If you or a loved one is involved in a motor vehicle collision, you understand how frustrating it can be. Arizona has one of the most bustling driving economies in the nation, and this is a big reason behind many motor vehicle accidents (MVAs). MVAs are a huge source of loss; financially, emotionally, and sometimes physically. They can also generate large inconveniences such as time off of work, or in worse cases, dealing with fatalities. Luckily, there are many legal options you can explore in these types of circumstances. Opting for legal help or consultation can help you navigate much of the difficulty you may face. There are also many statewide resources you can seek for mental and physical rehabilitation. While the process of recuperation is difficult, there are many means of mitigating some of the challenges.
What to Do if You Cannot Work After an Accident
Depending on the severity of your accident, you may not be able to return to work for a while. If you cannot go back to work immediately after your accident, you are able to receive monetary support or compensation for the time you spend healing or recovering. Utilizing an attorney is a wise decision in this situation, as legal fees and red tape can be perplexing.
- Wage Loss and Car Accidents – For those who are in an accident and are not at fault, this list will teach you how to apply for money deposits from your auto insurance company.
- Disability Allowances – If you become disabled after a collision or accident, you can read about the many FAQ’s here.
- Arizona Accident Information- To determine whether you have a valid claim in Arizona for compensation entitlement, this link can help determine whether you are at fault.
Need help with requesting an official copy of the incident police report?
After being involved in a car accident, it’s important for those who have been seriously injured to file a personal injury claim with their insurance companies. In order to do so, a copy of the police report is required for the claim to be valid.
Anyone involved in an Arizona car accident can contact the Arizona Department of Public Records for a copy of their police report if the accident happened on an interstate or state highways. If the accident occurred elsewhere, then injured victims will have to contact the law enforcement agency of the county or local jurisdiction. We can connect you with an injury attorney who will provide a copy of your police report for free. Contact us today to get started.
If you or someone you love was hurt in an Arizona car accident and need a copy of the report, we can help you get one.
Requesting an Incident Report Copy for Your Vehicular Collision
When a collision occurs, you are entitled to a written report of the accident. In order to obtain this, contacting the Arizona DMV should be your first step. This resource is a great way to request a transcript, and you can learn more information about requesting a report here.
In the wake of your MVA, you may experience a range of emotions and varying mental trauma. If you experience shock or disturbance, it is of utmost importance to have this treated before it escalates. Seeking emotional help via the following resources is an excellent way to ensure you have proper help.
- TRAUMA FACILITIES - If you need immediate access to a trauma facility, Arizona has many throughout the state that you can utilize.
- REGIONAL SPECIALIZED PSYCHOLOGISTS – Finding a professional who is well-versed in PTSD is an important part of healing from severe MVAs. If you need trained psychologist or psychiatrist you can find a comprehensive list here.
Financial Hardship Assistance
Being involved in a motor vehicle accident can be extremely taxing financially, physically, and emotionally. The bills that accrue afterwards can be particularly draining, and seeking legal advice can save you a great deal of money. These resources can be of use if you need monetary consultation after an MVA:
- RESOURCES BY STATE - Here you will find an index of qualifying attorneys who can help mitigate the legal red tape and red tape you will experience with your insurance.
- ARIZONA NO FAULT LAW - In the state of Arizona, you undergo comparative fault analysis. This means that whoever is at fault for the Arizona auto accident is responsible for paying for damages that result from it. This is good news if you are hit or injured by someone else, since you have the legal right to be put back into the situation you would have been in, but for the accident.
Car Insurance Information
Arizona requires that every motor vehicle operated on roadways be covered by one of the statutory forms of financial responsibility, more commonly called liability insurance, through a company that is authorized to do business in Arizona. This requirement also includes golf carts, motorcycles and mopeds.
Minimum levels of financial responsibility are
- $15,000 bodily-injury liability for one person and $30,000 for two or more people.
- $10,000 property-damage liability.
Alcohol or Drug related Collisions or MVAs
Unfortunately, alcohol and drug related collisions are a very real reality in Arizona. Don’t drive impaired. On an annual scope, impaired driving crashes account for about 4% of all collisions and 1/3 of lethal collisions. Crashes involving impairment related to alcohol, illegal drugs or medicine that was prescribed by a doctor killed 406 people in 2016. For the second year in a row, 406 people were killed in impaired driving-related collisions. However, alcohol-related fatalities decreased – falling from 329 people killed in 2015 to 307 in 2016 – while fatalities related to illegal drugs or prescription medication increased. In 2015 77 had been killed and this statistic rose to 99 people killed in 2016. Below is a list of resources that can help you find support or legal provision if a drunk or influenced driver is the reason for your accident:
- MADD – This acronym stands for “mothers against drunk driving”, and is an organization of passionate individuals who aid those who are victims of drunk driving. They have established the organization to bring attention to cases of drunk driving and also to prevent underage drinking in teens and young adults. They have a 24-hour helpline for those in crisis or have experienced a drug or alcohol related collision (it is 877. MADD.HELP if you need it on hand).
- LAW RESOURCES –If you have been affected by a drunk or drug fueled vehicular collision, this resource will guide you as to what attorneys or legal representation to contact.
ARIZONA VEHICLE STATISTICS:
Vehicle Population in Arizona In 2016, there were 2.4 million cars total in the state of Arizona. Out of this number, there were 6.3 million people that possess valid license licenses. Out of this figure, nearly 900,000 licensed drivers are 65 years or older, ranking 16th in the nation for the biggest elderly driving population.
Arizona Collision Figures:
The total number of crashes in Arizona has fortunately been decreasing since 2007. That year, there were 141,193 accidents. In 2011, there were 103,423. Fatal crashes also seem as though they are on the decline as well, until a there was a jump in 2011. In 2010, there were 695 traffic fatalities. In 2011, there were 754, which is an 8.4% increase. Types of Collision Fatalities and Injuries 2016
- Alcohol Related Crashes: 302 killed out of 3,324 injuries
- Urban Crashes: 518 out of 46,181 injuries
- Rural Crashes: 434 out of 10,572 injuries
- Speed Related: 314 out of 23,126 injuries
- Not Using a Safety Device: 333 out of 3,320 injuries
- Drinking Drivers Age 24 or Younger: 30 out of 367 injuries
Arizona Grief & Trauma Resources
Resources by State:
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- West Virginia
Motor vehicle crash deaths by road user type and state, 2017
Pickup and SUV occupants
Large truck occupants