- Personal Injury
Virtually everyone will be involved in at least one car accident. Sometimes it’s just a little fender bender, but others are more serious and can have consequences far down the road. Here are some basic tips on what to do after a car accident in Colorado.
1. Determine if you or anyone else needs emergency medical assistance
Your health and the health of others is the most important consideration. If you can move and are not seriously injured, check on everyone else at the scene of the accident. If you think someone needs an ambulance, call 911.
2. Call the police
Even if it is only a minor accident, it’s best to call the police. They will usually send an officer who will come and prepare a report, which will be important later on. Police officers are also trained to recognize if someone needs emergency medical aid.
3. Exchange contact and insurance information with the other driver
This will be critical information to provide later to your own insurance company.
4. Don’t admit fault
Avoid saying anything that suggests the accident was your fault. If there is any dispute later, these statements may be used against you. You may not yet fully understand the situation and what caused the accident, so don’t lock yourself into a position of fault.
5. Contact your insurance company
Your insurance company will need a statement from you and the other driver’s information to start their investigation.
6. Go to a doctor, even if you feel fine
Due to adrenaline and other factors, it’s common not to feel pain from injuries immediately. So you may feel fine but cannot get out of bed the next day. Report any symptoms to your doctor, and be sure to tell them immediately if your condition worsens.
7. Avoid contact with the other insurance company
The other driver’s insurance company may try to contact you. They could be trying to elicit statements from you that will harm your case. They may also try to get you to sign a release for your medical records or settle the case immediately for a small sum of money. DO NOT SIGN ANYTHING from the other insurance company. Say as little as possible. Tell them you are still evaluating the extent of your injuries and are considering hiring an attorney.
8. Document everything
Take photos of the accident, get copies of reports, keep all correspondence, etc. This documentation may be needed later.
9. Consult with an attorney
Insurance companies will generally try to get you to settle your case before you even know what it’s worth. However, an experienced attorney can evaluate your case and negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf to ensure your rights are protected.
Talk to an Attorney Today
There’s no need to go it alone after a car accident. The situation is stressful enough without worrying if you will say or do the wrong thing and lose the compensation you deserve. Let our experts handle it for you. If you’ve been in a serious traffic accident, don’t hesitate to contact us to schedule a meeting.