A personal injury can happen in countless ways. As a personal injury law firm, we see many different types of injuries, ranging from minor to catastrophic. Some injuries are painful but temporary, and some can leave permanent life-altering damage.

The list of reasons is too long to list in full. Here’s a list of some, but not nearly all, of the things that cause and contribute to bodily harm and personal injury.

What are some of the top causes of personal injuries?

Auto Accidents-Total crashes in the state of Arizona rose to 126,845 in 2016 with 962 fatalities*. Distracted driving, speeding and using alcohol can all contribute to accidents.

Bicycle Accidents-Tucson has a lot of bicyclists and unfortunately, a high number of bike accidents. Share the road and keep an eye open for bicyclists.

Medical Malpractice-health care providers must adhere to a “standard of care” for all patients. You must be able to prove that the provider’s negligence caused you damage. Documentation is a must.

Motorcycle Accidents-Arizona had 3,104 motorcycle crashes in 2016, and 144 people lost their lives*. Motorcycle registrations have risen significantly over the past several years, so more motorcyclists are on the road. Arizona has no mandatory helmet law for 18 and over.

Dog Bites-In Pima County, your dog must be leashed if it is off your property. The state requires all dogs to be licensed, which requires proof of a rabies vaccination. Use caution around dogs you are not familiar with and keep your dog leashed while walking.

Workplace Accidents-construction sites can have workplace injuries, due to the nature of the work. Always observe your workplace safety precautions and wear a helmet as required.

Personal injury law encompasses a vast range of injuries. In the event of personal injury, consulting with an experienced personal injury lawyer is a wise idea.

Additionally, it’s important to act quickly and get a consultation. Strict deadlines, known as “statutes of limitations” apply to injury claims, and you must file potential claims before the deadline. Most injury lawyers offer free case consultations, so there is no risk to you financially.

*According to the Arizona Department of Transportation 2016 Crash Statistics Report