What To Do After a Car Accident in Maricopa County
An experienced Gilbert attorney is ready to fight for your rights
Nobody expects to get into a car accident. So, if you’re involved in a crash, you may not be sure what to do next. At first, you may be processing what just happened. Then you may have lots of questions. Is everybody OK? What happens now? Should I call someone? Things can get very confusing after an accident.
At Browne Law Group, we know what you are going through. If you’ve been injured in a crash in Gilbert or anywhere in Maricopa County, Arizona car accident attorney Byron Browne can help. You have lots of questions. We can help you get answers and guide you through the legal process.
If you were involved in a car accident, there are some things you can do to help protect your health and safety, as well as your right to seek financial compensation.
Call the police.
Officers from the state police, county sheriff, or a local law enforcement agency will respond. They can make sure everyone is safe by securing the scene and calling an ambulance to treat the injured. Another thing officers will do is conduct an initial investigation of the accident. Their findings will be included in an accident report that can be useful when filing a claim for compensation.
Get medical attention.
After you’ve been in a crash, you may think you’re OK. Maybe you don’t want to go through the trouble of seeing a doctor. You should get medical attention anyway. Some injuries can have delayed symptoms. Other injuries can get much worse without proper treatment. A doctor can diagnose your injuries and start treatment. A doctor can also document your injuries, which can help your claim.
If you can, ask the other driver for information. This includes name, address, phone number, and insurance information. Give the driver your information as well. But don’t get into arguments or talk about who was at fault. Leave that to your lawyer. If there were any witnesses, ask for their names and contact information.
Take some photos and video of the accident scene, if you are able to do so. Be sure to get photos of any vehicle damage, other property damage, any traffic signs or signals, street signs, road debris, and any visible injuries you have. Take photos from different distances, as well as different angles.
Notify your insurance company.
If you’ve been involved in a car accident, you are required to let your insurance company know. Simply contact them, and let them know you were in a crash. You are not required to talk to the other driver’s insurance company. If they contact you, it’s best to politely refuse to answer any questions. Then call a lawyer.
Get a copy of your accident report.
The investigating officer who responded to your crash will complete an accident report. You will need a copy if you will be filing a claim for financial compensation. This report will contain important information about the accident and everyone involved in it. Contact the law enforcement agency that responded to your crash to obtain a copy.
Talk to an experienced car accident lawyer.
What are your rights? Are you able to file a claim for compensation? How much compensation can you expect to recover? These are just some of the questions a lawyer can answer. An attorney can review the details of your accident, discuss your legal options, and let you know where you stand.
Call for a free consultation
When you call attorney Byron Browne, he’ll get straight to the point. No bull, no nonsense, just facts. He knows that injuries from an accident can impact your life in many ways. You’re in pain and medical expenses are adding up. You may not be able to work and there is less money coming in. You can be under a lot of stress.
But insurance companies are only looking for ways to pay you as little as possible. They may question your injuries and argue they aren’t that serious. They may say your injuries are pre-existing. Or they’ll make a settlement offer that falls far short of what you should be getting.
That’s not good enough. We build strong cases and fight back against insurance company attempts to pay you less. Our firm is committed to helping you get the best outcome possible.
Don’t delay. If you’ve bene in a crash in Gilbert or anywhere in Arizona, it’s important to get legal advice as soon as possible. Contact us to schedule a free consultation. We can meet at our Gilbert office, or we can travel to a location that is convenient for you.