Are You Ready to File an Arizona Personal Injury Claim?
There are more than six million car accidents in the United States each year and more than 30,000 people will lose their lives to car accidents across the country annually. In 2013 there were more than 850 people who died in Arizona car accidents. In 2018, the Arizona Department of Transportation reported that there were more than 127,000 crashes in the state. Approximately 36,507 resulted in injuries while 916 had fatalities.
Accidents can happen to anyone no matter how much experience you have driving or how cautious you are when you are on the road. They happen quickly and are shocking to the system. If you are lucky enough to walk away from an Arizona car accident with your life, you are likely going to want to get the entire process of car repair, medical treatment, and your Arizona personal injury claim process over with as fast as possible. No one wants any of these things lingering over them for the long-term.
Speaking with an Arizona automobile accident attorney is helpful to expedite the process and to increase your chances for a fair settlement.
What are the Steps to Take After an Arizona Car Accident?
There are very specific steps that you must take if you want to strengthen your Arizona personal injury claim and ensure that it resolves with the most favorable outcome. First, after your accident calling the police to come out is important. Speak with the officers and tell them all the details of the accident and if you are injured seek medical attention immediately. Never say you think you have any responsibility for the accident to the officer or to the other party involved. Even if you may think you have some responsibility, keep that information to yourself.
If you are able to freely move about after your accident, take as many photos of the accident scene, the damages to your car, the other car, and the position of each car. Take photos of the license plate of the other vehicles involved and make sure that you exchange information with the other driver. Make notes of the make, model, and color of the other car.
If you don’t have any visible wounds or severe injuries, and you aren’t feeling any pain or stiffness, don’t rush to assume you did not obtain injuries. Many times injuries to some extent were sustained but do not show up until hours or days after your accident. So, give yourself a bit of time to decide if you need to see a doctor, don’t automatically rule it out. Also, insurance companies are going to try and get to you as soon as possible to secure a settlement if their customer was at fault. They want to get you to agree to the lowest amount and know that after an accident, all parties want to move on and they will try to capitalize on these feelings. You are not obligated to speedily come to a conclusion, do not let them rush you. Allow yourself a couple of days to see how you feel and take the appropriate steps necessary to obtain medical treatment if needed.
Do You Need to Speak with an Arizona Automobile Accident Attorney?
Medical documentation is essential. If you were injured and you move forward with your claim but do not have the appropriate medical documentation, you may not be able to recoup costs associated with your treatment. Medical care is expensive and you wouldn’t want to have to pay for your treatment out-of-pocket or not get the care you need because you cannot afford it. When you need guidance after an accident or are ready to pursue an Arizona personal injury claim contact ELG at once.
You can reach the Phoenix personal injury attorneys at ELG by calling (623) 877-3600 to schedule your free consultation.