Car accidents happen frequently in Scottsdale, leaving thousands of people each year with damaged vehicles and painful injuries. At CLS Law, PLLC, our team steps up to the plate to represent the interests of injured motorists. You can count on us to fully analyze your case and bring a personal injury claim against the person or entity who is ultimately responsible for your crash. Never handle your own case; instead, give us a call and schedule a free consultation with our Scottsdale car accident lawyer today.

Types of Car Accidents We Handle

Car accidents happen all over the place in Scottsdale, on highways and side streets, as well as in parking lots. We can help if you were hurt in a:

  • Rear end collision
  • Head on collision
  • Side impact crash
  • Rollover
  • Parking lot crash
  • Single vehicle accidents
  • Multi-car pileups
  • Drunk driving accidents
  • Distracted driving accidents
  • Hit and runs

You should quickly call our firm for help with evidence collection. We can also coordinate with your insurance company to begin the claims process. All victims should dedicate themselves entirely to physical and emotional recovery. Let us handle the legal details.

Are Car Accident Injuries Serious?

Yes! Thousands of people suffer meaningful injuries that limit their ability to go back to work or spend time with family.

Some of the worst injuries are:

  • Skin injuries—burns, lacerations, abrasions, infections, and scarring.
  • Bone fractures—broken bones in the skull, vertebrae, ribs, arms, or legs.
  • Head injuries—concussions, coup-contrecoup injuries, and brain lesions, among others.
  • Catastrophic injuries—crush injuries, chronic nerve pain, major burns, paralysis, and amputation.

Many injuries take a few days before you become aware of the full extent of the pain. For example, you might experience a stiff neck the morning after an accident, which only gets worse as the days pass by. Headaches can increase in intensity, and before you know it you can’t move your neck. It’s critical to go to the hospital to have a doctor diagnose any conditions.

Car Accident Statistics in Scottsdale

The Arizona Department of Transportation collects comprehensive accident data and publishes it in an annual report. The numbers are sobering. Scottsdale sees far too many car accidents, which leave thousands of people with serious injuries.

In 2022, Scottsdale experienced:

  • 3,485 total accidents (about 10 accidents a day)
  • 16 fatalities
  • 1,126 injury crashes resulting in 1,710 people hurt
  • 213 crashes which were alcohol-related, resulting in 5 people killed and 144 injured

If you were hurt in a Scottsdale car accident, you are not alone. Thousands of people like you have had their lives turned upside down following a crash. You should reach out to CLS Law, PLLC today to speak with our legal team.

Is It Possible to Receive Compensation?

Yes. Arizona law requires that motorists have liability insurance. You can submit a car accident claim to the at-fault driver’s insurer and ask them to write you a check. The key question will be who had liability for a crash. An insurer doesn’t need to pay a penny unless their insured had at least partial liability.

Any accident victim will have substantial expenses:

  • Car repairs
  • Medical treatment (surgery, doctor’s visits, prescription medication, rehabilitation)
  • Lost wages
  • Ongoing expenses, such as future medical care
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Other out-of-pocket expenses

Bodily injuries also impair a person’s quality of life. We can seek financial compensation for pain and suffering, which covers mental and bodily pain.

Winning a settlement is hard work. Insurance companies are never eager to pay out compensation. Instead, they might even blame you for the accident or allege you failed to receive timely treatment. Arizona’s comparative negligence law could reduce your compensation in proportion to your share of fault. For example, someone who is 50% to blame will only get half of their damages.

Fatal Car Accidents in Scottsdale

Dozens of people die in Scottsdale accidents each year. They leave behind spouses and children and other family members, who are often scared and unsure of what to do. Call our firm.

Some family members have a legal right to file a wrongful death claim:

  • Surviving spouse
  • Children of the deceased
  • Parent or guardian
  • Personal representative of the estate
  • Learn more about whether you can file this legal claim in a free consultation.

How Long Do You Have to File a Lawsuit?

Arizona Revised Statutes §12-542 gives car accident victims two years to file a lawsuit. This is a “hard” deadline. If you don’t file in time, it’s possible you won’t receive any compensation from the defendant because a judge will dismiss your case with prejudice.

This deadline serves critical purposes. It ensures that cases are not decided with stale evidence, and it incentivizes accident victims to find out who caused their accident. Our Scottsdale car accident attorney can ensure your case is filed properly before the deadline passes.

Winning is Our Only Goal

CLS Law, PLLC, has successfully negotiated countless settlements for our clients. We rarely have to go to trial. Instead, we can obtain fair compensation for our clients who can then focus on healing.

Our Scottsdale car accident lawyers are:

  • Dedicated. We don’t accept every case that comes in through the door. Instead, we only agree to represent someone if we believe their evidence is strong. This policy ensures we are not overextended and can dedicate ourselves fully to our clients.
  • Creative. Each car accident case is unique, and your lawyer should craft an individualized strategy for obtaining compensation. Our firm devises innovative legal solutions shrink-wrapped to your needs.
  • Flexible. Negotiation requires some back-and-forth, as well as flexibility. We know when to push our advantage and when to recommend you accept a settlement offer.
  • Scholarly. We stay on top of the most recent cases in Arizona that define personal injury law. We harness this cutting-edge legal knowledge to your benefit.

Our founder, Christopher L. Sullivan, is an up-and-coming personal injury lawyer with many honors from his peers in Arizona. Schedule a consultation to find out more about how we will help.

Hit & Runs and Other Unusual Accidents

Our firm is ready to help with any type of car wreck. We know how to find available compensation to pay a settlement.

Hit and runs present unique challenges. Because the driver has fled, it’s impossible to submit a claim on their insurance. However, we can submit a claim to your own uninsured motorist coverage. You should have this policy unless you decline it in writing. Your limits should be equal to your liability coverage, and benefits can cover medical care, lost income, and pain and suffering.

Our firm can also help with single-vehicle accidents. As an example, a vehicle might be coming straight at you going the wrong way, so you swerve defensively—only to crash straight into a tree or fire hydrant.

Some insurers will resist paying compensation because they believe you fell asleep or otherwise are to blame. They don’t believe a second vehicle forced you to swerve out of the way, so winning this type of case requires elbow grease. Never negotiate these types of claims on your own.

Speak with a Scottsdale Car Accident Lawyer

Were you injured in a car accident? Now is the right time to search for a seasoned legal advocate who can represent your best interests in settlement negotiations. Unfortunately, receiving a fair settlement is not guaranteed, regardless of the severity of your injuries. Our legal team will go the extra mile to ensure you are treated fairly by everyone—defendants, insurers, and judges. Let us explain the process and your legal rights in a consultation.