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What to do if injured in a car accident in Grand Junction?

After a car accident in Colorado, there are a few steps you should take to make sure you're going to have the best case against the negligent driver. First of all, if you're injured, your first concern is going to be your health and welfare. It's important that if you're able to, though, that you go through these steps.

Don't leave the scene, even if you feel okay. You need to be seen by a medical team and you also need to speak with police. If you leave, you could be perceived as the person who caused the accident, even if you weren't. Next, if you are able to do so without further injuring yourself, be sure that you check on all of your passengers as well as the driver and passengers in the other vehicle or vehicles. You want to be able to account for all of your passengers and be of help to others with injuries if you're in the state to do so.

Call the police. If there's property damage or injuries, the police need to be called to the scene. They will take a statement for a police report. You should be given the names and badge number of the attending officers.

If your accident is minor or you're still at the scene and able to do so, ask for the other drivers' names, addresses, driver's license numbers, insurance information and other information about the scene. By taking this information, you'll be better able to get into contact when you need to do so.

After you go through these steps, it's important to look into your legal options. You may need to seek a civil lawsuit against the person responsible for your injuries.

Source: FindLaw, "After a Car Accident: First Steps" Oct. 09, 2014

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