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Automobile Accidents

If you are involved in a car accident and you have suffered an injury, then you need an attorney. Even if you believe the car accident or your injuries to be minor, you need to take the right steps to protect yourself. 

Common Causes of Automobile Accidents

It is estimated that over 35,000 people are killed in car accidents in the U.S. every year. Here are a few causes of auto collisions:

 

  • Drunk Driving: Roughly 30 people in the United States die in drunk-driving collisions each day and even more are injured. Alcohol can reduce many functions of the brain, impairing thinking, reasoning. At a Blood Alcohol Consumption of .08 grams of alcohol per deciliter of blood, crash risk increases drastically. Still, even a small amount of alcohol can affect driving ability.

  • Distracted Driving: When a driver becomes distracted and takes their eyes off the road to focus on other activities a car accident is more likely to occur. Cell phone use, including texting and driving, is the most common and hot button issue regarding the causes of car accidents. 

  • Careless Driving/Speeding: Going too fast for conditions and following too closely are common causes of car accidents. Driving carelessly and without leaving enough time to react to traffic conditions is a major contributor in causing car accidents.

Here are 4 things to do after a car accident: 

 

  1. Call the police and get a report made. This is important because the police will obtain driver statements, take photographs, talk to witnesses and ultimately decide as to who is at fault for causing the car accident. It’s the first step in making a strong case and evidencing your claim.

    • HOWEVER, during winter the police are often on emergency alert if there is severe weather or snow/ice on the roads. This means the police WILL NOT come to the scene of your car accident unless there is a significant medical emergency. If this happens in your car accident, make sure to take photographs at the scene and, if the other driver is admitting fault, get them to write a statement. Once you’re able to, file a police report online to document your car accident.

  2. ​​Seek medical treatment. If you’ve suffered personal injuries as a result of your car accident, you should get medical care immediately. Even if you think that your injuries are minor and “you’ll be okay,” you should always be evaluated by a medical professional. Oftentimes, you may not feel pain or discomfort immediately following a car accident – don’t wait, hoping your injuries will get better on their own. If you need help navigating how to pay for medical care or using your own insurance, call The Longo Firm with any questions; we’re here to help.

  3. Notify your insurance company. Make sure to notify your insurance company of the car accident. In Colorado, you may have benefits that will help you and your case even if it was the other driver’s fault.

  4. Call The Longo Firm. Don’t go it alone. Personal injury cases and insurance claims are complex. Insurance companies will try to take advantage of you and “low-ball” your injuries – it’s what they’re trained to do. Even if you’re unsure if you have a case, contact The Longo Firm before making any decisions or signing anything with the insurance company.

Common Injuries

 

​There are a variety of different types of car accidents and each one of those can produce different types of injuries. However, some of the most common injuries in car accidents are:

  • Spinal injuries;

  • Slipped or herniated discs;

  • Concussions and head injuries; and

  • Muscle + Ligamental sprains/strains.

The Longo Firm is Here to Help You

 

As a modern + boutique personal injury law firm, The Longo Firm emphasizes personal relationships to best understand how our clients have been affected - physically, emotionally, and financially - because of someone else's wrongdoing. We promise you will receive personalized, tailored and elite personal injury presentation. 

 

Fees are only collected when we win or settle your case, and our fees don’t increase if a lawsuit is filed on your case.

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