What To Do Following A Car Accident In Greeley
The last thing anybody expects is that they will be involved in a car accident. However, when we turn to the Colorado Department of Transportation, we can see that there were more than 6,000 total vehicle accidents reported in Weld County during the latest reporting year. At Cannon Law, we know how important it is for victims in these cases to take steps to ensure their well-being and to obtain maximum compensation.
Stay at the Scene and Call 911
Immediately after a car accident, get your vehicle to a safe location if you can do so and call 911. Even if the accident does not seem very serious, the police need to get to the scene to conduct a preliminary investigation. We recommend that you download the Crash Genius app. This app can detect whether or not you have been in a crash and will check to see if you are okay. The app will then give you helpful instructions to follow at the scene.
Seek Medical Assistance
If you are injured in any way, seek medical assistance immediately. Even if your injuries do not seem severe, you need to let a doctor make that determination. It is not uncommon for those involved in a car accident to experience delayed injuries that do not show signs and symptoms for hours or days after the incident occurs.
If you can safely do so at the accident scene, use your smartphone or another camera to take photographs of any vehicle damage, possible causes of the crash, any injuries, traffic and weather conditions, and more. Gather the names and contact information of any eyewitnesses to the incident. Make sure to get the name, driver’s license number, and insurance information of any other drivers involved. Make note of any video cameras on buildings nearby, because you may be able to secure the footage to help prove your claim.
Talk to the Insurer
You will need to let your insurance carrier know that an accident happened as soon as quickly as possible after the accident has occurred. When you make your initial report, you do not need to go into any details about how the accident occurred or your injuries. Just let the insurance carrier know where the incident happened and give them the name and information of other drivers involved.
Be Ready for Initial Settlements
If another driver caused the accident, their insurance carrier may make a quick settlement offer. Be wary, because these initial settlement offers are likely far below what you should be receiving. Never accept a settlement until you have properly calculated your total losses, something you cannot do until you make a full recovery from any injuries you sustain.
Continue Medical Treatment
You need to continue any treatment plans prescribed by your doctor in the aftermath of a car accident in Denver. Failing to do so could give the insurance carrier a reason to deny your injury claim or pay less than your settlement is worth.
Speak to an Attorney Today
By speaking to a personal injury attorney soon after your accident occurs, you can ensure that a trusted professional is involved in every step of the way. At Cannon Law, we will work to preserve all evidence needed to prove liability in order to secure the compensation you need. This includes:
- Coverage of your medical bills
- Any lost wages you incur
- Property damage expenses
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages