What Should I Do If I’m In An Auto Accident?

Bell & Pollock, auto accident attorneys in Denver, CO, fully understand how frustrating and confusing car accidents can be in Colorado. Whether it’s a head-on collision that takes the life of a loved one or a rear-end accident that causes back and neck pain, everything often happens fast. If you’re not prepared, you could be caught off guard, putting your health and your financial security at stake.

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If you have never been in a car accident before, it’s sometimes hard to know what to do or where to start. Luckily, you’re not alone, and you’re not the first person to ask the same questions.

Here’s some advice on what you should do if you’re involved in a car accident in Denver or another city in Colorado. And here are some of the most frequently asked questions about car accidents and honest answers provided by Bell & Pollock:

Should I move my car after an accident?

Mostly likely, no. Leave your car right where it is – unless doing so would put you or other people on the road in danger. Ask the other driver to do the same. If the other driver caused your car accident, keep the accident scene intact.

Should I call the police after a car accident?

Yes. Police officers in Denver and other communities in Colorado are trained to handle all kinds of car accidents. By having a police officer there, you will also create a police report for your accident – something that could be very important when trying to obtain compensation from an insurance company for your accident.

What should I do after I call the police about my auto accident?

Start gathering evidence. This includes looking for anyone who might have witnessed your accident. If someone saw your accident, get his or her name, address and phone number. Witnesses can help you build a stronger case. Then write down as much information as you can about your accident, including time of day, weather conditions, if there are skid marks on the road and if the street lights and traffic lights are working. Use your phone or camera to take pictures. The more information you have, the better.

Am I allowed to see a copy of the police report for my car accident?

Yes. Make sure you get a printed copy of the report. Before the police officer leaves the scene of your accident, get the officer’s name and badge number. Also ask the officer how you can obtain a copy of the report. Then make sure everything in the report corresponds with your facts.

Should I take photographs of my car accident?

Yes. Don’t simply rely on the police to collect information about your car accident. Take photos of everything you can at your accident. Take pictures of the scene of the accident. Take photos of any injuries, your car, the other car, traffic lights or street signs around you. Every detail matters. The more facts you have, the stronger your case will likely be.

Should I see a doctor after my car accident?

Yes. Even if you don’t feel injured, let a doctor decide. What might seem like something minor could turn out to be a serious car accident injury. You should see a doctor as soon as possible after your car accident. And if you have a serious injury, make sure you receive treatment immediately and your injuries are documented. The reason: insurance companies often demand evidence of an injury before compensating injury victims. Don’t miss follow-up medical appointments, because that could send a signal to the insurance company that your injuries are minor.

Should I call a lawyer after a car accident in Colorado?

Absolutely. Even if your accident seems straightforward, many car accidents in Denver or another place in Colorado can quickly become very complicated. The best personal injury lawyers in Denver have years of experience handling complicated car accidents. They know how to get injury victims the compensation you rightfully deserve and deal directly with insurance companies. Remember: Insurance companies often only care about one thing: paying accident victims as little as possible. That’s not right. That’s why you need a Denver personal injury law firm to fight for your rights and demand justice.

Straight talk from a Denver car accident law firm that puts your needs first

Auto accidents in Colorado can be extremely complicated. That’s why it’s critical that you have someone on your side that knows the law and takes your case seriously. At Bell & Pollock, we treat every client with dignity and respect. We don’t tell you what to do. We work with you. You make the final decision. You’re in charge. That’s just one of the things that makes our law firm different. We put your needs first.

Our client-focused approach influences everything we do at Bell & Pollock. From offering a free case evaluation to every client to working on a contingency fee basis, we make sure your needs always come first. We’re on your side.

Every case matters at Bell & Pollock. Every person’s legal needs receive our full attention. Discover what a caring, committed lawyer can do for you. Contact Bell & Pollock – “Champions of the People.” Call (877) 744-5900 or (303) 795-5900 right now.

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As proud champions of the people, our lawyers are ready to answer your questions, explain the law and your rights, and help you take whatever steps necessary to recover the compensation you’re entitled to. With us in your corner, you can be confident that you have the legal support and representation necessary to successfully resolve your claim.

Don’t delay your recovery for a second longer – and don’t be misguided into thinking that you have to go through the process alone. Our attorneys are here, ready to help – and you won’t have to pay us anything until (or unless) there is a recovery in your case.

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Case Results


CASE: Client was injured by a drunk driver. As a result of the motor vehicle accident, client was rendered a quadriplegic and needed a life care plan.
Outcome: $9,600,000

CASE: Against Insurance company for failure to pay for property damage after a gas and fire explosion.
Outcome: $1,600,000

CASE: Medical malpractice for failure to diagnose a descending aorta aneurism, resulting in death.
Outcome: $1,300,000

CASE: Neck and back injuries from car accident. Client had ongoing symptoms and needed injections for attempted remediation of pain.
Settled for $485,000

CASE: Client was injured in a 2 vehicle collision. She suffered a traumatic brain injury, concussion and multiple injuries to the neck.
Outcome: $6,000,000

CASE: Client was in her car and was T-Boned by a commercial vehicle. Her cerebral spinal fluid leaked and she suffered a concussion and traumatic brain injury with neck and lumbar (low back) injuries. Her neck injury caused radiating pain, numbness and tingling in her arms.
Outcome: $3,400,000

CASE: Client was driving on a rural road when another car crossed the center line and caused a head-on collision in the snow and ice. Client did physical work for a living. Both knees were injured, along with a neck injury.
Outcome: $2,300,000

CASE: Client was driving on South Parker road when another vehicle rapidly changed lanes and rear-ended the client. That vehicle was cited for careless driving. The collision caused a concussion with traumatic brain Injury. Client missed time from work and had a positive correlation between brain scan and neuropsychological test results.
Outcome: $950,000

CASE: Client was rear ended by a dump truck, was then knocked forward and hit another vehicle. Client had a concussion with traumatic brain injury. Client underwent a brain scan which showed hypoperfusion, correlated with her concussion symptoms. Client suffered neck injuries and injuries to her low back.
Outcome: $650,000

CASE: Client was rear-ended. The mechanism of injury from the forces in the collision caused her neck injury and at the same time, damaged her organs inside her throat. Client had swallowing and choking issues.
Outcome: $1,250,000

CASE: Client was in a motor vehicle accident. Both injections in the neck rendered some temporary relief. The Injections were transforaminal epidural steroid injections. Surgery was recommended on the lumbar (low back). The low back was injured by the forces in the collisions.
Outcome: $933,000

CASE: The client was driving in her car and was rear-ended thereby causing injuries to her lower back and neck. Client also suffered a concussion. Client had to undergo facet injections multiple times, through multiple procedures. Client also had cognitive issues which required cognitive training and therapy.
Outcome: $400,000

CASE: Client was entering a highway from an on ramp and was rear-ended by a commercial van. Client tested positive for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and failed conservative treatment. Client underwent thoracic outlet syndrome surgey, which involved removal of the first rib to attempt to relieve pressure in the thoracic outlet. Client also suffered a back injury.
Outcome: $750,000

CASE: Client was injured by a drunk driver, who crossed the center line of the road. Client underwent multiple surgeries and could not work. Client was late 40s and needed a modified life care plan.
Outcome: $750,000

CASE: Client was rear ended by a tow truck driver who was a diabetic. The diabetic at fault party was a non-compliant diabetic and claimed he had a syncope episode, and was “blacked out”. Client had a preexisting back condition known and the forces from the collision aggravated, or made worse, the preexisting back condition in addition to, causing neck injuries.
Outcome: $350,000

CASE: Client was a passenger in a car where the driver fell asleep on a country road in the early morning hours. The car rolled multiple times. Client had eye injuries, facial injuries and neck and knee injuries.
Outcome: $850,000

CASE: Client was on the job, driving her own car, when she was rear-ended. She suffered a concussion with traumatic brain injury and pursued Workers Compensation Claim.
Outcome: $150,000

CASE: Client slipped and fell on snow and ice in Central City. He suffered back injuries, that did not require injections.
Outcome: $125,000

CASE: Client slipped and fell on snow and ice on a sidewalk in front of a business. She had to have knee surgery and multiple injections in her back.
Outcome: $175,000

CASE: Client was visiting a friend who was renting a house. Client tripped on untreated, dangerous section of deck and injured his back.
Outcome: $150,000

CASE:Client was rear ended and needed fusion spinal surgery. Insurance proceeds were limited.
Outcome: $125,000

CASE:Client was rear-ended and had to have rotator cuff surgery. Insurance proceeds were limited.
Settled for $65,000

CASE:Client was at Denver International Aiport traveling through Denver, slipped and fell and broke her ankle.
Settled for $118,750

CASE:Client was exposed to mold in a multi-family dwelling that was caused by leaking water.
Settled for $125,000

CASE:Motorcycle accident, reconstructive surgery, post-traumatic stress disorder, neurological injuries
Settled for $1,275,000



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