When disaster strikes on the road, you need professionals who have your best interest in mind – both financial and personal. Where most personal injury firms focus solely on the financial aspects, Nunez & Associates prefers to focus on healing the whole person.
Our carefully chosen team of compassionate professionals is committed to helping auto accident victims rebuild their lives by successfully helping them navigate the complex legal system and negotiate with difficult insurance companies. If you’ve been the victim of an auto accident, contact our experienced personal injury law team today and let us take the burden off your shoulders.
We’re prepared to help you with the following types of auto accident claims:
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Dealing With Vehicle-related Accidents
When an accident leaves you or a loved one injured, you usually must deal with representatives from an insurance company, not the person who caused the accident. Sadly, insurance companies are sometimes less concerned with coverage for individuals, and more concerned with keeping as much money for their shareholders as possible. This means that they’ll usually fight to give you the smallest settlement they can, just to make your claim go away.
A qualified personal injury attorney can stand in your corner and fight for your rights. The personal injury attorneys at Nuñez & Associates know how to negotiate with insurance companies and fight to get the compensation you deserve. Our team will work diligently to make sure you are fairly compensated for your injuries, however they occurred.
Auto Accidents & Personal Injury Claims
Auto accidents are generally the largest type of personal injury claims for most personal injury law offices. With nearly 255 million registered passenger vehicles in the U.S., a large number of accidents is to be expected. Data from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) show that 3 million people suffer injuries from a car accident each year. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), 29,989 people suffered fatal injuries from auto accidents in 2014.
To recover compensation for injuries sustained in an auto accident, you have to show that the defendant driver was careless or negligent. All motorists have a duty to exercise ordinary care when driving a motor vehicle and to be prudent on the roadway. Drivers breach or violate that duty of care when they speed, make unsafe lane changes, run red lights or are otherwise careless. If the injured driver can show the accident caused the injuries sustained, then damages need to be proved so the parties can reach an appropriate settlement, or the case can be taken to trial.
There are cases where additional parties may have been a factor in the accident, such as a design defect in the roadway, poor or negligent road construction, an equipment failure such as steering or braking, or a defective auto part.
Our team will listen to your needs, explain your options and create a strategy for finding a resolution that will best support your goals so you can move on. Justice is our goal and your future is our purpose. Contact our office today to speak with an attorney regarding your auto accident claim.
Car Accidents Overview
Auto accidents are the most prevalent type of personal injury claims, which is not surprising since millions of cars are on the roadways each day. The result is that more than 6 million auto accidents occur each year.
According to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, around 90 to 95 people die each day in an auto accident, or between 32,000 and 37,000 each year in the U.S. Also, over 3 million people suffer from various injuries as a result of accidents with motor vehicles.
The statistics on auto accidents are staggering:
- Car accident fatalities are the leading cause of death for teenagers
- Arizona had 770 fatalities from auto accidents in 2014
- 1 in 3 auto accident deaths are alcohol-related
- Over 400,000 people are injured in accidents from distracted driving
- 1 in 3 drivers text and drive, accounting for 20% of accidents
- Speeding and reckless driving account for 63% of accidents
- Average cost for non-fatal, disabling car accident injury is $61,600
These figures are astounding and frightful. Few circumstances in life are more tragic than the loss of a loved one or to have yourself or a family member permanently injured in an auto accident caused by the negligence of another motorist.
Causes of Auto Accidents
While it is evident that alcohol and speeding are the most common causes of car accidents and fatalities, various other factors can lead to tragic consequences. Those include:
- Cell phone use
- Other distractions—eating, talking, daydreaming, rubber necking, reading, watching a video, talking
- Running red lights
- Failing to stop at stop signs
- Wrong-way driving
- Night driving
- Driving in bad weather
- Road rage
- Illegal turns
- Defective road design
- Improper signage
- Unsafe lane changes
- Confusion at construction sites