Colorado Car and Truck Accident Claims
Automobile accidents are one of the most common types of personal injury claims. On average, 3 million people are injured each year in automobile accidents at a cost of over 230 billion dollars. Below is a list of reasons most motor vehicle accidents happen:
- Drinking and Driving
Initially an auto accident can sometimes seem to cause only minor injuries. Symptoms often do not appear until weeks or months afterward. Injuries that at first seemed minor can become progressively more serious over time causing lifelong pain and disability. Some of the most common types of injuries related to a motor vehicle accident are:
- Head Trauma
- Emotional Trauma
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Broken Bones
Immediately after being injured in an auto accident, you are thrown into an adversarial legal system that is complex and confusing. While you are still receiving initial treatment for your injuries in a hospital emergency room, the parties at fault have already notified their insurance company of the truck or car accident. It’s critical to make accurate determinations on these personal injury issues as soon as possible in order to get full compensation from your motor vehicle accident.
- Exchange Information (license plate, insurance, driver’s license)
- Do not give a statement to anyone
- Do not let police or insurance adjuster say you are partially at fault
- Take pictures/video of the accident.
- Write down your version of the accident for future reference
- Contact you insurance agent
- Contact attorney
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration millions of car accidents occur every year. Alcohol related accidents: Alcohol is also a frequent contributing cause in automobile collisions and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has estimated that a large percentage of automobile crashes are associated with the use of alcohol. Speed: Also accountable for many serious personal injuries in the state of Colorado are automobile accidents involving motorcycles. The Colorado Department of Public Safety indicates that the most frequent causes of automobile crashes are driver inattention or distraction, failure to yield the right of way, traveling at an unsafe rate of speed and following too closely. In car accidents that result in a death, the single most frequently cited cause was speed.
Negligence: Generally, people who operate automobiles must exercise “reasonable care under the circumstances.” A failure to use reasonable care is considered negligence. A person who negligently operates a vehicle may be required to pay for harm to a person or property, caused by his or her negligence. The injured party, known as the plaintiff, is required to prove that the defendant was negligent, that the negligence caused the accident, and that the accident caused the plaintiff’s injuries. If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident, do not hesitate to seek legal counsel from a personal injury attorney experienced in automobile accident cases in order to best protect your interests. Having a Colorado personal injury lawyer that understands the ways in which these injuries heal and the kinds of long-term disabilities they typically inflict is essential to ensure that you obtain all the damages you are entitled to receive. For more information regarding Personal Injury claims fill out one of our contact forms or visit our home page here