WHAT TO DO AFTER A CAR ACCIDENT

STEPS TO OBTAINING COMPENSATION FOR YOUR ACCIDENT

After someone crashes into you on the street or highway, you cannot expect the situation to resolve itself. You need to know what steps to take in order to establish liability and recover compensation from the person who hit you. At Friedl Richardson, our legal team has extensive experience in car accident cases and can help you recover your damages after a serious car accident. Below are seven steps we recommend you take after being involved in a car accident in Phoenix:

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    1. REMAIN CALM

    Being upset or angry after an accident only makes it more difficult to concentrate on what needs to be done. Remain calm and civil toward the other party and concentrate on taking the following steps.
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    2. CALL THE POLICE

    Even if your accident is relatively minor, the law requires that you report it to the police and provide a statement. This statement could prove to be helpful in the future, so be sure to complete this step. You should also call for an ambulance if your accident involves serious injury.
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    3. EXCHANGE INFORMATION

    While you are waiting for the police to arrive, you are required to exchange personal information as well as insurance information with the other party / parties involved. This includes your name, address, driver's license number, license plate number, insurance carrier, and insurance policy number.Never admit liability during this exchange, even if the accident was your fault.
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    4. DOCUMENT THE CRASH

    Take pictures, write down notes, do whatever you can to safely document the details of the crash, even before the police arrive. The more evidence you have of the crash and its cause, the stronger your personal injury case will be when you file for compensation.
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    5. SPEAK TO THE POLICE

    When an officer arrives to document the crash and take down statements, tell them exactly what happened. Do not ever admit fault. Simply give a neutral, factual description of what happened.
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    6. SPEAK WITH YOUR INSURANCE PROVIDER

    Let your insurance provider know that the accident happened. This step can be taken before or after the police arrive to take your statement, but it is important that you know what your insurance can and cannot cover. Again, do not admit fault; just provide a factual account of the incident.
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    7. CONTACT A CAR ACCIDENT LAWYER

    The sooner you have a car accident attorney by your side to counsel and guide you, the better. Contact Friedl Richardson to retain a lawyer with extensive experience in handling car accident claims of all kinds.

 

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For more than 75 years combined, Friedl Richardson has helped Phoenix residents fight for fair compensation in personal injury cases of all kinds. We know your rights and can help you establish negligence and liability in order to maximize your compensation. Attorney William J. Friedl has been selected for inclusion in the 2010 - 2013 lists of Arizona Super Lawyers® and has a 5.0 AV Preeminent® Rating with Martindale-Hubbell®. We are more than capable of guiding you through the recovery process. Contact us today!

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