Car Accident Lawyer
Auto accidents are unfortunately all too common. If you have been injured in an auto accident, your life might feel as if it has flipped upside down. You may feel overwhelmed and confused, so here we answer some commonly asked questions about personal injury and auto accidents to bring clarity to you and your situation.
So I’ve Been In a Car Accident. What Do I Do Next?
Here’s a checklist of things to make sure you do in the moments after being in an auto accident.
- Never leave the scene of the accident
- Call 911 and make sure to get a copy of the police report when it is filed
- Exchange information with the other driver(s), including their insurance information, the make and model of their car, and their license plate number
- Take photos of your car while at the scene
- Take photos of the surrounding area; any skid marks, debris, traffic signs, and crosswalks
- If you have been injured, take pictures of your injuries while at the scene
What Do I Do If I Was Injured By Another Driver?
First and foremost, make sure you go to a doctor! Your health always comes first, and it is imperative you get adequate medical care as soon as you can. Plus, if you decide to file a personal injury claim down the road, waiting to go to a doctor can severely hinder the legitimacy of your case.
Secondly, make sure to contact a personal injury attorney. Not only will they give you their opinion on the future of your case, they can help you determine next steps and how to move forward.
What Should I Not Do After Being In An Auto Accident?
There are two things not to do after being involved in a car accident; making any public statements and waiting too long to contact an attorney.
You should always wait to make any formal statements, from talking to the other drivers and cops at the scene of the accident to speaking to your insurance company. It is always wise to have an attorney speak as a legal advocate for you, no matter how small the situation may be.
Additionally, depending on your state, there may be statute of limitations for when you can file a personal injury lawsuit. To ensure you get the compensation you deserve, do not wait to talk to an attorney about what happened to you.
What If One of My Loved Ones Was a Victim of Wrongful Death?
Wrongful death damages can be awarded to the spouse, parent, and/or child of the deceased person. These damages can also be available for their estate. In the situation of a wrongful death, the survivors can sue the defendant for funeral expenses, loss of income, loss of companionship, and other losses.
If you have been a victim of personal injury due to an auto accident, you deserve to have your rights protected. Contact an AZ personal injury attorney for a consultation as soon as possible to get started on filing your claim.
Thank you to Kamper Estrada, LLP for their information and input on personal injury law.