If you drive long enough, you are going to be in a car accident.  Most of the time, car accidents seem like inconveniences, resulting in damages to vehicles, maybe some minor injuries, and wasting time.  Other times, car accidents can be very serious, resulting in life-altering injuries, hundreds of thousands of dollars of property damage, and even death.  Even the seemingly small injuries add up.  In just 2013, in Arizona the cost of car accidents was $2.9 billion, a figure that looks at property damage, the cost of injuries, and lost wages, lost productivity, administrative costs, and employer costs.  It is a significant amount and helps explain why even seemingly simple car accidents where one person is clearly at fault can turn into legal battles; insurers do not want to make payments unless they have to, and even insured drivers may not be honest about the events that occurred because they fear an increase in their insurance rates.

What does that mean for you, a person who has just been in a car accident?  Well, it means that you need to be very careful in your behavior after an auto accident and one of the first things should be to seek legal counsel from an experienced law firm such as Raymond Arenofsky Attorney at Law.   When an accident occurs, many of us, especially women, have been conditioned to apologize and take responsibility.  This may seem like the right thing to do, because it shows compassion for the other people involved in the accident.  Unfortunately, from a legal perspective, it can be the wrong thing to do. After an accident, it is important to check on the physical condition of the people in your vehicle and then on the condition of the people in other vehicles and call 911 if anyone is in need of aid.  Cooperate by providing your license and insurance information to the other driver and to any responding police officers, and get the other driver’s license and insurance information, either directly from the driver or from the police officer.  However, you can consult with an attorney before describing an accident to the police or any insurance representatives.
If you have been hurt and are unsure what to do and who to contact, call Ray.  The initial consultation is free, he offers discounts on serious injury cases, and he does not take a fee unless he recovers money for you.  His number is 480-345-0444 or you can visit him online at: www.azaccidentlawfirm.com.

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