Car Accident FAQ

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If you or a loved one has been in a car accident, this can be a stressful time. You may even find yourself having to take time off work while you continue to face accumulating car and medical costs. It is vital that you know how to respond. The Watkin Law Office, PC is committed to equipping you with the knowledge necessary to get you through this tough time. If you have more questions, then please do not hesitate to contact a Scottsdale personal injury attorney with over 40 years of experience from our firm today.

What should I do after a auto accident?

  • Call 911, even if there are no readily apparent injuries. Medical attention is still a good idea, and the police can write a report about the accident.
  • Stay at the scene of the collision.
  • Gather information, as much as you can. Take down details of the scene such as, what occurred, the contact and insurance information of the other parties involved, and the contact information of other witnesses.
  • Take lots of pictures.
  • DO NOT ever admit fault to anyone.

What information should I gather?

You will need to collect the insurance information of the other parties involved in the collision. This includes collecting the name and contact information of their insurance provider and their policy number. DO NOT otherwise mention insurance coverage. You will also want to obtain the contact information of the other parties involved in the accident, as well as the passengers and any witnesses. Remember to take down their full and complete names.

You will also need to note details of the scene. Jot down the intersection and address of the accident, the road and weather conditions, the chain of events that led to the crash, and anything you witnessed. Be sure to record the emergency responders that appear, maybe even taking down the names of the police officers, firefighters, medical personnel, etc. Write down the effects of your injuries, and continue to do so in the days following the accident. Keep track of the conversations you have. All these facts are necessary for building a strong claim.

DO NOT ever admit to anyone, even to the police, that you are at fault. Any concession to the other party in the crash or even to your insurance company can be used against you. If the other party is at fault for your serious injury, especially due to their recklessness, then do not give them grounds for thinking otherwise. For further details on information to collect, check out our blog.

What pictures do I need to take?

You should, at the bare minimum, take pictures of the following:

  • A snapshot of the entire scene
  • The surroundings of the accident
  • Your vehicle and the damages incurred
  • The other party's license plate and car
  • Road signs

Should I call my insurance company?

Yes, and as soon as possible, but only to relate the straight facts. Keep in mind that insurance companies may try to turn your words against you to get out of paying you for damages. Insurance companies are often notorious for offering cheap settlements. Consulting with an experienced car accident attorney is advisable when dealing with your insurance provider.

What if the other motorist is uninsured?

Even though everyone on the road is supposed to have auto insurance, there are still people driving with suspended licenses or who have not paid their insurance. Of course, these are the kind of motorists who more likely to be in a collision. Your own insurance may still be able to give you a settlement for your injuries and vehicle damage. Talk to an experienced auto accident lawyer from The Watkin Law Office, PC who can give you the counsel and representation you need.

How Much Is My Auto Accident Claim Worth?

The value of your claim depends on factors too numerous to list here, but here are a few of the most obvious factors: Arizona traffic laws; the nature, extent and permanency of the victim's physical injuries, scarring, burns and disfigurement; the duration of hospitalization; the extent of his lost wages and earnings; the victim's mental and emotional injuries; the total medical expenses including ambulance, hospital, doctor and physical therapy bills; and the victim's own negligence, if any.

This last factor is referred to in Arizona as "comparative fault." It is similar to "contributory negligence." As you can see, the process involved in calculating personal injury damages can be very complex, which is why in any auto accident claim involving serious injuries, victims should always consult with an experienced personal injury and wrongful death attorney who can be a strong ally in planning their case, assessing damages, and bringing a claim or lawsuit against the party responsible.

Do I need an attorney?

Ideally, you should call an attorney as soon as possible. With the right lawyer, you can avoid being ripped off by insurance companies. A car accident lawyer can help you determine what you actually deserve as far as damages and help you claim full compensation. By acting in a timely manner, you can win a settlement that will help you with all the pressures that you face.

Over Three Decades at Your Service

Aggressive representation paired with a compassionate understanding of your case is one of the many reasons why residents throughout Scottsdale choose Attorney Clark Watkin to handle their auto accident case. Too many times, large firms take on cases with little care for the people involved. The opposite could not be truer of our firm, as we strive to always provide our clients with the personal attention they deserve.

It is our passion to see that you are rightfully compensated for the harm that has been done. Get in touch with our firm as soon as possible so that we can begin to work with you through case details. Call our Scottsdale, AZ law office today or fill out our free case evaluation form to get you or your loved ones started on your way to full recovery.