After an auto accident with injuries, you need an experienced car accident lawyer to help guide you through the process. We are a Denver, Colorado-based auto accident injury law firm committed to getting the absolute best results for our clients.
Our team of experienced Colorado car accident attorneys never compromises on providing high-quality legal representation. Our goal as personal injury lawyers is to be relentless in the pursuit of justice for our clients while maintaining the professionalism our firm is known for.
If you were recently injured in an accident by no fault of your own, you can trust that our Denver car accident lawyers will aim for excellence in everything that we hope to accomplish for your Colorado car accident case.
Denver Car Accident Lawyer Table of Contents:
Situations That Qualify for a Motor Vehicle Accident Injury Case
Types of Negligent Car Accidents That Require Legal Representation
Common Injuries Suffered After Car Accidents
Physical Warning Signs - You May Be Injured After an Auto Accident
Who Is Liable For Car Crash-Related Injuries And Damages?
Statutes of Limitations and Other Considerations
Steps to Take After Being Injured in a Car Accident
Denver Car Accident Injury Case Frequently Asked Questions
Get the Financial Compensation You Deserve After a Car Accident in Colorado
How Can An Experienced Denver Car Accident Lawyer Help You?
Why Hire Anderson Hemmat As Your Denver Car Accident Attorney
A car accident injury is any type of physical harm or damage sustained by an individual as the result of being involved in an automobile crash. The severity of these injuries depends on various factors such as the speed at which both vehicles were traveling at the time of impact, whether seatbelts were worn, etc.
Motor vehicle accidents that result in serious injuries due to the negligence of another driver can qualify as a car accident case, as these crashes can have devastating and long-lasting effects on the lives of those involved, including physical trauma, emotional distress, and financial strain from medical bills.
Three questions you should ask yourself to see if your car accident qualifies for an injury case:
Was there a citation issued on the police report, and if so, who was cited? If you were cited, you may not have a car accident claim.
If not cited, were you injured? If you weren't injured you are probably facing a property damage-only case. Therefore, this case would not qualify as an injury case.
Okay, you weren't cited and have injuries from the accident. Now we have to talk insurance. Does the negligent party who hit you have state-required liability insurance? If so, your case qualifies. If not; do you carry uninsured or under-insured coverage through your own insurance company? If you do, your case qualifies.
There are many examples of how a negligent driver could crash into and injure someone. Below are some of the most common types of car accidents we see come through our Denver car accident injury law firm.
One of the most common forms of negligent driving is distracted driving, where a driver is not paying attention to the road due to activities like texting, talking on their phone, eating, or other distracted driving issues like emotional driving. Distracted drivers are more likely to miss important warning signs and signals, leading to serious or fatal injuries.
Reckless driving, or driving too fast for the conditions. When a driver is speeding, they may have less control over their vehicle and less time to react to other drivers or potential hazards on the road.
DUI drivers' can cause horrible car crashes that would require you to file a lawsuit. A driver may be under the influence of alcohol or drugs, which can impair their judgment, reflexes, and response time on the road. Drunk driving is unfortunately common in Denver.
Inattentive driving is when another driver runs a red light or stop sign, resulting in a t-bone, or head-on collision. In these types of accidents, the at-fault driver has failed to obey traffic laws and typically goes through the intersection without properly stopping or yielding. Rear-end auto accidents also happen due to not paying attention while driving. Inattentive drivers could also fail to check their side mirrors and side-swipe someone or run them off the road.
The consequences of a Colorado car accident depend on the severity of the individual's injuries and the amount of property damage incurred during the crash.
Physical injuries are usually the most severe consequence for individuals involved in auto accidents, but there are other types of damages accident victims may suffer as well including financial losses due to medical expenses or lost wages resulting from missed work days.
Car accident victims can have injuries that range from minor to life-threatening, and they can have a lasting impact on the victim's life. Unfortunately, traffic deaths are also on the rise in Denver, Colorado.
The most common car accident injuries include:
After a car accident, it is important to be aware of physical warning signs that may indicate you are injured. Even if you feel fine after the incident, there could still be hidden injuries or internal damage. It is best to stay alert and watch out for any potential symptoms so that you can get medical attention as soon as possible.
One of the most common physical warning signs of injury after a car accident is a pain in the neck and shoulders known as whiplash. This type of injury occurs when your head moves too quickly from side to side due to an impact, causing muscles and ligaments in your neck and upper back to strain or tear. Symptoms can include stiffness in the neck area, headaches, dizziness, blurred vision, or difficulty concentrating.
Another potential sign that you may have been injured during a car accident is soreness throughout your body caused by soft tissue damage such as bruising or swelling on various parts like arms, legs hips, etc.
Anyone who's been in a small property damage-only accident knows how hard it is dealing with the other driver's insurance company. Generally speaking, at-fault drivers involved in a car accident are liable for any damages or injuries they cause while operating their vehicles.
However, vehicle manufacturers or mechanics may also be held liable if defective auto parts contribute to an accident or if maintenance issues lead directly to an incident occurring. In some cases, the insurance company may also be held responsible for paying out certain claims depending on what type of coverage was purchased before the incident took place.
So this means if you've purchased uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage through your insurance company; they would have to pay you if the other driver's insurance wasn't sufficient to cover your damages or if the at-fault driver had no insurance at all. Colorado law requires your insurance company to offer you uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage when choosing and purchasing your policy.
Liability for a car accident depends on several factors such as the fault of the driver, negligence of any other parties involved, and insurance coverage of each party. In Denver, Colorado law requires drivers to carry at least $25,000 in liability insurance per person up to $50,000 total per incident with property damage covered up to $15,000 per incident. This means that if someone else causes the accident they must have enough insurance coverage to cover those medical expenses as well as property repairs resulting from the crash.
If there isn’t enough coverage available then other resources may need to be explored such as legal action against the at-fault driver’s assets or by filing an insurance claim with your own uninsured or underinsured motorist policy if applicable.
In some cases however multiple parties could potentially share responsibility for an auto accident injury case depending on what happened during the collision itself as well as before it occurred (such as if faulty brakes/tire issues were present).
An auto collision injury case must be brought within 3 years. There are a few considerations though.
If the accident warrants a wrongful death claim, that claim must be brought within two years. During the first year, the spouse has the exclusive right to file (though the spouse may consent to other heirs bringing the claim during the first year), unless there is no spouse, in which case other heirs may bring the claim. In the second year, any heir may bring a wrongful death lawsuit.
If the person bringing the claim is under 18 years old, they have until their 21st birthday to file the claim.
If you are bringing an uninsured motorist claim, the amount of time you have depends on when you find out the at fault driver is uninsured. No matter what, you have at least three years from the date of the accident. This is the amount of time you will have if you know the at driver is uninsured right away. The timing changes if you file suit against the at fault driver within that three-year period, and then find out that the driver is uninsured. If this occurs, then you have either three years from the date of the accident, or two years from the date that you discovered the driver was uninsured, whichever is later.
If you are bringing an underinsured motorist claim, the amount of time you have depends on when you resolved your claim against the at fault driver. No matter what, here too you have at least three years from the date of the accident. The applicable deadline is either three years from the date of the accident, or two years from the date you received payment from the at fault driver’s insurance, whichever is later.
Accidents, where the at-fault party was doing work for the State of Colorado, need special attention. A special governmental notice must be filed within 180 days of the accident with the correct Colorado official or the claim is over on the 181st day.
If you’ve been injured in a car wreck, it’s important to take the proper steps to protect your rights. Accidents can be traumatic and overwhelming, especially with medical bills piling up. Rest assured, there are certain things you should do after being injured in a car wreck to make sure that all of your needs will be taken care of.
In Denver, Colorado law requires drivers to carry at least $25,000 in liability insurance per person up to $50,000 total per incident with property damage covered up to $15,000 per incident. It is also important for those involved in an accident involving multiple parties or ones caused by defective auto parts or maintenance issues to know their legal rights and how our Denver law firm can help them recover damages from liable parties.
The first step is seeking medical attention as soon as possible after the accident occurs – even if no physical injuries appear immediately following the crash. Many times injury symptoms may not reveal themselves until days or weeks later due to shock or adrenaline masking pain levels initially experienced during the collision itself.
Seeking medical attention ensures any hidden injuries will be identified and treated properly so they don't become more serious health conditions down the road. Additionally having documentation of these medical visits serves as proof when filing insurance claims.
Once your health has been taken care of, document everything related to the accident such as photos of any property damage or injury along with contact information from witnesses who were present at the scene of the crash.
It is also important that you hold off speaking about the details of your case publicly or online until consulting our Denver car accident lawyers first since anything said could potentially harm your ability to build up a strong defense for your case. Also, do not speak with the at-fault driver's insurance company. They will record you and try to get you to say something that will hurt your case.
Yes, you should obtain a police report for every auto accident you're involved in. In some cases, it is illegal in Colorado to go without reporting an auto accident. If injuries were sustained by either party you MUST report the car crash. Calling 911 is the best way to start that process immediately. You can still report the accident even if you decided to not initially report it at the accident scene. Visit The Colorado DMV site to get started reporting your auto accident now. If you would like more information check out this informative article that covers reporting auto accidents in Colorado.
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 a record of the visit and the payment for the visit.
Colorado had no-fault insurance laws until 2003 when they were repealed. Now, Colorado is considered a tort state for auto accidents. This means that the at-fault party's insurance company is responsible for paying the settlement. In a no-fault state, all drivers involved in accidents go to their own insurance company to collect a settlement.
Auto insurance is a requirement for all Colorado drivers, but about 1 out of every 7 drivers still drives without insurance. In Colorado, there are minimum insurance coverage requirements that must be met. For a policy to meet minimum coverage requirements, it must provide at least $25k per person, $50k per accident for bodily injury, and $15k for property damage per accident. Auto insurance companies are also required to offer UM/UIM coverage, although drivers can waive this coverage.
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 costs including medical expenses. This is not always the case. We encourage drivers to consult with a Denver auto accident attorney after a collision for a second opinion on how much their claim is worth. More often than not, the insurance company offers claimants far less than they deserve.
Our firm is contingency fee-based. That means you don’t pay for anything upfront for our services. If we don’t win your case, we don’t get paid. If we win your case our fees range from 30%-40% depending on if your case settles, or goes to trial.
In Colorado, there is a comparative negligence/contributory fault statute. The statute says that you can still recover some compensation even if you were partially at fault. In most cases, you will not be able to recover compensation for car accident claims if you were more than 50 percent at fault. However, if you were 20 percent at fault, you could recover up to 80 percent (the other party's percentage of fault).
The short answer is yes. We have much to say about the subject though so we recommend reading this post about using all different types of health insurance after a car accident.
The faster you speak with an experienced Colorado auto accident attorney the better. Your medical treatment is an important part of the bigger picture and they will coordinate with you regarding treatment and filing a lawsuit.
Being injured in a car accident can be a traumatic experience, and the consequences of an auto crash can be far-reaching. From physical injuries to emotional damages and financial losses, car accident-related injuries can have devastating effects on individuals and their families.
That’s why it’s important to understand your rights after being injured in a car accident that wasn't your fault and to seek professional legal help to get fair compensation for your automobile injury case. At our Denver personal injury law firm, we specialize in helping injured victims of Colorado car accidents get the financial compensation they deserve from insurance companies.
Many times insurance companies don't have the accident victims' best interests in mind. An experienced Denver car accident attorney can help you build a strong case for fair compensation after being injured in a Colorado car accident.
They will review all evidence related to your car accident case including the police report, witness statements, and medical records among other documents that could potentially support your claim for damages or financial losses incurred during the incident itself.
They will also negotiate reasonable settlements with insurance companies on your behalf so that you receive fair compensation for all damages incurred during your automobile accident.
Furthermore, they will file necessary documents with courts across Colorado should you decide to take your case further by filing a lawsuit against either another driver involved in the crash or insurance companies providing coverage for them.
The backbone of our firm’s success comes from the systems we’ve developed over the years to consistently get results for our clients while making the process as painless as possible.
We place a heavy emphasis on client communication. To facilitate excellent communication between everyone we were the first auto accident attorneys in Colorado to develop a custom online client portal.
The online client portal gives you the ability to:
Use sms (text) to communicate messages and photos to your case managers
Send email messages to your case managers
Upload very large files such as videos to your case managers
Quickly obtain all contact information for your case managers
Our firm has hundreds of five-star reviews from satisfied clients throughout Colorado. Our number one concern is always client satisfaction! We develop a relationship with our clients. We strive to ensure our clients understand the process as understanding the process can give you the peace of mind you need to get back to daily life while we handle the legal side of things.
Chad Hemmat makes it his mission to be involved with every single case whether the case is in the pre-litigation process or the case is about to go to trial. He believes that communication and transparency are the two most important values when working with clients. That is why he contacts each client via phone during their case to see how things are going.
We’re very good at what we do so when it comes to taking on new cases...we’re a bit picky. Unlike other firms who will take on any case and end up overloading their staff—we carefully select which cases we take and then service every single one of them with the highest level of care. Our firm specifically takes on cases that we know are worth both your time, and our time. This means being honest with our potential clients during their free consultation.
This helps our potential clients understand:
Specific laws in Colorado about their case
Any negative details surrounding their case that other firms may sugarcoat just to pick up another client
The reality of a jury trial in the 21 century
The likelihood that your case will settle
We do our best in the free consultation stage to make you aware of the entire process. At the end of the day, if your case doesn’t seem like a good fit, we’ll let you know. If this is the case, we will do our best to let you know what your options are, and often we will be able to refer you to another law firm that is better suited to your specific needs.
Our firm spares no expense when it comes to communicating your injuries to opposing parties. Anderson Hemmat invests not only massive amounts of time but also is ready to invest financially in support of our client's cases.
This includes Hollywood-quality 3D animations of your particular situation and injuries. This helps both the insurance company, as well as any potential jury, understand the situation that led up to your injury and the injuries themselves.
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If your case goes to court without settling, our legal team is well-equipped to take your case to trial, advocate on your behalf, and win. Taking a civil injury case to a jury trial is not only difficult and risky but carries a high up-front cost as well.
Because of this many law firms avoid going to trial like the plague. Not us. We have the skills, resources, and experience to win your case at trial even under the toughest circumstances.
At Anderson Hemmat, we believe in the power of empathy. Showing jurors what you have gone through and may have to live with for the rest of your life due to the negligence of another is just one of the powerful tools Anderson Hemmat employs in advocating on your behalf.
If you have been injured by someone else’s negligence, you deserve the right to an auto accident attorney, regardless of your financial status, and you also deserve the right to compensation.
With four office locations in Colorado, we allow our clients to choose the closest office for their convenience. We understand that you’re injured, and life has become difficult. If you can’t make it to one of our four offices, we can come to you.
If we do take your case, our #1 priority besides maximizing your compensation is making you feel comfortable and making sure you are aware of your case status. Between our client portal, the text-to-update feature, and our highly proficient staff, you will always know what’s going on as things develop and you will have multiple ways to communicate your current situation back to us. We are continually working with our clients to improve these processes and how we serve our clients.
Getting fair compensation for an auto accident injury can be difficult and overwhelming, especially if you are navigating the process on your own. With this in mind, it is important to have legal guidance from a trusted Denver car accident lawyer on your side who understands Colorado car accident laws.
Our personal injury attorneys are passionate about helping those whose lives have been changed by a car accident resulting in serious injuries. We will provide assistance and tenacious representation to ensure you get the justice you deserve.
If you or a loved one has been injured in the State of Colorado due to the negligence of someone else, you are entitled to financial compensation. You deserve the most experienced legal team to help you get the most out of an awful situation.
Contact us today to let us help you and your loved ones through this difficult time. When it comes to getting what's rightfully yours, timing is everything! Don't settle for less.
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