There are more than 10,000 auto accidents in Pima County each year with roughly half of those crashes in Tucson city limits. More than half of the traffic accidents in Tucson resulted in a death or injury, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety. There are more cars on the road than ever before and more roads being built, so that means the chance being in a car accident in Tucson goes up. Auto accidents – especially if you’re injured in a wreck – have a deep impact on everything in your life: Your job, your family, your sense of well-being and your finances.
After you’ve been in an accident, time is critical. The decisions that you make – and that are made for you – in the first few days after the accident can make or break an injury case, in addition to any medical help you need. You don’t have to be a legal expert to get through the formal process that follows an automobile accident. Zanes Law will investigate the issues of your case including road conditions, traffic light situations, lighting at the time of the accident and more. Sometimes, there are important issues that you may not know of that require an experienced attorney. We make sure your legal needs are met as well as any medical treatment – regardless of what your insurance status is.
What to do after an auto accident
After an auto accident, we advise calling the police to get an official report, which will have all of the other driver’s information and version of how the accident happened. Without a police report, there is a greater risk that the driver who hit you will not give you their correct information, will lie to the insurance company about how the accident happened (since he has had more time to think about it) or both.
Often, when an accident doesn’t involve serious injuries, the police won’t go to an accident to make a report. If that happens or you can’t wait for the police (especially if you’re hurt), you should make your own report. Ask to see the other driver’s insurance card and driver’s license. This way, you have their real name and address, their insurance company’s name and policy number, and you can make sure all of the information is correct. If they refuse to allow you to see these documents, ask the police come out and prepare a report. Also, take pictures of the damage to the other driver’s car and a picture of the license plate.
If you think you have a bad injury, go immediately to the emergency room. If you’re simply feeling sore, see your primary care physician and ask about your treatment options (such as physical therapy, chiropractic care, pain management, etc.). Then, as soon as possible after the accident, please call Zanes Law to get your questions answered and learn about your legal options. This consultation is always free.