More drivers, more accidents? The cost of gas is down and that means that more drivers are on the road. Unfortunately, more drivers may mean an increase in accidents is likely. Most accidents occur within a 25 mile radius of your home. This statistic may be misleading, because people drive locally more often than across country. However, with increased traffic comes an increased likelihood of a wreck. Some of these accidents will be minor, but some will cause serious injuries and property damage.

Increase in Insurance Rates

As more and more drivers take to the streets and highways, insurance rates to the consumer are probably going to rise. Recent reports from several of the leading national insurance companies have shown that their rates are going to go up soon. Along with increased rates, insurance companies will possibly scrutinize accident claims more closely. This can be a problem for anyone who was involved in an accident that requires payment for medical expenses and other damages.

Accidents with Injuries

When the number of vehicle accidents goes up, so does the number of serious injuries as a result. Those who are victims of accidents that were not their fault may be entitled to money for any expenses incurred. These expenses may include such things as money for pain and suffering, compensation for lost work, and payment of medical bills. It is not always best to accept payment from an insurance company without first speaking with a qualified personal injury attorney. Your lawyer will review your case and help you get the compensation required to cover your needs.

What to Do After an Accident

If you are involved in an accident, you are probably feeling upset. Call for help immediately and report the accident to the police. Take pictures of the accident before moving the vehicles, if it is safe to do so. Make sure that any witnesses provide information to authorities. Seek medical attention for any injuries. A visit to the emergency room will rule out any internal injuries that may not be immediately noticed.

Filing a Claim

It is important to talk to a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Your lawyer will review the accident and help determine the best way to proceed. If a lawsuit is necessary, your attorney will gather the information and documentation to prove your case.

This blog should be used for informational purposes only. It does not create an attorney-client relationship with any reader and should not be construed as legal advice. If you or someone you know wishes to seek the help of an experienced personal injury attorney regarding More Drivers, More Accidents, or other personal injury matters, call 480.461.5300. Udall Shumway PLC is located in Mesa, Arizona and is a full service law firm. We assist Individuals, families, businesses, schools and municipalities in Mesa and the Phoenix/East Valley.