meaning that the party who is responsible for the accident is also liable for the damages incurred in that crash. If a driver is determined to be responsible for the crash due to an act of irresponsibility or negligence, then the insurance company of the responsible driver must pay for the damages to the victim.

What if I was partly at fault for the car accident?

Regarding negligence, Arizona follows a “pure comparative” fault rule for personal injury claims. That means that, in an incident where one or more parties share blame, you may be entitled for the percentage of damages that you were not liable for.

For example, if in a car accident you were found to be 30% liable for the accident, you are entitled to recover 70% of the total damages awarded.

How much is my claim worth?

It can be difficult to evaluate exactly how much your claim is worth, because so many circumstances can affect your compensation. Generally, you may be able to recover the damages detailed in the compensation section above – and for further details, it is best to consult an experienced Phoenix car accident attorney.

The driver claimed fault; do I still need an attorney?

Yes, even if a driver has claimed they are at fault, it is highly recommended to consult an attorney. Although it may make compensation easier, insurance companies may still be reluctant to offer a settlement that fully compensates you for all damages. An attorney can help negotiate with providers on your behalf to secure the maximum possible compensation for your needs.

When should I speak with a car accident attorney?

It is highly recommended to consult an experienced Phoenix personal injury lawyer as soon as possible following the accident. Any insurance providers involved in the claims process will call you with a quick settlement offer in the hopes of resolving the case early. In many cases, these are low-ball offers – compensation amounts that are far lower than what you need to recoup all your losses.

By contacting an attorney as soon as possible, you can prevent these attempts to take advantage of your situation. An attorney will help you gather evidence, build a case, and negotiate on your behalf to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve. Additionally, if you require medical care, attorneys may be able to direct you to the high-quality healthcare you need.

Free Consultation with A Phoenix Auto Accident Lawyer

If you or a loved one has suffered serious injuries in a car accident due to the negligence of another, please contact us immediately. At Torgenson Law, we are dedicated to fighting against the big insurance companies and major corporations on behalf of the good people who live and work in the great State of Arizona. Let us help you, too. Schedule a free consultation by calling us at (602) 759-0012, and see how we can help.

What Do Past Clients Say Torgenson Law?

Torgenson Law is proud of the results we have obtained for our clients and we are thankful for the overwhelming positive ratings and reviews left by real clients on 3rd party review websites such as Google.com. We understand that choosing the best Phoenix accident attorney can be challenging. We encourage you to read our real testimonials from real clients found on our website’s client testimonials page or located on Google.com.

“John Torgenson and his team were phenomenal. I felt comfortable with them at all times and completely confident in their ability to take care of my case. Not only did they fight to get a good result, they truly cared about my well-being and the progress of my injury, which was very comforting during such a hard time. I was always kept in-the-loop and never left confused. I recommend Torgenson Law to everyone I know!”

– Christa Caccese on Google.com