Accident Guide in Arizona
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No one likes to think about being in an accident. But unfortunately, it's a situation that you might face―possibly numerous times. So you should be aware of what Arizona law requires you to do if you're in an accident.
If you're in an accident that results in an injury or vehicle damage, you must stop immediately. If no one is severely injured, try to move your vehicle out of the way of other motorists.
Give your name, address, and license plate or registration number to those involved in the accident. Also supply your driver's license number.
You must give aid to anyone who has been injured, including calling 911 for emergency help. If someone has been hurt, don't move them unless there's a chance a fire could erupt.
You must file a police report if the accident involved an injury.
You're backing out of a parking space. You swear you have enough room to safely maneuver your vehicle and be on your way. But that annoying astigmatism of yours gets in the way, and you end up putting a dent into the fender of some poor soul's vehicle.
What should you do?
For this and all other accidents involving an unoccupied vehicle, you're required to see if you can locate the vehicle owner. If this fails, attach a note to the damaged vehicle, complete with your name and address. If you're not the owner of the vehicle you're driving, you must include the owner's name and address, too. Make sure to write legibly, and affix the note to the vehicle in a secure, obvious location.
Arizona is serious about your behavior following an accident.
If you don't comply with the rules, the courts could suspend your driver's license for one year if you were in an accident involving only vehicle damage and no injuries. You could lose your license for three years if you leave the scene of an accident that results in a minor injury―or five years if the accident results in a serious injury or death.
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