Phoenix Car Accident Lawyer
Skilled Car Accident Attorneys Fighting for Justice in Phoenix, Surprise, Avondale, and Surrounding Areas
Car accidents occur daily in Arizona, and some cause serious injuries, such as broken bones, head trauma, and back injuries. In 2019, the Arizona Department of Transportation reported a total of 129,750 car accidents. More than 900 of these accidents caused fatalities, while close to 37,000 caused injuries. At Gerber Injury Law, we help injured car accident victims demand fair and full compensation for their damages.
The attorneys at Gerber Injury Law have more than 22 years of experience successfully representing clients during auto accident claims. We understand that negligence is the reason behind most motor vehicle accidents. It is our mission to root out negligence in the community and improve the overall safety of our roads. We do this by providing tailored legal representation to injured accident victims.
Contact us today to discuss your unique car accident claim. Request a free consultation from a lawyer directly at (602) 900-9286.
Why Choose Our Phoenix Car Accident Attorneys?
- We use a results-driven approach to car accident and personal injury law. Our car accident lawyers do what it takes to secure maximum financial compensation for our clients.
- We have handled many types of car accident cases since 2001. We can take defendants to trial if a lawsuit is necessary for fair results.
- We have recovered millions of dollars on behalf of our past clients. Our track record showcases what we can do for our clients through aggressive litigation.
- We are always personable, sympathetic and respectful with our clients. At Gerber Injury Law, you’re more than a client. You’re family.
- We operate on a contingency fee basis, meaning you pay no fees for our legal services unless we win your case.
Insurance Claims Procedures
Filing for insurance claims can be very confusing because of all the details and information involved. Insurance companies often require a copy of the police report on your accident, copies of medical evaluations, and more. A competent car accident lawyer from Gerber Injury Law will have a thorough understanding of such procedures and can skillfully guide you through the process to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve. Also, in case the insurance company is reluctant to pay the coverage you need, our firm is experienced in trial cases and can skillfully handle your case in court. Don’t settle for less than maximum compensation. Speak with a Phoenix car accident attorney from Gerber Injury Law today.
How Our Auto Accident Lawyers Can Help
If you were injured due to the negligence of another driver, you deserve to receive compensation. Be sure that you contact a Phoenix personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after a car accident. An attorney can help you navigate the legal process and inform you of your next steps. Many people believe that consulting a legal professional may be costly and lack positive results, but we can assure that our firm will do all we can for you or your loved one. Having obtained millions of dollars for past clients, we are prepared to fight to protect your rights.
Attorney Ken Gerber has been representing clients in personal injury cases throughout Phoenix, Peoria, and Surprise, Arizona for more than 20 years. He can provide you with friendly counsel and guidance, but is also capable of aggressively fighting your case in court. If the car accident was not your fault, you should not have to pay for the resulting property damage and medical bills.
Common Causes of Arizona Auto Accidents
At Gerber Injury Law, we know through years of experience that the number-one cause of car accidents is human error. Driver negligence comes in many forms. Any type of carelessness or recklessness behind the wheel could lead to disaster. It is our job as plaintiff attorneys to fight for fair compensation by proving negligence. We start by identifying the cause of our client’s recent car accident. Common causes include:
- Drunk driving
- Distracted driving
- Texting while driving
- Drowsy driving
- Reckless driving
- Running red lights
- Failing to yield the right-of-way
- Making unsafe lane changes
- Poorly designed roads
- Dangerous road conditions
- Defective products (defective brakes, defective tires, etc.)
After careful investigation of your case, if we find evidence to support that another driver caused your car accident, we can help you build a claim in pursuit of damages against the negligent driver. All drivers in Arizona must carry car insurance. We can file your claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company on your behalf. If the other driver does not have insurance or if you were in a hit-and-run, we can negotiate with your insurer instead.
Types of Car Accident Claims We Accept at Gerber Injury Law
We are available 24/7 to respond to phone calls and provide legal advice related to Arizona motor vehicle crashes. We can answer all your questions and concerns, including whether we accept your case. Our Phoenix auto accident lawyers have significant experience representing injured car accident victims. We accept a variety of car accident case types, including:
- Catastrophic accidents
- Fatal accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bus accidents
- Rear-end collisions
- Auto defect accidents
We have a reputation of excellence in Arizona. With more than $100 million obtained in successful case results for our clients since 2001, we have proven our capabilities as auto accident attorneys. Clients in Arizona trust us with even the most complex car accident and injury cases.
Discuss your unique car accident case with us today during a free case evaluation.
Common Car Accident Injuries
The dynamics of a car accident can lead to severe injuries for those involved. When two vehicles collide, they often do so with enough force to toss vehicle occupants around inside the cars. The speed at which two cars collide is the equivalent of both of their individual speeds added together. For example, a T-bone accident with one car traveling 35 miles per hour and the other going 65 would occur at a total speed of 100 miles per hour. The extreme forces exerted on vehicle occupants can lead to many serious injuries, including:
- Bone fractures
- Skull fractures
- Traumatic brain injury
- Muscle and tendon injuries
- Back and spinal cord injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Wrongful death
At Gerber Injury Law, our Phoenix auto accident attorneys have experience helping clients with many types of injuries. We handle catastrophic injury claims, such as those involving permanent disabilities, with aggressive legal tactics. We also handle wrongful death cases, helping families achieve justice and compensation. Our law firm knows how to fight for maximum compensation for each client’s individual injuries and related needs. Count on us for legal representation with any type of crash-related injury.
Arizona Car Accident Laws
One of the many things our car accident and Phoenix personal injury lawyers can do for you is explain the state laws that may pertain to your case. Navigating Arizona’s car accident laws is one of the necessary steps during an injury claim. Without at least a basic understanding of how your state handles car accident claims, you could expose yourself to mistakes such as missing your deadline to file. Ask us all of your legal questions at (602) 900-9286.
- Fault laws. In a fault-based state such as Arizona, the at-fault party will be liable for damages. You will file your injury claim with the insurance company of the person responsible for causing your car accident. This could be more than one party depending on the circumstances. In a no-fault state, personal injury victims seek compensation through their own insurance companies even if they did not cause the accident.
- Comparative negligence. Comparative negligence is a defense the at-fault party may try to use to avoid paying you full compensation. If a defendant proves you were partially at fault for the car accident, you could receive a reduced award. Under Arizona’s pure comparative negligence law, a claimant can recover even if they are 99% responsible. However, courts will reduce the award given based on the percentage of fault.
- Statute of limitations. The statute of limitations is the law determining how much time you have to file a car accident or personal injury claim. For any type of personal injury lawsuit under Arizona law, you have two years from the date of the accident to file a civil claim. If your case has to go to trial for a full recovery, act within at least two years of the date of your car crash. If you miss the time limit, the courts in Phoenix may bar you from recovering financially.
Phoenix auto accident victims do not have to navigate Arizona’s claim laws alone. Ken Gerber and his associates can answer all your legal questions as your representatives during a serious injury claim. We can provide tailored explanations based on the unique facts of your case during a free consultation. We encourage anyone recently involved in a serious car accident in Phoenix or elsewhere in Arizona to contact us with questions or issues concerning state traffic laws.
Who Is Liable for Your Car Accident?
A car accident claim in Arizona holds an at-fault party legally and financially responsible, or liable, for a victim’s damages. Under Arizona’s tort-based insurance system, the party guilty of the wrongdoing that caused the vehicle collision will be liable for damages. Before you can file a claim to damages against a party for an auto accident in Phoenix, you or your personal injury lawyer will have to identify the at-fault party, who may be:
- The other driver. Another driver may serve as the defendant in your claim if they caused your auto collision. Negligent, reckless and dangerous drivers in Arizona are behind most automobile accidents.
- The government. The state or city government may have to pay for your losses if your crash is connected to a roadway defect. Examples include potholes, obscured signs, broken traffic lights, dangerous construction zones, debris and uneven shoulders.
- A part manufacturer. The manufacturer of your vehicle or its parts may be liable for an auto defect accident. If you crashed because a defective tire blew out, for example, the tire company may owe you compensation.
At Gerber Injury Law, we have experience going up against drivers, companies, employers, trucking corporations, automakers, parts manufacturers, government agencies and other parties during car accident lawsuits. Our legal team knows how to investigate a crash, collect evidence, identify the defendant(s) and prove fault. We do not fear going head-to-head against any defendant, big or small.
How to Prove Fault in a Car Accident Case
Most car accident claims end at the settlement phase, with an agreement between the insurance company and the claimant not to take the case to court for a certain sum. During an insurance claim, you may need to establish the other driver’s fault through evidence such as photographs, eyewitness accounts of the accident, police reports and medical records. The insurance company will assess all documentation submitted and decide whether to accept or deny your claim.
If the insurance company denies your claim unfairly or refuses to offer a fair settlement, your lawyer from Gerber Injury Law can take your case to trial instead. During a car accident lawsuit, it is not enough to identify the party or multiple parties that caused your car accident. You and your personal injury lawyer must establish the defendant’s guilt as more likely to be true than not true. This is the burden of proof for all civil claims in Arizona.
Establishing liability during a car accident lawsuit requires proof that the defendant owed you a duty of care, did not fulfill this duty and in doing so caused your collision. A personal injury trial typically requires more evidence than an insurance claim. For example, your lawyer may have to use crash reconstruction and car accident experts to persuade a judge or jury of the defendant’s fault for your wreck. Our law firm can help you with every stage of a car accident lawsuit, including representing you at trial, if necessary.
The value of your car accident claim in Arizona will depend on factors such as how long it will take you to heal from your injuries, how expensive your property damage was, and whether you will have permanent scarring or disfigurement. Your age and income could also affect the final value of a settlement offer or judgment award. Our experienced Phoenix car accident lawyers can help you accurately evaluate your losses to estimate the potential value of your claim. You may be eligible to recover several categories of damages:
- Past and future medical bills. Surgeries, treatments, hospital stays, doctor’s appointments, travel expenses, specialists, x-rays, tests, medications, medical devices, and disability accommodations.
- Property repairs. The amount of money it will take to repair the damages to your vehicle or to replace your totaled vehicle, based on estimates from a professional auto mechanic. You could also recover the costs of lost items that were inside the vehicle.
- Lost wages. Any and all wages you lost from missing work due to your car accident, as well as future income. This can include missed work for doctor’s appointments, rehabilitation, therapies, recovery, legal meetings and more.
- Pain and suffering. The non-economic damages you suffered in your collision, such as physical pain, anguish, inconvenience, emotional distress, post-traumatic stress disorder, loss of consortium, and lost quality of life.
Be careful what you say to an insurance agent or claims adjuster during negotiations for your car accident claim. You could make a mistake that leads to a lower settlement offer, such as admitting partial fault for your crash or agreeing to give a recorded statement. Obtaining maximum damages for your auto accident requires knowledge of the claims process. If you do not wish to deal with insurance providers on your own, hire a Phoenix car accident lawyer from Gerber Injury Law to do so for you. We can use proven negotiation strategies to force an auto insurance provider to treat you fairly.
Contact Our Car Accident and Injury Attorneys Today
If you were recently in a car accident in Arizona or you lost a loved one in a crash, please contact Gerber Injury Law to set up a free initial consultation. We strive to help injured crash victims recover fair compensation and move forward after serious accidents. Our personal injury plaintiff’s attorneys may be able to recover an award on your behalf for economic and non-economic damages.
Discuss your case, including its potential value, with our Arizona car accident lawyers at no cost today. Call (602) 900-9286 24/7 to talk to a Phoenix personal injury attorney.
“I am very satisfied with the process of my car accident case. It was handled professionally and fast, helping me get the maximum compensation owed from the responsible insurance provider. I highly recommend attorney Ken Gerber and everyone at Gerber Injury Law.” - J.Q.
“Thank you, Ken, for the great work you did on my personal injury case! … You’re a real pro and I was proud to have you representing me!”- Meadlowlark Lemon • Harlem Globetrotter - Sun City, AZ
“Mr. Gerber and his staff were very helpful after my accident, taking all the stress and worries off my hands and really doing a great job!”- V.C. - El Mirage, AZ
“Words don’t begin to express my appreciation for the excellent way Gerber Injury Law handled my injury case.”- A.R. - Sun City, AZ
“Due to Ken Gerber’s efficient and effective legal representation, a settlement was reached within 6 weeks.”- J.G.