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Man Involved in a Car Crash

Arizona Car & Automotive Accident Personal Injury Help

Call (855) 774-5400 Immediately if Involved in a Personal Injury Accident in Flagstaff, AZ

Man Involved in a Car Crash

Motor vehicle accidents are far too common an occurrence in Flagstaff, Arizona, particularly during the winter months. A car accident and the resulting personal injuries can have a devastating effect on the lives of the victims of the accident. Our car accident attorneys assist victims in obtaining compensation for their injuries. In order to best protect your rights, it is important that you contact an experienced personal injury attorney immediately after your accident.

Can I Pay My Attorney Fees Based On the Result of the Lawsuit?

Yes. Our firm handles most auto accident cases on a contingency fee basis. This means, you are not responsible for fees or costs if we do not obtain a recovery on your behalf. Many accident injury cases can be handled by our firm negotiating with the insurance company without having to file a lawsuit. We have many years of experience dealing with insurance adjusters and fighting for our clients rights. However, our attorneys are also experienced trial attorneys and are able and ready to protect your rights in court.

As an auto accident client of ours, you will be assigned a case manager that will work closely with you and your attorney to handle the daily requirements of your case.

What Information Do I Need to Obtain About My Accident?

In order to best assist us in handling your case, it is important that you have the following information:

  1. The exact location of the accident.
  2. The direction the vehicle(s) were traveling.
  3. The insurance information of the person that caused the accident.
  4. Your insurance information.
  5. Medical treatment information.
  6. Traffic citation information.

Please keep in mind that as a client, our firm will work closely with you to obtain any information you do not have, but it is important after any traffic accident to obtain as much information at the time of the crash as possible. Click here to read over Arizona’s Department of Transportation accident figures.

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How Do I Know If I Have a Personal Injury Case?

The majority of people reading this have heard the term “personal injury,” but many people have the wrong idea of what it actually means. You can make a personal injury claim if you have been emotionally or physically injured due to the wrongful act(s) of another individual or company. When you make a claim, you are looking for financial compensation from the person/business that wronged you.

A common personal injury claim is for “negligence,” which means you are saying the other party’s reckless actions resulted in a personal injury to you. Automobile accidents are classic examples of negligence claims. According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, there were over 103,000 automobile accidents in the state during 2011, more than 33,000 of which resulted in personal injuries.

Another type of claim is if you trip, fall, and get hurt on a company’s premises. This is known as “premises liability.” If you suffer from an injury or illness due to carelessness by a medical professional, this is known as “medical malpractice.” If someone is injured or dies while working, a “worker’s compensation” claim can be made. Unlike other personal injury claims, this one doesn’t require you to prove someone else was careless.

When Should I File a Claim?

Personal Injury on Job Site

Basically, there is a chance of filing a successful personal injury claim if you have been injured in an accident of any kind. If you have been injured due to the negligence or carelessness of someone else, it is imperative that you get in contact with a reputable personal injury attorney as soon as possible. The quicker you do this, the more likely it is that you’ll remember important details of the incident, and this will help your legal team make the case on your behalf.

You may read articles online claiming it is possible to file a personal injury claim yourself. While this is certainly true, you are unlikely to receive the full amount of compensation you’re entitled to. What happens in these cases is that the claimant deals directly with the negligent party or insurance company, and the issue is settled out of court. The problem is that insurance companies are always looking out for themselves and will offer you an amount far below what you are actually entitled to.

When you have an experienced attorney on your side, insurance companies will be unable to try their old tricks. If any of the following applies to you, get on the phone with an attorney today:

  • You have been injured in an accident and the other party has insufficient insurance on their vehicle, property, etc.
  • Your injuries require medical treatment and the insurance company is dragging its heels when it comes to paying up. As a result, you are getting medical bills that place you in an uncomfortable financial situation.
  • The party responsible for your injury has no insurance and you are not able to claim compensation from them.
  • An insurance company is bullying you into accepting a settlement.
  • You are confused by the situation and have no idea how to proceed. Many individuals who have suffered a personal injury are unaware of their rights and responsibilities after an accident.
  • If you have sustained injuries from an accident that require ongoing medical treatment.
  • The accident has left you with injuries that have hampered your quality of life.
  • The injuries have ensured you are unable to work for six or more months.

What to Do After an Accident

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Please remember there is a statute of limitations in the state of Arizona. While you have two years to file a lawsuit related to a personal injury claim, it starts from the day of the accident. If you don’t discover an injury until a later date, however, it is possible the statute of limitations only begins from the date of this new discovery.

If you have a claim against the state of Arizona, a city, or a county, you only have 180 days to file a formal claim and one year to file a lawsuit.

When you decide to file a claim, you must be honest with your attorney from the beginning. If you withhold information and this comes to light during the trial, your case could be dismissed and you will receive no compensation. If you have been involved in an accident and wish to make a personal injury claim, follow these steps:

  • Write down everything you remember about the incident, including the time leading up to it and the aftermath. This can help show the court how the accident has affected your life.
  • Go to the doctor immediately. You may feel “fine” after an accident, but this doesn’t mean no injuries have been sustained. Certain injuries take a while to become obvious, and only a medical professional can discover such issues.
  • Take photographs of the scene of the accident and your injuries, if possible.
  • Get the contact details and names of any witnesses at the scene.
  • Never admit it was your fault.
  • Contact a trustworthy personal injury attorney as soon as you can. The quicker your legal team can put together a case, the less likely it is that vital testimony will be lost.

The Legal Process

Your attorney will begin the process with discovery, where he or she finds and shares information. In the majority of personal injury cases, things get settled once both parties have reviewed the information presented by the other legal team. At the end of the case, you receive financial compensation if the court finds in your favor. The settlement covers medical expenses, bills, financial loss due to the injury, and any other costs caused by the accident and subsequent injury.

We have found that those who get fair treatment during the course of their lawsuits have an improved state of mind after the accident, and this helps immensely in the recovery process. If you believe you have a legitimate personal injury claim, get in touch with an attorney who regularly practices this type of law to ensure you receive the financial compensation needed to cover present and future costs.

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Woman Wearing Neck Brace After Car Accident

Car Accident Settles for $63,000

Woman Wearing Neck Brace After Car Accident

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, don’t deal with the other driver’s insurance agency by yourself, allow an experienced law team to fight for you.

Our client was involved in a car accident, where the defendant slammed into the back of clients car at 15 mph. Client suffered injuries to neck, chest and back. Through the dedication and advocacy of Tony Gonzales, Esq. our client received $63,000, which compensated her for her medical bills, injuries, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

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Car Accident Settlement

Minivan with Rear Damage

If you’ve been the victim of a car collision in the Flagstaff area, contact Gonzales & Poirier, PLLC to fight for the maximum compensation for damages, pain and suffering, and medical expenses.

 

Our client was involved in a car accident in Flagstaff, Arizona, which resulted in minor injuries and damages to his car. The aggressive representation of the Law Office of Gonzales and Poirier allowed the client to settle the case for $7,500.

When we asked our client how he felt about the results, he stated: “I am really satisfied with your service and would definitely come back, I will refer you to my friends.”

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident because of the fault/negligence of another, contact us at Gonzales and Poirier at 928-774-5400. We will fight the insurance company and help obtain you a favorable settlement.

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Pedestrian Safety in Flagstaff

Mother Walking Child Across Street

Last year in Arizona there were approximately 1,507 pedestrian and automobile accidents. Out of those 1,507 crashes, 154 pedestrians were killed and 1,253 pedestrians were injured.


“Few people know how to take a walk. The qualifications are endurance, plain clothes, old shoes, an eye for nature, good humor, vast curiosity, good speech, good silence and nothing too much.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

If Ralph Waldo Emerson knew of the dangers that exists for walkers and pedestrians in the modern world, he probably would have stayed at home and wrote another book. Today pedestrians face numerous challenges when they go on a walk, from: distracted drivers, cell phones, i-pods, train crossings, busy roads, unmarked crosswalks, and dimly lit sidewalks to no sidewalks. Pedestrians have a lot of distractions and a lot to pay attention to when they stroll down the street.

According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, last year in Arizona there were approximately 1,507 pedestrian and automobile accidents. Out of those 1,507 crashes, 154 pedestrians were killed and 1,253 pedestrians were injured. In Arizona, there has been a slow rise in pedestrian deaths, which has been attributed to more people walking on a daily basis. Distracted driving may also contribute to the increase of pedestrian and car accidents because distracted drivers are not paying attention to traffic and instead are concentrating on their smart phones—not a smart idea. Safety experts have also attributed the increase in accidents to drivers and pedestrians who are impaired by alcohol or drugs.

The City of Flagstaff has found that 13% of all trips in Flagstaff are made on foot which is higher than the national average of 3%. Pedestrians make up approximately 7.5% of commuters compared to the 2.9% nationally. If you are one of the thousands of pedestrians in Flagstaff you have to be cautious because you do not want to be a statistic. Although the law requires that drivers exercise due care to avoid colliding with pedestrians under A.R.S. § 794 the best way for a pedestrian to protect themselves is to be on the defensive. Tips for pedestrians to avoid accidents:

  • Walk as if you are invisible; never assume that the driver sees you even if you have the “right-of-way”.
  • Cross streets at designated crosswalks and under A.R.S § 28-792 drivers must yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian unless the crosswalk is controlled by a traffic control device. If you have to cross at a non-designated crosswalk the pedestrian must yield the right-of-way to all vehicles in the roadway under A.R.S § 28-793.
  • Take extra caution at intersection because drivers can fail to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians while turning.
  • Walk on the sidewalk, but if you must walk in the street, walk facing traffic because it’s the law under A.R.S. § 28-796.
  • Flagstaff is an International Dark City so increase your visibility at night by carrying a flashlight or wearing reflective clothing.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian/car accident seek medical attention immediately. Do not talk to insurance agent before you seek the advice of an attorney. Remember the insurance agent does not have your interests in mind; the insurance agent wants to settle the case as quickly as possible to protect the insurance company’s interest.

If you have any questions or concerns about your rights as a victim of a pedestrian/car accident contact the Law Office of Gonzales and Poirier at 928-774-5400 and ask to speak with Daniel, Matt or Tony. We have helped protect the rights of hundreds of accident victims in Flagstaff and throughout Arizona. We offer a free thirty minute consultation and have two convenient office in Flagstaff and Cottonwood and if you cannot come to use, we can visit you at your home or office.

Vehicle Involved in Fatal Car Accident

Care Accident Fatalities in Arizona

Vehicle Involved in Fatal Car Accident

Unfortunately, fatal car accidents take place daily around the country. Our law office would like to remind drivers to be safe – don’t speed and wear your seatbelt at all times.


Tragedy has struck Flagstaff again. There have been two fatal car accidents in less than 12 hours. In the first case, a young woman and her family rolled their vehicle off of Interstate 40. In the second case, a Tucson man was killed on Interstate 17. Both cases were single car accidents.

Fatal Car Accident Statistics

In 2011, there were 825 fatal car accidents in Arizona. Half of these fatalities occurred in rural areas and were also single car accidents.[1] These statistics tell us that being in a small rural community does not mean that we are out of harm’s way. Motorist need to be mindful of this fact and always remember to wear their seatbelt.

The lawyers at Gonzales & Poirier have successfully represented hundreds of clients in personal injury cases. Each case is handled with extraordinary care. The client’s interests are priority, not the lawyers. We almost always cut our fee to make sure you receive as much money as possible in any settlement. Otherwise, we want you to have a good experience. Our firm handles all types of accident cases such as automobile and motorcycle accidents, truck and bus accidents, slip & fall, medical malpractice, wrongful death and other types of personal injury cases. We handle cases in Flagstaff, Holbrook, Winslow, Williams, Sedona, Cottonwood, Prescott and other parts of the State. Please call us today if you have any questions at (928) 774-5400. Otherwise, please email us at tony@triallawyersaz.com.

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Accidents from Flagstaff’s Personal Injury Lawyers

woman with Neck Pain After Accident

If you’ve been involved in a significant auto accident, be sure to take proper measures to protect yourself by following our Do’s and Don’ts detailed below.


What is Personal Injury? Personal injury is the legal term for an injury to a person’s body, mental state and emotions, along with property.

  • To prove that someone is responsible for such injury, the injured party must prove the following:
  • The responsible party had a duty to keep others safe from being injured.
  • The responsible party was at fault.
  • The injured party was injured as a result of the responsible party’s acts or omissions.
  • The injured party suffered damages.

What do I do after an accident and injury?

  • It is always a good idea to call 911 after an accident. Determining who was at fault is also very important because the failure to prove liability may cause an insurance company to deny liability.
  • Never leave the scene of an accident – always wait for law enforcement.
  • Do not discuss fault with the other parties involved in the accident or with bystanders. It is human nature to want to apologize – even if you are not at fault. DON’T APOLOGIZE!
  • Taking photos is also important. Most of us carry a camera in our pocket everywhere we go (camera phones). Photographs are just as important as any police report. Look for skid marks, damaged property, or other results of the accident and document them by taking pictures.
  • Look for witnesses. If you learn that there were witnesses, make sure law enforcement gets witness statements from them.
  • If you are injured, consider going to the hospital by ambulance. This decision is difficult because drivers may not have health insurance, or funds sufficient to pay for ambulance. Nevertheless, if you are injured, the first course of action is to document your injury with a medical provider. Insurance companies consistently devalue cases because the injured person waits too long before he or she seeks medical attention.
  • Get the insurance information from all drivers involved in the accident.
  • Contact the insurance companies involved to make a claim – BE CAREFUL. INSURANCE COMPANIES WILL TRY TO INTERVIEW YOU. EVERYTHING YOU SAY CAN BE USED AGAINST YOU. IT IS BEST TO HAVE AN ATTORNEY MAKE THE CLAIM FOR YOU.
  • Consult an attorney. Most attorneys will give you a free consultation about the accident.

How do I do to start an injury claim?

  • Make sure you have a copy of the police report.
  • Document all medical providers that provide treatment.
  • Write down all of your injury symptoms in a daily journal (our firm gives suggests day planners to our clients to do so)
  • Do not allow gaps in treatment – go to the doctor when ordered or needed.
  • Do not give a recorded statement to insurance companies without the help of an attorney. Again, EVERYTHING YOU SAY CAN BE USED AGAINST YOU. IT IS BEST TO HAVE AN ATTORNEY MAKE THE CLAIM OR STATEMENT FOR YOU.
  • Why do I need an Injury lawyer or Injury Attorney?
  • Accident attorneys or accident law firms have vast experience in dealing with insurance companies. These accident lawyers know that insurance companies still engage in dirty tricks and unethical behavior to get you to accept less money than you are entitled to.
  • Insurance companies work to delay and deny any and all claims – having an injury attorney gives you leverage over these industry giants.

The Law Offices of Gonzales & Poirier are injury lawyers who can handle any personal injury claim. Our injury attorneys are trial attorneys who have vast experience filing personal injury law suits. We are accident attorneys. If you or a loved one has been in a car accident, truck accident, motorcycle accident, bike accident or any other type of accident, you need injury lawyers to help get you the settlement or verdict you deserve. Insurance companies do not want to pay you for your losses. In Arizona, an injured person hurt in an accident may seek recovery for the following damages:

  1. The nature, extent, and duration of the injury.
  2. The pain, discomfort, suffering, disability, disfigurement, and anxiety already experienced, and likely to be experienced in the future as a result of the injury.
  3. Reasonable expenses of necessary medical care, treatment, and services rendered, and expenses reasonably probable to be incurred in the future.
  4. Lost earnings to date and any decrease in earning power or capacity in the future.
  5. Loss of love, care, affection, companionship, or other pleasures of any relationship.
  6. Loss of enjoyment of life, that is, the participation in life’s activities to the quality and extent normally enjoyed before injury.

Just like each person is a unique individual, your case is unique is different. Therefore you need to talk to an attorney about your particular case and should not use this article as a substitute to seeking the legal advice of an attorney. If after reading this article you have any questions about your case and your rights call us at 928-774-5400. We are a plaintiff’s law firm and only represent injured people.

Children at Play Road Sign

Car Accident Attorney Message: When Children are at Play, Drive Carefully!

Children at Play Road Sign

Any residential neighborhood has the potential for children to be playing. Please drive slowly and with extreme caution whenever you drive through a neighborhood.


The Arizona Daily Sun reported another tragic accident where a young Flagstaff child died after being struck by an automobile. These sort of wrongful death accidents are devastating to parents, families and the community. According to the Arizona Daily Sun, the driver was a 59-year old woman who was driving in a local neighborhood at 25 mph. The driver slowed to 20 mph when she saw that there were children playing in a yard. However, the victim was struck by a vehicle when she darted from the opposite side of the road. Read the full article here.

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, motor vehicles are responsible for one of every five deaths among children 1–14 years of age in the United States, and pedestrian injuries account for one fourth of them. Pedestrian injuries are typically more severe than vehicle occupant injuries, which are more than 5 times likely to result in death. Traumatic brain injury accounts for more than half the fatalities. The child pedestrian death rate has declined during the past several decades in the United States.

At Gonzales and Poirier, we recognize that no amount of financial compensation settlement or award can ever replace a child. However, we dedicated lawyers who can help find justice for you. Our experienced attorneys will investigate an accident to determine if another person or entity is response for your loss. It is not uncommon for our attorneys to hire accident re-constructionists or other experts to determine liability.

If you or a loved one is injured, or if a loved one has died as a result of an accident, call or email the attorneys at the Law Offices of Gonzales and Poirier for a free consultation. All injury cases are handled on a contingency basis, so we don’t get paid, unless we collect money for you. We handle cases over all of Arizona, including Flagstaff, Holbrook, Winslow, Sedona, Camp Verde, Cottonwood, Prescott and Phoenix. Call us at (928) 774-5400. Otherwise, email us at tony@triallawyersaz.com. You may visit our website atwww.triallawyersaz.com and www.triallawyersaz.com.

This article is not a substitute to speaking with an experienced attorney. If you have questions about you or a loved one’s rights, contact us at 928-774-5400.

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