Denver car accident lawyer
Serving Denver & All of Colorado
You may be feeling inundated if you have been injured in a car accident in Colorado.
Faced with auto repairs, bills and lost income as result of the unfortunate accident can be confusion and angering. Additionally, your mental and physical health recovery will take time.
Typically, car accident injury victims feel anxious thinking about who is at fault for their car accident. Suffering from mental, physical and emotional trauma can impede your ability to seek compensation and justice from the negligent driver.
Thinking about the legal challenges from your accident can be overwhelming and Bell & Pollock Law Firm understands this. Our legal team is here to help you navigate the legal process. We will help you from start to finish. You can be confident that our team will get you the best result for your accident case.
Denver & Colorado Auto Accident Statistics
Colorado car accident statistics reveal how often collisions happen in the state – and what the most common causes (and impacts) of these crashes are.
According to the latest data from authorities at the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT):
- 632 people were killed in deadly car crashes in 2018.
- 209 fatalities caused by impaired drivers in 2018
- Since 2014, deadly car accidents in Colorado have surged more than 20 percent.
- About 33 percent of all fatal car crashes in Colorado involve at least one drunk driver.
- Drivers’ mistakes and/or reckless actions are the number one cause of car accidents (both in Colorado and across the nation).
- Distracted driving, speeding and impaired driving are the top three motorist errors that cause auto collisions in Colorado.
- Driver inexperience contributes to about 1 in every 5 car crashes in Colorado.
For more findings about the rates, causes and outcomes of car accidents in Colorado, check out more statistics here.
These grim facts about Colorado car crashes are distressing (especially considering many motorist mistakes are completely preventable).
Common Car Accident Causes
Driving Under the influence
When drivers are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs (including legal drugs), their perception, judgment and reaction times can all be impaired. In fact, drunk drivers alone hurt someone in a car accident in the U.S. about every 90 seconds. Every day, drunk drivers kill about 28 people in fatal auto collisions.
On the rise in the U.S., distracted driving is another form of driver negligence that can be as deadly and dangerous as drunk driving. This is because, when drivers are distracted, their perception, judgment and response times can be impaired in the same ways as for drunk drivers. What may be more distressing is the fact that distracted driving in the form of texting while driving has been increasing over recent years (in contrast, drunk driving has been on decline largely due to enhanced enforcement, education and penalties).
Speeding and reckless driving
This form of driver negligence can occur as speeding, tailgating, cutting other motorists off, etc. Often associated with violating traffic laws, aggressive driving contributes to nearly 1 in every 3 auto collisions in the U.S., and it often occurs alongside other forms of driver negligence, such as drunk driving.
When motorists fail to be diligent about following traffic laws, paying attention to the road and doing their part to promote roadway safety, such carelessness can lead to car accidents. While driver fatigue can trigger careless driving, so too can driver intoxication or distraction.
Faulty vehicle equipment
When essential vehicle equipment has been poorly designed, improperly installed or negligently maintained, it is far more likely to malfunction. This can lead to serious auto collisions when these malfunctions affect vital vehicle systems, such as the brakes, the ignition system, tires, etc.
Poor roadway conditions
When roads have been poorly designed or constructed, auto accidents can happen. For example, a lack of guardrails, warning signs or even traffic lights can result in poor roadway conditions and devastating auto collisions. Similarly, if roads are not properly maintained (resulting in potholes, objects in the road, etc.), car accidents are also far more likely to occur.
Additional factors that can cause car accidents can include poor weather conditions, transportation companies’ negligence or even unsafe vehicle designs.
Accident Claims FAQs
How long after my accident do I have to file a lawsuit?
Per Colorado law, you will have 180 days to file any claims about injuries sustained in your car accident.
What damages can I recover?
The damages recovered in a car accident case are Compensatory Damages. Compensatory Damages are to compensate you for whatever losses you sustained in the car accident.
Compensatory Damages can include:
- Lost Income
- Pain and Suffering
- Vehicle Damage
- Past and Future Medical Treatment
- Future Lost Earnings
If the car accident was caused by reckless behavior or willful and malicious conduct, then you may be entitled to Punitive Damages as well.
What is negligence in a car accident case?
Some car accidents are genuine accidents, but most have some form of negligence involved. We all have a responsibility to follow the rules of the road and drive safely. If a driver neglects the obligation to follow these rules, then it is likely a car accident will occur.
For most car accidents, the argument will revolve around the cause of the accident or who is at fault.
To prove negligence, evidence must prove that one of the drivers breached their duty of care.
What types of compensation can I recover?
Colorado has limitations and caps on amounts you can recover from your auto accident.
Pain and suffering, physical impairment, loss of enjoyment of life, and other losses like these are classified as Non-Economic Damages. The compensation for these damages is capped at $250,000 (plus inflation).
If someone died as a result of the accident, the compensation for Wrongful Death is capped at the same amount as Non-Economic Damages.
When should I hire an attorney?
If you have sustained any injuries as the result of a car accident, you should speak with an attorney as soon as possible.
How Much does it cost to hire an attorney?
Some law firms will charge you by the hour or even require you to pay a substantial retainer up front to secure their representation. At Bell & Pollock, that is not how we operate.
We work on a contingency fee basis, meaning you do not need to pay by the hour, nor do you need to pay for the cost of our services up front.
Instead, we don’t take a single dime unless we recover monetary compensation for you.
If your case does not result in financial compensation, you are not responsible for any charges or fees whatsoever.
Does my attorney deal with the insurance companies?
When you have been in a car accident, the last thing you want to do is be stuck on the phone with the insurance adjuster for hours on end. Insurance claims employees know how to work this situation to their advantage, so you must tread carefully.
To avoid the mistake of saying anything that could hurt your claim, you should have your attorney help you file your claim and ask them to keep in contact with the insurance companies on your behalf.
How will I pay my medical bills if I can’t work after a car accident?
There are a variety of injuries that can result from a car accident, and you should immediately seek medical attention for them.
Medical treatment is expensive, and the bills will begin to pile up. If you have health insurance, this should help with a part of your medical bills,
Try to negotiate with the hospital and ask to lower your payment. Explain your situation and that you are waiting on a settlement from your car accident. Many doctors and hospitals will be willing to work with you if they know your situation.
What if I was partially at fault? Am I eligible for compensation?
In Colorado, if you are in any way at fault in a car accident, you cannot receive 100% compensation for damages incurred. Yet, this does not mean that you are not entitled to any compensation at all.
The Modified Comparative Fault rule that Colorado abides by allows the court to determine your percentage of fault in the car accident and then reduce the total amount of recoverable damages you would be entitled to by that percentage.
If the court finds that you are more than 50% at fault for the accident, you might not receive any compensation.
I was hit by an uninsured driver. Can I still file a claim?
Car insurance policies sold in the state of Colorado provide coverage for uninsured and underinsured drivers.
If you are in a car accident and the other driver does not have insurance or does not have enough insurance, the uninsured or underinsured coverage on your car insurance policy will pay for damages.
Collecting benefits from these policies is not an easy task. To see if you should file a claim, contact one of our attorneys today.
I wasn’t wearing a seatbelt. Can I still file for damages?
Colorado law requires that all drivers and front seat passengers in a car must be wearing a seatbelt while moving.
If you are in a car accident and sustain injuries, but you were not wearing a seatbelt, you cannot file for all damages.
Because you breached your duty of care, you are not entitled to damages for pain and suffering.
That said, you can still file for other damages, such as, emotional distress, loss of earnings, medical expenses, and impairment of quality of life. You should speak with an attorney who can guide you to your best options.
I have been offered a settlement for my accident. Should I accept the offer?
No. The goal of many insurance companies it to get away with paying you far less than you are entitled to for the injuries sustained in your car accident.
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I am happy with the personal attention that I received from Bell & Pollock on my automobile accident case. Bell & Pollock successfully negotiated a settlement with the at fault party’s insurance carrier. Bell & Pollock made the entire process less stressful for me.
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I sustained serious injuries after a collision with a hit and run driver. Bell & Pollock represented me in my lawsuit against the at-fault driver, and helped settle my underinsured motorist case with my automobile insurer. I am very happy with the representation that I received from Bell & Pollock.
Verdicts & Settlements
Injured by a drunk driver causing quadriplegia
Neck injury and traumatic brain injury
Roll-over accident with neck and knee injuries.
Injuries caused by drunk driver.
No-Fault Auto Collision Insurance
Colorado has been a “no-fault” auto insurance state since 2003 (when the Colorado Accident Reparations Act was rescinded). Consequently, car accident victims are legally required to establish that they did not cause a collision in order to be eligible for compensation (for their crash-related losses).
Just because victims (and/or other involved motorists or parties) have insurance coverage, however, does NOT mean that:
- The claims process will be smooth, easy or straightforward.
- Victims can count on getting the full amount of compensation they deserve.
- Insurance companies will honor policies, ethically handle claims or inform victims of their rights or options.
In other words, auto accident victims should not trust insurance companies to be looking out for them when it’s time to pursue a claim. Instead, it’s strongly recommended that victims take action to protect their rights and interests – as well as the value of their claim – by retaining an experienced lawyer at Bell & Pollock, P.C.
How We Build Victims the Strongest Cases:
Providing unparalleled representation and compassionate support, our lawyers always tailor their service to meet the unique needs and circumstances of car accident victims.
For any case we take on, however, our clients can count on us to what’s necessary to build them the strongest possible claim (and to set them up for the best possible outcome).
To this end, our lawyers will:
- Carefully investigate the cause(s) of a crash to determine every liable party (and all options for recovery)
- Gather all available evidence, including crash photos, surveillance footage, police reports, witness accounts, etc.
- Find and work with expert witnesses (like tire tread analysts, medical professionals and accident reconstructionists) to strengthen our clients’ claims
- Stand up to insurance companies to make sure they don’t try to compromise or undercut our clients’ rights
- Aggressively pursue all available legal remedies to help our clients maximize their recoveries.
Call a trusted attorney at Bell & Pollock, P.C. at (303) 795-5900 to get on the road to recovery now. You can also email our firm via the contact firm on this page.
As proud champions of the people, our lawyers are ready to answer your questions, explain the law and your rights, and help you take whatever steps necessary to recover the compensation you’re entitled to. With us in your corner, you can be confident that you have the legal support and representation necessary to successfully resolve your claim.
Don’t delay your recovery for a second longer – and don’t be misguided into thinking that you have to go through the process alone. Our attorneys are here, ready to help – and you won’t have to pay us anything until (or unless) there is a recovery in your case.