Phoenix Car Accident Lawyer
The crash rate in Arizona has climbed steadily over the last several years. In 2015 alone, a total of 116,609 crashes occurred in Arizona—nearly 7,000 more than the previous year. In these crashes, 53,554 people sustained injuries and 895 died, including 24 children under the age of 14. This is the equivalent of one person killed in a crash every 9.79 hours. According to the U.S.Department of Transportation, the following fatalities occurred from car accident related injuries in 2016:
Most accidents are the result of someone else’s negligence. Whether a driver was speeding, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or driving while distracted at the time of the accident, the victims deserve compensation for their injuries. If you recently sustained a serious injury or know someone who died in a car accident in Arizona, the attorneys at Cullan & Cullan can help. For more information regarding injuries sustained during a car accident and what to do, visit our Car Accident Frequently Asked Questions page.
Common Car Accident Injuries
There are many different types of car accident injuries that can occur in a given crash. Due to the incredible force of energy involved in a car accident, injuries can easily be catastrophic and lead to paralysis or permanent disability. Victims typically require lifelong medical care, expensive surgical procedures, and physical therapy.
When one vehicle collides with another or a stationary object, the kinetic energy within the vehicle continues toward the point of impact. This means that vehicle passengers continue moving until coming in contact with the seatbelt, steering column, or other object. Physicians call this the second collision or the human collision. The second collision often causes broken bones, head injuries, and whiplash injuries.
After the second collision, the organs within the body continue to move until they have their own collision with bones, other organs, or inside of the skull. Physicians call this the third collision, and it can cause organs to tear, rupture, and bleed. The third collision can cause the brain to strike the inside of the skull, leading to traumatic brain injury or closed head injuries. This can cause temporary or permanent brain damage.
Causes of Arizona Car Crashes
According to the Arizona Motor Vehicle Crash Report cited above, 41,309 accidents in 2015 were the result of drivers speeding too fast for conditions. Other top causes included failure to yield right-of-way, unsafe lane changes, and driver inattention or distraction. There were 4,757 confirmed cases of people driving while intoxicated, and 1,636 who fell asleep or drove fatigued. Every single one of these car accidents was entirely preventable.
When a driver’s negligence causes a car accident, the law intervenes to protect the victims. If you are involved in a car accident, do not admit fault. Seek medical attention right away, even if you do not feel hurt. Many car accident injuries do not appear for days or even weeks after an accident—especially spinal cord damages, such as slipped discs, or minor traumatic brain injuries.
The statute of limitations to file a personal injury claim in Arizona is two years from the date of the accident or from the date you discover an injury. Do not wait to file a personal injury claim against a negligent driver, hazardous roadway condition, or improper road maintenance. Arizona is a comparative fault state, meaning the judge can decide to allocate percentages of fault to both parties. You need a skilled attorney to obtain the compensation you deserve.
Cullan’s Proven Track of Winning
The team at Cullan & Cullan strives to provide top-notch legal representation for our clients. Throughout the years, we’ve been able to secure millions of dollars for victims of negligent drivers, so that the victims can get justice for their pain and suffering. Among our most notable cases are:
- $1,000,000 – Car/Bus Accident (policy limit) Our client was injured when a school bus made a negligent left hand turn causing the collision. The defense alleged our client was speeding and the collision could have been prevented if that weren’t the case. Our team worked diligently to secure our client justice and compensation for the injuries sustained because of someone else’s negligence.
- $1,000,000 – Car Accident (policy limit) The defendant ran a red light while talking on their cell phone and crashed into our client’s car. The victim, a previously healthy and self-sufficient 80-year-old woman, suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI). The team at Cullan & Cullan worked with the client and her family to make sure she got the care and compensation she needed to recover.
- $830,626 – Car Accident Our team represented a victim of a car accident injury who had a medical bill for $7000. The defense offered $25,000 to settle the case, but our team would not rest until our client had the compensation they needed to pay for past and future medical bills and suffering.
- $575,000 – Car Accident The defendant in this case negligently ran a red light, causing a collision with our client. Our client suffered multiple rib fractures, a lacerated spleen, and an arm injury. During recovery, the victim suffered severe depression while unable to work.
- $563,770 – Car Accident Our client was hit by a moving vehicle with the driver immediately fleeing the scene. The victim suffered injuries causing Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy). Our team was able to secure a judgement that allowed the victim to get the financial assistance they needed to fully recover.
- $550,000 – Car Accident Our team at Cullan & Cullan helped the victim of a car accident get the compensation they need for the fractured ankle and permanent pain and suffering they got from the negligent collision.
- $500,000 – Car Accident The defendant failed to yield to our client and resulted in a collision. The victim suffered a severe injury their leg and back. Our team helped get the victim proper compensation for their injuries and continued pain and suffering.
Cullan and Cullan : Doctors Practicing Law
The difference between other law offices and Cullan & Cullan is that our lead attorneys have medical and law degrees, giving them an edge in and out of the courtroom. Joseph Cullan, M.D., J.D., and his brother Patrick Cullan, M.D., J.D., have in-depth knowledge regarding auto accident injuries as well as federal and state accident laws. Our firm offers unparalleled legal representation when it comes to personal injury cases in Arizona. Contact us today for a free consultation about your claim.