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Of all the many types of traffic accidents that occur in the Denver area, those involving head-on collisions are often the most damaging to all parties involved. When vehicles collide "head-on" this means that they are traveling toward one another and the front ends collide. Common examples include situations where a driver veers into oncoming traffic or goes the wrong direction on a one-way street. The location of impact is one factor that makes these collisions catastrophic. The occupants of the vehicle are in the front and are therefore more likely to sustain injury in a head-on collision. If the force of impact is great enough, occupants may even suffer "crush injuries" from the vehicle being compressed inward. The other factor that contributes to the serious nature of a head-on car accident is the fact that the force of impact will equal the total of both vehicles' speeds. If one car is traveling 30 miles per hour and the other is traveling 50 miles per hour, the collision will equal the force of one vehicle colliding with a fixed object at 80 miles per hour.
These collisions are very likely to result in injuries, often some of the worst seen in car accident situations. You or a loved one may have suffered lacerations, broken bones, crushed appendages, head trauma, or your loved one may have even died. The medical costs resulting from such an accident as this will accumulate quickly, and then get out of hand even more quickly. Aside from your medical bills, you will need to deal with the insurance companies and property damage too. Handling all of the details can be very difficult if the injuries were severe, because you and the other victims could possibly be confined to a hospital bed and unable to get around to business. If a death was involved, there may be confusion as to exactly how things should be handled overall. The most common result of head-on collisions is that your vehicle will be totaled, and you will have to find a replacement. With all of the confusion going on, it can be difficult to decide what needs to be done first. The most important thing is to take care of the medical concerns for you and your loved ones. Recovery is crucial, and that is why it can be beneficial for you to hire a head-on collision accident attorney.
A Denver personal injury lawyer can help if you were injured or if you lost a loved one in a head-on collision. Our law firm understands the difficult nature of an insurance claim of this kind. We know that dealing with legal issues, law enforcement and the other driver – at a time where you are already emotionally or physically traumatized – can be overwhelming, to say the least. That is why we are here to offer our services in assisting you with your insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit. Our experience in head-on collision cases and car accidents in general can make a significant impact in your ability to recover full financial compensation for your car accident injuries. We will handle your case with compassion, making sure that you understand the process and everything that will be required of you. Our main goal will be to take stress and worry from you, so that you can focus on healing and getting your life back on track. Do not wait to consult with an attorney who can protect your legal rights and your interests. Contact a Denver car accident lawyer today!
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Typically, a personal injury accident case will go to trial when a settlement agreement cannot be reached outside of courts. If the defendant in the personal injury case is refusing to offer a settlement that accurately reflects the extent of damages, then a trial might be the only option to secure maximum financial compensation.
The best way to know whether or not you should accept a personal injury settlement is to consult with an accident lawyer you trust. Insurance companies try to get claimants to settle quickly before they know how much they actually could get for their accident. Consider having your personal injury case evaluated by a Denver accident attorney from our law firm.
Anderson Hemmat operates on a contingency fee basis. This is a "no recovery, no fee" guarantee which basically states that you do not owe us attorney fees until we obtain a verdict or settlement for you. To learn more about payment options, please call our experienced accident attorneys directly.
While it is not mandatory that you have legal representation for a personal injury case, it can be extremely beneficial. Many people are cut short of the financial compensation because they were not aware of how much they actually deserved for their extensive accident.
Many people do not go to the hospital after car accidents either because they think they are not injured or they fear they will have to pay out of pocket for the visit. Truthfully, many car accident injuries can go undetected and may not begin to bother the victim until days or even weeks after the accident. As a precaution, anyone involved in a moderate to serious car accident should go to the hospital for a physical evaluation. Most likely, this visit will be covered by insurance. Just be sure to keep record of the visit and the payment for the visit.
It can be difficult for a driver to know how much they're entitled to after a car accident. Many drivers accept the insurance company's first settlement offer because they trust that it's fair and will be enough to cover all accident-related expenses. This is not always the case. We encourage drivers to consult with a car accident attorney after a collision for a second opinion on how much your claim is worth. More often than not, insurance companies offer claimants far less than they actually deserve.
Colorado has comparative/contributory negligence laws. This means that even drivers who are partially at fault for accidents can recover compensation from insurance. However, this does not apply to drivers who are more than 50 percent at fault for the collision. For example, if the insurance adjusters decided that you were 20 percent at-fault and the other driver was 80 percent at-fault, then you could collect up to 80 percent from the other driver's insurance.
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