Car accidents can happen anywhere in Gilbert. Hundreds of motorists each year are injured while driving on Warner Road, pulling up to the post office, or even when pulling out of their driveways. Motorists and their passengers can suffer extreme injuries, some of which are permanent. Despite how common they are, car wrecks remain shocking events. Car repairs can cost thousands of dollars, with medical expenses going through the roof.

Were you hurt in a car accident that was not your fault? Call CLS Law, PLLC today. Our Gilbert car accident lawyer can meet with you for a complimentary consultation. There’s no risk of picking up the phone or sending us an online message.

Common Car Accident Injuries We Help With

Even at low speeds, two vehicles can generate forces that bruise or break the human body. Many of our clients will end up in a hospital bed with:

  • Concussions or traumatic brain injuries. They might slam their head against the steering wheel or the inside of the car. Two passengers might even crack their heads against each other. This violent contact can damage the brain.
  • Whiplash. This is a common injury with rear-end collisions. A person’s head is thrown forward and then snaps back, tearing soft tissue in the neck.
  • Back injuries. Traumatic accidents lead to herniated discs, back sprains, and spinal column injuries. Pinched nerves can lead to chronic pain.
  • Chest injuries. The ribcage should protect organs. But a rib might fracture and spear a lung, leading to lung collapse. The sternum can bruise your heart and lead to fatal complications.
  • Burns. Battery acid might splash on a passenger, or the car catches on fire and burns a motorist before they can escape.

Handling an Insurance Claim

Arizona law mandates that drivers purchase liability coverage for their vehicle before they can register it. This insurance kicks in if you are at fault for an accident. Anyone you injure can submit a claim for financial compensation. The minimum insurance is for:

  • $25,000 in bodily injury for a single victim
  • $50,000 in bodily injury for two or more victims in a single crash
  • $15,000 for property damage

Our goal is to help prove fault for your accident. We can find evidence and then submit your claim for compensation. Insurance covers:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Damage to your vehicle

Insurance companies are never eager to cut a big check to someone, even a person who is permanently laid up in bed. Instead, they might slow walk any investigation or they will outright deny liability for their insured. You need an experienced Gilbert car accident lawyer to stand up to these insurance companies and demand that they treat you fairly.

Uninsured Motorist Accidents in Gilbert

About 12% of Arizona drivers lack insurance. This translates into almost 1 in 8 drivers being uninsured. What happens if one of them crashes into you?

If you have liability coverage, you should also have uninsured motorist insurance. This policy kicks in if you are injured in a hit-and-run collision or if the at-fault driver is uninsured.

Unfortunately, obtaining compensation is hard—even if you are submitting a claim to your insurer. They might pin full blame on you, or they allege you drove off the road because you fell asleep. Schedule a meeting with a Gilbert car accident attorney at our firm immediately.

What Causes Car Accidents in Gilbert?

Some accidents are caused by:

  • Distraction. Many drivers are on their cell phones and not watching the road. Other distractions include pets or small children.
  • Fatigue. A drowsy driver can fall asleep briefly and crash their vehicle, or their reflexes are so delayed they can’t stop even when they see a vehicle up ahead.
  • Speeding. A vehicle that is speeding needs more space to come to a stop.
  • Road rage. Aggressive drivers might recklessly cause an accident because they pass too closely or tailgate out of anger.
  • Illegal turns. A driver might make a left on a red turn which is not allowed and smash into a motorist.
  • Intoxication. Drunk drivers injure hundreds every year. It’s illegal to drink and drive, but that unfortunately doesn’t stop people from getting behind the wheel while intoxicated.

Other accidents are caused by something other than a driver:

  • Road defects, like potholes or missing road signs
  • Improperly set up work zones
  • Car defects, which might lead to a vehicle malfunction

What to Do after a Car Accident

  • Stop your car immediately. It’s the law in Arizona. Don’t obstruct traffic, but pull over as close to the other vehicle as possible.
  • Swap insurance and personal details with other drivers. Ask to see their driver’s license and share your own if requested.
  • Do not admit fault for the accident, which can come back to haunt you.
  • Call the police to report your wreck. Tell them the location of the crash so an officer can come out.
  • Record the accident scene as best you can. We recommend using your phone to photograph any road hazard, like an obstructed stop sign. Also get pictures of the cars after the accident. Zoom in on the dents so we can see how the cars crashed into each other.
  • Talk with witnesses about what they saw. Ask for their name and phone number. Your lawyer might want to follow up with them.
  • Go to the hospital or a doctor’s office once you finish at the scene. You should immediately begin receiving treatment.

These steps help ensure your case is as strong as possible. You’ll have documented the accident scene and shown you take your injuries seriously. That sets you up well for success.

How CLS Law Can Help Your Case

No car accident victim should take on the heavy burden of handling their own case. Winning compensation takes tremendous effort, which you should spend rehabbing injuries and resting. Our Gilbert car accident lawyer will:

  • Fill out insurance forms and coordinate with doctors about your prognosis;
  • Identify the correct defendant to sue for compensation;
  • Gather evidence, speak to witnesses, and build up the basis for your claim;
  • Negotiate a settlement with the defendant;
  • Participate in mediation when helpful;
  • Litigate your claim in court;
  • Take whatever steps are necessary to win compensation.

Our law firm has dedication and experience. Our founder has won multiple awards for clients, including a $1 million wrongful death settlement.

The greatest benefit is peace of mind. You will rest assured that your legal team is doing what is necessary to win your case.

Contributory Negligence & Gilbert Car Accidents

Not every case is black and white. Sometimes, both motorists are partially to blame. We call this shared blame “contributory negligence.”

Arizona’s law is found at ARS § 12-2505. It is a “pure comparative negligence” scheme. You can request compensation no matter your share of fault, so long as it is under 100%. But your damages are reduced by your degree of blame. A case that’s worth $100,000 might only be $40,000 if you are 60% at fault.

Your negligence can take a big bite out of any settlement. The best bet is to be upfront with your lawyer about whether you were texting at the time of the crash. Our job is to downplay your negligence while playing up the other driver’s bad choices.

Speak with a Gilbert Car Accident Attorney

Arizona law places strict limits on who can sue and when. You get two years from the day of the accident to file a lawsuit, and you don’t want to miss this deadline. If you call CLS Law at (855) 257-9467. we can review the accident and begin assembling evidence as soon as we are hired. Our consultations are without cost.