At Springer & Steinberg, P.C., our Colorado auto accident attorneys and support staff know how important it is to each of our client’s recoveries to make all the right decisions after a traffic collision changes their lives.
The challenge is, traffic collisions happen quickly and without notice, and the confusion, adrenaline, and overall shock of the crash often leave injury victims at a loss for what to do next.
With nearly 40 years of experience successfully representing accident and injury victims throughout Colorado, our personal injury lawyers have a few important tips for our residents if they are ever involved in a collision, so they can pursue a positive outcome.
What to Do Immediately After a Colorado Traffic Collisions Occurs
If you are involved in a traffic collision in Colorado, call 911 immediately.
Assess your injuries and the well-being of any passengers, if applicable.
If your injuries allow, wait for the police to arrive, and move out of traffic only if it is safe to do so.
Ask any witnesses for their names, contact information, and any details they can recount from the accident.
Record the other driver’s license, registration, and insurance details, be sure to never admit fault while speaking with the other driver or law enforcement.
Take pictures of all the vehicles involved in the crash, and any evidence at the scene, including debris from the collision, traffic patterns, and or the lack of skid marks.
Be sure the responding officer completes a formal police report before leaving the crash site, including both drivers’ details, witness statements, and their interpretation of how and why the accident occurred.
Important Next Steps After Leaving the Traffic Crash Site
If you can leave the crash scene without being rushed by ambulance to the nearest hospital, seek medical care the moment you leave the location where the accident occurred.
It is important that each of your injuries is accounted for by a medical professional, so they are not only accurately assessed, but an important treatment plan is in place as quickly as possible.
Follow all doctor’s orders closely, including the need for follow-up appointments, medications, and the use of any medical apparatuses, like a wheelchair, crutches, or slings.
Photograph all visible injuries that occurred during the crash and record any notes about your recollection of the accident, how it happened, and how the injuries are affecting your day-to-day activities and overall quality of life.
These details may become hazier as time goes on, especially if you are taking medication that affects your cognitive skills during your recovery, so it is important to jot them down directly after the accident and keep an ongoing journal, so no important detail is left to chance.
Dealing With an Auto Accident and the Resulting Injuries Over the Upcoming Days
If you cannot work because of your injuries, contact your employer, so they are aware of your circumstances, and provide any supporting medical documentation if required.
Continue to follow all your physician’s care and recovery directions and attend all follow-up appointments.
Quickly after a motor vehicle accident with injuries is reported, the at-fault party’s insurance company is going to contact you to get your side of the story.
You do not have to give a recorded statement to their insurance representative, or your own, without discussing your case with a skilled Colorado personal injury attorney first.
Contact Our Colorado Car Accident Lawyers at Springer & Steinberg, P.C.
Contact our experienced car accident lawyers in Denver and across Colorado before providing any information to an adjustor from another driver’s insurance company by calling 303-861-2800 or online today to discuss the details of your case with a team of legal advocates who care about your future.
Our dedicated Colorado personal injury lawyers provide free consultations for all Colorado residents, and never charge any legal fees unless you make a recovery on your unique case.