Some of the most common auto accidents are minor: bumping into another car in the parking lot, stationary damage, etc. The actual damage may be minimal, but it’s important to look at the longer-term fallout of that damage to ensure that no further action is required.

There are few different circumstances that may warrant further action, including hiring an attorney to help represent you in a situation where the damage was more significant than initially thought.

Arizona Requirements for Reporting After A Car Accident

First, it’s important to understand how Arizona views the reporting responsibility around minor auto incidents. The state does not require private citizens to report car accidents, however, law enforcement officials are required to report any accidents if they result in injury, death, or property damage (auto or otherwise) of more than $1,000 or a citation issue.

Why You May Want to Hire An Auto Attorney in a Fender Bender

If a dispute arises between you and another party that’s potentially at fault in the incident, you may have to work between insurance companies to figure out who is responsible. Insurance companies are notoriously difficult to work with and having an experienced auto accident attorney on your side can help make the negotiating process much easier.

If you develop even a minor injury in the days following your seemingly minor car accident, you may begin accruing medical bills related to your diagnosis and recovery. If the other party is primarily at-fault for the incident, you may be entitled to compensation to pay for your treatment and recovery. It’s difficult to negotiate this on your own and an attorney can help you determine what type and kind of compensation is pursuable and which isn’t.


Hundreds of car accident victims – minor and major – have trusted Rabb & Rabb, PLLC to represent them. It’s important to have an aggressive and knowledgeable law team on your side who will fight for your rights and ensure you get all that you’re entitled to. Call (520) 888-6740 to learn more and schedule a free consultation.