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10 Ways to Avoid a Car Accident

In 2015 in the state of Arizona alone, there were 116,609 total car crashes. Of those crashes, 895 proved fatal. Alcohol was responsible for 295 fatalities and 3205 injuries. Excessive speed was responsible for 300 fatalities and 21,991 injuries. Clearly, if you drive on Arizona roads, staying sober, driving within speed limits, and paying attention are things you should be doing.

With all these crashes happening on the roads, how can one stay safe and avoid an auto accident? What are the best ways to prevent getting in an accident in the first place? Of course, there is simple common sense. Make sure you are aware of who goes first at an intersection. Don’t follow the car in front of you closely. Don’t exceed the speed limit – especially if road conditions aren’t ideal. But beyond these common sense tips and basic rules of the road, what else can be done to prevent an accident? Let’s take a look.

  1. Drive in the center lane, not the fast lane, or the slow lane. The majority of highway accidents actually occur in the left lane. When you drive in the center lane, if something should happen (say, a car slams on their brakes in front of you), you have multiple ways to avoid a collision by changing lanes, or pulling over onto the shoulder of the road or highway you are on. Also, you will attract more attention if you are driving in the fast lane, and it may not be the attention you want (think red and blue lights flashing in your rear-view mirror).
  2. Continually scan the area ahead of you on the road, and on the sides of the road too. If you’re in an urban area, don’t just concentrate on the car in front of you. Watch what is happening with the cars ahead of that one as well. When you watch traffic like this, you’ll be aware of anything happening while you still have plenty of time to react to it appropriately and safely. If you’re in a rural area, scan the sides of the road for wildlife that may be entering the road. Slow down and proceed cautiously if you do see anything on the side of the road because an animal can dart out in a heartbeat.
  3. Be aware of all the blind spots you have, and don’t just rely on your mirrors. Actually turn to look when you’re changing lanes, backing up, parallel parking, etc. so that you are completely sure of what there is in the area you’re entering.
  4. Keep both hands on the steering wheel, in the “9 and 3” position (as if you were looking at a clock). Driving with one hand on the wheel, or driving with your hands at the bottom of the wheel, arms resting in your lap will decrease your response time in the event of something unexpected happening on the roadway. You need to have your hands on the wheel in the correct position to ensure quick maneuvering should you need it.
  5. Position your seat close enough to the steering wheel so that you can rest your wrist on the top of the wheel with your arm stretched out in front of you. While you won’t be driving that way, this is the correct position to avoid arm fatigue while driving, and to make sure you can maneuver quickly.
  6. They say you can’t judge a book by its cover, but you should judge a driver by his or her car condition and appearance. While this certainly isn’t accurate 100% of the time, it makes sense that an ill-maintained car might just be driven by an inattentive driver. The point is, watch for signals that you may be near a driver who may be potentially unsafe.
  7. Be aware of the limitations of your own vehicle. A 4-wheel drive truck with a V10 engine isn’t going to drive the same as a sports car or a minivan. It’s up to you to know your vehicle and what it is capable of. Learn how the vehicle itself reacts to certain situations such as wet or icy roads, or sharp corners, and be acutely aware of how quickly your car brakes in normal driving conditions, and in inclement weather. Knowing all of this ahead of time will increase your reaction time when you need it.
  8. Be attentive to your vehicle’s maintenance needs. Skipping scheduled maintenance will result in problems that could cause an accident, such as keeping old tires on a car instead of getting new ones when you need to. It won’t be worth the money you save on the tires if you’re dead because you went over a guardrail. All maintenance is important, and you should stick to what your manufacturer’s manual recommends.
  9. Avoid nighttime driving whenever you can. First, you can’t see the best at night, and there are hazards that you may not be able to see at all. Second, nighttime is when you’ll find more drunk and/or tired drivers on the road, as well as more teenagers. Also, pay attention to your head- and tail-lights to make sure they’re not burned out. If you find that you must drive after dark, pay extra attention to the road and the vehicles surrounding you.
  10. Pay to learn how to drive well by going to a high-performance driving school. Not only will you have a blast taking a car to its limits, but you will also learn vital avoidance maneuvers that could save your life in an accident when you need to think quickly. And you’ll learn it in a safe environment, instead of on an icy road. This is a smart investment in your driving skills.

Of course, you can be the safest, most attentive, and un-distracted driver in the world, but you can’t control what other drivers are doing. Accidents will still happen. But you can be as aware as possible of the conditions, drivers, and vehicles surrounding you to help avoid accidents wherever possible. Remember that driving is not a passive activity.

6 Facts You Should Know About Personal Injury Law

Being injured because of someone else’s negligence can change your life forever. You’re experiencing a significant amount of pain. It’s likely that your injuries are preventing you from working. You might be looking at weeks, or even months of recovery and physical therapy. In the most extreme case, you may never fully recover and will always be physically limited by the effects of your injuries.

Under Arizona law, you have the ability to obtain compensation for the personal and financial damages caused by the negligent acts of the person who injured you. You may have considered filing a lawsuit to obtain the compensation to which you’re entitled. If you have, there are a few vital facts about personal injury law that you need to know before you bring any legal action.

1. Personal injury law covers more than car accidents.

If you’re like most people, you associate personal injury law with car accidents. That’s a reasonable conclusion to reach. Car accidents are one of the most common causes of injury that occur due to negligence. Nevertheless, the relief offered by personal injury law is not limited to the victims of vehicle collisions.

Motorcycle, bicycle, and pedestrian accidents are all governed by personal injury law, as are injuries caused by slips and falls, defective products, and medical malpractice. Even dog bites can be considered personal injuries. If someone else’s negligence has caused you harm in any significant way, the chances are good that you have a valid personal injury claim.

2. In general, insurance companies are not on your side.

For the majority of personal injury claims, insurance companies provide the money that pays for settlements and damage awards. Despite this fact, insurance companies are not on the side of the injured party in a negligence suit. The primary purpose of the insurance industry is to turn a profit. That purpose cannot be satisfied if too much money is paid on claims against policies issued.

This means that when it comes to your personal injury claim, the insurance company involved will do everything it can to limit, or even deny your recovery.

3. An experienced personal injury attorney can make all the difference.

If you’re like the average personal injury victim, you could be facing tens of thousands, or even hundreds of thousands of dollars in bills for your medical treatment. You have likely lost a considerable amount of time at work. In fact, you may no longer be able to perform your job duties. As a result, you may not be able to return to work at all. None of this even begins to account for the pain, suffering, and loss of routine activities that have been caused by your injuries.

A competent personal injury attorney understands how your life has been changed by your injuries. They also understand the law and are able to use their knowledge and experience to communicate the value of your case to insurance adjusters, judges, and juries. Having an experienced personal injury attorney on your side often means the difference between obtaining the compensation you deserve and settling for an amount of money that fails to cover your needs.

4. Personal injury cases take time.

When you’re in pain, you want relief. Likewise, when you’re under the financial and personal strains caused by an injury, you also want relief. You want your life to get back to normal. You want to get out from under the pile of bills that keeps building up. You want the person liable for changing your life to take responsibility for their actions.

Your feelings are completely understandable. Nevertheless, successfully pursuing a personal injury claim takes time. The process cannot be rushed. A successful claim often hinges on careful preparation. Documents need to be gathered. Witness testimony needs to be taken. Every bit of relevant evidence needs to be gathered together to tell a story that convinces an insurance company to settle, or a jury to find in your favor. Remember, the ultimate goal is for you to obtain adequate compensation for your injuries.

5. No two personal injury cases are ever alike.

Though your particular injury case may fall into a specific category (car accident, slip and fall, etc.) each case is unique in and of itself. This is the reason why a one-size-fits-all approach cannot be used when investigating and litigating a personal injury claim. An experienced personal injury attorney realizes this. They treat your case as the one-of-a-kind matter that it truly is. Nothing is taken for granted or left to chance.

They know that a successful personal injury case not only depends on the facts involved, it also depends on the person who is presenting those facts. That is why a good attorney will not only gather all the necessary factual information, they will also present those facts to an insurance adjuster or jury in a manner designed to achieve the optimal results for their client.

6. You do not need to pay money up front to hire a personal injury attorney. 

Attorneys that practice in areas of the law outside of personal injury usually require an upfront payment in order to take your case. This is not the case in personal injury law. Personal injury attorneys are paid on a contingency basis. This means that the attorney will represent you without requiring any type of advance payment. If you don’t recover any money, they don’t get paid.

They will only receive a fee for their efforts if they successfully conclude your case. In other words, their fee is contingent on you receiving compensation for your injuries. When your case is successfully concluded, your attorney will take a portion of the amount of money recovered, generally 33%, as a fee for the efforts that they have put forth on your behalf.

3 Tips for Dealing With Insurance Companies After A Car Accident

After you’ve been in a car accident, life becomes complicated. To begin with, you’re likely dealing with the injuries caused by the accident. This means that you’re in pain. You’re also dealing with the limited mobility that an injury often brings. You can’t do what you’re normally able to do and even the simplest of tasks now seems impossible.

You’re also having to deal with the damage to your property that was caused by the accident. Your car has been damaged, perhaps seriously enough so that it’s not drivable. While you’re waiting for it to be repaired or replaced, you have to figure out how to get around. This means that you have to rely on friends, family or public transportation for a ride. Alternatively, you may find yourself having to rent a car which can be expensive.

Finally, you’re dealing with the stress of the unknown. You may not be able to work as a result of your injuries. You find yourself wondering who is going to pay for the bills that keep piling up. You worry about how you’re going to take care of yourself and your loved ones in the weeks or even months that it may take you to recover.

On top of everything else that you’re experiencing, you now also have to begin dealing with your insurance company and the insurance company of the driver who caused the accident that injured you. Both companies want information about the accident. You might not know how to answer the questions that are being posed to you. This feeling of uncertainty can increase the amount of stress that your feeling, which only makes the whole situation worse.

The last thing that you need at this point is more stress. Therefore, here are 3 things to keep in mind when communicating with any insurer. Using these tips will allow you to give the insurer the information they require to process your claim while, at the same time, protecting your interests.

The Insurance Company is a Potential Enemy

Insurance protects against loss. For a small fee paid on a regular basis, you are shielded financially from the potential of a large, catastrophic loss in the future. The concept makes sense. This is the reason why the insurance industry is able to collect over a trillion dollars in premiums every year.

That level of income means that insurance is a big business. Like any big business, the insurance industry in the United States needs profits to survive. So, while you protect yourself from loss by purchasing insurance, the company that sells you that policy protects itself from loss, in part, by doing what it can to reduce the amount of money that it pays out in claims.

After a car accident, the communications that you have with the representatives of any insurance company will generally be helpful and friendly. After all, the industry likes to market itself in terms of neighborliness and protection, However, never forget that anything you say to any representative of an insurance company has the potential to be used against you to devalue or deny the claim that you’ve made against the policy they’ve issued. Which brings us to the second thing you need keep in mind when dealing with an insurance company.

Facts and Nothing but the Facts

Facts are powerful things. They can be used to establish truth, find guilt and determine liability. In a car accident case, facts will be used to determine the value of a settlement or the amount of a judgment award. This means that in order to obtain an amount of money that adequately compensates you for your damages, you have to use solid and verifiable information. Conjecture, estimates and guesses will not help you to achieve the result you need.

This is why it is imperative that all of the information that you provide to an insurer in regard to your auto accident is factual. Your opinions will not take the place of verifiable proof. Therefore, in all communications with the representatives of an insurance company, stick to the facts as you understand them and nothing but the facts.

A great place to start is by giving the insurer all of the official documents that pertain to your claim. Police reports, witness statements and photographs are objective and based in fact. They establish what happened right before an accident and the subsequent results.

Medical records are another excellent source of factual information. Your medical records provide verifiable details of the nature of your injuries, the treatments your received and your general prognosis. They give the insurer an accurate snapshot of the pain, suffering and inconvenience that was a result of the accident. They also give an accurate count of how much your medical treatment cost.

An insurer may ask you to give them a statement about the accident. If this happens, it is imperative that you stick closely to the facts as you understand them. This is not the time to get emotional or advocate your claim. If you don’t know the answer to a question, say so. You are not being scored on how many questions you answered correctly. Saying “I don’t know” is infinitely better than guessing at something that you don’t remember clearly. When you make a statement based on a guess, you turn something that’s non-factual into the truth. The insurer will then use this non-factual fact against you to devalue or deny your claim.

Get Help When You Need It

The representatives of an insurer that you talk to are pros. Every day, they deal with people just like you who are making claims against insurance policies that have been issued by representative’s employer. They do not get paid to facilitate those claims. They are instructed and rewarded to do everything possible to “deny, delay and defend against” the claims that cross their desks. They know more about the insurance industry than you can ever hope to know. They will use this knowledge against you in an attempt to get you to settle your claim for less than it is worth.

Know when you’re in over your head and get help. An experienced car accident lawyer has the knowledge and skills necessary to advocate on your behalf to the insurer. They will present the facts of your case in the best possible light so that you are able to obtain the compensation that you deserve. An experienced attorney also knows the law. If the insurer refuses a reasonable settlement demand, your attorney will bring a lawsuit on your behalf and get you the compensation that you need in a court of law.

10 Ways To Relieve Back And Neck Pain After A Car Accident

After you’ve been involved in a car accident, the pain you feel can be unbelievable, especially down your spine. Whiplash is the #1 medical complaint for car accident victims, and whiplash can affect not only your neck, but your entire spine right down to your tailbone.

There are four stages of whiplash – first, as impact occurs, your mid-back is pressed flat against your seat back, which compresses your spine upward. Second, your torso accelerates with impact, but your head does not. This creates a “whipping back” motion of your head, until your head reaches the headrest. Third, your torso slows, but your head accelerates forward. Fourth, your torso is held in place by the seat restraint, while your head snaps forward. The second and fourth stages of whiplash are where the majority of the damage occurs to the soft tissues.

When you get whiplash from a car accident, you experience muscle and ligament strains, spinal disc fiber tears, and vertebrae being pushed out of place. Even your spinal cord and nerve roots that extend from your spinal cord are stretched. Your brain hits the inside of your skull, which can cause a concussion on top of the whiplash injury.

Other injuries that can be caused by whiplash trauma include:

  • Headaches – Usually a result of a whiplash injury, headaches can continue to be a problem even after the injury has been treated and healed.
  • Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) issues – TMJ can cause popping, clicking, and pain in your jaw. Chiropractors can usually treat TMJ, or refer you to someone that can. If left untreated, TMJ issues can result in headaches, trouble eating, ear pain, and facial pain.
  • Brain injuries – Concussion is a common injury due to the force of the impact of a car accident.
  • Dizziness and vertigo – These are usually symptoms resulting from the injury to your upper back and neck, and they usually resolve quickly after treatment.
  • Lower back pain – Whiplash injuries can even affect your lower back due to compression of the vertebrae.

All of this trauma can result in excruciating pain in the back and neck areas. Many whiplash and back injuries will heal on their own with time, but here are 10 tips to help you speed up that healing so that you can once again be pain free!

  • Place ice on your neck for around 15 minutes every two hours, and continue to do this for up to three days. This will reduce your pain and the swelling of the soft tissues in your neck and back. (Make sure you’ve wrapped the ice or cold pack in a thin towel – you don’t need ice burns on top of everything else!)
  • Consider taking some type of painkiller (NSAIDS work best). This will also reduce swelling, and help alleviate some of the pain you are feeling. Please remember to talk to your doctor first, so that you do not experience any drug interactions with current prescriptions you may be taking.
  • If over-the-counter medications don’t help you, or your pain is still at a level that you cannot tolerate, talk to your doctor about a prescription muscle relaxer or painkiller. These prescriptions should be a last resort, as many of them can become habit forming. Discuss the benefits and drawbacks with your doctor.
  • A neck brace may offer some temporary relief of the worst of the pain immediately following a car accident. The key is not to use a neck brace for an extended period, as the brace will actually begin to weaken the muscles of the neck and upper back due to non-use.
  • Moist heat can be used after the first two days of icing your neck and back. You want to make sure that as much of the swelling has been reduced as possible before applying any heat, as heat will bring blood into the area.
  • After your pain has begun to subside a bit, consider getting a relaxation massage. This gentle type of massage will help relax you and your muscles, and an experienced massage therapist can help reduce muscular pain by working on those areas affected by your injuries.
  • One of your strongest allies during your period of recovery from whiplash and back injuries is a well-qualified, licensed chiropractor. They will be able to help restore your range-of-motion by manipulating your spine. They will also be able to reposition the vertebrae in your spine that may have gotten misaligned during the impact of your accident.
  • Your doctor or chiropractor may recommend physical therapy, or soft tissue rehabilitation, after your accident. This will give you practical exercises to perform to make sure that you can do all the things you used to do before the accident occurred.
  • You may be given stretches and exercises that you should do while at home. This will increase the effectiveness of any medical care or chiropractic care you seek, as you will not be relying solely on a practitioner for your recovery. Other basic care like staying hydrated and getting enough sleep are incredibly important as your body recovers from the trauma of your accident.
  • If you have long-term pain that does not resolve after proper initial care at home, and/or from a chiropractor or physician, you may need to see a specialist to address where this pain is originating. The physical forces your body is subject to during an accident are enormous, and can result in injuries that are not easily resolved. You may need deeper treatment, or surgery to correct the damage done to your spine. Luckily, these extensive treatments aren’t common, and the above tips should help you recovery quickly!

Insurance Liability – What is needed to Collect from a “Covered Vehicle”

Under Arizona law, for liability coverage to apply when a “use” provision is in effect, a causal relationship between the injury-causing accident and the use of the covered vehicle must exist. Benevides v. Arizona Property & Cas. Ins. Guar. Fund, 184 Ariz. 610, 612, 911 P.2d 616, 618 (App. 1995) ; Love v. Farmers Ins. Group, 121 Ariz. 71, 74, 588 P.2d 364, 367 (App. 1978) . The injury need not be directly and proximately caused, in the strict legal sense, by the motor vehicle.Farmers Ins. Co. of Arizona v. Till, 170 Ariz. 429, 430, 825 P.2d 954, 955 (App. 1991) .

“The fundamental question is whether the use of the [covered] vehicle was itself the cause of the injury.” Ruiz v. Farmers Ins. Co., 177 Ariz. 101, 104, 865 P.2d 762, 765 (1993) . To recover under the insurance policy, the injured party must show that the covered “vehicle caused and produced [the] injury, not that it merely facilitated [the] injury.” Id. at 103, 865 P.2d at 764 .

In determining a coverage question involving the use of a vehicle, the Arizona Supreme Court explained: “The insurance is to pay for the negligent acts of the insured committed during the operation or use of the motor vehicle . . . . It should be emphasized: Liability arises out of negligent acts in the use of motor vehicles which proximately cause the accident and injuries.” Morari v. Atlantic Mut. Fire Ins. Co., 105 Ariz. 537, 538, 468 P.2d 564, 565 (1970) . In other words, “even though the causal relationship between the motor vehicle and the accident does not have to be the proximate cause of the accident, the accident must be caused by a negligent act in the use of the motor vehicle.” Associated Indem. Corp. v. Warner, 143 Ariz. 585, 588, 694 P.2d 1199, 1202 (App. 1983) , modified on other grounds, 143 Ariz. 567, 694 P.2d 1181 (1985) .

Breakdown for all reported motor vehicle collisions in AZ

According to the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), the following is the breakdown for all reported motor vehicle collisions in 2009:

TOTAL 106,767

  • FATAL 709
  • INJURY 33,380
  • URBAN 84,941
  • RURAL 21,826
  • PEDESTRIAN 1,523
  • PEDALCYCLE 1,995
  • MOTORCYCLE 2,958
  • MULTI-VEHICLE 87,651


  • TOTAL 709
  • URBAN 299
  • RURAL 410






  • MOST COMMON DRIVER VIOLATION Speed too fast for conditions

Arizona at a Glance – 2009

  • Approximately 2.21 persons were killed each day.
  • One person was killed every 10.88 hours.
  • There were 138.56 persons injured every day.
  • One person was injured every 10.39 minutes.
  • Alcohol Related crashes accounted for 5.48% of all crashes and 34.41% of all fatal crashes.
  • Of all alcohol related crashes, 75.78% occurred in Urban areas and 24.22% occurred in
    Rural areas, while 44.26% of all alcohol related fatal crashes occurred in Urban areas and
    55.74% occurred in Rural areas.
  • Single vehicle crashes accounted for 17.90% of all crashes and 45.13% of all fatal crashes.
    Of all Pedestrian crashes, 7.94% were fatal while 1.25% of Pedalcycle crashes were fatal.
    Crashes which occurred during daylight hours (6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.) accounted for 73.2%
    of all crashes.
  • Motor vehicle crashes resulted in $2.757 billion in economic losses to Arizona.
  • Children age 14 and younger accounted for 43 fatalities and 4,093 injuries in motor vehicle crashes.

Car Accident Texting Lawsuit

Car Accident Texting Lawsuit, Another Text Message Sender Named as Defendant

A New Jersey couple who were riding their motorcycle at the time were hit by a car in 2009 are now suing a woman for her part in her at-fault boyfriend’s motorcycle-car accident , who  was repeatedly sending  text messages to  her boyfriend as drove his vehicle to work

The accident victims David and Linda Kubert of Dover, N.J., were initially filing a civil suit only against the driver, Kyle Best of Wharton, N.J.

On September 21, 2009, Best’s vehicle veered across the roadway’s center dividing line, causing a violent head-on collision with the Kubert’s motorcycle. A sad fact remains true both of the Kuberts  lost a leg in the collision

Earlier this year in Montville Municipal Court, Best pleaded guilty to using a cellphone (reading and replying to text messages from his girlfriend) while operating his vehicle, failure to stay in his lane and careless driving.

The Kuberts have now amended their lawsuit to include the then 19-year-old Shannon Colonna, for contributing to Kyle Best’s negligence, even though she was not physically present in the vehicle.

In deposition Colonna stated that she was not sure whether Best was driving at the time she was texting him, but authorities believe she may have known.

Shannon Colonna’s  defense attorney rebutted:

“The sender of the text has the right to assume the recipient will read it at a safe time. It’s not fair. It’s not reasonable. Shannon Colonna has no way to control when Kyle Best is going to read that message.”

Kyle Best was legally reprimanded to speak to approximately 14 high schools about the perils of texting while driving.  Additionally he was fined $775.00 for his traffic offense.

The Kuberts’ lawyer stated:

“The defendant may not have been physically present, but she was electronically present.”

Superior Court Judge David Rand has to rule as to whether or not to keep Ms. Colonna in the lawsuit. This decision will be made within a week.

This story is particularly compelling because it involves the possible placing of negligence on a party that was not physically present at the time of the car accident, but was rather, electronically present, as the Kuberts’ attorney has explained.

As a Prescott AZ and Phoenix AZ car accident attorney, I want you to be aware that texting type accidents are rapidly becoming commonplace. I urge you to speak to your children about the obvious dangers of texting while driving and not so obvious texting a friend while they may be driving. Let them know they can cause an accident and not even be present in the car and could be held liable. But even worse is the fact that the motorcycle victims each lost a leg.


Motorcycle Accidents

Experience You Can Trust
At Parker & Lazzara, we know the dynamics of motorcycle accidents and are well equipped to handle even the most complex cases. Our utilizes top notch licensed investigators to find out what the cause of teh accident was, and why it occurred. Once we determine fault, we will fight zealously on your behalf and make sure that all responsible parties are held accountable for their actions.
We recognize that most motorcycle crashes are due to the recklessness of another driver, such as:

  • Drunk driving
  • Reckless driving
  • Driving at excessive speeds
  • Not adequately looking when changing lanes
  • Talking on the phone or texting while driving

Motorcycle crashes may be caused by dangerous weather conditions, obstructions in the roadways or defective motorcycle parts. No matter what the circumstances of your case, we will investigate the evidence and search diligently for evidence of any wrongdoing.

Serious Motorcycle Crash Injuries
Due to the open surroundings and high speeds, motorcycle riders are in danger of sustaining serious injuries that can change their lives forever. If another car or truck hits them while they are driving, they have nothing more than their bodies to take the hit.
At Parker & Lazzara, we have experience in handling a wide variety of motorcycle crash cases, including those involving catastrophic injuries such as:

  • Brain Injuries
  • Burn injuries
  • Broken/crushed bones
  • Lost limbs
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Paralysis
  • Head and neck injuries
  • Wrongful death

Serious injuries can leave our clients with physical disfigurement and permanent disabilities that will linger forever. As a result, we fight diligently and aggressively to ensure that our clients receive the highest quality of treatment and care in addition to compensation for their emotional pain and suffering and financial losses.

Injuries from Low Impact


How Low Speed Impacts Cause Soft Tissue Injuries…
A low impact auto accident is usually defined as an incident that takes place at speeds less than 10 miles per hour (mph). This type of collision usually causes the least amount of demolish to the vehicles involved. Body injuries can result from any accident & that includes ones that occur with vehicles going less than 10 mph. Soft tissue injuries are the most common issue for those involved in a low impact accident.

A motor vehicle accident that takes place at speeds between under 10 mph often brings about miniscule visible demolish to the cars involved. Sometimes due to the fact that minimal demolish was finished to vehicle the injuries to the people in the vehicles are overlooked. This does not mean that bodily injury did not occur to the passengers in the course of the crash.

A contusion is an injury to the soft tissue caused by blunt force. This force produces pooling of blood around the injury causing discoloring of the skin. This is usually is often called a bruise. Bruising can be present in different shapes & colors.
A sprain is an injury to a ligament often brought about by a wrench or twist. A sprain can be a simple sprain, a partial tear or a complete tear. This can happen to various parts of a person’s body during an accident. It is not unusual for a person to twist in their seat as a vehicle strikes theirs in the course of the incident.

While an automobile is built to take a slow 5 to 10 mph crash that is not necessarily true for your body. In a low impact accident a person’s soft tissue can be damaged.The back & neck are the usual issue spots for soft tissue injuries. Soft tissue is fundamentally a person’s ligaments, tendons & muscles. Soft tissue injuries are usually classified as contusions or bruises, sprains or strains.

A strain is an injury to the muscle or tendon caused by overuse, force or stretching. The force of the automobile crash can push on a person’s soft tissue or cause parts to stretch in an abnormal way.Muscles & tendons support your bones. A strain may cause a partial or complete tear in the muscle & tendon combination.

The neck of a automobile occupant can whip forward causing the most common rear impact injury known as whiplash. General Motors (GM) did a study regarding crashes at speeds below three mph. GM found, to no surprise, that injuries do occur at such low speeds. The study also showed that whiplash injuries account for over half of all injuries connected to vehicular accidents.

Although these types of injuries are characteristically classified as minor  30 percent of those hurt in low speed collisions have reported having neck pain up to five years later. This injury is likely to be worse in those that experienced a rear finish collision. Depending on the age of the person this injury could cause a permanent disability.

A motor vehicle can take the force of a low speed collision without showing much demolish due to the advances automobile manufacturers have made in the construction of their vehicles. When a collision does occur the force of the accident pushes inertia somewhere & two times the automobile has taken part of that energy away the occupants take the rest. These forces are what may cause people bodily harm even in a crash of below 10 mph.Soft tissue injuries can occur to those involved in a low speed impact & though these injuries might be hard to see they exist.

Financial Compensation in Auto Accidents – Bodily Injury

There are generally two categories of damages that you can recover if you are injured in an automobile accident:  (1) special damages; and (2) general damages.  Special damages (“Specials”) are typically your out-of-pocket expenses, such as your medical bills, mileage, and prescription medications.  Specials can be measured and calculated, and are typically represented by expenses actually incurred, or those that can be reasonably anticipated in the future, and which can be determined with the requisite degree of certainty required by the Arizona Rules of Evidence.

General damages cannot be fixed with any specific calculation.  These types of damages are the most difficult to prove in a bodily injury case.  General damages in Arizona tend to focus on pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment of life.  “Pain” typically refers to the physical pain that the client has endured and may endure.  Suffering generally applies to the emotional aspects of the case, the client’s mental suffering, fear, humiliation, anxiety, etc.

“Loss of enjoyment of life” is another form of general damages that compensate the injured person for the limitations placed on his/her ability to enjoy the pleasures and amenities of life, such as activities of daily living.  Loss of enjoyment damages may also include compensation for insomnia, limitations on recreational activities, travel limitations, and loss of social interaction.

It is important that you consult with an attorney if you have been injured in an auto accident.  Remember, the insurance companies are not your friends and they have no obligation to you to explain all of the compensable damages in your case.  To discuss your case with an established and successful injury attorney, call us now at 480-456-3080.