Every year thousands of people are injured or killed in car accidents. Sadly, most of these automobile accidents are preventable. By law, each and every driver has a duty to other motorists and pedestrians to exert "reasonable care." When this doesn't happen it can result in an auto accident and quite often, personal injury.
The most common situations that result in accident and injury are when a driver ignores a traffic sign or signal, makes an unlawful lane change, travels with excessive speed, or drives under the influence. This disregard for those around them can lead to devastating and long-term effects for all parties involved. Head injuries, brain damage, broken bones, spinal injuries, and more can lead to a lifetime of complications and disabilities.
Car accident investigations are complex and confusing. If you have been seriously injured in an automobile accident, it is vital that you act in your best interest and DO NOT talk to the insurance companies and IMMEDIATELY contact an attorney, like Grabb & Durando, that specializes in personal injury cases. Hiring an affordable and experienced personal injury attorney helps insure that you will receive the largest settlement possible.
For more than fifteen years, Grabb and & Durando has been aggressively representing Tucson accident victims and has a success rate over 98%. Unlike the insurance companies, it is our duty to fight to get our clients the compensation they deserve. We do everything we can to take away the stress and worry that often accompanies an auto accident, so all you have to do is get better physically and emotionally. If you donít have insurance, we can refer you to medical specialists that will treat you on a lien. We can even get you a car rental on a lien. In both situations, you pay nothing until your case settles.
What to do if you have been in an accident
An auto accident can be stressful, but knowing what to do in advance can will help you deal with this unexpected event.
Most drivers have a smartphone that will allow them to take notes and photos of an accident. However, if you do not have such a device, it is important that you carry a disposable camera in your vehicle, as well as pen and paper for taking notes. It is also a good idea to keep a card in your wallet/purse with information about medical allergies and a list of emergency contacts. A set of cones, warning triangles or emergency flares should be kept in the trunk of your vehicle.
If you are involved in a minor accident that does not involve serious injuries, you should safely move your vehicle to the side of the road and out of the way of oncoming traffic. If your vehicle cannot be moved, or if there are serious injuries, you should: call 911 immediately, turn on your hazard lights, and remain in your vehicle until help arrives. If you are not injured and your vehicle canít be moved, you can set up emergency flares and warning triangles to warn oncoming traffic (if available).
Remain calm and watch what you say
Emotions can flare after an accident, especially if the other driver was at fault. It is important to take a deep breath and remain calm. You should speak to the other driver only to get his or her information and to make sure they are okay. Never admit fault or say, "I'm sorry." Making such a statement could be used against you in future proceedings.
Make sure that you collect the following information:
Name, address, phone number, and driverís license number of the at-fault party.
Name of the at-fault partyís insurance company, policy number, and the policyís expiration date.
Year, make, model, license plate number, state of issuance, vehicle identification number (VIN), and information of the owner of the vehicle (if different than the driver).
Take photos of the scene of the accident, as well as any damage to the vehicles and/or property. Make sure to note the names and numbers of any passengers in the vehicles. Also make sure to obtain the names and numbers of any witnesses.
For your convenience, we have created an Accident Check List
that can be very beneficial if you ever find yourself in an automobile accident. We recommend that you print this out and keep a copy in your vehicle with your insurance and registration.
Seek medical treatment
If you feel like you may be injured, it is important that you seek immediate medical treatment. Keep in mind that many accident victims experience delayed onset injuries that may not manifest right away. The stress of an auto accident often causes the body to create endorphins and adrenaline, which mask the pain and other symptoms of injuries. It is common for an accident victim to feel okay immediately after the accident, but then experience pain in the hours or days that follow.
Contact an experienced Personal Injury Attorney
If you have been involved in ANY type of automobile accident, even if you donít think there was an injury, it is important that you call an experienced personal injury lawyer. Call Grabb & Durando. Our attorneys will fight for your rights and help ensure that you get the compensation you deserve.
Be aware that all parties involved in traffic collisions are required by Arizona law to provide the driver's name, address, and the registration number of the vehicle (ARS 28-663). Refusing to give this information or leaving the scene of an accident is a criminal offense.