Car accidents in Longmont range from minor fender-benders to devastating head-on collisions. While a catastrophic car accident will change your life forever, it is important to remember that even minor car accidents can derail your life—and adversely affect your future. The steps you take in the moments following your car accident will have a tremendous impact on your case—and your ability to collect the maximum compensation to which you are entitled. Yet the majority of accident victims make serious mistakes after car crashes that jeopardize their ability to file a lawsuit. Do you know what to do after a car accident?
If you haven’t seen a doctor, you need to do so as soon as possible. Some serious injuries, such as head or back injuries, can take weeks and even months to become fully realized. Even if you do not believe that your injuries are severe, it is important to be seen by a medical professional. Having a proper diagnosis and prognosis is critical to making a full recovery, proving your injuries, and claiming the compensation you need to recover.
It is important to contact the police even after a minor car accident. A police report is often necessary to help establish who is truly to blame for the accident. Without an official accident report, unscrupulous insurance adjusters could twist the blame for the accident back onto you and your insurance company.
If you are able, take a few photos of the accident scene and the damage to your vehicle. If you are injured, be sure to document your injuries carefully and include any pictures to back up your claims. If there are eyewitnesses, be sure to get their contact information, so your attorney can speak to them after your accident.
Be sure to keep all receipts and document all expenses carefully. This includes all doctor’s co-pays, medical bills, medication costs, and bandages. It also includes documenting all missed time from work. Also, be sure to keep track of your mileage to doctor’s appointments, therapy sessions, and specialists.
The next step is to get in touch with an experienced Longmont car accident lawyer as soon as possible, because evidence can quickly disappear after an automobile accident occurs. Rain can obscure or wash away skid marks or road construction can alter the accident scene. In some instances, the negligent parties responsible for the accident may act in an unscrupulous manner that could hurt your chances of obtaining the compensation you deserve.
By hiring an attorney as fast as you can, your attorney will be able to act quickly, gathering the proof you will need to prevail in your case. The sooner you speak with a lawyer, the better.
Whatever you do, NEVER speak to an insurance claim adjuster representing the party or parties that caused the accident. If you sign any sort of agreement, you’ll be forfeiting your right to file a lawsuit. That decision could wind up costing you thousands – or even hundreds of thousands – of dollars. Do not accept any settlement without first speaking to an experienced Longmont auto accident lawyer.
If you have suffered injuries in a car accident in Longmont or elsewhere in the state of Colorado, it is important that you contact an experienced and qualified Longmont car accident attorney immediately.
For a free initial consultation with Fuicelli & Lee, PC, send us an e-mail or call (720) 494-0444. You pay nothing unless you receive a financial settlement or award. It is simply the mission of every Longmont auto accident attorney on the Fuicelli & Lee team to provide the best service possible.
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