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Common Causes of Car Accidents
We help clients who have sustained injuries from many type of crashes or
collisions. Some of the most common causes of car accidents include:
- Drunk driving,
- Distracted driving,
- Reckless driving
- Failure to yield
- Illegal turns, and
- Illegal lane departures.
As common as these types of collisions are, accident risks increase as
a result of the following factors:
- Roadway obstructions,
- Poorly maintained roads,
- Road construction,
- Inadequate signage or traffic control,
- Debris in the roadway, and
- Obstructed views.
Finally, many Denver accident victims sustain injuries from collisions
with semi-trucks, buses, and other types of commercial transportation vehicles.
No matter what the cause of your accident may have been, you deserve justice
and fair compensation. Our legal team will investigate the circumstances
of your accident to identify all parties that caused or contributed to
your damages. We will build a persuasive case and fight to recover the
compensation you deserve.
Common Car Accident Injuries
Any accident can result in physical injuries and emotional trauma.
Some of the most common types of motor vehicle injuries we see in the Denver
- Cuts and lacerations,
- Bone fractures,
- Soft tissue injuries,
- Facial injuries,
- Neck and back injuries,
- Concussions, and
- Internal injuries.
Although the above injuries and similar types are serious and may require
extensive treatment, you have a chance of making a full recovery with
the right resources. The at-fault party must be held accountable for your
damages, including your medical expenses.
Some accident victims suffer
catastrophic injuries as a result of a car crash. A catastrophic injury is typically either
life-threatening or life-changing—potentially both.
Some examples of catastrophic car accident injuries include:
If your collision was caused another’s negligence, you have the right
to pursue compensation no matter what type of injuries you sustained.
Denver Trial Lawyers ® will fight to obtain justice for you, holding
the at-fault party responsible for any damages you suffered.
What to Do after a Crash in Denver Colorado
Following a collision in Colorado, it is crucial that you take the proper
steps to protect your rights. Insurance companies are notoriously aggressive
in defending car accident claims in Colorado. Some plaintiffs make mistakes
early on in the process that cause problems down the road and that damage
their ability to bring a strong legal case. Important steps to take after
a car crash include:
1. Get Medical Help
Emergency medical needs come first. If you sustained severe injuries, you
need immediate medical attention. Further, seemingly mild or moderate
injuries should also always be examined by a qualified professional. You
will not be able to bring a car accident injury claim in Colorado unless
your injuries and medical expenses are documented.
2. Report the Crash
Under Colorado law, motor vehicle accidents must be reported to law enforcement
if there was either $1,000 in property damage
or there was an injury. If you were hurt due to the negligence of another
motorist, it is imperative that you report your accident. The responding
officer should write an official crash report.
3. Obtain Evidence
Strong supporting evidence will help you bring a strong legal claim. You
should attempt to secure as much evidence as you can. This includes taking
pictures of the wreck and getting contact details for witnesses. If you
have any questions or concerns about evidence, an experienced Colorado
personal injury lawyer can help.
4. Call a Skilled Lawyer
Injured victims do not have to go up against the big insurance companies
on their own. To protect your rights, it is highly recommended that you
work with the insurance company alongside a top-rated legal expert.
We will handle all aspects of your claim, including discussions with insurance
adjusters. Call us today to schedule a free consultation.
Injured in a car accident? We can provide the legal representation you
need. Schedule your free case evaluation by calling Denver Trial Lawyers
today at (303) 647-9990!
Colorado Car Accident Reporting Requirements
Our state statutes require you to report car accidents to the proper authorities
if the crash caused any amount of property damage. You must also submit
a report if it resulted in any injury or death to any involved person.
Under Colorado law, you must contact the local police or sheriff’s
department to report an accident even if you believe the resulting damage
was minimal. This statute refers to damage to any property, including
your own vehicle.
Do I Need a Police Report?
If you were involved in a Colorado car accident, you need to get a copy
of the police report.
The police report details the facts about the collision and helps to establish
fault. Your legal team will use the report to document your case and build
your claim for damages.
Reviewing the report also lets you determine whether the information it
contains is accurate.
The process for obtaining a crash report depends on where the incident
took place. The process for obtaining a
Loveland report, for example, is different than the procedure necessary for
getting a copy of a Denver police report.
We can help you retrieve a copy of your report.
Who Can Be Held Liable?
A number of different parties can potentially be held liable for an accident.
Our experienced legal team in Denver, Colorado can identify all possible
sources of compensation.
In an auto collision, the following parties may be liable:
- Other drivers on the road
- Commercial trucking company
- Vehicle manufacturer or product manufacturers
- Governmental unit or entities involved with road design or road maintenance
Determining Liability after an Auto Accident
Colorado is a fault-based state. To hold another party legally liable for
your injuries, you must prove that your accident occurred because of their
careless or reckless conduct. Injured victims need an expert who understands
how to prove liability.
At our law firm, we will do whatever it takes to win your case—whether
by a successful settlement or victory in court. We have a combined 175
years of experience as personal injury attorneys and make our substantial
resources available in every lawsuit.
We have relationships with medical illustrators, nurse practitioners, consulting
physicians and technology associates to clearly present every case—what
happened; how it happened; what injuries were caused; and how your life
has been changed.
Comparative Fault Laws in Colorado
Colorado adheres to comparative fault or comparative negligence laws.
This allows victims to recover damages from an at-fault party. However,
if the victim was partially at fault for the accident, the victim’s
recovery must be reduced accordingly. If the victim is determined to have
been 50% responsible or more, he or she has no legal standing to recover
This law makes Colorado a modified comparative negligence state.
Compensation Available to Injured Victims
Dealing with the aftermath of a major collision can be deeply challenging.
You may have medical bills piling up and you may have been forced to miss
time at work. Under Colorado law, injured victims have a right to seek
financial relief for their economic and noneconomic losses.
Sadly, the big insurance companies that handle these claims are not interested
in offering claimants the fair compensation that they need to move forward
with their life. At Denver Trial Lawyers ®, our Colorado car accident
attorneys know how to hold defendants and insurers accountable.
We will maximize your settlement or personal injury verdict and make sure
your medical expenses are paid for.
You may be able to recover money damages for the following:
- Emergency medical costs;
- Other medical bills;
- Rehabilitative treatment;
- Lost wages and diminished earning potential;
- Pain and suffering;
- Emotional distress;
- Long-term disability;
- Permanent physical impairments; and
- Wrongful death of a family member.
Colorado Auto Accident and Insurance Laws
You can find the majority of Colorado’s car accident laws in Title
42, Article 4 of the
Colorado Revised Statutes.
Understanding our state’s laws is important because they will affect
you if you have an accident. These statutes can also affect your ability
to recover damages and the potential value of your settlement.
Car Insurance Requirements
Per state law, these are the
Colorado mandatory insurance requirements:
- $25,000 bodily injury or death to any single person in an accident,
- $50,000 bodily injury or death to all persons involved in a collision, and
- $15,000 property damage for any single accident.
It is important to note that the mandatory insurance requirements cover
the driver’s liability only. If you are at fault in a crash, liability
insurance does not provide any coverage for your injuries or any damage
to your vehicle.
The statutes also outline the
Colorado optional insurance coverages:
- Uninsured motorist or underinsured motorist (UM/UIM)
- Comprehensive (comp) and collision, and
- Medical payments (med pay).
Although the statutes list these coverages as optional, they can provide
critical financial relief if you are involved in a single-car accident
or a collision with an uninsured driver. In such a scenario, you may have
to pursue a claim with your own insurance company to recover damages.
Colorado Statutes of Limitation
Colorado law (Colo. Rev. Stat. § 13-80-101), plaintiffs have three years to bring
most motor vehicle injury claims. This is in contrast to most other personal
injury cases in Colorado, which are subject to a two-year statute of limitations.
If you do not bring your claim before the deadline runs out, then your
case will likely be dismissed. To protect your rights, please reach out
to our law firm as soon as possible after your crash.
Schedule your free case consultation today.
How to File a Denver Car Accident Lawsuit
If you were injured in an accident, you must act quickly to protect your
legal rights to pursue compensation.
In most cases, you don’t have to file a lawsuit immediately. Attorneys
typically start by filing a claim with the at-fault party’s insurance
company. After investigating the collision and documenting your case,
your attorney will submit a demand to the insurer. At that point, your
lawyer will negotiate with the insurance company to obtain a fair settlement offer.
In many cases, however, the insurance company may not make a satisfactory
offer. If this occurs, your lawyer will advise you about moving forward
with a civil lawsuit.
At our law firm, we won’t hesitate to move forward with a lawsuit
if necessary. Our
Denver personal injury lawyers have extensive litigation experience. We don’t believe you should
have to settle for less than you deserve for your injuries and other damages.
If it means fighting the insurance company in court, then we will do exactly that.
Why Choose Us?
The personal injury claims process is complicated. You need a skilled auto
accident attorney in Denver, CO who is prepared to give your case the
full attention that is deserved. If you are looking for a law firm with
the experience to challenge and defeat large insurance companies and corporations—our firm is for you.
At Denver Trial Lawyers ®, we understand that filing a legal claim—even
if it is a righteous claim—can be intimidating. Don’t let
fears about the insurance industry or the legal system stop you from obtaining
fair compensation for your injuries.
- Offer a free, comprehensive initial consultation;
- Answer important questions about your case;
- Investigate the car accident;
- Carefully assemble all relevant evidence;
- Put forward the resources needed to build a strong claim;
- Work directly with relevant experts;
- Handle negotiations with the insurance company; and
- Take your car accident injury claim to court.
In many cases, car accident claims are settled outside of litigation. We
will work tirelessly to get you and your family a full settlement offer.
At the same time, our firm is made up of a team of trial-tested Denver
personal injury lawyers. If the defendant or their insurance company will
not offer a full and fair settlement, we are always able to file a lawsuit.