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Should I Pay My Accident Attorney a Contingency Fee of 25%?

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With just about everything in life, you get what you pay for, and legal services are no different. Don’t settle for less by paying less! Your future could depend on it.


You have seen the ads for discount accident attorneys. These attorneys tell you that you should never pay a charge of one-third or more to an attorney to handle your accident case. While it is true that in our present market, lawyers are able to charge any price to handle your accident case. However, paying less is not always better.

The price of an attorney’s services is dependent upon how much time and effort they put into a personal injury case. If you believe this, then paying a lawyer 25% may not get you the same legal effort as a firm that charges 33% or 40%.
The fact remains that working on an accident case is not a simple process. Lawyers invest several hours of their own time and their staff’s time in putting together a case that is ready for settlement or trial. Insurance companies do not want to pay you any money. That’s why you need to make sure you have a lawyer working hard for you.

You can pay a lawyer any amount you want. But if you want to make sure that you will receive the best settlement, pay your attorney for their time and effort.

The lawyers at Gonzales and 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.

Train at Railroad Crossing

Flagstaff’s Personal Injury Attorneys Discuss Train Safety

Train at Railroad Crossing

Pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists alike need to be aware of their surroundings, especially when going over railroad crossings, as trains do not have the luxury of being able to stop quickly.


One of the many tourist attractions that Flagstaff has to offer is the railroad that travels through the center of town. Although the sound of the train tracks at work is simply exhilarating, it comes with a major issue of safety. Railroads are private property, and no matter which railroad owns that property, trains have the right of way 100% of the time. Trains receive right of way over police vehicles, over fire trucks, over ambulances. No matter the case the train has the right of way and there are a variety of reasons as to why.

Train Safety Information

Currently the state of Arizona has over 2,200 miles of railroad track running throughout the state. Annually, over five million tons of goods travel out of the State of Arizona and over thirty one million tons of goods travel into the state of Arizona through the use of trains. Goods such as coal, lumber, wood products, stone, glass metal products, chemical and metallic ore, stone products and farm products use the railroad to transport goods.

A typical locomotive weighs roughly 400,000 pounds. If a train was is carrying 100 rail cars it can weigh up to 6000 tons! A train to a car is like a car to a can of soda, and this displays a major safety issue. With such a great amount of weight behind the direction of which it is headed, trains can take up to 1 mile to reach a complete stop. By the time a railroad conductor can see a pedestrian or vehicle it is more than likely too late for the train to come to a complete stop, because of that it is completely up to you to prevent a collision.

We all have see vehicles and pedestrians trying to beat the train at San Francisco, Beaver and Enterprise. We see these cars and pedestrians drive and run past the closing gates, flashing lights and ringing bells. We also see locals and tourist parked in the middle of the railroad tracks oblivious to the dangers. Remember, the train tracks in Flagstaff are active and on any given day about sixty trains travel through Flagstaff.

Safety precautions you can take in order to avoid a collision with a train would be always expecting a train to be on the tracks when approaching a railroad. Never anticipate that a railroad is out of commission simply because of rusty tracks and weeds growing. Do not mix recreation with rail road tracks. If the gates to a rail road track are coming down or if the lights are flashing then do not cross them and avoid blocking the tracks at all costs. Only cross the tracks at designated crossing locations, and last but not least look both directions before entering a railroad crossing.

If you have questions about a personal injury or wrongful death case do not hesitate and contact the Law Offices of Gonzales and Poirier. We are plaintiff attorneys and only represent accident victims. Call us at 928-774-5400 for a free consultation or visit our website here.

Remember if you or a loved one has been injured by the negligence of another person you need to consult an attorney. Your civil/personal injury case is unique and this article like any article you read on the internet is not a subsitute to consulting and discussing your case with an attorney.

~The Law Office of Gonzales and Poirier

Cadaver in Morgue with Toe Tag

Flagstaff’s Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Attorneys

Cadaver in Morgue with Toe Tag

If you or a loved one has fallen victim to incompetence or negligence by your medical provider, take a stand, to help protect others from having to endure the same fate.


Wrongful Death is defined as the taking of a life of another individual through the willful or negligent act of another person or persons. According to A.R.S §12-611, to justify a law suit there must be another party which is liable for the actions leading to a loss of an individuals life. The people who are capable of presenting a justified law suit are known as the “Party Plaintiffs” and are defined by A.R.S §12-612 as: the decedent’s husband or wife; the decedent’s children, both natural and adopted; the decedent’s natural parents, adoptive parents, or guardians; and the personal representative for the decedent’s estate.

Wrongful Death in Arizona Information

At the Law Offices of Gonzales and Poirier we are wrongful death attorneys who know how difficult it is to lose a loved one. We also understand, as wrongful death lawyers, that seeking restitution can be incredibly difficult as many different emotions may arise in the process. So why should you hire a wrongful death attorney for a wrongful death suit? Getting representation is the best method in attaining the best result in your case, and our attorneys for wrongful death are skilled and experienced and can give solace in your time of grieving. Our wrongful death law firm has dealt with numerous wrongful death cases and our wrongful death attorneys have plenty of experience in the field.

A wrongful death case is an incredibly complicated process that can take an extraordinary amount of time and can be very expensive. Hiring a wrongful death law firm who is knowledgeable in the field will take care of all of these factors that tie in with this type of case, and in doing so, relieve you of a lot of stress in your time of grief, all while ensuring a more prompt result in your suit. In Arizona, the statute of limitations for wrongful death is under A.R.S §12-504, and states that actions regarding the decedent’s suit must occur within 2 years of the individual’s death.

The U.S Department of Justice reported that 90% of cases regarding medical malpractice have involved a permanent disability or wrongful death. In wrongful death cases, damages awarded tend to take into account the following:

  • Funeral and burial costs
  • Adequate compensation for pain and suffering caused

These costs deal directly with the victim, but other compensation may be awarded to the family for things such as:

  • Mental and emotional distress
  • Loss of income that will affect the family
  • Loss of parental guidance and support
  • Loss of kinship

If your loved one has been a victim of a wrongful death, call the Law Offices of Gonzales and Poirier today at (928) 774-5400. You may also email us at tony@triallawyersaz.com, or message us from our website at www.triallawyersaz.com or www.triallawyersaz.com. We handle cases in Flagstaff, Holbrook, Winslow, Williams, Sedona, Cottonwood, Prescott and other parts of the State. Our initial consultation is free and we work on a contingency fee basis, which means that we don’t get paid, unless you get paid. The goal is to settle your case with the responsible party. Should they decide not the settle, our aggressive trial attorneys will file a wrongful death lawsuit.

Remember each and every case is different and this article should not substitute seeking the advice and counsel of an experienced wrongful death attorney.

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