Car Accident FAQ
Legal Assistance from a Scottsdale Car Accident Lawyer
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
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.