The coronavirus pandemic can make it more difficult to handle an auto accident claim. However, it shouldn’t stop you from achieving a physical or financial recovery. Here are some tips to help you navigate this process from start to finish.
Taking Action at the Scene
It’s crucial to take certain steps at the scene of your car, truck, or motorcycle accident. These steps — which include exchanging personal information and filing a police report — will look a bit different than usual because of COVID-19.
Maintain a distance of six feet from others when possible and put on a mask. Consider using your phone to exchange images of drivers’ licenses and insurance cards instead of handling the physical copies.
In some areas, police are not responding to non-injury accidents due to COVID-19 concerns. You may need to file a report online or over the phone. Filing a report will help with the claims process.
Seeking Medical Treatment
Your top priority after a motor vehicle accident is to regain your health. That’s easier said than done during a time when many people don’t feel comfortable seeking medical care. Unfortunately, failing to receive medical attention after an accident can jeopardize your claim and your long-term health.
Know that it’s entirely possible to get the care you need without putting your safety at risk. Doctors are taking precautions to maintain high safety standards during COVID-19.
If you’ve suffered serious injuries, don’t hesitate to visit the emergency room or an urgent care facility. Prompt medical care is required in the case of head trauma, broken bones, and other injuries. For lesser aches and pains, alternative and remote solutions, such as telemedicine appointments, may be available.
Getting Legal Help and Protecting Your Rights
It’s more important than ever to contact a lawyer for help handling an auto accident claim. Insurance companies are exploiting delays in the claims process caused by the pandemic and aggressively minimizing the compensation that they pay out.
The Frickey Law Firm will protect your rights and fight for the full and fair compensation you deserve. Schedule a complimentary consultation at 303-237-7373 to learn what we can do for you during this difficult time. Our personal injury lawyers serve Lakewood, Denver, Boulder, and nearby Colorado areas.