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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.

How much is your personal injury case worth?

When you get hurt in an accident, whether from a car crash or a defective product, you have a lot to worry about. You need to get medical treatment for the injury. You have to call the insurance company. You cannot continue earning income for a while or perhaps permanently. Your stress levels go up with all the things you have to do.

The silver lining is that you can receive financial compensation for your injuries to lighten the load. Damages can cover medical bills, long-term care, lost wages, loss of employment and more depending on your situation. It is worth the time and effort to pursue a lawsuit against the responsible party because your case is probably worth more than you think.

3 car accident injuries you may not notice at first

Following a car accident, there are several steps you should take according to Colorado's Department of Motor Vehicles. You should make sure to exchange your insurance information and file an accident report to the police. 

Another step to always take is to see a doctor. Many people feel completely fine after a collision because the crash was a minor fender bender. However, you will most likely experience a rush of adrenaline following a crash and may not realize your neck feels sore. Some injuries do not become readily apparent until weeks after the crash. For insurance purposes, you always want to see a doctor right after a crash to make sure there are no hidden injuries. 

Attorneys can help you bring a wrongful death lawsuit in Colorado

When a loved one dies in an accident through no fault of his or her own, the law provides for recourse for the victim's family. This recourse comes in the form of a wrongful death lawsuit. Unfortunately, wrongful death occurs every day across the country, and Colorado is no exception.

In order to bring a wrongful death lawsuit in Colorado, you will need to consult with an attorney who handles these types of cases. It is also helpful to understand a bit more about what constitutes a wrongful death and whether your case may qualify.

2 mistakes an attorney may stop you from making

After a car accident, even the most level-headed people can feel shaken and make mistakes they would not have otherwise. Sometimes, these mistakes are enough to throw a person off-balance for a while, leading to even more mistakes. On the other hand, some people are able to remain calm, cool and collected after an accident. It is only later that they might unknowingly make a mistake.

Bottom line: Car accidents and their aftermath can be complicated, especially in cases of serious injury or death. Insurance and legal processes get involved, and people can commit costly errors. Here is a look at some mistakes your attorney may be able to prevent you from making.

Maximize your attorney-client relationship

After an accident, innocent victims deserve to get their just compensation. If they choose to file a personal injury claim, many choose to enlist the help of an attorney.

Though attorneys are there to help, the claimant still has a role to play. There are a few things that clients should do to maximize their attorney-client relationship.

How to get maximum compensation in an injury case

When you decide to pursue a personal injury case, it is likely the result of much thought and consideration. Nobody wants to initiate litigation unless it becomes a necessity, and unfortunately, that is often the case. Whether you suffered injuries in a car accident, at work or elsewhere, the insurance company that should provide compensation may not sufficiently cover the pain you sustained. 

According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, personal injury lawsuits commonly result from the legal issues that arise after an accident. Such issues might include lost wages, medical bills and any negligence that caused the injury. The following tips can help you maximize the compensation you receive. 

3 situations an attorney can help you in

Self-reliance is one of the best qualities a person can have. When you are able and willing to advocate for yourself, you are likely to be safer and more secure in most situations. There are a number of instances, though, where it is necessary to rely on the expertise of a professional. You hire professional plumbers when you need their services, and similarly, you should hire a lawyer when you need legal help.

You might be wondering when exactly that is. There are a number of situations that call for help from an attorney. In each of the following three cases, a lawyer can help you better understand your case, recoup financial losses and seek justice after you have suffered an injury.

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