Car accidents can have a serious impact on a victim’s life. Often, these collisions result in serious injuries and property damage that result in psychological trauma, exorbitant medical bills, lost wages, expensive vehicle repairs, and more. In Arizona, drivers who are responsible for car accidents must pay for their victims’ damages — and if someone else’s negligent actions caused your crash injuries, you can hold him or her accountable for your losses.
Under Arizona law, you can collect two types of damages in car accidents: economic and non-economic. Economic damages involve the out-of-pocket financial losses you sustain after the accident. On the other hand, non-economic damages concern the intangible losses you cannot quantify with a receipt or invoice. These may include your physical pain and emotional suffering.
Some common damages in Arizona car crashes include the following.
In special cases, you may be eligible for additional compensation known as punitive damages. Arizona courts only award punitive damages in cases where the at-fault driver exhibited conduct guided by an evil hand and an evil mind. Instead of proving the driver was negligent at the time of the accident, you will need to prove that he or she either intentionally caused the accident or acted with deliberate indifference.
Although intentional harm can be difficult to prove, drivers who engage in overtly reckless behavior regardless of the consequences usually rise to the standard of deliberate indifference. For example, drunk drivers should reasonably know their behavior is dangerous and could cause an accident. If a driver chooses to engage in this behavior and cause an accident, he or she displays a deliberate indifference for the lives of other drivers on the road.
Estimating the value of your car accident claim is an important step to seek a fair settlement. Accepting a lower amount than what you deserve can lead to further hardship later on, so it is vital to have a number in mind when you attend insurance negotiations or court appointments.
However, calculating these damages can be difficult without a Cottonwood car accident attorney on your side — you may not know the total of your future medical expenses or the formulas to calculate pain and suffering, for example. Your attorney will help you understand which damages you qualify for and find your optimal pathway to maximize your settlement. If you haven’t already, contact your lawyer as soon as possible to begin the settlement process.