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What to Do After a Car AccidenT in Colorado

Your Next Steps After Being Involved in a Car Wreck

The time immediately following a car accident can be incredibly stressful. You may be struggling with medical bills, lost income, and the pain and suffering caused by the accident. The actions you take at this stage in your case will largely determine the outcome of the situation and whether or not you are able to recover the financial compensation you deserve. Therefore, it is critical that you retain the services of a Colorado Springs car accident lawyer from Clawson & Clawson, LLP.

Fighting for the rights of accident victims is what we do. The attorneys at Clawson & Clawson, LLP have over 100 years of collective experience and know what steps are crucial after an accident. Several of these steps are most effective in the time directly after an accident, such as collecting witness information, but others, such as keeping a detailed journal, can and should be a continuous process. It is never too late to take steps to support your claim and any information you collect can be tremendously helpful.

1. Identify and Treat Medical Injuries

Immediately after an accident, it is vital to check on the health of each person involved in the collision. Before moving on, call medical assistance for anyone who has been injured. Collecting evidence for your case begins now. Do not assume that you are uninjured because you are currently unaware of symptoms. Experiencing an accident can increase a person’s adrenaline and cause them to miss minor to moderate injuries.

Additionally, certain injuries may not present symptoms for days or weeks after an accident. Even if you have suffered no apparent injuries, it is vital to schedule a medical examination as soon as possible. Be sure to keep a file documenting all injuries and medical treatments you receive.

2. Inform the Police

Whenever you have experienced an accident, even a minor collision, you must inform the police and stay at the scene until law enforcement arrives. Police will take the statements of the involved parties and file a report which you can use as evidence in your case or if your claim goes to court. While you should avoid self-incrimination, when talking to the police, answer honestly about the events which occurred. If you do not know a piece of information, you can say so. Be sure to record the police report number as well as the information for responding officers.

3. Exchange Information with the Other Driver(s)

After a collision, you will want to gather information from the other drivers involved in the accident as well as records about the scene of the collision itself. Along with the contact and insurance information of the other driver, take down the names and information of any passengers who were involved. Identify any witnesses and be sure to take down their statements and information as well. Any evidence you have to support your case can go a long way in court. When talking to other drivers or the police, do not incriminate yourself. A statement as simple as saying that you are sorry may be used as evidence of guilt by the other party.

4. Collect Evidence from the Scene of the Accident

In addition to witness statements, be sure to collect and document evidence from the scene of the accident including any injuries you sustained as well as damage to personal property. Take pictures of each vehicle involved in the accident, highlighting any damaged areas. Pictures of the surrounding area can also be helpful. The time following the accident will be the most important for collecting information, but you can always revisit the scene of a crash to collect data.

5. Keep Ongoing Records

As soon as possible after your car accident, sit down and write down your recollection of the incident while it is fresh in your memory. You should also keep daily notes about how your pain and other symptoms are affecting your ability to go about your normal routine and to enjoy life.

In addition, you should keep any records of the expenses that you incurred as a result of the accident, such as bills for medical treatment, medication and equipment, travel expenses, and even the wages you are losing while you miss work. It must be emphasized that you cannot collect too much evidence.

Each piece of the puzzle that you can provide can only serve to help your claim. This type of evidence can be invaluable in compelling the insurance company to pay on your accident claim, as well as if the case goes to a full jury trial.

6. Contact Your Insurance Agency

While you must contact your insurance company after an accident, you do not have to deal with them alone. You have every right to settle your accident claim by working directly with the insurance company, but it may not be in your best interest to do so. Remember, insurance is a billion-dollar industry and the company responsible for paying on your claim has vast resources at its disposal for defending its bottom line.

They have adjusters, investigators, claims representatives, and even lawyers ready to protect their interests. The insurance company is in business to make money and they do that by collecting premiums, not by paying money to people in your situation – and, in many cases, through bad faith practices. Why face such overwhelming odds alone? Level the playing field by hiring an injury attorney from our firm to fight for you.

7. Retain Legal Counsel from Clawson & Clawson, LLP

Contact us at Clawson & Clawson, LLP for skilled legal representation and knowledgeable guidance from a team that has been helping Coloradoans for a combined 100 years. Our accolades include membership in the prestigious Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum®, a group comprised of less than 1% of attorneys across the country. Don't worry about up-front fees; we work on a contingency fee basis, so you will not have to pay us anything unless we win your case.

Learn how much your claim may be worth and take the first steps in your case: Contact an injury lawyer now for a free consultation!

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