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When To Hire a Lawyer for a Car Accident

Car accidents, also described as car collisions or car crashes, are an unfortunately common occurrence. According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, there were 121,648 motor vehicle crashes, which resulted in 597 fatalities, in 2019 alone. 

A car accident can uproot your entire life. It can affect you physically, financially, and socially. You may be temporarily or permanently injured. The medical bills will add up, and you may lose wages or the ability to continue your line of work.  Even worse a friend or family member may die. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, you may be wondering if you should hire a lawyer.

When Should You Hire a Car Accident Injury Lawyer? 

Not every car accident warrants a car accident lawyer. Suppose you bump the fender of another car. No one is hurt; there's just some smudged paint on the other car. In this case, a lawyer is not necessary. Any damages can be sorted out by both party's insurance companies.

In a different scenario, say you are driving in your car and are hit and injured. More often than not, there will be medical bills and injuries which can impact your life. In this situation, it would be to your benefit to hire a personal injury attorney to get the compensation you deserve. 

You should consider hiring a car accident injury lawyer if you incur substantial medical bills, suffer a serious or permanent injury, have a change to your activities of daily living, and/or your quality of life has been affected.

Your Quality of Life Has Been Affected 

Consider contacting a lawyer if a car accident has impacted your quality of life. This means you can no longer enjoy life in the same way you did before your accident due to severe trauma and life-changing injuries, such as:

  • Broken bones
  • Undergo surgery
  • Torn ligaments or tendons
  • Permanent impairments
  • Permanent loss of range of motion 
  • Loss of limb
  • Diminished or loss of mental capacity
  • Inability or difficulty performing activities of daily living that you could do before the accident, like playing the piano, gardening, or household chores and tasks
  • Emotional stress and trauma from the accident

Catastrophic Injuries Have Occurred 

The following injuries are generally regarded as “catastrophic”:

  • Injuries involving the spinal cord 
  • Brain injuries
  • Loss of limb
  • Disfigurement or scarring
  • Loss of sight, smell, or sensation
  • Death

Medical experts can be available during the trial to explain how such injuries have impacted your day-to-day activities. They will be able to explain the cost of care and the financial effect the accident had on you.

If a car accident leads to a catastrophic injury, a lawyer can help you get reimbursement for:

Medical bills: This includes hospital, ER, doctor, and radiology bills, along with physical therapy and other related medical expenses

Lost wages: If you've had to take time off work due to your injuries, any lost wages can be recovered.

Diminished earning capacity: If your accident led to the loss of your job because you could no longer perform the tasks associated with it, you can recover lost wages. If you had to accept a lesser-paying job due to your injuries, the difference in pay is recoverable. If you are no longer eligible for a promotion due to the accident, then you can claim loss of future earnings.

What Should You Do Immediately After the Accident?

After an accident, there are certain steps you need to take for your safety and the safety of others involved. 

Contact Law Enforcement

The first thing you should do after a car accident is call 911. Make sure you preserve the scene — don't move anything before the police come and photos are taken. 

When the police arrive, they will take statements from all parties involved as well as any witnesses. Expect the police to take down your contact information in case they need to question you further.

Exchange Information With Other Drivers and Contact Your Insurance 

Make sure you exchange contact and insurance information with any other people involved in the car accident.

Record Evidence and Damage to Vehicle 

Remember to record any information about the crime scene. Use your phone to take pictures of the scene and the damaged vehicles. Also, try to get contact details from any witnesses, but don't get in the way of any law enforcement investigation.

Obtain Appropriate Medical Care

Following a car accident, seek medical treatment, either at a hospital or your doctor. Your health is more important than anything else.  Get the medical care that you need.   Report all of your injuries to all of your doctors no matter their specialty.  All of your injuries must be documented in your medical records.

To make a claim for your injuries — in a lawsuit or for your insurance company — you will need to show proof of your injuries. A hospital or doctor bill can be used as valid proof.

Reach Out to a Car Accident Lawyer

If you were in a serious car accident, reach out to a car accident lawyer as soon as possible. They will help identify your options regarding a lawsuit, including its viability and how much compensation you may receive.

How Long Do You Have to Reach Out to Auto Accident Lawyers?

The sooner you initiate a lawsuit, the better. Over time a witness's memory may start to fade and evidence may be harder to prove. Also, there's a statute of limitations in Colorado. You have three years from the date of the accident to file your lawsuit for car accident injuries.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, contact the law office of Mann & Maximon immediately. Our attorneys will work relentlessly to make sure you can get your life back on track after a car accident. We are determined to get you the maximum settlement you deserve. 

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