Scottsdale Car Accident Lawyers
Life doesn’t stop just because you or a loved one were injured or killed in a car accident. Recovery takes time, bills still have to be paid and your phone doesn’t stop ringing with calls from insurance companies. You might wish things would just slow down so you could take time to heal and start fresh. While your top priority should be your recovery, your mind is filled with all the other problems you’re dealing with, the suffering you are going through, and all the things you need to do.
The Scottsdale car accident lawyers at The Bourassa Law Group know that dealing with the aftermath of a serious car accident is difficult physically, mentally, and emotionally. We are a team of experienced car accident lawyers who can help you carry the burdens that are weighing you down. Our priority is to hold negligent drivers and their insurers responsible for their actions and to make sure you get the compensation you deserve.
We know that no two car accidents are alike. That’s why we take an individualized approach to each case we handle, including yours. We assess the circumstances surrounding your accident and injuries to work to get you justice.
You aren’t just another case, you’re a valuable person who deserves compassionate and capable representation from a legal team with proven success in dealing with accidents in Scottsdale.
How The Bourassa Law Group Can Help You
The car accident attorneys at The Bourassa Law Group in Scottsdale are dedicated to giving you the guidance and advice you need to navigate the sometimes-complex process of litigation after a serious car accident.
Our entire legal team has extensive knowledge of personal injury laws in the state of Arizona and are willing to work hard for your benefit. Our goal is to protect your rights and recover the compensation that you are entitled to. We don’t settle for less, and neither should you.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a car accident, we can offer you the reassurance that we will fight for a fair settlement for the losses you’re suffering from because we have extensive experience handling a variety of different cases such as:
- Drunk Driving Accidents
- Hit-and-Run Accidents
- Distracted Driving Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Trucking Accidents
- Uninsured Driver Accidents
- Accidents Resulting in Wrongful Death
We guarantee that we will give you and your car accident case our personalized attention. If you or a loved one was hurt or killed in any type of car accident, contact us now at (480) 867-7177 or online so for a no-obligation consultation about your case.
What to Do if You’ve Been Injured in a Car Accident
The most important thing you can do after you’ve been involved in a car accident is to stay calm. We are aware that is easier to say than it is to do, but when you can keep a clear head in the aftermath of a car accident, then you can help preserve evidence at the scene, which will help strengthen your case.
While calling a lawyer is not the first thing people usually think of after an accident, it is an important step at the beginning. The legal team at The Bourassa Law Group can think objectively about the details of your car accident, handle all the investigative steps to establish liability, be the first line of defense with insurance companies, and handle the complex details of your case so you can focus on your recovery.
After you’ve been in a car accident, you should take several steps immediately after the accident.
First, call for help. When you’ve been involved in a car accident, especially one with injuries, call 9-1-1 first. This will notify both law enforcement and medical services of the accident. Your health and safety should be your number one concern. Make sure you and anyone else involved are safe and out of harm’s way. Get medical help right away.
Next, if you’re able and everyone’s safe, try to gather information at the car accident scene. You should get the names and contact information of everyone involved, witnesses to the accident, and insurance driver’s license information from the other driver. You should also get the color, make, and model of the other driver’s car as well as the license plate number. Finally, get pictures of the accident, including damage, skid marks on the road, and weather condition.
Third, you need to log and track your medical treatment. If you receive any type of medical treatment after the accident, keep records and logs of your treatment and progress. Keep all of your appointments, be honest with your physician about how you are feeling, and save all medical bills. That includes bills from the hospital, ambulance service, doctor visits, pharmacy, physical therapy, psychologist, and any other type of medical treatment you received as a result of the accident.
Be sure to take notes and document everything related to the accident. Facts and evidence are what build a strong case. Be diligent and take notes and collect all the information that you can. Again, this is where an experienced car accident attorney can help you gather information, including the police report, photos of the accident, photos and documentation of your injuries, as well as any costs related to the accident.
Finally, avoid posting on social media about your car accident. It is natural to want to share the burden of your ordeal with others. It was a scary event and you need support. However, the last thing you want to do is go on social media and post about the accident. An insurance company or the negligent person’s attorney can easily access your social media accounts and use anything you post about the car accident to reject the validity of your claim or to manipulate the information you included in the post. This is one time where it pays to keep silent.
Most Common Types of Car Accident Injuries
Even the same kind of accident will never produce the same type of results when it comes to car accidents. There are so many different factors that can come into play including things like weather, type of vehicles, area of impact, speed, and seatbelt usage.
That is why we always ensure that our clients get personalized service. You are unique, your case is unique, and we treat it that way. Depending on the circumstances surrounding an accident, here are some of the most common injuries that happen in car accidents:
- Broken bones
- Brain injuries (concussions and traumatic brain injuries, also known as TBIs)
- Head and neck injuries
- Back injuries
- Internal injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Cuts and bruises
- Soft tissue damage
- Chest and rib damage
- Mental trauma
- Wrongful Death
If you or a loved one has been injured or died as the result of a car accident in Scottsdale, get medical help right away. Then contact The Bourassa Law Group at (480) 867-7177 as soon as possible for a free consultation about your car accident case. It’s important that the negligent driver is held responsible for the suffering that you are enduring from the car accident.
Common Causes of Car Accidents in Scottsdale
Just because you’re a good and careful driver doesn’t mean everyone else is. However, while you can control your actions, you can’t control the actions of other drivers. When another driver is negligent or careless, they can cause a serious accident. There are dozens of different circumstances that can lead to a car accident on Arizona roadways, but here are a few of the most common:
- Distracted Driving- People just can’t seem to tear their eyes away from their phones. Texting while driving is still a major concern on roads, but distracted driving can include other things as well, including eating, putting on makeup, adjusting the radio station, picking up a dropped item, and playing music too loud. Distracted driving is anything that keeps a driver’s eyes and mind occupied somewhere other than the road.
- Driving Under the Influence- It’s hard to believe that people still take to the roads while drunk or inebriated. Driving under the influence still remains a very common cause of accidents on the road.
- Bad Weather- Changes in weather conditions call for changes in the way we drive. It’s always important to use caution in poor weather conditions and the type of vehicle you drive doesn’t change that fact.
- Speeding- Being late for work, class, or an appointment or simply wanting to get somewhere faster are reasons for speeding, but speeding increases the risks of being in a serious car accident.
- Road Construction- In many parts of Arizona, it may seem like it is always construction season. While drivers should be cautious when driving through construction zones because of speed limit changes, traffic pattern shifts, road workers, and road hazards, some drivers don’t adjust their driving at all and serious accidents can occur.
Compensation for Your Injuries
The amount of compensation you may be entitled can depend on many factors. The car accident attorneys at The Bourassa Law Group will thoroughly examine the circumstances of your case accurately assess what damages you may be able to recover following a car accident in Scottsdale. In general, here are a few factors that go into determining the amount of compensation you could receive:
- Medical Expenses
- Loss of Income
- Loss of Potential Future Income
- Damage to Property
- Quality of Life Issues
- Pain and Suffering
At The Bourassa Law Group, You Come First
The Bourassa Law Group in Scottsdale wants you to know that you come first. It is frightening to go through a serious car accident, and even more frightening to consider going through it alone. You don’t have to face a negligent driver by yourself.
We offer a free, no-obligation consultation to help you get your life back. Call our Arizona office today at (480) 867-7177 for help. Find out why our team of knowledgeable attorneys are the ones you can trust after a car accident.
Frequently asked questions
The legal definition of a personal injury is when someone’s failure to use reasonable care in a particular situation results in another person’s physical, emotional, or psychological injury. Personal injury cases often rely on the elements of negligence to prove the responsible party’s actions were the cause of the other party’s injuries.
The length of a personal injury case depends on the type of case and various factors, such as the severity of the injury sustained and the duration of necessary treatment. A car accident case might take six months to resolve, while a wrongful death lawsuit could take two years. It all depends on the circumstances surrounding the case.
No. Whether you got hurt in a car accident or on someone else’s property, you should never speak with their liability insurance company about the claim. They try to save money whenever possible and could attempt to trick you into accepting a low settlement amount or intimidate you into dropping the case. Your Denver personal injury lawyer will handle all communication on your behalf.
It depends. A vast majority of personal injury cases settle out of court. When we file a claim with the insurance company, we’ll submit evidence that proves you deserve compensation for your injuries. Sometimes the insurer is willing to settle. Other times, they deny the claim or provide a settlement much lower than you deserve. Under those circumstances, we will file a lawsuit and take the case to court.
Mediation is a step during a lawsuit where both sides meet to try to reach an agreement. The mediator listens to the arguments on both the plaintiff’s and the defendant’s sides and attempts to resolve the issue. If they can reach an agreement, they will settle out of court, and the case will get dismissed. If they can’t resolve the matter, the case will proceed to trial.