Denver Car Accident Lawyer Gregory A. Hall
Mr. Hall has been representing injured people since 1996. People injured in car accidents, or other types of accidents, often need legal representation to obtain the maximum amount of money for their claim. It is no secret that the most challenging aspect to obtaining a fair settlement on a personal injury claim is the insurance company. Insurance companies look for ways to minimize the amount paid to the injured person in order to maximize profits. The best leverage for getting a fair settlement on a personal injury case is for the injured person to be prepared to go to trial and to have a lawyer willing to take the case to trial. This may sound simple enough, but it isn’t always. After the accident, you have to focus on getting better, you have to deal with doctors and their staff, and you have to go to physical therapy and you have to alter your life style. Then on top of all that, you’re faced with the prospect of having to go to trial, and for most people this can a daunting prospect. Going to trial is a big commitment financially and emotionally. If you’re in an auto accident:
Get as Much Information as You Can
Pictures are worth a thousand words, so take pictures to document the damage to you, your vehicle and the other vehicle. In addition, write down the other person’s license plate number and driver’s license number (if he will provide it to you). Try to get the driver’s name, address, and phone. Get the names and contract information for all witnesses, including passengers in the car that hit you. If possible, take a picture of the at-fault driver that hit you.
Call The Police
Unless the accident is very minor, you should call the police. The police will document the incident in an accident report, and the report will help your insurance claim later on. If you call 911, keep in mind that your call will be recorded and could be used as evidence later on. Colorado, like most states, requires car owners to carry insurance, so if the at fault driver does not have insurance, then the uninsured driver will probably receive a citation.
Call Your Insurance Company
Call your insurance company as soon as possible. You need to place your insurance company on notice if you believe that the at-fault driver is uninsured or underinsured. Don’t wait to contact your insurance company. Some policies may have a time limit on when you can make a claim. You should find out if you have have coverage that will cover some of your damages. Your may have to use your health insurance to cover the cost of some or all of your medical treatment.
If you have been hit by an uninsured motorist, an experienced personal injury attorney can help you assess your options and pursue a claim with your insurance and against the other driver.
When you’re considering the settlement value of your auto accident claim, ask yourself if you’re really ready to take your case to trial and let a jury decide what your case is worth. If you’re not willing to make that commitment, then it will be difficult in most situations for the personal injury lawyer representing you to put sufficient pressure on the insurance company to obtain a settlement you deem fair.
If you’ve been seriously injured in an automobile accident contact a Denver personal injury attorney Gregory A. Hall to schedule a free consultation.