After being injured in a car accident, the last thing you want to do is fight with your insurance company. Unfortunately, that is usually what ends up happening, especially in Colorado. Colorado uses a tort legal system, which means if you are injured in an accident you must go through the at-fault driver's insurance company to receive compensation for damages.
It is difficult to navigate the legal system on your own, which is why hiring an experienced Colorado personal injury attorney that you trust is highly suggested. Recovering from a car accident is difficult, but our attorneys at the Law Offices of Daniel T. Goodwin understand that and work to do what they can to relieve your stress.
What to Do after Your Wreck
There are many things to do after an accident, but it can often be difficult to remember them all, especially if you’ve been hurt. Even if you did not immediately take action, you still have options.
The first thing you should always do is seek professional medical attention, even if it has been a few days since your accident. Some injuries can take time to appear, and you don’t want to get blindsided by a serious injury at an even more inconvenient time. Besides getting medical attention, there are a few other things you may have been told to do throughout your years as a driver. Here is a reminder of the best steps to follow after a car accident:
- Take pictures
- Exchange information
- Talk to witnesses
- File a police report
If you didn’t do any of these, don’t fret! This does not mean that your personal injury case is automatically ruined. Most of these things you or your attorney can take care of at a later date. Since we are in Colorado, the police are required to be called to the scene of an accident, no matter how minor it is. Their report should include your information, the other party’s information, and witnesses — all of which your attorney can use to strengthen your case.
While pictures can help a personal injury case, they do not make or break one. If you weren’t able to take any following the wreck, it is not the end of the world. However, you’ll want to make sure that the conditions of the road and accident are in the police report.