At The Green Law Firm P.C. we know how life-changing a car accident can be. From the moment of impact to demanding compensation from the insurance company, the entire process can be incredibly stressful and can often turn your life upside down.
As a regular driver, chances are you will, unfortunately, experience an accident once or twice during your driving career. Today we’ll look at the exact next steps you should always take when you find yourself in a car accident.
Should I Go To The Doctor?
While each situation is unique, we recommend that you always see a doctor after a car accident even if the accident appeared to be minor in nature. After an accident, your body is pumped full of adrenaline, and you might not be aware of any injuries you received as a result of the crash. Going to the doctor will ensure that you can comprehensively rule out any injuries and get the right treatment needed if you were indeed injured in the accident.
Should I Move My Car?
This is one of the most common questions for those who find themselves in an accident. It is typically recommended you do not move your car after an accident but instead wait for law enforcement or medical professionals to arrive. Turn on your emergency lights if working and wait until help arrives. The only time you should move your car is if your specific location puts you or others in harm’s way.
Should I Call the Police?
Again, after an accident, you should absolutely call law enforcement who are trained to assist in accident-related manners. Calling the police does not mean you’ll automatically assume guilt or that you’ll be required to spend hours of your time being questioned. It’s a universal best practice to call law enforcement who will suggest next steps depending on your specific situation.
What Should I Do After I Call the Police?
While waiting for the police to arrive, it’s important to do your best to collect as much evidence as possible. Take a moment to gather your thoughts and write down as much as you can about the conditions that led to the accident. Having a clear idea of why you believe the accident may have occurred will be helpful for law enforcement when they question both you and the other party. If it’s safe to do so, talking with nearby witnesses and getting their contact information can help your case in the future. If it is safe to do so, take pictures of the damage to all vehicles involved.
Should I Call a Lawyer?
Accidents are incredibly stressful, and the last thing you want to do is spend your time fighting with the insurance company for compensation if the accident was not your fault. As an individual, you are likely also unaware of the many Colorado traffic laws and regulations that can be used to your benefit when seeking compensation. Even if you believe the accident to be minor in nature, we encourage you to give us a call so we can further discuss your situation.
Give us a call today, and we will work with you to make things right!