The latest data from the Arizona Department of Transportation shows that nearly 130,000 car accidents occurred statewide in 2018. And with almost 37,000 of those crashes resulting in injuries, it’s clear that serious wrecks are an unfortunate reality of life.
However, taking steps to protect yourself after an accident is vital.
If you’ve been injured in a car accident in Arizona, contact the Phoenix auto accident attorneys at the ELG Law. Our team of auto accident lawyers is here to help with a free consultation and no-hassle legal aid.
First, call 911 after your car accident. Even if your injuries are minor, call the authorities and report the incident immediately. Reporting the accident and seeking medical treatment is a must for filing a claim later on.
Additionally, the proper authorities should be contacted so that those involved in the crash can receive the necessary medical treatment.
Document the scene of the accident if you can do so safely, taking photos and writing down details. Get photos of the intersection, roads, vehicle damage, traffic signs, and surroundings. Seek immediate medical treatment and have a witness document your injuries.
Jot down any details of the accident as well, including the date, time, weather, and any details you remember in the aftermath. If there are witnesses to the crash, get their statements and contact information as well.
When the police arrive at the scene, stick to the facts. Avoid assigning blame to other drivers, and don’t apologize or take the blame yourself, even if you feel that you were at fault. In Arizona, a percentage of fault can be assigned to each driver, so determining fault may not be as simple as you think.
Exchange contact information and communicate with the police, but only speak about relevant details and only provide the required information.
Even if you haven’t sustained visible injuries or feel hurt, seek medical treatment. Keep in mind that shock can cause injuries to go unnoticed. Plus, injuries that weren’t noticeable immediately after your accident may develop later. Seeking medical care and treatment is a vital component of preserving your rights and protecting yourself after an auto accident.
Finally, contact your lawyer as soon as you can. An experienced accident attorney can investigate your claim, organize the facts by obtaining police and medical reports, determine liability, and help you evaluate and seek damages. Additionally, your lawyer can work as a liaison with insurance companies so that you can recover from your accident.
Though prevention is the ideal, protection is the next best thing after a crash. Follow these steps and contact your attorney after a crash. If you’ve sustained injuries, contact our Phoenix accident attorneys at ELG Law. Call us at (623) 562-3838 for a no-obligation, free consultation, and legal representation today.