No matter how safely you are driving, you are at risk of getting into a car accident because you cannot always account for reckless drivers, defective car parts, or hazardous road conditions. A car accident can be costly, requiring expensive repairs, medical treatment, and even time off of work. When someone else is responsible for the accident, they should be held accountable for the damages.
Most drivers who are involved in a car accident just leave everything up to the insurance company and take the first offer they get. However, the insurance company may only be offering to cover a small portion of your losses. Before accepting the insurance company's settlement offer and giving up your rights, talk to an experienced Colorado injury attorney. At Mandelaris Law, LLC, we fight for driver's rights to get the maximum compensation after an accident.
Automobile Accidents in Colorado
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 36,560 people were killed in traffic accidents in 2018. In Colorado alone, there were 632 traffic fatalities and thousands more non-fatal injury accidents. The number of fatal and injury accidents in Colorado is up significantly over the past 10 years, with an increase in population and more cars on the road.
Causes of Colorado Car Accidents
A car accident can be caused by any number of reasons and may involve multiple causes. According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, some common causes of car accidents in Colorado include:
- Distracted driving
- Falling asleep at the wheel
- Driver fatigue
- Medical emergency or illness
- Driver inexperience
- Aggressive driving
- Driving in an unfamiliar area
- Emotionally upset driver
- Evading law enforcement
- DUI or drug DUI
- Distracted by passengers
- Texting and driving
- Running a traffic signal
- Hazardous weather conditions
- Uneven road surfaces
- Vehicle defect
- Lane violation
- Failure to yield right of way
- Road debris
When another driver, truck, motorcycle, or SUV causes the accident, the other driver may be liable for damages. If the other driver violated a traffic law which caused the accident, the other driver may have negligently caused the accident. However, the other driver may not admit to doing anything wrong. Your Denver car accident lawyer will be able to investigate the accident and build a case to hold the other driver accountable for your injuries.
Automobile Accident Injuries
Even a minor car accident can lead to injuries. Injuries in a fender bender or low-speed collision may not be obvious at the time. Some injuries, including head, neck, and back injuries, can take hours or days to develop. After an accident, you should seek medical attention if there is any chance of an injury.
Auto accident injuries may depend on a number of factors, including vehicle speed, type of collision, safety features of the car, and how long it takes to get emergency treatment. Common automobile accident injuries may include:
- Broken bones
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Neck injury
- Spinal injury
- Loss of a limb
- Internal injuries
- Burn injuries
- Facial trauma
- Eye injury
Damages in a Car Accident Lawsuit
A car accident can be costly and it is up to the negligent parties to pay for the damages. In a personal injury lawsuit, the accident victim can see economic and non-economic damages for their losses. Damage in a car accident can include:
- Medical costs,
- Future medical treatment costs,
- Loss of income,
- Loss of earning capacity,
- Vehicle damages,
- Pain and suffering, and
- Loss of consortium.
Time Limit to File a Car Accident Lawsuit
There is a limited amount of time to file a personal injury lawsuit after a car accident. Under Colorado Revised Statutes, C.R.S§ 13-80-101, “all tort actions for bodily injury or property damage arising out of the use or operation of a motor vehicle,” shall be commenced within 3 years after the accident. If the injury victim files a lawsuit even one day late, they may lose their chance to recover damages. When a "public entity" or governmental actor is involved, there are additional time limits and a Governmental Immunity Notice is required under Colorado Revised Statutes, C.R.S. § 24-10-109.
Contact your Denver auto accident attorney as soon as possible after an accident to make sure your claim is filed in time.
Contact Denver Car Accident Lawyer
After a car accident, the other driver's insurance company may try and get you to say something to hurt your case. Let your experienced Colorado car accident lawyer deal with the insurance company so you don't have to. Call Mandelaris Law at (303) 357-9757 today and schedule a free initial consultation with our highly skilled Denver attorney.