Drivers of a motor vehicle are required by law to exercise “reasonable care under the circumstances.” The surrounding circumstances and the events leading to an accident will be critical in determining if the driver actually used reasonable care. For example, while a driver may have been driving the speed limit, if visibility was poor, the driver should have been driving slower.
When a driver fails to exercise reasonable care and someone gets hurt in a collision with another vehicle, a bike, or a pedestrian, that driver is considered to be negligent and can be held financially responsible for damages and injuries. Motor vehicles don’t just include cars and trucks. A motor vehicle can also be motorcycles, scooters and even boats.
There are a few important reasons to contact a lawyer as soon as possible after a car accident:
- An immediate investigation may be needed to determine who was at fault in the accident - The longer you wait, the more likely important evidence will disappear. The Law Office of Douglas B. Price, P.C. has many years of experience working car accident and personal injury claims.
- You need someone on your side in negotiations (or eventually a lawsuit) with the insurance company - Auto insurance adjusters will immediately begin to assign blame and offer a settlement, often much less than an injury is actually worth in an attempt to get you to settle before the full impact of your injuries set in. Few injured people understand how costly initial and ongoing medical care can be, but we do. We have handled hundreds of car accident cases and we will work hard to make sure you receive fair compensation for your injuries.
- You need to focus on recovery - We handle all claims and reports. Once you choose to work with our personal injury lawyer, you will not need to talk to the insurance company again. You have enough on your hands; let us handle the insurance issues for you.
Highway Conditions Can Cause Accidents Too
A state, federal or local government transportation department may be responsible if the following factors contributed to the car crash:
Poorly maintained roads Malfunctioning traffic signals Improper road design and construction Poor or missing signage Poor lighting or lack of lighting Poorly placed trees and utility poles Badly marked road construction If you have suffered a serious injury or a loved one has died in a fatal car accident, ensure that your legal rights are protected. Contact an Arizona car accident lawyer at the Law Office of Douglas B. Price, P.C.