April 20, 2024
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What to Do After Getting into a Car Accident

If you have been involved in a car accident, you must find an experienced Denver personal injury lawyer who can fight for you to get you the compensation you deserve.

 It’s important to know what to do after a car accident so that you take the necessary steps to ensure proper compensation for your injuries as well as protection if other parties were hurt in the crash.

Stopping your car

You must stop your car after an accident to avoid serious charges of hit-and-run. Put your hazard lights on and any flares, reflectors, or traffic cones that you have access to.

Helping the injured 

Once you are safely out of your car, you must determine if anyone involved in the crash has been seriously injured. If so, call 911. Don’t move the injured person.

Calling the police

Most states’ laws require all drivers to report any accident that involves two or more moving vehicles as soon as you safely can. As soon as you can and once the ambulance has been called, contact the police. You must obtain a police report to document the accident’s scene and cause properly. This report will be useful if you are sued or decide to sue for your injuries or property damage. Another vital component is not to admit any fault while on the scene. The fault will be determined by the insurance companies and a court of law, if necessary.

Collecting information 

Get as much information at the scene as you can, safely. Write down the other driver’s name, address, driver’s license, and car insurance information. If there were any witnesses, collect their contact information too. Witnesses include passengers in the other vehicle, pedestrians, passersby, construction workers, and anyone else who may have seen the wreck. Don’t forget to collect the investigating officer’s badge number and name as well.

Seeking medical care

Accidents can be an overwhelming situation. You may be high on adrenaline and not notice the pain in your neck until you get home. As soon as you notice any discomfort from injuries sustained in the accident, seek medical care. If the police on the scene suggest you go by ambulance to the hospital, follow their suggestion, even if you feel “fine.” Tell the doctor facts of the case, but leave your opinions for your attorney.

Calling your insurance company

You will need to notify your insurance company immediately and find out what they need for their investigation. If asked to give a statement, you may want to have your attorney with you to guide you through the process. Do not give your opinion when it comes to the cause of the accident or whose fault it was.

Contacting an attorney 

You will want to find an experienced personal injury attorney to help you with your case. The sooner you contact us, the better we can investigate your incident and prepare your case in order to maximize the potential for a settlement.

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