Posted on March 4, 2018
You’ve been involved in an Arizona vehicle accident and you have very little else on your mind aside from the serious injuries you have accumulated and how you will be able to move forward in certain areas of your life. Perhaps you will be out of work for some time and worry that you will not be able to financially support yourself or take care of the medical bills that keep piling up. Perhaps your injuries are more serious than you first expected. From the very beginning, there are some things you should know about your accident to help preserve your case. Today we will look at some of the do’s and don’ts in every Arizona vehicle accident.
What You Should Do After a Vehicle Accident
Call Police: After you have been involved in an accident, you don’t want to go it alone. Police should always be called to the scene of an accident if there are people who have sustained serious injuries. We believe that police officers coming to an accident is a good idea because they can help document the accident through a police report that you can use later on down the road. There may be observations present on the report that help guide you in the right direction and prove that the other party was at fault for your injuries.
Seek Medical Attention: You may look and feel fine after an accident, but what happens if, many weeks or months later, you are suffering due to injuries that did not immediately show up? This is why it is always a good idea to think about your health and seek treatment as soon as possible. If you preserve your case and seek medical attention right away, it can show the courts that you took charge and worked toward recovery, which shows that you are serious about your case.
Get Information: You can gain valuable information by talking to witnesses on the scene. By having a witness’ contact information, you can move forward with your claim by showing what another party saw that day. You should also always receive contact information from the other driver, passengers, and more. If a business vehicle caused your accident, you should receive the business name because an employer could share liability for your damages.
Take Photographs: You don’t want to lose information after your accident, so you should always take photographs to show useful evidence relating to the scene of the accident as well as your injuries.
What You Shouldn’t Do After a Vehicle Accident
Drive Away: Never leave the scene, because it could lead to criminal penalties and be considered a “hit and run” even if you have been injured.
Move the Vehicle: You shouldn’t move your vehicle right away because law enforcement is able to dictate the actual point of impact in your case. You want permission to leave before you go anywhere.
Dispose of Evidence: You should never throw away evidence during the process. If there are broken parts, keep them.
Admit Fault: Never apologize for the accident under any circumstances! If you admit fault to the other driver, it could impact your case and leave you without any means of recovery.
Make a Recorded Statement: You should never agree to a recorded statement with the other insurance company without your legal counsel in your side. The insurance company will try to twist your words against you.
Have you been involved in an accident and now you want to recover from your injuries? We can help you build your case from start to finish as you fight the big-name insurance companies, attorneys, and more. At the Accident Law Group, we care about your claim. Call us today as soon as possible so we can get started, at 602-262-4254.