No one wants to think about being injured in a car accident, but this is something that thousands of Arizona residents have to face each year. Accidents in Arizona are often caused by reckless driving, driver intoxication, driver distraction and bad road conditions. While it is impossible for you to stop the reckless and careless acts of others, it is possible to ensure that you have the correct legal protection if something happens to you. If you are injured in an Arizona collision, it is important that you contact an Arizona car accident attorney to help you assess your case and provide you with advice on what your next steps should be.
What You Should Do If You Are Injured In An Accident
When an injury occurs as a result of a car accident, you need to be able and willing to act responsibly and in accordance with Arizona state law. This means that you should not leave the scene of the accident before the police have arrived. This is important whether or not you are at fault for the accident as leaving the scene can result in serious consequences including having your driving license suspended. To avoid obstruction of the road, it is advised that you move your car out of the way if this is possible.
If you are able, you should also look at providing assistance to the other people who may have been injured in the accident. Calling the emergency services should also be a priority after an accident has occurred. Any attempts that you make at moving an injured person should be done carefully and if you are unsure of what to do, you should wait for the emergency services to arrive.
When there is an accident in Arizona, you are required to provide the necessary information to all other parties involved in the accident. This will include the other vehicles driver, pedestrians and passengers. The information that you provide needs to in clued your license plate, your driver’s license number, name, address and contact details. You should also collect this information from the other people involved in the accident.
This information is needed to back up any claims for the accident and identify the responsible people. If you think you will need a witness to testify at a later date, you should get their information as well.
If the accident has resulted in vehicle damage or injury, you have to file a police report. After the police report has been filed, you will also need to notify your insurance provider. After this, you should contact a lawyer if you feel that you need their help.
Car Accident Compensation
If the car accident you were involved in was the fault of another person, you are entitled to compensation for the damages. The state of Arizona works on the rule of comparative negligence. This means that you are able to claim compensation for property damage, lost wages as well as pain and suffering. Medical bills associated with the treatment of injuries caused by the accident and the costs of further treatment can also be claimed.
The Importance Of Speaking With An Experienced Attorney
While you may or may not want to pursue compensation, speaking to an Arizona car accident lawyer about your situation is a must. If injuries occurred and the accident was not your fault, there is a high likelihood that you have a claim for compensation. Without getting your case evaluated by a professional, you will not know for sure whether or not fighting the insurance company of the driver that hit you is a necessity to ensure you receive what you need to be “made whole again”.
Those who have been injured and would like a free consultation can call our office today for help. We offer free case evaluations and are available 24/7.