Getting into an auto accident is not only a scary experience in the moment, but can lead to many headaches down the road when dealing with insurance. A Denver auto accident attorney can help you with any issues you have getting the settlement you are entitled to. Many, however, are unsure where to begin.
What should I do after an accident? Immediately after an accident, make sure there are no serious injuries and it is best to contact the police as soon as possible. While the police are on their way, do what you can to make a safe environment from moving cars (if this is an option) out of lanes, putting out your vehicle’s flashers and/or setting up flares to keep other drivers from hitting you. After calling the police, make your next call your insurance agent.
What information should I gather while on the scene? One of the top things you should do is to make a record of what happened—everything you are absolutely sure of. Then also, take quality pictures of everything you can from the small up close details to the larger scene. Many drivers have dashboard cameras and it is important to take that footage to use. If there were any witnesses in the area, be sure to get their contact information.
How do I interact with the other driver? Post-accident, it is important to meet with the other driver to share insurance and registration information. Keep calm and if you feel you were at fault for the accident, do not admit to it. If you notice the other driver’s insurance is different than their registration, note how the driver is related or connected to the name on the registration.
What should I keep after the wreck? Anything related to the accident should be kept in a file somewhere for easy access. This would include your pictures, statements, receipts, correspondence with your insurance company, police, the other driver, etc. It is also helpful to have your claim number readily available in the file, as well as the person you are speaking with.
Why would I need an attorney? There are many circumstances in which a local Denver auto accident attorney will help you get the money you are entitled to. The first is when the other driver is uninsured. They will walk you through the situation and the appropriate methods to get the expenses covered. An attorney is also extremely helpful when there are issues and difficulties settling insurance claims. They know the law and can represent you and find other issues you may not have known with the case.
If you are involved in a car accident, the law office of Mark A. Simon is your go-to attorney that is on your side. Mark will work with you personally to provide you with the council you need to get you the benefits you deserve with your case. From dealing with insurance claims to helping with medical care, he is ready to help. Dealing with an uninsured driver? Learn more from the article “Handling an Auto Accident in Denver with a Driver Without Insurance” and give us a call at 303-321-4848 to get started.