Car accidents leave people disoriented, and you probably have many questions after your crash. I have gathered some of the most frequently asked questions about car accidents that I hear, with answers below. If you have additional questions, please contact my office in Yuma.

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What should I do after a car accident?

Immediately after a car accident, there are some things you can do that will help you immensely:

  • After a serious crash, do not leave the scene before law enforcement arrives. Doing so is a felony.
  • Get prompt medical treatment for your injuries. This is important for your health — but also because getting medical treatment starts the documentation of your injury, and this documentation is needed for your personal injury claim.
  • At the scene, take as many pictures as possible. For example, take pictures of your car, the other driver's car, the intersection or roadway, the surrounding environment and anything else that can help us reconstruct what happened.
  • Get a copy of the police report.
  • Get the other driver's contact information and insurance information, and get the contact information from any witnesses.
  • If a doctor recommends treatment, fully comply with the treatment schedule.

Why do I need a attorney?

In terms of car accidents and insurance claims, Arizona is a fault-based state. That means, for you to receive compensation for your injuries, you need to prove that the other driver caused the accident. To get the best possible results, it's important to have someone on your side who knows the law and the process for securing all the medical care and financial compensation you need.

In addition, a personal injury lawyer can handle all communications with the insurance company while you focus on what matters most: your health and your family.

At Sanchez Law Group, we provide these services, and we will fight to help you get the full and fair compensation you deserve.

Is the insurance company on my side?

No. The other driver's insurance company is not on your side, and neither is your own insurance company. The insurance adjuster may seem nice, but the adjuster's questions are designed to get you to say something that results in a reduction or denial of coverage. Contact me before you give a statement to the insurance company.

The insurance company already offered me a settlement. Should I take it?

Not necessarily. Insurance companies remain profitable by denying as many claims as they can or by undervaluing people's injuries. Before accepting anything from an insurance company, talk to a personal injury lawyer first. In all likelihood, what the insurance company has offered you is substantially less than what you need and deserve.

How can I contact you?

You can reach me online, or call my office at 928-597-0939. Sanchez Law Group is located in Yuma, Arizona, and I represent clients throughout the area.