A car accident can change your life in an instant. Perhaps you were able to get out of the car to exchange information with the other driver. Maybe you felt pain right away, or maybe it did not surface until the next day. Or perhaps you were taken to the emergency room by ambulance and do not remember what happened and others informed you. Whichever way it happened to you, your story has just been changed. We are knowledgeable and experienced Fort Collins personal injury attorneys who have over 30 years of experience handling car accidents. We fight for your rights and we can help you get your story back on track.
What to Expect After You’ve Been Injured in an Car Accident
Being injured in an accident is extremely inconvenient and time-consuming. These are the typical things you will need to attend to following a car accident:
- Making Medical Appointments
- Attending Medical Appointments
- Deciphering Medical Bills
- Communicating with the Auto Body Shop
- Arranging a Car Renta
- Communicating with Your Insurance Claims Adjusters
- Communicating with the Other Party’s Insurance Claims Adjusters
- Taking Time off Work
- Keeping Track of Paperwork
- Determining What Your Case is Worth
Mac Hester Personal Injury Law Can Help You Recover and Rewrite Your Story
Before you can rewrite your story, you will need to recover your damages. This is not an easy task, so Mac Hester Personal Injury Law office is here for you. We are experienced Fort Collins car accident attorneys, focused on helping victims. Here’s what we can do for you:
- Settle with the insurance company for the maximum possible payout - You could settle with an insurance company on your own, but research shows that hiring an attorney will result in a significantly higher payout. And remember, we are paid only when we win your case, so there is no reason for you to go it alone.
- Litigate (go to trial) - Unlike some personal injury attorneys, we do not shy away from the courtroom. If going to court is what it takes to get you the settlement you deserve, that is what we will do.
You have the power to change your story, and we’re here to help that change be positive. Don’t settle for lingering pain, thousands of dollars of medical bills and a bleak outlook on your future. A larger settlement can mean regained health, paid medical bills, and an opportunity to rewrite your life story just the way you envisioned.
DO'S & DON'TS AFTER AN ACCIDENT
- DO check on yourself and the passengers of your car for injury.
- DO check on the other driver(s) and passengers for injury.
- DO call 911 if someone is injured.
- DO what you can to make the scene safe.
- DO obtain names, addresses and phone numbers of all involved drivers, passengers, and witnesses.
- DO take photos of the cars and involved persons with your cell phone camera.
- DO provide detailed information to the investigating authorities (CAVEAT: A criminal defense attorney might advise you otherwise depending upon your potential criminal culpability).
- DO get checked out medically if you are injured or not feeling well.
- DO call your insurance coverage that is available to you (medical payments coverage, uninsured motorist, underinsured motorist, health insurance, etc.)
- DO call a lawyer if you have questions about the law, insurance, insurance claims, or your rights and responsibilities.
- DO call an experienced personal injury attorney if the at-fault driver’s insurance company is not treating you fairly, or simply to learn more about your rights.
- DO NOT refuse ambulance transport to the hospital if you are injured.
- DO NOT refuse medical treatment or delay in getting medical treatment if you are injured or not feeling well.
- DO NOT say you are doing okay if you are not doing okay.
- DO NOT agree to be interviewed by the at-fault driver’s insurance company about the accident and your injuries. It is okay to discuss getting a loaner or rental car and your car repaired or replaced.
- DO NOT settle your injury claim immediately. There are at least two reasons not to settle immediately: (1) It is illegal for insurance companies to immediately settle or attempt to settle injury claims; and (2) Your injuries or condition might not be apparent immediately or your injuries or condition might get worse.
- DO NOT trust the at-fault driver’s insurance company to treat you fairly or to compensate you fairly for your injuries. The at-fault driver’s insurance company’s loyalty is to its insured, the at-fault driver, not to you. The insurance company is a for-profit corporation that strives to pay claims as cheaply as possible in order to be profitable.
- DO NOT let the at-fault driver’s insurance company treat you disrespectfully because you want to be reimbursed and compensated for your injuries and damages. They probably paid full value or close to it for your car damage. Are your body and life less valuable than your car? No.