Mistakes to Avoid Following a Car Accident
As experienced attorneys, we have seen many people make serious mistakes in the weeks following an accident. These mistakes cost our clients time and money, so we highlight the most serious so you can avoid them.
Never admit fault after a car accident. Under Colorado law, you might not be able to sue if you are equally to blame for the accident, and any admission of fault will be used against you.
Never give a recorded statement to an insurance adjuster without speaking to an attorney first. The adjuster is probably fishing for information to use against you. For example, the adjuster might downplay the seriousness of your pain and suffering, hoping you agree. Or the adjuster could trick you into admitting some responsibility for the wreck.
Avoid negotiating a settlement on your own. The insurance company has an incentive to try and get you to accept as little as possible. This amount is probably far below what you are entitled to. For example, many insurers minimize pain and suffering compensation, and few lay people really understand how much their injuries are worth.