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Auto Collision Accident in Busy Intersection

Flagstaff’s Most Dangerous Intersection

Auto Collision Accident in Busy Intersection

Some intersections around the state and country are simply more dangerous than others. As is the case with the intersection of Ponderosa Parkway and Route 66 in Flagstaff.


​Recently, the Arizona Daily Sun reported that E. Ponderosa Parkway and E. Route 66 was the most dangerous intersection in Flagstaff. Since the road was redesigend into a four way intersection, accidents have increased from 21 accidents to 47 accidents a year. According to city data, in 2011 there were 2,200 car accidents, 380 injury accidents and 5 fatality accidents.

According to the paper a majority of the accidents reported are caused by distracted driving, such as: texting, talking on the pohne, eating or driver error such as speeding, following to close or not paying attention. To read the full Arizona Daily Sun article click here.

If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident of any type first and foremost you must find out how severe the injuries are. If you are clearly severely injured then try to not move until ambulances arrive at the scene of the accident. Back injuries are incredibly prominent in many collisions and movement with a back injury increases the likelihood that the injuries will remain permanent.

If there are no injuries within sight then check with the other people involved in the collision and make sure that they are alright, without having physical contact with them. No matter what the circumstances are call the police to write up an accident report. Many insurance companies have begun to reject claims simply because a police report wasn’t filed. Whether or not you are at fault, calling the police will be beneficial to you when attempting to go through insurance to settle financial disputes.

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If there are no injuries within sight then check with the other people involved in the collision and make sure that they are alright, without having physical contact with them. No matter what the circumstances are call the police to write up an accident report. Many insurance companies have begun to reject claims simply because a police report wasn’t filed. Whether or not you are at fault, calling the police will be beneficial to you when attempting to go through insurance to settle financial disputes.

Do not admit any fault until you have consulted an attorney, if needed it is completely acceptable to tell an officer you don’t know the answer to their questions. Overall exercise extraordinary care/caution on the road and when approaching intersections, as many fatalities and extreme injuries can be avoided with the right amount of attention, and by doing so know that you are helping keep the roads as a safer environment.

Here are some tips on safer driving and traveling with care provided by the Arizona Medical Association:

Tip #1: Drive with care.

Always—

  • Plan your trips ahead of time. Decide what time to leave and which roads to take. Try to avoid heavy traffic, poor weather and high-speed areas.
  • Wear your safety belt—and wear it correctly.(It should go over your shoulder and across your lap.)
  • Drive at the speed limit. It’s unsafe to drive too fast or too slow.
  • Be alert! Pay attention to traffic at all times.
  • Keep enough distance between you and the car in front of you.
  • Be extra careful at intersections. Use your turn signals and remember to look around you for people and other cars.
  • Check your blind spot when changing lanes or backing up.
  • Be extra careful at train tracks. Remember to look both ways for trains.
  • When you take a new medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist about side effects. Many medicines may affect your driving even when you feel fine. If your medicine makes you dizzy or drowsy, talk to your doctor to find out ways to take your medicine so it doesn’t affect your driving.

Never—

  • Never drink and drive.
  • Never drive when you feel angry or tired. If you start to feel tired, stop your car somewhere safe. Take a break until you feel more alert.
  • Never eat, drink or use a cell phone while driving.

If—

  • If you don’t see well in the dark, try not to drive at night or during storms.
  • If you have trouble making left turns at an intersection, make three right turns instead of one left turn.
  • If you can, avoid driving in bad weather, such as during rain, sleet or snow.

Tip #2: Take care of your car.

  • Make sure you have plenty of gas in your car.
  • Have your car tuned up regularly.
  • Keep your windshields and mirrors clean.
  • Keep a cloth in your car for cleaning windows.
  • Replace your windshield wiper blades when they become worn out.
  • If you are shopping for a new car, look for a car with power steering and automatic transmission.

If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident in Arizona contact the Law Office of Gonzales and Poirier at 928-774-5400 or visit our website. Remember, The Law Office of Gonzales and Poirier is first and foremost a Plaintiff’s Firm. We represent accident victims, we do not represent insurance companies. We have experience dealing with insurance companies and will not compromise your rights. We will make the insurance company understand that you are not a “file” but a person who suffered because of the negligence of their insured. If you or a loved one was injured while riding a motorcycle contact us and make an appointment at one of our two convenient locations in Flagstaff or Cottonwood.

The Law Office of Gonzales and Poirier.

This article is not a substitute to consulting an attorney and does not predict or guarantee a certain result in your case.

SUV Involved in Rollover Accident

Why Hire a Flagstaff Accident Lawyer for My Car Accident?

SUV Involved in Rollover Accident

The other guy’s insurance company loves to hear a plaintiff is negotiating without the aid of a legal advisor. Don’t make this mistake, get represented!


Why do we need to hire a lawyer to settle our car accident case? This is a question that we ask ourselves after experiencing a car accident. Our initial instincts are to call a lawyer. But who do we call first? The insurance company.

Insurance companies know that after a person is in an accident, they are going to call the responsible party’s insurance company first. For this reason, insurance companies are friendly and courteous. They want to help you settle your case as quickly as possible. You think that the insurance company is on your side. You start to feel thankful. After your vehicle is fixed, they offer you some money for your trouble. At this point, you tell them that you are sore and stiff – and maybe have pain. What do they say? They remind you that you said you were fine after the accident. They tell you that you cannot change your mind. Next thing you know is that the insurance company mails you a check for a few hundred bucks and calls it a day.

This happens way too often. This is the reason you need to hire experienced accident attorneys. At the law offices of Gonzales and Poirier, we are accident attorneys in Flagstaff. We are trial lawyers and are not afraid to file lawsuits when necessary. Like our advertisement says, “We Sue Negligent Drivers.” We know that insurance companies will try to swindle you out of necessary money that could pay for your medical treatment or money for your pain and suffering. After an accident you may not immediately feel sore or stiff or even have pain. But you will later. When? It might not occur for several days, weeks or months. Shouldn’t the responsible party have to pay for this? Yes. Hiring a car accident attorney will be the best decision you ever make.

The lawyers at Gonzales & Poirier have successfully represented hundreds of clients in personal injury cases. Each case is handled with extraordinary care. The client’s interests are priority, not the lawyers. We almost always cut our fee to make sure you receive as much money as possible in any settlement. Otherwise, we want you to have a good experience. Our firm handles all types of accident cases such as automobile and motorcycle accidents, truck and bus accidents, slip & fall, medical malpractice, wrongful death and other types of personal injury cases. We handle cases in Flagstaff, Holbrook, Winslow, Williams, Sedona, Cottonwood, Prescott and other parts of the State. Please call us today if you have any questions at (928) 774-5400. Otherwise, please email us at tony@triallawyersaz.com.

This article is not a substitute to the advice and consultation of an attorney, if you have any questions about your case do not hesitate to call us at 928-774-5400.

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