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Motor Vehicle Accidents

Posted On 07/24/20

Who Is at Fault in a Car Accident Changing Lanes?

Every year in Arizona, hundreds of vehicle collisions occur when drivers try to change lanes. Lane changes are dangerous and a common complaint in car accident claims. Lane-change accidents can be catastrophic if they occur at high speeds on freeways in Arizona or if they involve large vehicles such as big rigs. If you or a loved one has been in a car accident while changing lanes, a Phoenix personal injury lawyer could help you determine fault. Assigning Fault in a Car Accident Involving Changing Lanes As a driver injured in a car accident in Arizona, you will turn to the insurance provider of the party at fault for benefits...

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Posted On 07/20/20

Who Pays in a Car Accident Lawsuit?

A car accident in Arizona can cost thousands of dollars in medical bills, vehicle repairs and lost wages from missed time at work. As the victim of a serious car accident, you may not have to pay for these expenses if you did not cause the wreck. Arizona is a fault-based car accident state, meaning the person who caused the car accident will be responsible for paying damages. Determining and proving fault to get someone to pay, however, may take assistance from a car accident attorney. Proving Liability for a Car Accident in Arizona In a fault-based insurance state, victims with damages from a car accident must prove someone else’s...

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Posted On 07/16/20

Right-of-Way Laws in Arizona

The right-of-way is something one road user yields, or gives, to another in certain situations. It refers to the right to use the road. When a driver yields the right-of-way to a pedestrian, for example, the driver will stop and wait while the pedestrian crosses the street. All roadway users need to know and obey Arizona’s right-of-way laws. Otherwise, the failure to yield could cause a collision. At 4-Way Stops Four-way stops can have steady traffic lights, blinking lights or stop signs. With a steady traffic light, a driver must wait for the light to turn green before proceeding into the intersection. If turning at a stoplight, the driver must...

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Posted On 06/29/20

What Is Considered Property Damage in a Car Accident?

Auto accident claims generally involve two main types of damages: medical bills and property repairs. When a car accident damages property, such as vehicles and their contents, owners have the right to pursue compensation for repairs or replacements from at-fault parties in Arizona. Knowing how to seek fair compensation for your property damages after a car accident can help you get the most out of your claim. What Compensation Can You Get for Your Auto Property Damage Claim? An auto property damage claim seeks compensation for a damaged vehicle. It focuses on the dents, scratches and other damage a car incurred in the collision, as well as how much it...

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Posted On 06/16/20

Can I Make a Claim as a Passenger If I’m Injured in a Car Accident?

You do not have to have been behind the wheel to be eligible for compensation as the victim of a car accident in Arizona. As an injured passenger, you have rights. It can be even easier for you to obtain compensation than if you were the driver of the vehicle. In general, you will not have to prove fault or worry about the comparative negligence defense interfering with your right to recover as an injured passenger. You could encounter other issues, however, that make it necessary to hire an attorney. Filing a Claim With the Other Driver’s Insurer Arizona is a fault-based insurance state. As such, it will be the responsibility...

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Posted On 05/22/20

Should I Sign a Medical Release for the Insurance Adjuster?

In the aftermath of a car accident, you may receive a phone call from someone with the title of insurance claims adjuster. An insurance adjuster is someone the at-fault driver’s carrier will assign to your car accident claim. The adjuster has the job of reviewing your claim and recommending to the insurance company whether or not to accept liability. It is important to tread carefully when dealing with an insurance adjuster. The adjuster may try many tactics to get you to settle for less than your case is worth. Why Do Insurance Adjusters Ask for Medical Release Forms? An insurance claims adjuster may ask you to sign a medical release...

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