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Car Accident Lawyer Yuma AZ

Car accidents are a frequent threat to your safety and often happen because the other driver was distracted while driving. Over 2,800 people were killed and 400,000 injured because of distracted driving in 2018. If you recently experienced a car accident, you will need the help of a knowledgeable attorney to help you obtain total compensation for your injuries. Unfortunately, car accident victims often don’t receive an accurate settlement because they aren’t educated in personal injury law. To help improve your compensation amount, you can get help with your auto accident claim to get your life back. 

Don’t let insurance companies fool you by giving you a small lump sum settlement. Your personal injury should be compensated according to the severity of your wounds. Get the help of a personal injury law firm that can include all of your injuries on your claim. Contact Wattel & York now to get started on your auto accident claim. 

What Can a Car Accident Attorney Do For You in Yuma, AZ?

Attorneys will work hard to help victims receive the compensation they deserve. Your auto accident lawyer will guide you through the process of filing a claim.

Personal Injury Law Firm File Claims on Your Behalf

Your attorney will negotiate on your behalf by collecting all of the information you provide, then using this data to create a strategy to obtain compensation for your injuries. They use strong communication skills, documentation, and other tactics to pressure the other parties into providing payment for your damages. If the other parties choose not to settle, your attorney will file a complaint at court and represent you before the jury.

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They Perform an Investigation

Your attorney is very serious about your case and will go the distance to prove who is at fault. They may demand a subpoena to obtain the other drivers’ cellphone records to see if they were texting. Your lawyer can also request the electronic collision data from the other party’s vehicle to scrutinize the driver’s activity. The driver may have been speeding before the accident, and this proof can further validate your claim. 

Lawyers Accurately Calculate Claims

Every car accident claim is unique, and your injuries will differ from that of other drivers. Because of this, you will need a legal professional to examine the type of damages you sustained to decide how much your claim is worth. They will include both non-economic and economic damages. They will also consider injuries of any other victims who were in your car during the accident. Your economic damages will consist of medical bills, present and future wage loss, and ongoing treatment. 

Non-economic damages include pain and suffering and any other damages. For example, wrongful death cases will also cover burial costs, funeral costs, as well as a long list of other damages you can claim, such as loss of consortium, companionship, and mentorship of the deceased. Arizona is an at-fault state, and this means that if you are 50% responsible for your damages, the other driver will still owe you compensation for half of your damages. This means that no matter what, if you are not 100% at fault, you can still file a claim.

What to Do After Suffering a Car Accident

After you’ve been in a distressing car accident, you should begin creating your case for your personal injury. Attorneys will recommend that you document all of your damages to make it easier to prove your claim. 

Take Photographs

The best way to prove your personal injury is to have images of all of your wounds. It is a good idea to take pictures of the car accident scene. This will help reveal who is at fault. 

Get a Police Report

Make sure that before you leave the accident scene, you add your input to the police report. This additional information is proof of what occurred.

Collect Contact Information 

You will need to get the other parties’ contact information and any witnesses that were on sight. Attorneys will need this information to contact them at a later date. 

Keep Your Receipts

If you have medical bills, received physical therapy, got prescription medicine, had imaging scans, attended follow-up appointments, and more, you will need to total this up. Keep all of your receipts so that you can show your attorney the severity of your personal injury. You also need to include your income loss. Any time you took off from work, and any future wage loss should be included in your settlement. 

Write About Your Pain and Suffering

If you have been suffering from discomfort and emotional anguish, write it down while it is fresh in your memory. Record if you felt depression, anxiety, embarrassment, and everything you experienced. This will be useful for your personal injury claim. 

Get Advice On Your Personal Injury Case

After your accident, don’t wait to begin your case. You only have two years from the date of your accident. However, you can contact Wattel & York now for a free consultation.

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“Amazing people, they had my claim for about a week before they were able to get my truck totaled out. Otherwise I would have been stuck with a truck that had heavy front end damage if they hadn’t stepped in to help me. I tried to deal with my insurance company myself for over a month and that got me nowhere, all I got was a massive headache and a messed up truck. They are very professional and act quickly on your claim. I highly recommend them to anyone who is looking for help.”

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“Thank you so much for all your hard work on our behalf! Thinking I could handle it on my own, I was originally reluctant to take my accident claim to an attorney. But I am SO glad I called you instead. Your people were always helpful, pleasant and responsive at every step along the way. You represented us with honesty and integrity and made a traumatic experience as painless as it could be. And best of all, you helped us get a settlement that was fair and far more than I could ever have negotiated on my own! I highly recommend Wattel &York to anyone who has suffered a personal injury.”

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“I was the passenger in a vehicle that was 'T- Boned' at an intersection in 2014. The issues of responsibility and recovery became a difficult and convoluted confusion. I really needed help. This Team at Wattel and York walked me patiently and encouragingly through difficult months, sorting through issues and finally arriving at a satisfactory conclusion. I especially want to name two great and encouraging "warriors" of Wattel and York who directed me along the way..Brian Torba and Melissa Patterson..to them and the whole team I say "Thank You" with heart felt gratitude. Sincerely, God Bless You.”

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“Honesty. Integrity. Transparency. Partnership. Wattel & York brought all of these qualities and more to my accident case. I'd love to thank all of the team members who helped me with the process: David Guzman, who conducted the initial interview in my home, Aly Shomar-Esparza, who seamlessly guided me through paperwork and filings, Debbie Harrach, who conducted final review, paperwork revisions and scheduling, and Thomas Grisoni, who counseled me before and attended my deposition. I never felt alone during the arduous process and always knew there was a professional team looking out for my best interest. I highly recommend Wattel & York if you are unfortunately involved in an accident that was not your fault.”

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“I was a passenger in a car that got t-boned a few years ago and got a huge gash. I didn't know a lot about lawyers, so I basically just picked one on the flip of a coin. I called Wattel and York and they explained everything, I went into the office and filled out paperwork. Got treatment on my gash over the time I worked with them, glad I did as it opened back up a couple times and bled. They did really good, got me the maximum amount of money, and made sure I was well taken care of. I was updated from time to time so that was good. The only thing I might change is I never got to thank or talk to my lawyer. I think it was because I was already used to dealing with the lady at their Glendale office so they just kept her as my point of contact. So it's okay, I'll thank them with a good review. The last thing I could say about them is months after I thought my case was over they called me and said they had another check for me for a few hundred dollars. Apparently, they negotiated with the hospital I went to after the accident. It was a nice surprise and shows they really had my interests in mind.”

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“Wattel & York has been great for me in the past few years. I was involved in a really bad accident while I was on Active Duty in Yuma, Arizona and they have been patient with me every step of the way through a very long process. I would recommend them to anyone thank you for all your help.”

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“Appreciate David taking the time to speak with me. He was most kind. From the front line with the receptionist, to him, the firm was a class act all the way around.”

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“Dave Wattel represented me and my son on a Personal Injury case from a motor vehicle accident back in 2009. Jake P. handled my deposition and Dave did the Quarterbacking. The insurance company hired NFL referee Ed Hochuli's firm to try and deny our claim. But Wattel & York made it look as easy as Tom Brady on the football field. The result was more than acceptable and my son and I were compensated for our injuries and rehabilitation. Dave Wattel cares about his clients. If I ever find myself in a situation like this again, Wattel & York will be on speed dial!!”

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