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What NOT to Do After a Car Accident

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After a car accident, you may seek the advice of a Denver auto accident lawyer in order to learn more about your legal options and protect your rights. While an experienced attorney will do everything possible to protect you, a few key mistakes on your part early in the process can limit your ability to obtain the full compensation you deserve.

What should I NOT do after a car accident?

If you are in a car accident, avoid making these mistakes. Protect yourself and those you love by knowing what NOT to do after a crash:

  • Do NOT ignore the time limits set by your policy. Many auto insurance policies require you to complete certain steps in the claims process within a certain time limit. Know when these time limits are and stick to them.
  • Do NOT give any statements to your insurer until you are sure you understand your coverage. Take time to review your auto insurance policy before giving a statement about the accident – either spoken or written – to your insurer. If you have questions about any part of your policy, talk to an attorney.
  • Do NOT sign any release or waiver before talking to an attorney. A release or waiver may require you to give up valuable legal rights. You should always speak to your own attorney before signing any release or waiver, and both you and your attorney should read the document carefully.
  • Do NOT automatically accept your insurer’s appraisal of your losses. Insurance companies must protect their own bottom line, so their appraisal of your losses in the crash will likely be lower than the value of your actual losses. Get your own appraisal before talking to the insurer about their number.

What should I DO after a crash?

If you have been involved in an auto accident, be sure to complete the following steps:

  • Get immediate medical attention if needed, including emergency care.
  • Talk to witnesses, take photographs, or make a sketch of the accident scene if you can.
  • Contact your insurance agent promptly after an accident. Be forthright when sharing information, but do not admit that the accident was your fault – even if you think it was. Stick to the facts until you talk to your lawyer.
  • Cooperate with any police officers who respond to the accident scene. Get the contact information for officers who respond, so you can contact them later if needed.
  • Check your insurance policy to refresh your memory on the types and amounts of coverage you have. Contact an attorney if you have questions or need help obtaining compensation.

What if I’ve already made one of these mistakes?

Don’t give up. Even if you’ve accidentally done one or more of the “do not do” tasks, you still have the right to seek compensation. A Denver auto accident lawyer can help you protect your legal rights and limit or eliminate any damage that would harm your chances of recovery.

The experienced Denver auto accident lawyers at Levine Law will help you protect your legal rights and fight vigorously for the compensation you deserve. Contact us today to learn more.