Injured in a Car Accident After a Broncos or Nuggets Game?
If you are a Broncos or Nuggets fan, this is your time of year. The season is just getting started, and you have several months of games ahead.
But, regardless of your team’s fortunes as the season progresses, your fortunes can change drastically if you are injured in an auto accident on the way home from a game. If you have been injured in an accident, here’s what you need to know:
1. Gather Evidence at the scene of the Accident
After an accident, you want to try to collect as much information as possible. Take plenty of photos of your vehicle and the vehicle that hit you, making sure to capture the other driver’s license plate and all of the damage to each vehicle. If parts or pieces came off of your vehicle and are lying in the road, photograph these in their location as well before collecting them.
In addition to taking photos, you should also try to:
- Obtain the other driver’s insurance information;
- Obtain a copy of the police report (you should always call 911 after an accident);
- Obtain contact information from any witnesses; and,
- Make note of (or photograph or video) traffic patterns, weather conditions, traffic signal operation, and any other factors that may be relevant to the accident.
2. Seek Medical Attention
It doesn’t take much for an auto accident to result in potentially serious injuries. Even accidents in parking lots and bumper-to-bumper traffic can result in head injuries, neck injuries and broken bones. Regardless of how you feel right now (or how much you dread going to the emergency room), it will be strongly in your best interest to see a doctor right away.
3. Be Careful Dealing with the Insurance Companies
Most insurance policies require drivers to report all accidents to their insurers. So, you will most likely need to file a claim even if the other driver was completely at fault in the accident. However, your reporting requirements are minimal, and right now you do not want to share any more information with your insurance company than is absolutely necessary. Using your insurance company’s app (if it has one) is a good way to avoid dealing with an adjuster, and if you receive any calls you can let the adjuster know that you are waiting to speak with an attorney.
4. Your Financial and Non-Financial Losses Could Be Substantial
If you were seriously injured in the accident, your losses could be substantial. This includes not only the cost of emergency and long-term medical care, but also loss of income, out-of-pocket expenses, pain and suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life. If you let the insurance companies dictate the outcome of your claim, you will end up with less than you deserve, and this will mean bearing the burden of someone else’s mistake for years or decades to come.
Speak With a Denver Accident Attorney at Levine Law
If you have been injured in an auto accident in Denver and would like to speak with an attorney, we encourage you to contact us for a free, no-obligation consultation. You can reach us 24/7, so call 303-333-8000 or submit your case online now.