Each year thousands of car accidents occur throughout the state of Arizona. The Arizona Department of Transportation reported 127,056 car accidents occurred last year. These accidents could cause serious injuries or major property damage. The National Safety Council reported about 4.5 million individuals experienced serious injuries from car crashes last year. No matter what type of accident it is, often a legal claim will be filed. Filing a legal claim will help accident victims receive compensation for their injuries or property damage. Although not all accidents are the same, there are common steps that everyone should follow after being involved in a vehicle accident. Listed below are some steps on how to get started on your accident case.
Directly after an accident occurs, always check to see if anyone is injured if you can. Once you have done that, call the paramedics. Even if no one is seriously injured, everyone needs to receive a medical evaluation from trained professionals. This will also give you evidence further down the road when you file a legal claim.
Once you have contacted the paramedics, then call the police. A police report is crucial evidence in vehicle accident claims. The police officer will come evaluate the scene and write up a police report. This will help a jury determine which driver is legally at fault. While the police officer is filing a report, make sure you obtain information about the other driver such as their name, their driver’s license, their insurance information, and their vehicle information. If you have time, take pictures of the scene as well. It is important to gather as much information as possible because all this evidence will help you compile a legal claim.
Anyone involved in a vehicle accident should seek medical attention no matter how injured they are. Each individual should receive a proper evaluation from a trained medical professional. They will make sure you receive the proper medical treatment if necessary and put you on a long-term recovery plan. Any type of documents will be great pieces of evidence when filing a claim. The medical documents will prove what type of injuries you sustained and explain your treatment plan as well as the costs associated with it.
Contact your insurance company following an accident to report it. The insurance company will assign an insurance adjuster to determine how much damage has been done to your vehicle. They will determine if the car is repairable and how much it will cost to fix. You don’t ever want to immediately sign any documents from an insurance adjuster without speaking to an attorney for another opinion. It is important to note that insurance adjusters work for the insurance company and they lookout for the best interest of the company. They try to make the cost as cheap as possible for them. An attorney will guide you through every situation to determine which one works best for you. The attorneys work for accident victims and help them recover the maximum amount of compensation.
It can be difficult to work with an insurance company after being involved in an automobile accident. Insurance companies will negotiate a settlement offer. This can be a stressful time for accident victims if they are unsure how to handle legal situations. You don’t have to go through this stressful time alone. The auto accident attorneys at ELG want to help you determine your best legal options. Our attorneys will help you file a claim to fight for compensation. Contact our highly trained Phoenix attorneys today to set up a consultation. Call us at either Phoenix or Mesa Arizona law offices at (623) 321-0566.
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