Phoenix Az Pedestrian Injury Attorney
Thousands of Valley residents use Valley Metro and Dial-a-Ride services, including bus, light rail and paratransit and vanpool services, a pedestrian accident lawyer AZ may be able to advise an injured victim. Valley Metro is the name of the regional transit system in the Metropolitan Phoenix region. There are approximately 26 miles of light rail, extensions are planned, or under construction. Bus routes include Local, RAPID and Express routes.
Member agencies include Avondale, Buckeye, El Mirage, Fountain Hills, Gilbert, Glendale, Goodyear, Maricopa County, Mesa, Peoria, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Surprise, Tempe, Tolleson, Wickenburg and Youngtown.
Dial-a-Ride provides transportation, paratransit, to persons who are unable to utilize transportation services due to a disability, and to seniors in some cities.
Collisions involving these transportation vehicles sometimes cause injuries, a Notice of Claim may be required. A pedestrian accident lawyer AZ can help an injured passenger, pedestrian or occupant of another vehicle, consider a negligence claim.
Following an injury involving a vehicle owned or operated by a governmental entity where negligence caused the crash an evaluation should promptly take place regarding whether there may need to be compliance with the Arizona Notice of Claim statutes, if so these requirements need to be properly satisfied.
A.R.S. §12-821.01 provides that a person who has a claim against a public entity shall properly file the claim within 180 days after the cause of action occurs. The claim must contain sufficient facts to allow the public entity to understand the basis upon which liability is claimed.
The claim must also contain a specific amount for which it may be settled, and the facts supporting that amount. The assistance of an experienced Notice of Claim attorney is critical, to investigate liability and properly draft, serve the claim, where serious injuries have been suffered.
A lawsuit against the public entity must be brought within one year after the cause of action.
There may be exceptions, under the statutes, an attorney’s representation is essential to ensure that claims against a public entity are prosecuted in compliance with Arizona requirements, as the Notice of Claim statues can be traps for those who are injured, and unrepresented.
In some cases the claim may be only against a private entity that operates the vehicle, such as First Transit Inc., who provides transportation, bus, paratransit, shuttle services.
When injuries arise following negligence from a crash the attorney can investigate and evaluate whether there is a claim for negligence and damages. Each person’s claim is unique and different, many factors are considered, what are the injuries, how long have the symptoms or disability lasted, are there permanent injuries?
How have the injuries affected the injured person’s activities, employment, marital, or family life? How have the injuries affected the person’s enjoyment and quality of life, his or her activities?
A personal injury lawyer will also consider the injured party’s lost income and work disability, since the date of the injury, and for the future. In more serious cases the involvement of a medical life care planner and an economist may be needed to consider future economic losses and medical bills.
An experienced Phoenix, AZ pedestrian injury lawyer will be able to assess the approximate value of the case, the likely costs to pursue the case in court, and the potential results if the case proceeds to trial. Someone who sustains serious injuries, or a family who has lost a loved one due to another’s negligence should talk with a pedestrian accident lawyer in Phoenix, AZ to discuss legal options. Call the Law Office of Paul Englander today.