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Tucson Car Accident Attorneys

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The Tucson car accident attorneys at Hollingsworth Kelly Law Firm know that thousands of people are seriously injured or killed in car accidents every year, including many in the local metropolitan area. Invariably, catastrophic auto accidents are life-changing events for victims and their families. Finding an experienced car accident attorney can make a difference for victims who’ve suffered a traumatic injury.

At Hollingsworth Kelly, we understand the physical pain and emotional suffering most people experience if they’ve been injured in a car accident. After a crash, many victims find themselves struggling and frustrated, unsure of what to do with their totaled vehicles and how to pay for their escalating medical bills. They often have no idea who will pay or what to do.

If you’re injured in a motor vehicle accident, contacting a car accident attorney as soon as possible can help guide you through what can be a complicated and unfamiliar process and ensure that your rights are protected.

Car accidents cause serious personal injury

Catastrophic auto accidents can cause serious harm such as spinal cord damage, paralysis, brain injury, orthopedic trauma and even death.

When you’re traveling in a vehicle, both the vehicle and your body are moving forward at high speeds. In the normal course of driving, slowing a car down gradually by applying the brakes allows your body to adjust to the decrease in speed simultaneously. However, when vehicles collide they stop suddenly. When the vehicle stops your body is still traveling at the same rate it was going immediately before the crash. Depending on how fast a vehicle is traveling at the time of a crash will determine the extent of a passenger’s internal injuries—the faster the speed the more likely a passenger will suffer serious internal harm or other injuries.

What if I’ve been injured in an accident?

It’s not uncommon for victims of serious car accidents to feel overwhelmed, physically and emotionally, in the aftermath of an accident. One minute their bodies and brains were fine and a split second later they’re injured, dazed and in pain, with no means of transportation because they have a wrecked vehicle.

Victims of auto accidents should seek medical attention as soon as possible after the crash. Going to a hospital emergency department or an urgent care clinic, and then following-up with a primary care physician ensures an accident victim receives timely medical care and, if needed, referrals to specialists such as physical therapists, orthopedic surgeons and other medical providers. Receiving appropriate medical care after a collision ensures injuries are identified and treated as early as possible.

Experienced car accident attorneys

Contacting an experienced and respected car accident lawyer right away protects you from the insurance companies and ensures that your case gets the attention it deserves. Whether you were the driver, a passenger or a pedestrian in a traffic accident, you could be entitled to compensation if you were seriously injured and were not at fault.

Our car accident attorneys have almost 40 years of experience litigating complex motor vehicle accident cases. In that time, our lawyers have won many jury verdicts and negotiated numerous personal injury settlements in excess of several million dollars for cases involving auto accidents, motorcycle accidents, bus accidents, bicycle accidents, tractor trailer and large truck accidents, and other motor vehicle collisions.

If you have suffered a catastrophic personal injury, or lost a loved one to a wrongful death as a result of a serious car accident in the Tucson area, call Hollingsworth Kelly Law Firm for a free consultation. Our experienced personal injury lawyers will put together the strongest case possible in order to maximize your compensation.

Car accidents by the numbers

With more than a million residents living, working, and commuting in the Tucson metropolitan area, it’s no surprise that accidents happen frequently. Locally, there were over 8,000 traffic accidents in 2017—that’s nearly 22 accidents per day. According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, 3,500 of those accidents resulted in injury to the involved parties. An additional 72 of those crashes were fatal car accidents.

ADOT estimates that the total economic loss as a result of auto accidents in Pima County in 2017 was over $1.2 billion, inclusive of fatalities, injuries, and property damage. Car accidents have many causes, but by far the most common are error and negligence on the part of the driver responsible. This can include distracted driving (i.e. texting), speeding, running red lights, making illegal or improper turns, road rage, driving under the influence or when drowsy, and countless other risk factors that can lead to devastating accidents and serious personal injuries. Car accidents can also occur when there are are product defects affecting an automobile’s brakes, air bags, steering, or other systems.

Hollingsworth Kelly Law Firm has represented serious accident victims for over 26 years, winning large verdicts and settlements for their losses. Call our office today if you have been involved in an auto accident. Our highly-rated car accident attorneys will protect your rights and help you get the compensation you deserve.

Settlements and Verdicts for: Auto Accidents

Zopfi v. Williams and Estate of Sherow

Motorists Williams and Sherow were traveling side-by-side 80 to 90 miles per hour in area where a two-lane road merged into a single lane. The Williams vehicle made contact with the Sherow vehicle which then spun out of control and rolled, crashing into Plaintiff’s vehicle, which had been going in the opposite direction. Plaintiff had a mild concussion and a foot injury requiring six surgeries. Settled for $2,000,000 ($1 million from each defendant)

Johnson v. Espinoza and Crunk

Espinoza and Crunk, both of whom were State corrections officers, were en route late at night to Laughlin, Nevada, on a gambling trip. The van they were in overheated and they stopped in the I-10 emergency lane. Defendant Espinoza, a private security guard, passed their vehicle, pulled over some distance down the freeway and backed his vehicle at a rate of 27 to 30 m.p.h. in the direction of the stranded motorists. When the Defendant was approximately 60 feet away he braked, causing his vehicle to slide and rotate, kicking up dirt and gravel in the direction of Mr. Johnson and Mr. Crunk. Although the Defendant was able to stop his vehicle 13 feet from where Mr. Johnson had been standing, Mr. Johnson fled from in front of the van onto the freeway and was struck and killed by a passing vehicle. Verdict: $1.5 million

Northcutt v. McLeod

College student failed to stop at a stop sign, crossing four lanes of traffic and colliding with 53-year-old emergency room physician, and causing physician’s vehicle to roll over. The doctor suffered a fractured right foot and injury to the cervical spine, requiring an anterior cervical diskectomy and fusion.

Case was settled for $1,200,000 one month before trial.

Mackey v. Kare Distribution, Inc. and Armenta

Defendant driver ran a red light, colliding with Plaintiff, a retired woman in her sixties. Plaintiff fractured her left thumb, sustained a closed head injury, and developed fibromyalgia. Defendant denied liability. Verdict: $450,000

Lopez v. Blue Sierra, Inc., Architectural Install Masters, Inc., and Scott

Defendant ran a red light, causing Plaintiff, a 51-year-old woman, to T-bone his vehicle. Plaintiff aggravated a preexisting spinal injury, and developed depression and anxiety disorder. She required a walker to ambulate after the accident, developed chronic pain, and was forced to end her employment. Verdict: $447,000

REAL RESULTS

Auto Accident: After 82-year-old retiree lost control of his vehicle, he caused a head-on collision, seriously injuring a 40-year-old bank employee. Injuries to client included concussion and fractures of the hip, knee and ankle. A pre-trial offer of $600,000 was made. Verdict: $2,800,000.

Rollover/Product Liability:  A car changing lanes on I-19 made contact with a Jeep Liberty, causing the Jeep to roll over several times and come to rest in a ravine on the opposite side of the highway. Due to a design defect in the roof structure of the Jeep, the roof was crushed into the passenger compartment. The front seat occupants of the Jeep, a mother and daughter, were catastrophically and permanently injured by the collapsed roof.  Confidential settlement reached before trial.

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