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Many factors can lead to car accidents, ranging from natural causes like inclement weather to engineered causes like poorly designed roads. However, the most common reason is human, such as a driver making a split-second dangerous decision or purposeful reckless or drunk driving. A Colorado Springs car accident lawyer at Levine Law help victims understand Colorado legislation that requires negligent drivers to pay for the victim’s losses.
When a driver ignores driving safety rules or operates a motor vehicle in a careless, negligent or reckless manner, that driver can be held legally responsible if his or her actions cause serious or fatal injuries a car accident. Our attorneys also help accident victims pursue compensation through the legal system. Call us today at 719-471-3000, or contact us online now to schedule your free consultation.
Know the Risks: Common Causes of Traffic Accidents in Colorado
The Colorado Department of Transportation reported that 10,782 people in the state suffered serious injuries in traffic accidents in 2010. During the same year, 448 auto accident fatalities occurred. Many of these accidents, injuries and deaths could have been prevented if drivers were more careful.
Driver-related actions are frequently the cause of traffic accidents. These include:
- Distracted driving
- Drunk driving
- Driver aggression
- Failure to yield
A driver who engages in these or other dangerous behaviors puts the lives of everyone on the road at risk, including pedestrians, motorcycle riders, bicyclists and other drivers. Furthermore, a driver who performs these dangerous behaviors assumes responsibility for any harm he or she may cause.
When the Insurance Company Isn't Providing Enough Compensation
Although Colorado law holds dangerous drivers legally accountable for accidents they cause, the car accident victim must take legal action to force the negligent drivers to pay for their costly negligence. Victims can take legal action by filing a claim that settles with an out-of-court payment, or by proving negligence in a personal injury lawsuit in court.
Because every driver is required to have car insurance, there is a good chance that you will be dealing with an auto insurer in any legal action against a negligent driver. Insurance companies have lawyers on staff who possess a thorough understanding of the law, and will aggressively fight for the company’s interests. Therefore, retaining your own accident lawyer who is knowledgeable about the nuances of Colorado law and experienced in handling car accident cases is important to achieving the best possible outcome.
Negotiating with an insurer and proving your personal injury case in court can be complicated. If you have suffered car crash injuries and want to receive the maximum compensation to which you are entitled, then you should seek help from a Colorado Springs car accident lawyer.
Damages Available to Car Crash Victims
As in other types of personal injury cases, by filing a claim, you may be able to recover certain “compensatory” damages (i.e., damages intended primarily to compensate you for your losses). These may include medical costs, funeral expenses, lost wages, loss of future earnings, property damages, pain and suffering or emotional distress. In addition, in the case of a DUI accident claim, you may be able to recover additional “punitive” damages above and beyond your compensatory damages. Punitive damages are intended to punish the drunk driver for particularly reckless or malicious conduct.
In Colorado, you can recover against any party that bears more responsibility for the accident than you do, but your financial recovery will be reduced in proportion to your contribution of fault. For example, if a jury determines that you are 49% at fault for the accident and your damages are $100,000, you will only be able to recover $51,000. Determining fault is often a subjective calculation. A knowledgeable and experienced Colorado Springs car accident lawyer can help you recover the maximum damages to which you are entitled.
An Experienced Colorado Springs Car Accident Lawyer Can Make All the Difference
At Levine Law, our attorneys have more than 20 years of experience representing auto accident victims in cases against negligent drivers. We are AV-rated attorneys, tough negotiators, recognized Super Lawyers, and skilled litigators. We focus on helping injured victims recover damages they deserve, and we will put our passion, skill and legal knowledge to work on your case.
To learn more about how an accident attorney at our Colorado Springs office can assist you in obtaining compensation for medical costs, lost income, pain and suffering, emotional distress and/or wrongful death damages after you or a loved one is injured in a car wreck, contact us at 719-471-3000 or schedule a free consultation with a top Colorado Springs car accident lawyer today.
FAQs from Our Attorneys
What are some common types of car accident injuries?
Car accidents can result in a wide range of injuries, from superficial bruises and scrapes to complicated and long-lasting brain or spinal cord injuries. Common car accident injuries include: injuries to muscles, ligaments or tendons (including “whiplash,” which involves strained or sprained neck muscles); superficial or severe scrapes and cuts; broken bones; brain and head injuries; pinched nerves or herniated discs; chest injuries; leg and knee injuries; back injuries; internal organ injuries; and psychological injuries such as anxiety or PTSD. It is important to seek medical care immediately following an accident, even if you do not feel seriously injured. Injuries that seem minor may still cause severe complications, and it can take days or even weeks before the full extent of your injuries becomes evident. A medical professional can assess your condition and help to ensure you receive appropriate short- and long-term care.
How long do I have to file a claim in Colorado?
Any claim filed with an insurance company will need to be made “promptly,” typically within a matter of days or a few weeks following the accident. Any formal claim against the driver at fault must be filed within 180 days from the date of the accident, and any personal injury lawsuit must be filed within three years from the date of the accident. If you are filing a claim for wrongful death, your lawsuit must be filed within two years of your loved one’s death (which may be different from the date of the accident). If you fail to meet all applicable filing deadlines, you will not be able to recover for your injuries. Contact a Colorado Springs car accident lawyer as soon as possible following an accident to ensure you will be able to receive the compensation you deserve.
What do I do if the other driver does not have insurance?
If you are injured by a hit-and-run driver or a driver who either has no insurance (uninsured) or has insufficient coverage (underinsured), you may be able to make a claim for your losses against your own insurance company through uninsured motorist coverage. Levine Law’s skilled Colorado Springs car accident lawyers have extensive experience navigating uninsured motorist claims throughout Colorado.
Why should I hire a Colorado Springs car accident lawyer?
Car accident claims can be extremely complicated, and they require negotiating with insurance companies who have experienced legal teams and who do not have your best interests at heart. A knowledgeable car accident attorney will guide you through every step of the process, help ensure that you meet all required deadlines, file accurate and complete paperwork, deal with the insurance company representatives on your behalf, speak for you in court and help ensure you receive the maximum compensation to which you are entitled. Working with a lawyer ensures that you can focus on regaining your health and well being.
Jordan: I'm attorney Jordan Levine. Some say personal injury law is all about money.
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