Five Steps to Take After A Car Accident
Car accidents in Colorado are an, unfortunately, common occurrence. Even a seemingly minor crash or collision could end up resulting in serious and potentially debilitating injuries that prevent you from working or engaging in hobbies and activities you once enjoyed.
When you suffer car accident injuries, actions in the aftermath can impact your rights. The following are five steps to take after a car accident. Doing this can help ensure you get the compensation you need to recover.
1. Stop immediately at the scene and exchange information with the other drivers involved.
The first thing you need to do after an accident is stop at the scene. You’ll then need to exchange information with the other driver. This will include license numbers, insurance information, vehicle registration, and personal contact. The Colorado Driver Handbook provides more information about this step.
2. Notify law enforcement and take pictures at the scene.
It is important to notify law enforcement right away. The extent of damage does not matter. The police will fill out an accident report. It will include the names and information for all drivers and witnesses who may have seen the car accident occur. You should receive a copy of this report at the scene. You may also request it through the Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
It is also a good idea to use your cellphone to take pictures of the area where the accident occurred, the damage to your vehicle, and any injuries you suffer. These pictures can be used later as evidence in your claim.
3. Get medical attention for your injuries.
Regardless of the severity of your accident you should get medical attention. Many serious injuries have symptoms that can take days or weeks to appear. Failing to get the care you need can result in serious complications. Also, medical records and reports from your doctor will play a large part in your injury claim. An insurance company may deny your claim if you don’t get the care you need.
4. Notify your car insurance company.
No matter who is to blame for your accident, notify your own insurer in the days immediately after. The Colorado DMV requires motorists to carry minimum liability insurance to register a vehicle. You should check your policy for any additional coverage you have. Colorado is a fault based insurance state. This means that the driver responsible for the accident is liable for any damages you suffer.
5. Contact an experienced car accident lawyer before making any statements.
Understand that an insurance company is a business. They have a financial motive for undervaluing or even denying accident claims. Before making any statements or signing any documents, contact the Law Office of Steve Roberts, LLC. We offer free consultations to discuss your case. We will you on the best course of action to ensure you get the maximum amount of compensation you deserve.