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If you or someone you love has been involved in a auto accident due to the fault of another driver that led to medical treatments, serious injuries or even death, give our auto accident lawyers in Mesa a call today at 480.835.5553 for a free case review.
WHAT TO DO AFTER A CAR ACCIDENT INJURY?
If you were injured in a car accident, one of the first things you need to do is call 911, report the accident, or if you are seriously hurt, have someone call for you.
Reports from the police and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) will be very valuable in making a strong personal injury case. The EMS report includes a description of the medical care you received and the injuries you incurred at the scene. The EMS team may transfer you to the nearest medical center where the doctors will document your medical situation.
YOUR NEXT STEPS
As a car crash victim, it is best not to speak with the other drivers or their insurance companies. Even if they seem cordial at the outset, negligent drivers and insurance adjusters are not your friends! Seek the advice of an experienced attorney before attempting to handle the case on your own. Unlike some personal injury firms, we will tell you openly and honestly if your case is one you can handle on your own.
In response to the high volume of claims made each year, insurance companies employ a host of defensive tactics aimed at minimizing the amount they have to pay accident victims. If you or a member of your family has been seriously injured in an auto accident, it is important to have your case reviewed by a competent attorney who understands the nuances of insurance law. Only then will you be sure you have identified all sources of compensation and your claim accurately reflects the full extent of your loss.
Facts About Car Accidents From Arizona Department Of Transportation
According to a post on June 1st, 2016 from the Arizona Department Of Transportation (ADOT), here are the facts about car accidents in Arizona for 2014-2015.
- Total Crashes: The total number of crashes rose from 109,664 to 116,609 from 2014-2015.
- Motor Vehicle Deaths: Every 9.79 hours someone is killed in a car accident. 895 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2015, up 121 from 2014. 295 of those death were alcohol-related crashes, almost a 10% increase from 2014.
- Time Of Day: 75% of all crashes happen during daylight hours
- Time Of Year: Thanksgiving is the deadliest holiday for motor vehicle crashes
- Arizona Car Accidents: Motor vehicle crashes in Arizona have risen from 128-134 in the past year alone.
When To File A Police Report?
Always call the police if property was damaged or someone is injured, never make agreements without making a police report (accident report). If you plan on winning your personal injury case, a police report is invaluable.
Police Report: The police report is important because in contains important information regarding the driver at-fault, what tickets were issued, witness contact information, accident diagrams, weather conditions, insurance information and more.
Call the police no matter what, never let the other driver talk you out of it.
Furthermore, you should also document everything you can to get additional information to help with your claim negotiations. You have a better chance at winning a higher settlement with the more information you have.
Documentation After A Car Accident
Write down as much of the following information as possible following a car accident.
- The other drivers address, name, email address, telephone number, and other contact info you can get
- The other drivers insurance company, phone number, and insurance policy number
- Contact information and names of all witnesses
- Your immediate observations and thoughts.
Take photographs of the damaged vehicles, your injuries, and the accident scene. If you have a serious injury, ask another trusted person at the scene to take photos for you with your device. It is important to obtain photographs of the damage to the vehicle in which you were traveling, before the vehicle is repaired. If a defect in your vehicle is suspected, such as a defective tire, the vehicle should be preserved in the condition in which it was left after the collision. Proper preservation of your vehicle could make or break a substantial portion of your claim.
Days Following The Accident
Make sure you go see a doctor immediately following the accident for treatment of your injuries. To make a stronger case, you will need independent, credible medical documentation. Make sure you receive referrals if you need a specialist for specific types of injuries.
Be wary of clinics and doctors who advertise to personal injury victims. Many doctors who practice this form of advertising are known for extending the cost and length of treatment. Your insurance company knows who these doctors are and can discount their credibility. This can be very damaging if your case happens t o go to court.
When To Hire An Attorney After A Car Accident?
Are you looking for legal guidance and wondering when and if you need to hire an attorney after a car accident? Great, The Bradshaw Firm can provide a free car accident case review.
Our car accident attorneys know Mesa’s accident laws and can help guide you through the issues that will affect car accident victims including:
- The Driver At-Fault
- Insurance Claims
- Personal Injury
- Property Damage
- Government Liability
- Structured Settlements
Our initial car accident injury consultation is free. Give us a call today at 480.835.5553 if you have been involved in a car accident in Mesa, Arizona that led to personal injury or medical treatment, our personal injury lawyers can help you!