In 2017, there were a total of 127,064 car accidents statewide. Nearly 74% of them (93,596) occurred in Maricopa county alone. Car accidents can be life changing in so many ways. You may be injured. A family member may be injured or even killed. If you’ve been in a car accident, or a family member has, here are some things you should know.  

What Should I Do After A Car Accident? 

The minutes after a car accident can be terrifying, confusing, and nerve wracking. There are a few things that you should do immediately after getting in an accident to ensure a positive outcome, for both your financial and physical health.  

  1. Make sure that you and everyone in the car with you is physically unharmed. If someone is injured, call 911 if you are able.  
  2. You may want to contact 911 anyway, if police and (if necessary) ambulances are already not on site.  
  3. If you are severely injured, you will be taken to the hospital via ambulance before filing a police report. You will do the next few steps after you are conscious.  
  4. File a police report with the officer who arrives. Be sure to note the officer’s name and badge number if you are able.  
  5. Get information from the other driver, including name, address, phone number, and insurance agency.  
  6. Take pictures of the accident from a variety of angles, being sure to focus on any damage to your car as well as injuries you or passengers may have.  
  7. Seek out the names and contact information of any willing witnesses. It will be helpful, but not necessary, to record their statements on video.  
  8. Contact a personal injury attorney. If you aren’t sure if you need their assistance, but suspect you may want to pursue a claim, contact them anyway. It is better to have them involved as soon as possible after an accident to maximize any settlement you may receive.  

What Types of Auto Accidents Are There?  

We represent people who have been in a wide variety of car accidents. Here’s a list of the type of car accident cases we represent. If your accident type is not on this list, call us for a free consultation, and we will let you know if we can help you.  

  • Totaled Car Accidents 
  • Rear-End Accidents 
  • Hit-and-Run Accidents 
  • Freeway Accidents 
  • Trucking Accidents 
  • Red Light Runner Accidents 
  • Head On Crash 
  • Illegal Left Turn Accidents 
  • Flipped Car Crash 
  • T-Bone Crash 
  • Teenage Driver Accidents 
  • Uber and Lyft Accidents 
  • DUI Accidents 
  • Wrong Way Drivers 
  • Commercial Vehicle Accidents 
  • Bicycle and Motorcycle Accidents 
  • Pedestrian Accidents 

What Should I Expect at My Consultation?  

When you get in your car, you never think about or plan for a car accident. If you are involved in an accident, you likely will feel like your life is spinning out of control and you are being pulled in one hundred different directions between medical bills, work obligations, family obligations, recovery time, car repairs, and more. We are here to help you gain back control in an uncontrollable situation.   

After you call us, we will schedule a consultation with you. We understand that your time is valuable, so your consultation can be scheduled remotely or in person. During the consultation, we will address your immediate needs, questions, and concerns. Then, we will discuss every option available to you. From there, we will come up with a personalized plan of action that will allow you to get the most compensation you are entitled to. You will leave the consultation with a full understanding of the legal rights and claims specific to your accident case, as well as an action plan that details next steps – both for you and for our team. You will also leave with an overall idea of how your case will proceed so that you can focus what’s most important: putting the pieces of your life back together.   

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At the Thompson Law Firm, we have more than 10 years of experience helping clients obtain compensation for their personal injuries from car accidents. When you’re ready to talk, please contact our office to arrange a free initial consultation by phone or at our Chandler office. 

If you have been in a car accident that is not your fault, contact Thompson Law Firm in Chandler, AZ to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney. We provide personal injury legal services to clients in the greater Phoenix area including Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Tempe, Maricopa, Globe, and Queen Creek. 

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