Scottsdale Car Accidents

Scottsdale Car Accident Lawyer

A native of Arizona and former Scottsdale resident, Jay L. Ciulla, Esq. has been representing people in the Valley of the Sun with their legal problems since 1997.  He has over 20 years of experience negotiating with insurance companies.  He chooses to concentrate on personal injury cases, especially those caused by Scottsdale car accidents.  He enjoys assisting people in solving their legal troubles and will take cases of all sizes. 

When you call The Ciulla Law Firm, the initial consultation does not cost you anything.  You will speak directly with a competent attorney who will be able to tell you quickly whether he can represent you. There is no fee for the attorney's services until the case settles.  The Ciulla Law Firm is not paid until we settle with the insurance company; consequently, our goal is to achieve a fair settlement as quickly as possible.   

Motor vehicle accidents result in pain and shock.  You will be in no condition to haggle with a slick insurance adjuster.  Mr. Ciulla's expertise is in bargaining with insurance companies and increasing the final settlement.  Enlisting The Ciulla Law Firm to protect your interests will relieve your stress and allow you to heal more quickly.

Scottsdale Car Accidents

Scottsdale, Arizona was founded after the Civil War by U.S. Army Chaplin Winfield Scott, and from the beginning, it was settled by educated citizens who valued cultural activities.  To this day, Scottsdale is known for its high concentration of art galleries, studios and museums.  Scottsdale is home to three separate art districts as well as Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, the Scottsdale Art Festival and Taliesin West (Frank Lloyd Wright's winter home and studio).  Other annual cultural events include the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show, Parada del Sol, Barrett-Jackson Auto Show, Scottsdale Fashion Week and Scottsdale Culinary Festival, Spring Training Major League Baseball and golf.  It is easy to see that tourism is the major industry, and tourism is the principal reason for the high volume of traffic in the city.

The volume of traffic in the city of Scottsdale lends itself to a significant number of motor vehicle accidents-from fender benders to more serious crashes.  Thanks in large part to SR-101, locally known as Loop 101, the city of Scottsdale has convenient freeway access to every city in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area and the entire state of Arizona.  The nearby Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community has quite a few attractions as well, including Butterfly Wonderland, Mirror Maze, OdySea Aquarium, and Talking Stick Resort and Casino, among others.  Injured tourists and Scottsdale drivers depend on The Ciulla Law Firm to negotiate with insurance companies and fight lawsuits if necessary.

Most accidents in the City of Scottsdale are investigated by the Scottsdale Police Department; collisions on the freeways are investigated by the Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) highway patrol.  The Scottsdale Police Department has partnered with BUYCRASH, LLC to provide their collision reports online for your convenience.  You will need the date of the collision, the department report number (DR#) and a valid credit card to access your report for a quick and easy download.

Department of Public Safety crash reports are not available online; however, the Request for Copy of Accident Report is available online at  The Request for Copy of Accident Report form must be printed out and either mailed or brought in person.  The mailing address is Department Records Section, P.O. Box 6638, Mail Drop 3111, Phoenix, AZ 85005.  The Arizona Department of Public Safety is located at 2222 West Encanto Boulevard, Phoenix, Arizona. 

The office does not accept credit or debit cards; it accepts only cash, business checks or money orders for in-person requests.  When ordering by mail, cash and personal checks are not accepted; only money orders and business checks are accepted, and they must be made payable to Arizona Department of Public Safety (ADPS).

If a traffic citation is issued to you by the Scottsdale Police Department because of a car accident, this does not necessarily mean you were at fault.  The Police Officer may have gotten the facts wrong, which is easy to do when the people being interviewed are excited or stunned.  Sometimes one person is taken to the hospital via emergency transportation services, and is unable to speak to the police.   Often, no witnesses come forward to testify as to which party is at fault, and it is impossible for the officer to make a determination. The Scottsdale Municipal Court at , Scottsdale, AZ 85251, (480) 312-2442, hears most traffic tickets resulting from Scottsdale car accidents 

After an accident, and you will be expected to make decisions while you are still in shock.  Deep tissue injuries, broken bones and concussions do not go away overnight, and sometimes the injured person never fully recovers.  Emotional issues, even PTSD, are frequently an aftermath of a motor vehicle collision.  Often, vehicles are totaled or their value is diminished substantially due to the negligence of another driver.  Do not accept the first amount that the other driver's insurance company offers, thinking you have no other option.  Always get a legal opinion before agreeing to a settlement.  Insurance companies do not want to pay top dollar without encouragement from a skillful attorney.

Two-year Warning for Personal Injury Cases in Scottsdale, Arizona

In the majority of cases, you have 2 years in which to file a lawsuit; however, in other instances, the deadline is as short as 180 days!  Keep these suggestions in mind:

  • TALK to an experienced attorney immediately to find out which deadline applies to you.
  • Do not submit to a recorded interview with the other driver's insurance company.
  • ORDER a crash report from the police department or department of public safety.
  • TAKE photographs of the damage to your car, the other vehicle, and the scene of the crash.
  • DO NOT share your photographs or anecdotes about the accident on social media.
  • CHOOSE an experienced attorney to negotiate with the at-fault driver's insurance company.

Choosing an Attorney

Choosing the right personal injury attorney to represent your case is of utmost importance.  How do you decide?  First, call and speak directly to the attorney to determine if he can help you.  A phone call will let you know if you and the attorney can communicate effectively. It will also let you know if the attorney value your time and keep office visits to a minimum?  The following list of questions will be helpful to ask any attorney before you hire him or her:

How long have you been an attorney in Scottsdale, Arizona?

How many personal injury clients do you represent?

How many personal injury clients do you handle at any one time?

Do you have good reviews?

Contact The Ciulla Law Firm for Immediate Help

When you call the Ciulla Law Firm at (602)495-0053, you will talk directly to the attorney, who will explain your rights and determine if he will be able to represent you.  If he can help you obtain a fair settlement from the at-fault driver's insurance company, he will explain the personal injury process to you and have you fill out informational paperwork.  Gathering evidence and negotiating with insurance companies can be a lengthy process, but the Ciulla Law Firm will update you on the progress of your case periodically.  While The Ciulla Law Firm expertly handles your case, you can relax and enjoy life. Our office is conveniently located at 2025 N. 3rd Street, Suite 165, Phoenix, Arizona 85004. If you are unable to come to the office, we can visit you at your hospital or home. 

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