Officials were called to the area of 40th Street and Thunderbird Road around 2:20 a.m. Tuesday, September 5, after a pedestrian was reportedly struck by a vehicle while he was standing near a bus stop along a dark portion of the road. The driver of the vehicle did not stop.
<p> <b>Experience with assessing claims:</b> Personal injury attorneys are experts when it comes to these types of cases and can advise you from the beginning on if you have enough of a case to pursue legal action. There's no point in preparing for litigation if you do not have a solid case from the beginning. A personal injury attorney can assess your claim and save you time and money. </p> <p> <b>Cut through the red tape:</b> Personal injury cases come with a lot of complicated legal procedures, confusing medical terms, and paperwork. An experienced attorney is familiar with all the paperwork and can help you cut through the red tape so you can move on with your life. </p> <p> <b>Access to an investigative team:</b> Typically, attorneys work with a team of experienced investigators that will skillfully examine all the technical aspects of your case. You will want to provide your attorney with all of the information you have available to you so they can pass it on to the team. </p> <p> <b>Offer objectivity:</b> Without a doubt you will experience anger, pain, frustration, and fear if you or a loved one have been involved in a personal injury accident. These emotions may impact your ability to see the facts clearly. An attorney will be objective about your case and the facts and will help you to understand all aspects of the case before you make a rash decision. For example, you may want to agree to a quick payout, but an objective attorney might advise you that it is in your best interests to wait for a more appropriate offer. </p> <p> <b>Alternative dispute resolution:</b> You might not need to go to trial. Many personal injury lawsuits reach a negotiation before going to court. A lawyer will be able to assess the case and determine if there are alternative dispute resolution methods (ADR), such as mediation or arbitration, that could resolve the case. </p> <p> <b>Experience resolving cases with other lawyers:</b> An experienced personal injury lawyer will be able to deal effectively and quickly with the other side’s attorney, especially during the fact-finding part of litigation where parties are legally required to exchange facts and documents. </p> <p> <b>Experience working with insurance companies:</b> Insurance companies often move to settle quickly so they can receive their money and move on. An experience personal injury lawyer will be accustomed to working with all the insurance companies involved and will not feel pressured by tactics or the pressure to settle. </p> <p> <b>Settlements: </b>Many personal injury cases are resolved before they go to trial. This means an attorney negotiates a settlement on behalf of the client. Typically a plaintiff gives up the right to sue in exchange for a payment from the defendant or an insurance company. This often resolves the case sooner than if the case went to trial. </p> <p> <b>Legal Strategy:</b> Should a case go to trial, a personal injury lawyer can represent you in court and work toward achieving the best possible jury verdict for you. He or she will be able to develop a legal strategy that will help you receive any and all compensation that is available for your injuries. </p>