AUTO COLLISIONS

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Auto collisions are the leading cause of death for Americans under the age of thirty-four. According to annual reports from the Arkansas State Police, approximately 100,000 preventable motor vehicle collisions occur in the state of Arkansas every year. According to annual statistics, 40,000 deaths will result from auto collisions; which means 115 vehicular fatalities occur on a daily basis.  150 billion dollars is spent on auto collisions per year.  These staggering statistics indicate that most people will be in a car collision at least once in their lifetime.

If you become involved in an auto collision, you should call the police immediately, even if it appears that no injuries were sustained by either party.  The police will create an auto collision report which will be useful when the insurance company has to determine fault.  You will also want to seek out the help of a medical professional, despite the fact that there may not be any obvious physical injuries.  Claims for damages resulting from injuries sustained during the collision usually depend on medical records, which must link the injuries to the collision.  While a delay in onset of symptoms is common after a collision, if you wait too long to seek treatment, it will be difficult to prove your injuries were a direct result of the collision.  

Auto collisions can be devastating.  The physical consequences can range from connective tissue injuries to more serious injuries, such as brain damage.  Unfortunately, the stress of being in a collision does not end after the collision.  You may still have to deal with insurance paperwork and police reports, which can be stressful and mentally taxing.  If you sustained personal injuries or property damage because of an auto collision, it is in your best interest to consult with one of our expert attorneys.  The law allows you to seek compensation for the cost of medical treatment, property damage, and loss of wages, among other elements of damages. At The Chaney Law Firm, our knowledgeable attorneys will discuss your situation and go over your options with you.  We also will work with the insurance companies and other parties involved in your case to make sure all your needs are met in a timely and effective manner.