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After the crash, do not accept cash

Although fatalities caused by car accidents have dropped overall around the country, they have increased in Colorado in recent years. 2017 saw the highest number of traffic fatalities since 2004, according to The Denver Post.

After any motor vehicle accident, even a minor one, you may groan at the prospect of having to contact the police and call your insurance agency. However, these actions are for the best even if the other driver offers you cash at the scene to sweep this incident under the rug. Getting a few hundred dollars is a tempting offer, but there are significant downsides. 

Drowsy driving causes more crashes than you think

Most people think of drowsiness as a mild annoyance, not as something that could put them and others' lives at risk. However, when it comes to getting behind the wheel, drowsiness is not far behind known dangers such as intoxication and distraction in terms of the risks it poses.

recent study that used dashcam footage to analyze drivers' facial expressions in the time leading up to a crash concluded 9.5 percent of motor vehicle accidents include drowsiness as a factor. This data confirms the suspicion of many safety researchers that incidences of drowsiness that lead to a crash are under-reported, since self-reporting is often the only way to know if a driver was sleepy; unlike drugs and alcohol, a lack of sleep does not show up on a chemical test.

The dangers of high school football

Colorado is a great football state. Not only do the Denver Broncos have three Super Bowl wins to their credit, thrilling their thousands of avid fans, football fever pervades virtually all colleges and high schools in the state. One can only speculate as to how many local high school quarterbacks dream of becoming the next John Elway or Peyton Manning. Some of these boys started playing Pop Warner football at the age of six. One likewise can only speculate as to how many concussions these boys, quarterbacks or otherwise, receive while playing this high-contact sport.

Today, tackle football is America’s favorite high school sport. The National Federation of State High School Associations reports that more than 1 million boys participate in it. If your son is one of them, you need to know that these 1 million teenagers suffer more concussions than their peers who participate in other high school sports. For instance, your son is four times more likely to suffer a concussion than a male basketball player and 16 times more likely than a baseball player. At least two high school football players die each year after suffering a traumatic head injury.

Do you need an attorney after a fender bender?

Although catastrophic car accidents tend to make the news, most people end up contending with minor traffic collisions or fender benders. While the damage will not appear as severe, there are still actions people need to take following minor crashes, such as exchanging insurance information, taking photos and calling your insurance agency. 

While this seems like a lot, fender benders can be more severe than many people realize. It never hurts to get in touch with an attorney following a minor collision even if you do not think you will require much in compensation. At the end of the day, it is better to be safe than sorry. 

Why have a lawyer talk to the insurance adjuster?

Thousands of Colorado residents end up in car crashes every year. Out of all the accidents the Colorado police investigated, 732 occurred as a result of inattentive driving in 2014 alone. 

One of the things you should always do after a car accident is contact your auto insurance agency. During this conversation, you simply need to provide the facts surrounding the incident, such as the date and time of the collision. The representative you speak with may ask you other questions related to the case. While you may feel like you can answer everything on your own, you will generally be better off having your attorney speak to the adjuster in the aftermath. 

Tips for physical, financial and emotional recovery after a crash

Getting in a car accident can have a variety of long-lasting consequences. You may suffer physically, financially and emotionally after an auto collision. If you get into a wreck, maximum recovery is crucial.

However, it can be difficult to know what to do following a car crash. You may be feeling confusion, disorientation and hopelessness. Here are some steps you should take to heal in all manners after your motor vehicle accident. 

Can you trust your insurance company to pay? Think again

The weeks following your auto accident were some of the most stressful and tedious weeks of your life. Finally, the investigations are over, you can focus on recovering from your injuries and you can look forward to receiving your settlement and getting on with your life. However, the insurance company has still not sent a check as more weeks pass, and you have medical bills and car repairs to worry about. Is this normal for Colorado residents who have been in accidents?

Unfortunately, this is a common scenario for people across the country. Insurance companies are in the business to make money, and some employ tactics to release as little money as possible to accident victims. If an insurance company is purposefully not upholding its end of the agreement, this is known as bad faith. According to FindLaw, some common bad faith practices you might encounter with your insurer or the other party’s insurance company include the following:

  • Conducting only a cursory investigation before denying your claim
  • Offering you a minimal settlement when the policy entitles you to a much larger amount
  • Taking a long time to complete the accident investigation before offering a settlement or sending the check, in hopes that you will stop trying
  • Not notifying you of deadlines to file your claim, failing to provide the proper forms or not informing you of additional options that may entitle you to a larger settlement
  • Outright refusing to pay a claim that you are legally entitled to
  • Threatening you with legal action if you pursue a settlement

Do I need a lawyer after my car accident?

Motor vehicle accidents are an inevitable risk of driving. Sooner or later, a large majority of drivers find themselves involved in a car accident, either as the driver or passenger. In many cases of auto accidents, injuries result, and that is just the start of a long process of recovery.

If you have suffered an injury in an auto accident, you may be wondering if you need to bring a lawyer on board to help you manage the post-accident aftermath. This includes handling insurance companies and claims as well as any issues relating to missed days at work and compensation for your injuries and medical bills.

Nearly 90 percent of Colorado drivers admit driving distracted

If you have ever noticed how many Colorado drivers are on their phones at red lights, in traffic or while driving down the road, you may have firsthand knowledge of how much of a problem distracted driving is on state roadways.

Per CBS Denver, the distracted driving problem is so widespread across the state that some type of distracted driving behavior was a factor in 16 percent of all Colorado road fatalities in 2016. Additionally, 89 percent of all drivers who took part in a recent study by the Colorado Department of Transportation reported driving distracted within the last week, further highlighting the importance of increased awareness and enforcement.

An attorney's role in your car accident claim

There are many frustrating aspects of getting in a car accident. Of course, the collision itself is inconvenient at best and devastating at worst. The aftermath of a wreck is also complex and irritating. You have to talk to insurance companies and deal with your injuries. 

The financial burden of an auto collision is a lot to bear. You may be wondering how you will afford your medical bills or get the insurance company to pay your claim. If you are finding these things overwhelming, here are some ways an attorney can help you make the most of your compensation.

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