Car Accident Attorneys In Phoenix
Were you hurt in a rollover car accident? Was your loved one killed by the negligence of another motorist? Fortunately, the Phoenix auto accident attorneys at Harris Powers & Cunningham are here to help
Helping Car Accident Victims Seek Justice For Their Injuries
We have been protecting the rights of the injured since 1981, handling virtually every type of auto accident claim during that time ― from rollover car accidents and rear-end collisions to motorcycle crashes and trucking accidents. If you or a loved one was injured by a negligent motorist, seek help from lawyers who have the skills to handle your case.
A Proven History Of Results
Over the years, Harris Powers & Cunningham has obtained tens of millions of dollars in courtroom verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients, and we continue to succeed. Our attorneys have significant experience investigating all types of accidents, including, but certainly not limited to:
- Car crashes, including rollover accidents, head-on collisions and rear-end accidents, just to name a few
- Trucking accidents, including accidents caused by poorly maintained trucks or fatigued truck drivers
- Motorcycle crashes
- Motor vehicle accidents caused by dangerous road conditions
- Pedestrian accidents involving motor vehicles, including hit-and-runs
- Motor vehicle collisions involving drunk drivers or distracted drivers, including drivers who are texting or using their cellphones
- Accidents attributed to defective auto parts
There Is No Time To Waste ― Call Us Now
Evidence can quickly disappear following a car accident, meaning it is best to contact one of our experienced personal injury attorneys as soon as possible. The sooner you call us, the sooner we can begin collecting evidence and investigating the cause of your accident.
Not only do we offer our clients FREE initial consultation, but we handle car accident claims on a contingency fee basis, which means you will not have to pay any attorney fees unless we obtain a recovery for you. You have nothing to lose, so contact us today and let us help you seek the justice you deserve. Call 602-910-6779.
- What To Do After A Car Accident
- Types Of Accidents
- Dangerous Road Conditions
- Distracted Driving
- Head-On Collisions
- Highway Crashes
- T-Bone Accidents
- Teenaged Drivers
- Texting And Driving
- Injured By Out-Of-State Driver
- Injured By Someone In A Rental
- Injured Passengers
- Uninsured And Underinsured Motorists
- Dangerous Intersections
In this day and age of iPhones and other portable computer devices, it is not uncommon for car accident victims or witnesses to look for help at the very scene of a crash. Perhaps you are in that situation now — beside the road or in the hospital emergency room, looking for help. (Your case is unique. These suggestions are generalized. Always talk to a lawyer as soon as you can after a serious accident for personalized advice and help..
- Get medical attention as soon as possible. In many cases, this means calling an ambulance.
- Tell your insurance company about the accident.
- Talk to an attorney before engaging in lengthy discussions with the at-fault driver’s insurance company or your own insurance company.
- Consult with a lawyer to learn what you need to know about your rights and how to protect those rights.
- Gather insurance information and request a police report after an accident. If it is difficult for you to get these documents at this time, let our lawyers explain how we can handle paperwork for you, to get your case underway in a timely manner.
- Follow doctors’ advice in order to know how to do your part to recover as well as you can after you have been injured.
- Get a second opinion if you have doubts or questions about what any doctor tells you.
- Beware of violating your own privacy by sharing details about an accident or injuries through social media sites such as CaringBridge, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Please talk to an attorney about your concerns and get your personal injury case off to a strong start.
Personalized Advice On What To Do After A Car Accident
Harris Powers & Cunningham answers queries from people injured in the Phoenix, Glendale, Tempe and other Arizona communities and regions. To talk with our car accident lawyers about steps to take after your accident, please call Harris Powers & Cunningham at 602-910-6779 or contact us online.
With more than three decades of legal experience, we have obtained tens of millions of dollars in courtroom verdicts and settlements for our personal injury clients. This is a level of success that few law firms can match ― and one that we work tirelessly to continue.
Simply put, our lawyers have the experience to handle virtually any type of motor vehicle collision, including those involving:
- Drunk drivers or drivers impaired by drug use
- Distracted drivers, including those who are too busy texting or looking at their phones to pay attention to the road
- Large trucks, including crashes caused by fatigued truck drivers or poorly maintained trucks
- Drivers who speed, run red lights or engage in any negligent behavior
- Dangerous or hazardous road conditions
Whether you are involved in a T-bone collision, rollover accident, hit-and-run collision or any other type of car crash, you deserve justice. Contact us today and learn how we can assist you. We will carefully explain your legal options and help you pursue the compensation you may be entitled to, including damages for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Rollover accidents tend to be among the most serious vehicle crashes and can result in devastating injuries. Due to the catastrophic nature of these collisions, accident victims may face head trauma, paralysis, burns, amputation and, in the worst cases, even death. Even when individuals are wearing seat belts, the chance of injury is still great.
Experienced Attorneys For Complex And Serious Car Accident Cases
It is true that some types of vehicles are more prone to flipping than others. For example, SUVs are known to rollover in accidents. However, any type of car can roll if certain circumstances are presented. If you had to suddenly veer off the road to avoid a dangerous driver, you car may have rolled. If you were T-boned by another driver while legally passing through an intersection, your car may have flipped. Or if a defective tire blew on your car, you may have faced a rollover accident.
Regardless of the specific circumstances in your rollover crash, the lawyers at Harris Powers & Cunningham are strongly equipped to help. Our firm’s partners each have nearly 25 years of legal experience, and they only practice personal injury law. Having this dedicated focus allows our team to fully understand the nuances and complex details in car accidents, including rollovers. We work with leading accident scene reconstructionists to prove the causes of accidents. We know car crash laws inside and out, and use this knowledge to protect the rights of our clients. Most importantly, we understand what it takes to negotiate favorable settlements and secure winning verdicts to compensate our clients for their injuries.
Contact Our Phoenix Rollover Accident Lawyers
If you were involved in a rollover accident caused by another individual, the lawyers at Harris Powers & Cunningham are here to help. Contact us at 602-910-6779 to discuss how we can prove your claim.
Not all car accident cases are the same. Sometimes, uncommon circumstances are involved that make proving liability a bit more difficult. This can be the case when dangerous road conditions contributed to or fully caused your accident.
Dangerous Roads: Poor Road Design Or Driver Error In Poor Weather
There are typically two types of personal injury claims surrounding accidents caused by dangerous roads:
- Government liability: If a road has a defective design or if it has not been properly maintained and results in your accident, you may have a claim against the government. These cases have a unique layer of complexity due to the government’s involvement as a defendant.
- Driver negligence: If a road becomes dangerous due to adverse weather conditions, it is the responsibility of each motorist to adjust his or her driving to ensure safety. For example, if a driver speeds during a heavy rainfall, hydroplanes, and crashes into another vehicle, this driver is responsible for any resulting injuries.
Our Experience, Your Results
At Harris, Powers & Cunningham PLLC, we are well-positioned to address injury cases in both of the above scenarios. We limit our practice to personal injury cases, so we have an in-depth knowledge on the nuances of car accident claims, including those resulting from dangerous road conditions.
Both partners bring nearly 25 years each of trial experience and have been named as the Best Lawyers in America for multiple years. In addition, one of our firm’s partners is a Certified Specialist in Injury and Wrongful Death Litigation by the State Bar of Arizona, Board of Legal Specialization. What this means for our clients, is that they can expect the highest levels of legal representation. Our attorneys have a solid track record of success when it comes to obtaining fair compensation and are trusted by past clients and the legal community alike.
If you have been injured by the negligence of another driver, you may be entitled to financial compensation to pay for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Part of your personal injury claim will rely on establishing fault. When you work with Harris, Powers & Cunningham, we will begin investigating your accident immediately.
While proving that another party’s distracted driving was to blame for your accident can be difficult, our lawyers have the experience to secure hard-to-get evidence. When needed, we can also call upon expert witnesses to testify on the dangers of distracted driving.
Some of the negligence claims we can look into include:
- Texting while behind wheel
- Eating while driving
- Applying makeup while driving
- Distracted by passengers while driving
- Using GPS while driving
- Tuning radio while driving
- More than one passenger in a car driven by a teenager (per Arizona state law)
Distracted drivers can rear-end other cars, drift into other lanes, cross into oncoming traffic and hit pedestrians. If you were injured by such a driver, our lawyers can help you obtain the compensation you need.
According to the National Highway Traffic Association, a head-on collision is defined as:
A collision where the front end of one vehicle collides with the front end of another vehicle while the two vehicles are traveling in opposite directions.
Because of the extreme momentum behind these types of crashes, they tend to be catastrophic — and result in some of the most serious of all personal injuries. If you or a loved one has suffered a serious or fatal car accident due to another driver’s negligence, you need all the resources available to heal, recover and elevate your quality of life.
Experienced Injury Attorneys for Head-On Collisions
For more than 30 years, our injury lawyers have been helping car crash victims throughout Arizona obtain compensation and accountability when they have been injured due to negligent driving. These injuries have included:
- Brain injury
- Skull fractures
- Multiple fractures
- Internal organ damage
- Permanent disabilities
Because of the severity of these cases, it is all the more important to reach out to an attorney who will protect your interests and aggressively advocate for you. We strongly encourage you to get in touch and schedule an initial conversation as soon as possible.
Although most auto accidents are caused by driver negligence, some accidents are unavoidable because of road conditions. Dangerous roadways, poorly maintained work zones and physical debris can cause catastrophic or even deadly injuries. Even foliage that obstructs signs or views, or ice that collects unnaturally, can contribute to highway accidents.
It is important to realize that roads, intersections and highways must be maintained with proper signs and/or markings. Barriers and guard rails must be utilized when conditions necessitate. When these features are neglected and an auto accident happens, a driver can pursue a civil suit against the state or federal government in charge of road maintenance. That said, the pursuit of a suit against a municipal entity requires comprehensive legal expertise. This is what we provide.
When You Need An Experienced Freeway Accident Attorney
We encourage you to get in touch as soon as possible so we can begin preparing your case for negotiation or litigation.
If you or a loved one has been injured due to negligence of another person, it is essential that you contact an experienced Phoenix highway accident attorney as soon as possible. To get your free case evaluation from one of our Interstate 17 accident lawyers, please call 602-910-6779 or contact Harris Powers & Cunningham online.
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Speeding is one of the most common types of driving negligence. When drivers start accelerating to unsafe speeds, they put all other drivers on the road (including themselves) in jeopardy, particularly when driving conditions are less than ideal. If you have been injured due to someone’s speeding or reckless driving, it is important that you are compensated fairly so that you can recover and heal as best as possible — and so that safety on the road is bolstered.
Our lawyers are AV Preeminent peer-review rated,* the highest rating, through Martindale-Hubbell. For more than 30 years, they have been representing speeding accident victims in car accidents in Arizona and are prepared to bring the approach that has won millions to your case.
Also known as a broadside collision, a T-bone accident occurs when a side of a vehicle is struck by the front of another vehicle. These kinds of accidents can be extremely damaging and injurious to drivers and passengers of both vehicles. These types of accidents tend to occur at intersections when two vehicles pass on a multilane highway or road and can turn or spin a car or even result in a rollover, making things even more dangerous.
While many vehicles have side-impact airbags, many are limited to the amount of protection they can provide. Because T-bone accidents often produce multiple, individual impacts, passengers are often unprotected during these secondary impacts.
Because our team has worked on serious accidents throughout Arizona for more than 30 years, there is no case for which we are not ready. We are prepared to take the approach that has obtained tens of millions of dollars for clients to help you reach an ideal outcome. If you or someone close to you has suffered a serious injury as a result of a T-bone accident, reach out to us today.
T-bone accidents, naturally, tend to happen at intersections. Studies looking at data from 2017 to 2021 have found that the most dangerous intersections in Phoenix are as follows:
- 99th Avenue and Lower Buckeye Road: 411 crashes
- 67th Avenue and McDowell Road: 251 crashes
- 75th Avenue and Indian School Road: 249 crashes
- 67th Avenue and Indian School Road: 263 crashes
- 75th Avenue and McDowell Road: 232 crashes
What makes an intersection so dangerous? It starts with the fact that traffic always has to cross paths, drastically increasing the odds of an accident if any driver makes a mistake.
Drivers may not see pedestrians or cyclists when they’re distracted while driving, for instance. Some accidents happen due to poor road designs with blind spots or hidden traffic control devices. Other intersection accidents occur when drivers speed, either intentionally, such as when they’re trying to make it through yellow lights, or unintentionally, like when they are driving under the influence.
All these issues can cause car accidents anywhere, but these problems are intensified at intersections, where drivers are forced to cross lanes.
As shown above, the most dangerous intersection in Phoenix is a roundabout at 99th Avenue and Lower Buckeye Road. Roundabouts reduce fatal crashes by 90% and serious injury accidents by 75%. They are much safer than four-way stops or light-controlled intersections. But, even with the upgrade to a roundabout, this intersection is still the most dangerous place to drive in the city.
If you’ve been involved in a T-bone accident, it likely happened at an intersection. It’s important to quickly work with an experienced legal team to explore your options, gather evidence, consider the financial damages and ongoing costs, and much more. Securing compensation is critical, and our team will work closely with you every step of the way to seek the compensation you deserve.
By definition of their age and their short driving history, teenage drivers tend to be inexperienced. Teen driver accidents are, unfortunately, fairly common. Teen crash fatalities, especially tragic, often take place when there are passengers in the same car. The deceased passengers’ families may bring a wrongful death claim against a teen driver or his or her parents.
There is naturally a full range of competency among teenage drivers. Some have practiced for many hours with a responsible adult in the car, taken driver’s education classes and otherwise prepared themselves to drive safely. Others may have had fewer opportunities to drive, or may not have paid attention to what they could have learned in driver’s education classes. Some teenagers, full of exuberance and self-confidence, are high-risk drivers by nature.
Investigating a Car Accident Involving A Teen
Aside from the experience question, there are other key pieces of information that your personal injury lawyer will want to look into after a car accident involving a high school-aged driver. Was the teen driving with a graduated license? If so, was he or she adhering to the requirements and restrictions of the level the license was at, at the time of the crash?
Driving with other teens in the car is a known risk factor for accidents. There may be specific rules that apply to teenage drivers, such as how many teenage passengers a teenage driver is allowed to have in the car. If the negligent teenage driver broke rules, this information may prove to be important in your personal injury claim or lawsuit.
Your lawyer is also likely to dig into questions of liability and parental responsibility. Were the teenage driver’s parents negligent by entrusting their vehicle to that young person? This may be the case if the teenage driver was known to be prone to reckless or weak driving.
If the teenage driver was performing some duties for the family (such as shopping or giving a younger sibling a ride), this fact may also be relevant to the question of liability. If the parents bought the car for the teenager to use to drive to school, this may count as a family purpose. This is just one example of special circumstances that may have a bearing on your personal injury claim or lawsuit if a teenager was at the wheel of one of the vehicles.
Contacting A Lawyer About Your Accident with a Teen Driver
Harris, Powers & Cunningham PLLC is here to answer questions and explain how our law firm can be of assistance after a crash involving a teenaged driver. To talk with our attorneys about your car, truck, motorcycle, bicycle or pedestrian accident involving a driver younger than 18 or younger than 21, please call Harris, Powers & Cunningham PLLC at 602-910-6779 or contact us online.
With the increasing popularity of smartphones and mobile devices, more drivers are texting and sending electronic messages while operating motor vehicles. This has had a devastating impact on the citizens of Arizona.
In fact, some studies have shown that a texting driver is far more dangerous than a drunk driver. If a texting driver caused your accident, he or she may be liable for your injuries according to the Arizona Hands-Off Law.
The Evidence And Legal Strength Your Case Needs
If you have been injured in a car accident due to the actions of another driver, the attorneys at Harris Powers & Cunningham can help. If the at-fault party was texting, sending electronic messages or otherwise engaging in activity on a mobile device while driving, we will find out. Our lawyers know exactly where to look for this evidence and how to obtain it. We will pull phone and data records, interview accident scene witnesses and, if needed, obtain experts to testify on the decreased driving ability of texting motorists.
If a car accident occurs in Arizona, driving laws and personal injury laws of the state of Arizona will apply. However, if the driver is from out of state, his or her insurance policy — based in the state that driver is from — may also have an impact on the case. Furthermore, if the out-of-state driver is difficult to track down after an accident, the case may become more complicated.
Many of our Arizona communities are common destinations for tourists, winter “snowbirds” from northern states and business travelers. Newcomers moving to Arizona may be using their car insurance issued in the states they have moved away from. We are available to advise and represent you after a car accident caused by a tourist, business traveler or newcomer to our state.
Let us explain how we can help protect your interests after a crash involving an out-of-state driver. The sooner you contact us, the more quickly we will be able to get a start on your case. We will help:
- track down the negligent driver
- determine how the accident occurred
- get a handle on your injuries
- gather other necessary information
We have experience collaborating with attorneys in other states if needed as we work on your claim. If we represent you, we will do so on a contingency basis. This mean you will generally not owe attorneys’ fees until and unless your case is completed. To talk with our lawyers about your car or truck accident involving a driver from outside Arizona, please call Harris Powers & Cunningham at 602-910-6779 or contact us online.
Whenever a third party (such as a government agency or a rental car company) has an interest in a motor vehicle accident, it is extra important to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney promptly. Harris, Powers & Cunningham can advise and represent you if you were injured in any of the following circumstances:
- You were driving your own car and your car was struck by a rental car driven by a customer.
- You were a passenger in a rental car driven by a family member or friend who had rented the car.
- You were driving a rental car that collided with a private vehicle, a commercial vehicle or a government vehicle.
Whatever the details of your rental car accident case, our law firm can guide you in the best ways to protect your rights. As you seek compensation for your injuries and losses, you will need an attorney’s guidance to uncover and untangle issues such as:
- Rental car company-provided liability insurance coverage
- Personal auto car coverage pertaining to the other driver’s policy or your own policy
We can advise you on steps to follow after a rental car-involved crash. Perhaps the other driver was from out of town or out of state, driving a vehicle issued at the Sky Harbor International Airport’s rental car center. Aside from the fact that the rental car companies are required to provide statutory minimum liability coverage for accidents involving their cars, there may be other insurance policies that are applicable, as well. Collision coverage on the other driver’s auto insurance, your auto insurance or your uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage may apply in your case.
Car accident injuries are not limited to drivers. Passengers in any of the involved vehicles can also face serious and deadly injuries. In addition, it may comes as a surprise that approaching a personal injury claim for a passenger may not necessarily be the same as for an injured driver.
In one scenario, the injured passenger may need to bring the liability claim against the driver of the car he or she was in. This is often a family member or a friend. These cases need both legal strength to obtain compensation from the insurers and also compassionate support to address the personal relationships involved.
In other cases, a negligent driver caused an accident injuring both the driver and a passenger in another vehicle. In these situations, the injured parties may both be seeking compensation from a finite pool of money, due to insurance coverage limits. This can cause conflicts between the injured driver and passenger, especially if all the injuries are serious and require extensive compensation to cover medical bills and lost wages. Normally in these cases, the accident victims must obtain separate legal counsel to avoid a conflict of interest. The only exception would be when the accident victims are family members — it may be possible and advisable to use a single lawyer for all claims.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are an excess of 10 million car accidents in the United States every year. With a growing number of drivers using smartphones, statistics indicate an ever-increasing danger on the road due to distraction. Obviously, car accidents take on many forms. Regardless of the extent or type of injury, when drivers are injured due to the negligence or recklessness of others sharing the road, it is important that they are compensated fairly to obtain the necessary medical care and replace lost earnings.
If you or someone close to you has suffered a serious car accident, a skilled legal team can protect your rights and advocate on your behalf to obtain the damages you are entitled to recover.
Injuries Someone Can Sustain From Car Accidents
With more than 30 years of experience and tens of millions recovered on behalf of clients, our team of lawyers is prepared to work on common car accident injuries, including:
- Bone fractures
- Brain injury
- Soft tissue injuries
- Head and neck injury
- Lacerations and burns
- Spinal cord injury
- Loss of sight
If you or a loved one has been injured due to someone’s negligence, it is essential that you contact an experienced Phoenix personal injury attorney as soon as possible. To get your free case evaluation from one of our Phoenix attorneys, please call 602-910-6779 or contact us online.
While Arizona drivers are required to carry auto insurance, many do not or are underinsured. Because of this, all insurance carriers are required to offer uninsured or underinsured insurance. You do have the right to refuse this coverage, but it is still on your policy unless you explicitly document that you have denied this coverage.
It is important to note that this coverage is limited to medical and personal injury compensation only. In fact, while compensation for vehicle damage must typically come from a different source, compensation for medical bills and pain and suffering may come from your own insurance company.
If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, it is important to reach out to an experienced personal injury lawyer to ensure you are fairly compensated. This is true even though you are working with your own insurance company ― after all, insurance companies will use any excuse not to pay a claim.
Contact Harris, Powers & Cunningham For Help Today
Our attorneys have obtained tens of millions for clients in more than 30 years of practice ― and we will use this experience to help you obtain the maximum recovery possible. We will work directly with you and carefully explain your legal rights as they pertain to uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage. Contact us today and learn how we can help protect you.
Harris, Powers & Cunningham can accommodate even the most serious uninsured motorist claims with effective legal action. Call our Phoenix office today at 602-910-6779 to talk with one of our attorneys about your situation. You can also reach us online. We offer FREE initial consultations; what are you waiting for?
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