What to Do after Being Rear-Ended in Boulder or Longmont
Rear-end car accidents are among the most common types of accidents that occur in America. Though such accidents are often minor “fender benders” and among the least serious type of car wreck, rear-end crashes can be very serious at times. These can cause a lot of damage to the vehicle and traumatic injuries to the drivers and passengers.
No matter how severe the crash, you may bring forth a claim if you or your loved one has been injured. Consult attorney Ed Smith for guidance and representation through the complete claims process. Ed has over 28 years of experience in the field of car accident personal injury claims and has been helping accident victims in Longmont and Boulder, Colorado throughout that time.
Determining Fault in Rear-End Car Accidents
Rear-end collisions can occur for a number of reasons. These include tailgating, distracted driving, speeding, drunk driving, weather conditions, and countless others. While it may seem obvious from your perspective who is at fault for the accident, the insurance company generally needs to be convinced that the other driver is to blame. That's where an experienced attorney comes in.
As an experienced personal injury lawyer, Ed can not only effectively demonstrate which driver was truly responsible for causing the wreck, but he can also take a great deal of stress off your shoulders. How? By negotiating aggressively with the insurance company so that you can focus on your recovery.
Who Do I Call First: the Insurance Company Or a Lawyer?
After being involved in any type of car wreck, the first and most important thing you can do is seek medical attention for any injuries you sustained. That being said, it is sometimes possible for accident victims to take pictures of the scene while waiting on an ambulance or the arrival of the police. If you were able to take pictures following your own accident, your attorney can use those images as evidence in your case. If not, don’t worry — a seasoned attorney can use other evidence to strengthen your claim to compensation.
Once your immediate medical needs have been addressed, you may be left wondering who to call first: a lawyer or your insurance company. You should call a lawyer first.
The reason you want to call an attorney before the insurance company is simple. Insurance adjusters are trained to offer you as little compensation as possible for your damages and injuries, whereas a personal injury attorney’s job is the exact opposite. If you contact your insurance adjuster first, he or she may trick you into saying something that will minimize your claim or rush you to accept a settlement that is deceptively low. By speaking to a lawyer first, you can protect yourself from those common mistakes that all too often result in less money in your pocket.
Let Attorney Ed Smith of Boulder & Longmont Negotiate a Better Deal
It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the difficulties that follow a car accident. The growing stack of medical bills, the forced time off work, the slow recovery process, and the regular calls from the insurance company are by no means a fun combination.
The good news is that you don’t have to handle everything on your own. With offices in Boulder and Longmont, attorney Ed Smith is here as a resource whether your accident took place in Firestone, Frederick, Loveland, Boulder County, Weld County, Larimer County, or a neighboring area of Colorado. Even better, Ed has decades of experience handling rear-end accident cases from both sides of the claims process. As a former insurance company attorney, he knows exactly how to combat the insurance adjusters’ tactics, which means he can give you your best chance at maximum compensation for your claim.
Don’t let a rear-end car accident take over your life. Contact The Law Offices of Edward Smith today to get the legal support you need while you focus on healing.