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Involved in a Car Accident Caused by a Negligent Driver?

We Explain What to Do After a Car Accident in Denver or Aurora

These days, each household often owns more than one vehicle. This means there are more drivers on the road. The increase in population — as well as modern-day distractions, such as cell phones — contributes to higher chances of getting into an accident caused by negligence. According to a report released by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration — a branch of the U.S. Department of Transportation — “distracted driving and drowsy driving fatalities declined, while deaths related to other reckless behaviors – including speeding, alcohol impairment, and not wearing seat belts – continued to increase”. The report also states that “Motorcyclist and pedestrian deaths accounted for more than a third of the year-to-year increase”. It is dangerous now more than ever to be on the road. If injured in a car accident with a negligent driver, then you deserve compensation for damages.

The Colorado personal injury lawyers at Lampert & Walsh, LLC have over three decades of collective experience representing those who have been wrongfully injured in Denver and Aurora. We have seen firsthand the damage that a car accident can do to a person and his or her family. Witnessing such unnecessary destruction is all the inspiration we need to work tirelessly for you. Upon taking your case, we ensure that you endure no more undue hardship when it comes to your situation. We aim to make your personal injury case as seamless and stress-free for you as possible. After a car accident in Denver, your recovery is the most important thing — we can take care of the rest.

What Do I Do After a Car Accident?

How  you conduct yourself during and after a car accident can either help or hurt you in future legal proceedings. The best things to do (if you are able) directly after a car accident in Denver or Aurora include:

  1. Get medical attention. If injured in the accident, the first thing you need to do is call 911. You can stay on the line with the operator and provide aid to the injured. The 911 operator can help provide aid to the injured. This is a good idea, even if you are a medical professional.Later on, the injured person might decide to take legal action against you for worsening his or her injury. It can mitigate liability.  Having an 911 operator walk you through what to do can protect you.
  2. Gather evidence. If not injured, you should start collecting relevant evidence around the area. This includes  using your phone to take pictures of both vehicles, any injuries suffered by you or your passenger(s) and damage to the surrounding area. It also means getting the driver’s contact information (and insurance information) and all witnesses as they could provide useful testimony during court proceedings.
  3. Contact your insurance. You need to report the accident to your insurance as soon as possible. However, if you want to press charges against the other driver, do not go into specific detail of the accident with the insurance company. You do not want to give them a statement without speaking to a lawyer first.
  4. Call an attorney. When another driver has caused an accident that causes personal injury, the wrongfully injured retains the right to pursue legal action. He or she might suspect negligence or other illegal activity caused the accident. Our experienced personal injury attorneys at Lampert & Walsh, LLC can help you seek recovery for damages suffered after a car accident in Denver or Aurora.

What Are Common Causes of Car Accidents?

While negligence is a leading cause of car accidents, it is not always the culprit. Several factors can contribute to the cause of an accident. Some of the most commonly reported causes of car accidents in Denver, Aurora and the greater United States include:

  1. Distracted driving. In this day and age, everyone has a cell phone. We use it to stay connected with friends and family, listen to music and keep up with the world. Unfortunately, many people do not adhere to “Drive now, talk or text later” rule. Thus, a negligent driver checking social media on his or her phone can cause an accident. Other instances of distracted driving include talking on the phone, changing the radio station and eating or drinking while driving.
  2. Drunk driving. Every driver who gets behind the wheel has a civic duty to operate his or her vehicle in a safe manner. According to the NHTSA report, drunk driving-related fatalities “increased by 1.7 percent” in 2016 and accounted for over 10,000 deaths. If you ever feel like you should not drive — do not get behind the wheel. Take advantage of the times we live in and call a friend, taxi or rideshare (Uber, Lyft etc.). It is exponentially better to pay a towing or late parking fee than being charged with vehicular manslaughter.
  3. Speeding. One of the downsides of the modern-day is that everything is about convenience. This means we try to get tasks done as quickly as possible, more often than not. As a result, in order to compensate for time, drivers will typically speed to get where they are going. Speeding, often in combination with aggressive driving (tailgating, overtaking someone illegally etc.), leads to more serious car accidents — and, more serious injuries, including wrongful death.

These are only three common causes of car accidents. Every situation will be different. If you were injured while adhering to the rules of the road by a negligent driver, then you are likely entitled to compensation for past, current and future damages.

Questions About What to Do After a Car Accident in Denver? Call Us Today

Being involved in a car accident is scary enough; being injured in an accident due to someone else’s negligence is not only scary, it is aggravating. Now, the wrongfully injured person(s) must contend with losing wages as a result of not being able to work, grueling and painful medical treatments and rehabilitation and — in the worst cases — the wrongful death of a loved one. If any of the above describes the situation you find yourself in, our car accident attorneys want to help you.

Any of the experienced personal injury lawyers at Lampert & Walsh can help get you on the road to recovery for past, present and future damages suffered. These damages often not only include restitution for medical bills and lost wages, but also for mental pain and suffering. Contact our office today to schedule a complimentary consultation where you can talk with an attorney face to face about your situation.