What to Do After a Colorado Car Accident
A car accident is something we all hope never to experience, but unfortunately, accidents happen all the time. It is therefore important to be prepared for this type of situation. Without a plan in place, a frightening situation can be made even more stressful through questions like:
- How will I pay my medical bills?
- Where will I get the money to repair my vehicle?
- How am I going to pay my bills while I am out of work?
- Where can I turn for answers to my questions?
First and foremost, you should know that in overwhelming situations like these, you don’t have to go through it alone. An experienced Longmont car accident lawyer at Jorgensen, Brownell & Pepin, P.C. can protect your rights and fight for the compensation you deserve. While you focus on recovering, we can take care of the rest.
So You’ve Been in a Car Accident – What Now?
Here’s what you should remember if you are ever involved in a car accident:
- Check to make sure that you and your passengers are okay. Then, as soon as it is safe to do so, check on the other driver, move to safety, and call for help.
- If there are injuries involved, call 911 to get an ambulance and the police to the accident scene.
- When the police arrive, they will fill out an accident report. Obtain a copy of this report – this will be valuable in a personal injury claim.
- Avoid making any statements to anyone other than the police. Anything you say to the other driver or their insurance company can potentially be used against you to make it sound like the accident was your fault, which could end up costing you your claim. Keep it strictly business and only exchange contact and insurance information with the other driver.
- Take videos and/or photos of the accident scene, any visible injuries, and any damage to your vehicle.
- If anyone witnessed your accident, try to get their names and contact information. They may be able to help your claim by corroborating your story.
- Obtain medical care as soon as possible. Even if you don’t immediately feel hurt, you should still be evaluated by a doctor. Common car accident injuries like whiplash may not present symptoms for hours or days after an accident, and if you don’t receive prompt medical care, the consequences to your health could be long-lasting. Be sure to keep records of the care you received for your claim.
- Contact Jorgensen, Brownell & Pepin, P.C. to talk to a lawyer about your legal right to compensation.
Insurance companies want you to believe that they work for your best interests, but the reality is that they are only concerned with their bottom line. Unfortunately, this means actively looking for ways not to pay car accident victims or to diminish their claims as much as possible by suggesting that their injuries aren’t serious. If you have been hurt by the negligence of another driver, you should immediately get in touch with an experienced attorney to increase your chances of receiving full and fair compensation for your injuries.
Jorgensen, Brownell & Pepin, P.C. has more than 25 years of experience handling car accident cases in Longmont and Loveland. To speak to one of our attorneys about your accident, contact our office today. Case evaluations are provided free of charge.