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clayton trovillionOn August 24, 2019, Clayton Trovillion suffered life-threatening injuries as the result of an automobile accident in Arizona. Tragically, he succumbed to his injuries and passed away seven days later.

Clayton was an exceptional young man whom Negretti & Associates had the honor of representing in the aftermath of an earlier automobile accident, which he had in September of 2018. During that time, we really got to know Clayton and were inspired by the kind of person he was.

Clayton was an outstanding brother to his three sisters and son to his parents. He excelled academically, having graduated high school in just three and a half years, then going on to attend Arizona State University for both his undergraduate (B.S. in Finance) and graduate (M.S. in Finance) degrees.

Clayton also served his country and community. He was an Army Reservist, and completed multiple tours of duty overseas, earning countless military honors and decorations. On top of all that, Clayton was also an Arizona-certified EMT, and would often donate blood and plasma to those in need.

Clayton loved Arizona and would often enjoy its beauty while hiking and riding his motorcycle throughout the desert. He often expressed desire to go to law school — a goal that we are sure was only thwarted by his premature passing. We were especially excited to follow Clayton on this journey.

In honor of Clayton’s enthusiasm for legal advocacy and higher education, our firm established the Clayton Trovillion Memorial Scholarship. This annual scholarship will be awarded to a current high school or college student seeking to further his or her education. Clayton would be proud to know that he helped encourage others to pursue their dreams.

Those interested in Clayton’s Memorial scholarship can learn how to apply at https://negrettilaw.com/scholarship/.

Through our new scholarship, we hope to assist students who embody Clayton’s impressive qualities and wish to use their skills to make a difference.

jonathan negretti in arizona foothills magazineNegretti & Associates Principal Jonathan Negretti has been featured as a “Trendsetter to Know” by Arizona Foothills Magazine. The wide-ranging interview touches upon Negretti’s background and inspirations, and also offers a glimpse into his interests beyond the office.

Negretti, who is currently training for the World Marathon Challenge — seven marathons in seven days, on seven continents — wakes at 4:15 a.m. to hit the gym. “I typically put in two hours of mobility, strength, and endurance training each day,” he says. “By 8 a.m., I am answering emails and making phone calls.”

Family fuels his drive to succeed. “The one person who motivates me is my wife,” Negretti says. “She has no quit in her. She works out all the time. She has excelled in her career. She takes care of our home and is an amazing cook. She is a great step-mom to our kids and still finds time to make me feel loved. I don’t know how she does it.”

Negretti & Associates is a full-service personal injury law firm with offices in Phoenix, San Diego and Denver.

phoenix pedestrian accident attorneys

Just as Phoenix has become a bustling metropolitan city — with new commercial developments, roadways, and residential communities debuting with each day — accidents involving pedestrians and motorists have been on the rise. Since 2010, the number of pedestrians killed by cars in Phoenix has more than doubled.

Tragically, many accidents commonly occur in places where people and vehicles are forced to share limited space — at crosswalks, intersections, light-rail crossings, and parking lots. Far too often, drivers are simply not paying attention to their surroundings.

If you’ve been injured in a pedestrian accident in Phoenix, the outcome of your accident can hinge on whether or not you have an experienced personal injury lawyer on your side.

Pedestrians have the same right to recover monetary damages as drivers do in auto accidents. Unfortunately, many injured pedestrians are unaware of this, and never receive the compensation that they are entitled to. Without an attorney, they risk being stuck with expensive medical bills and, even worse, life-changing injuries.

The experienced Phoenix pedestrian accident attorneys at Negretti & Associates will vigilantly defend your rights and pursue any rightful claims for damages, medical expenses, and compensation for the pain and suffering you have endured.

What To Do If You Have Been Hit by a Motorist in Phoenix

Here are some steps to take after you’ve been involved in a pedestrian accident:

  1. Record the names, addresses, insurance information, and license plate numbers of all the vehicles involved.
  2. Be sure to get the contact information of all witnesses present.
  3. Photograph and document the scene of the accident and your subsequent injuries.
  4. Seek immediate medical attention for all of your injuries.
  5. Do not speak with insurance companies or sign any documents regarding the accident until you have discussed your case with an experienced Phoenix pedestrian accident attorney.

How a Phoenix Pedestrian Accident Attorney Can Help Seek Compensation for Injuries

In Arizona, motorists are responsible for yielding to pedestrians and paying attention to their surroundings. If a driver fails to do either of these two things and causes injury, the injured person will likely be able to bring a claim and collect compensation.

If you have been in a pedestrian accident and can show that the driver was at fault, the at-fault driver’s insurance can cover your medical expenses related to the accident in most cases.

Arizona law requires that all motorists carry auto insurance. The minimum amount of coverage includes the following.

  • $15,000 per person for bodily injury or death
  • $30,000 per accident if more than two people are involved
  • $10,000 for property damage or destruction

These are the minimum requirements laid out by Arizona Revised Statute 28-4009. However, if the driver is not insured, you may could either file a lawsuit or look to your own insurance carrier for compensation.

If you are a pedestrian injured by an uninsured motorist, you may be eligible for compensation through your own insurance provider and your insurance policy.  You will want to contact an experienced Phoenix pedestrian accident attorney to help you navigate the process. The personal injury attorneys at Negretti & Associates are ready to assess the circumstances of your accident and convey options that are available to you.

When an Accident Occurs Outside of a Crosswalk or While Jaywalking

Like all roadway users, pedestrians have a duty to observe and obey traffic laws and control signals. This means, for example, that a pedestrian may not walk alongside highways or step from a sidewalk into traffic without assuming legal responsibility for any subsequent accidents his or her conduct causes.

Pedestrians may typically only cross at marked crosswalks when they receive the go-ahead from the control device. Arizona Revised Statute 28-793 prohibits pedestrians from “jaywalking,” or crossing the roadway where there is not a marked crosswalk or intersection. A pedestrian must yield the right-of-way to vehicles in the roadway, and wait until traffic clears to safely cross.

Should a pedestrian decide to step into traffic without allowing enough time and room for oncoming vehicles to stop, he or she will likely be held responsible for an accident that follows.

Why You Should Choose the Phoenix Pedestrian Accident Attorneys at Negretti & Associates

At Negretti & Associates, we will vigilantly defend your rights and pursue any rightful claims for damages, medical expenses, and compensation for the pain and suffering you have endured in your accident. We also understand the importance of securing compensation for future medical treatment and for the time you have to take off from work to deal with your injuries. We will work diligently to maximize your recovery and help you achieve the best possible settlement.

There is no reason for you and your family to go this alone. The experienced accident attorneys at Negretti & Associates are ready to fight for you. If you’d like to schedule a free consultation, please call us at 602-531-3911 or click here to write to us.

safety tips for memorial day weekend in arizona

This Memorial Day weekend, families across the United States will celebrate the unofficial beginning of summer. For those of us living in Arizona, this monumental three-day weekend means embarking on a spontaneous road trip, grilling by the pool, or lounging on the lake. However, fun activities such as these often mean an increase in accidents over the holiday weekend.

Most people don’t feel like an accident would ever happen to them. Unfortunately, accidents are unpredictable and can happen to anyone.

By taking simple safety precautions, you can decrease the chances of an injury to you or a loved one.

Road Safety

Memorial Day is among the worst days of the year to be on the open road. With 44% of all traffic fatalities are alcohol-related, one cannot be too cautious on such a notoriously celebrated holiday.

You can avoid an alcohol-related accident by:

  • Having a designated driver
  • Arranging for a place to stay if you don’t have a designated driver
  • Calling a cab or an Uber/Lyft
  • Make sure your vehicle has been properly maintained

Pool Safety

The most popular way to cool off, especially here in Arizona, is a dip in the swimming pool. Even though an afternoon out by the pool is fun, accidents still happen. Hundreds of children have drowned during the Memorial Day Weekend.

Below are some tips to keep you and your youngsters safe:

  • Do not run near the pool
  • Never leave children unattended
  • Have life jackets available
  • Keep pools maintained properly

How An Accident Attorney Can Help You

If for whatever reason you find yourself in harm’s way this Memorial Day weekend, there’s no need for you to face the insurance companies alone. At Negretti & Associates, our dedicated accident lawyers are here to help you get back on your feet after your accident.

Your recovery can hinge on whether or not you have an experienced accident lawyer on your side.

An insurance company will try to minimize your injuries to save themselves as much money as possible. Do not go it alone. We will negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf to get you the maximum compensation you deserve for your current and future medical treatment, property damage, and lost wages.

We will vigilantly defend your rights and pursue any rightful claims for damages, medical expenses, and compensation for the pain and suffering you have endured. We also understand the importance of securing compensation for future medical treatment. We will also help you collect compensation for time you have to take off from work to deal with your injuries. Learn more about auto accident cases.

Our team of accident attorneys knows what it takes to win. We promise to fully investigate your claim and make sure you get the recovery you deserve. Please call us at 602-531-3911 or click here to email us.

self-driving car accidents

According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately 94% of car accidents are due to human error. Innovators have imagined a world where our faults would no longer endanger each other on the road.

Today, self-driving cars seem to be a permanent reality, especially in Arizona where Uber had been testing its autonomous vehicles. While many passengers arrived unharmed, one self-driving car hit and killed a pedestrian on March 18, 2018.

As self-driving vehicles enter our roads, the chances of self-driving car accidents will inevitably increase.

Potential Claims for Self-Driving Car Accident Victims

Although the law surrounding self-driving vehicles is widely unsettled, Nevada and California have determined that the operator of the car (the person who “causes the technology to engage”) is responsible if there is an accident.

How An Accident Attorney Can Help You

If you have been injured in a self-driving car accident, do not hesitate to give us a call. Your recovery can hinge on whether or not you have an experienced accident lawyer on your side.

An insurance company will try to minimize your injuries to save themselves as much money as possible. Do not go it alone. At Negretti & Associates, we will negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf to get you the maximum compensation you deserve for your current and future medical treatment, property damage, and lost wages.

We will vigilantly defend your rights and pursue any rightful claims for damages, medical expenses, and compensation for the pain and suffering you have endured. We also understand the importance of securing compensation for future medical treatment. We will also help you collect compensation for the time you have to take off from work to deal with your injuries. Learn more about auto accident cases.

Our team of accident attorneys knows what it takes to win. We promise to fully investigate your claim and make sure you get the recovery you deserve. If you’d like to schedule a free consultation, please call us at 602-531-3911 or click here to email us.

partial fault in an arizona auto accident

Receiving compensation after an auto accident largely depends on who was at fault. As a result, determining who gets compensation can be complicated when one or more drivers are partially at fault.

An experienced accident lawyer can help you navigate this process and begin the process of determining responsibility. Ultimately, your recovery will depend on what type of fault law the state of the accident has adopted.

Arizona Partial Fault Law Explained

Arizona is a pure comparative fault state. This means that fault can be apportioned to multiple people. Anyone found partially at fault is responsible for paying the relative percentage of damages.

For example, if Driver A is found to be 20% at fault for a car accident, the total compensation available to him will be reduced by 20%.

Now, imagine that Driver A were found to be 80% at fault for a car accident, and the jury awarded Driver A $100,000 in damages. Even though a majority of the fault is placed on Driver A, he may still recover. The $100,0000 award would be reduced by 80%, due to Driver A’s comparative fault. As a result, Driver A would only receive $20,000 of the $100,000 total award.

Recoverable Damages

Due to Arizona’s Partial Fault Law, don’t assume that you won’t be able to recover damages until you speak to an attorney!

If you’ve been injured in an auto accident in Arizona, you can recover compensatory damages. This includes property damage, pain and suffering, medical bills, lost wages, and emotional distress that results from your auto accident.

How A Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help You

The outcome of your case can hinge on whether or not you have an experienced Arizona personal injury lawyer on your side.

Unfortunately, insurance companies rarely provide fair compensation to accident victims. Insurance adjusters use partial fault to intimidate accident victims into either accepting unfair settlements or not filing a claim at all. Remember, insurance companies will always try to reduce its costs and save money.

Don’t let an insurance company take advantage of you. There is no reason for you and your family to go this alone. The experienced accident lawyers at Negretti & Associates regularly handle partial fault accidents in Arizona and can help you successfully navigate this process. Learn more about auto accident cases.

If you were injured in an accident and you were held partially at fault, you may still have a claim to recover just compensation. To learn more about your rights and options moving forward give us a call. If you’d like to schedule a free consultation, please call us at 602-531-3911 or click here to email us.

making your case simple

From the beginning, Negretti & Associates has wanted to change the way personal injury cases are handled. We have sought to simplify the process and make it easier for our clients to understand what’s happening with their cases.

We explain things in a straightforward, easy-to-understand way. Our thought is that if we deliver information in way that makes sense to our clients, then our clients can make educated decisions about their cases.

There Is No “I” in Team

Representing a client in a personal injury case requires a collaborative effort. We see our clients as teammates and collaborators. Everyone has different responsibilities and no one is more important than anyone else.

When we are hired by a client, we feel like we are being asked to join their team. We want to be the very best teammate that we can be. We use our legal education and experience to provide valuable insight to help our clients. We explain things with plain language and never talk down to our clients. There is no “I” in team.

Our Culture

At Negretti & Associates, our firm has embraced a culture of efficiency and communication. Our team works remotely on a daily basis.

Rather than wasting time commuting, we are answering emails, sending text messages, and making early morning phone calls. We believe this is one of our greatest strengths. We can be available and responsive when others are not.

As a result, we’re able to be nimble where other firms move slowly. Our team members are excited about the work that we do, and this ultimately means that we’re able to focus more on helping our clients.

Why Choose Negretti & Associates?

  • We will make your case simple for you.
  • We are a people-first personal injury team serving those injured in Arizona, California, and Colorado.
  • Not all news is good news, but we promise to be honest and update you in a straightforward fashion, in a way that you will understand.
  • We will vigilantly defend your rights and pursue any rightful claims for damages, medical expenses, and compensation for the pain and suffering you have endured.
  • We also understand the importance of securing compensation for future medical treatment.
  • We will also help you collect compensation for time you have to take off from work to deal with your injuries.
  • Our team of injury attorneys knows what it takes to win. We promise to fully investigate your claim and make sure you get the recovery you deserve.

rideshare accidents

Have you been in an accident involving a rideshare company such as Uber or Lyft?  Were you the passenger? Were you in the other vehicle? What if the driver was on his way to pickup a passenger? Is there insurance coverage in these situations? It depends.

As millions of people use rideshare companies to get around, there is a lack of understanding of what happens and the potential issues arise when being injured due to a rideshare accident involving a driver from a rideshare company. Rideshare companies such as Uber and Lyft have transformed the public transportation industry.  Riders love the low cost, the convenience, the choices (luxury vehicle, SUV, fuel efficient vehicle), the overall friendly service and ability to rate their drivers.

When ridesharing companies first started about ten years ago, it was common practice for their drivers to use the driver’s own personal insurance policies for accident coverage. The problem with this practice was that most personal insurance policies did not cover the driver or their passenger(s) if the driver was operating the vehicle for commercial use. This left the victims of these accidents without a source of recovery.

As more serious accident began to occur, such as the death of a California woman while riding in a Lyft vehicle outside of Sacramento in 2014; rideshare companies and their drivers began to be more closely scrutinized by the public. The conversation about who was ultimately responsible for coverage (the driver or the rideshare company) forced changes in the industry.

Ridesharing companies such as Uber and Lyft now provide their drivers with a $1 million dollar liability policy in the event of an accident. This means that the driver and their passenger(s) may be covered for damages. However, it is not that black and white. The coverage still depends on a variety of factors.

Both Uber and Lyft cover their drivers with a three-part insurance plan, which states:

  1. Driver Mode Off: If the rideshare driver is not driving for Uber or Lyft at the time of the accident, their personal insurance policy will provide liability coverage for accidents caused by the driver. This means the $1 million dollar policy does not apply.

Many insurance companies now offer specific coverage for rideshare. However, it is up to the rideshare driver to look into their personal insurance and add rideshare coverage to their  policy. If the driver fails to do so, they could be personally liable if they are involved in an accident.

  1. Driver Mode On Without a Passenger: If the rideshare driver has the driver mode on and is waiting for a ride request when they are involved in an accident, the driver is covered under both Uber and Lyft’s contingent liability coverage. The contingent liability coverage is used in the event the driver’s personal insurance does not provide coverage or does not provide enough coverage. Lyft’s contingent liability coverage is $50,000.00 per person or $100,000.00 maximum per accident and $30,000.00 for property damage.

However, some states, including California, have created legislation (Assembly Bill 2293) to mandate a higher excess liability coverage when accidents occur during this phase of a rideshare driver’s employment. In 2015, California mandated that third-party liability insurance covering the costs of injury, death, and property damage must be at least $200,000.000.

Additionally, the law clarifies that driver’s personal insurance can no longer cover this time period. It must be covered by the rideshare company.  The new regulations have been put into place to prevent ridesharing companies from claiming their insurance policies should not kick in because drivers have personal coverage.

  1. Driver Mode On With a Passenger: If the rideshare driver has the driver mode on and is driving a passenger at the time of the accident, the driver and the passenger are generally covered by the ridesharing company’s liability coverage. Both Uber and Lyft have $1 million dollar liability coverage policies as well as $1million dollars in uninsured and underinsured coverage.

Rideshare accidents may be complicated, involve multiple insurance companies and need expert investigators.

If you have been involved in an accident involving a rideshare company it is important to contact an attorney at Negretti & Associates for a free consultation.

Negretti & Associates had another incredible turn out for our second Fill-A-Bag party for the Phoenix Rescue Mission on Wednesday, November 15, 2017.

A huge thank you goes out to our incredible clients who have shown nothing but love and support donating to our endeavor to help make this world a better place.

We were able to donate 104 bags (1,012 lbs.) of food along with 25 bags (63 lbs.) of dog food to the mission this time.

We also want to thank Kneaders Cafe and Bakery in Scottsdale for letting us come and take over half of their restaurant to fill all of the bags.

From all of us at Negretti & Associates, we thank you!

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With roughly 210 million licensed drivers cruising around the United States, it is not surprising that over 15,000 of them are involved in vehicle accidents every day. Often, accidents may have devastating effects to drivers and passengers, however, even if nobody is physically injured in a vehicle accident, it is important to know that the participants may still have suffered a financial injury involving their vehicle, known as diminished value.

If you have been involved in a collision in which your vehicle has been damaged and then repaired, diminished value is the difference between a car’s pre-accident value and its value after the repairs.  Even if your vehicle is expertly repaired, with no signs of damage, the fact that it has a damage history or is considered a vehicle that has been in an accident, will make its resale value lower in the eyes of prospective buyer.

However, there is a way in which to recover the diminished value of your vehicle.  A diminished value claim is when you request an amount of money from an insurance company to compensate you for the difference between your car’s value before an accident and its value after an accident.  In some cases, this value may amount to thousands of dollars for newer vehicles.

Each state has their individual diminished value laws. California, Arizona and Colorado are all diminished value states, which means that you may be entitled to the diminished value of your vehicle following an accident. The time period in which you must file a claim in order to bring a diminished value claim, or be barred from doing so, in Arizona and Colorado is two years, while in California it is three years.

Steps in a Diminished Value Claim

In most states, if you are at fault for the accident, it is unlikely that you will be able to recover the diminished value of your vehicle.  However, if you are not at fault for the accident, the first thing that you should do when pursuing a diminished value claim is speak with an experienced attorney.

An experienced attorney, like the ones at Negretti & Associates, will work closely with dedicated vehicle appraisers who can help to determine the amount of loss you will incur and the amount of the claim against the insurance company.  Insurance companies do not like paying for diminished value claims and will do everything they can to make it difficult for you to recover.  Many insurance companies save millions of dollars each year because accident victims do not know that they have the option of filing a diminished value claim.

You typically do not have the right to recover for a diminished value loss through your own insurance company.  This applies even when they repair your vehicle.  Therefore, it is extremely important that you put your own insurance company on notice of your intent to pursue a diminished value claim against the at-fault party.  If you do not do this, you could lose out on the property limits that are available to cover your loss.

Consequently, you will be making a diminished value claim through the at-fault party’s insurance company.  Diminished value claims can be very difficult to establish, so a professional evaluation from an appraiser that specializes in diminished value insurance loss is essential.  When evaluating your vehicle, an appraiser may look at things such as: what type of damage did the vehicle sustain, the condition and mileage of the vehicle prior to the accident, was the vehicle repaired to industry standards and has the vehicle been involved in other accidents.

Additionally, a trade-in value in writing from the dealership that you purchased the vehicle from can also help support your diminished value claim.  It is important to know, that in order to establish your vehicles diminished value, you do not have to sell your vehicle; the loss to you occurs at the time of the accident.

It is also helpful to take photos of each angle of your vehicle after the accident.  These photos can be used as evidence to help establish the damage done to your vehicle. It is also important to take photos of your vehicle after the accident to establish that your vehicle has been restored to its original condition.

Once your attorney has the pertinent information, they will begin negotiations with the at-fault insurance company. As mentioned above, diminished value claims are insurance companies unchecked lottery tickets, saving them millions of dollars a year.  Consequently, it may be very difficult negotiating with an insurance company regarding your diminished value claim making it very important that you contact an experienced attorney. The experienced attorneys at Negretti & Associates work with top industry appraisers and will fight for you as we pursue your diminished value loss.