If you have been seriously injured in a car accident in Colorado, you may be feeling overwhelmed. At the same time that you are trying to recover your health and return to your normal life, you are also faced with bills, vehicle repairs or replacements, and lots of emotions connected to the accident: from trauma to anger to confusion.
Far too often, car accident injury victims feel too overwhelmed to think about why their accident happened and who was at fault. Even if they do ask those bigger questions, many don’t have the physical, mental, and emotional capacity to seek justice and compensation from at-fault parties.
At Zaner Harden Law, we understand that the whirlwind that happens after an accident and injury can make it difficult to think about legal matters. We want you to know that we are here to take the burden of those responsibilities off of your shoulders. Once on your team, we will handle the process from start to finish, and you can be certain that we secure the best possible results for your case.
Over 600 people died in vehicle accidents in Colorado in 2016–and cyclist and pedestrian deaths were at a 15-year high. The high number of fatal crashes is being blamed on a number of causes, including distracted driving related to mobile devices, driver and passengers without seat belts, and motorcycle riders who aren’t wearing helmets. The growing population of Colorado, along with an increase in aggressive driving and street racing, are also partially to blame.
*Rate expressed per 10 million vehicle miles traveled
Let’s take a closer look at some of the numbers from last year’s fatal motor vehicle accidents in Colorado:
In Colorado, motor vehicle fatalities peak during the summer months – led bySeptember with 75, followed closely by July (74) and June (69).
We have hundreds of road-related laws in place to prevent accidents from taking place, and yet there are still hundreds of thousands of car accidents across the United States each year. While accidents may be caused for any number of reasons, the vast majority of accidents share a few common causes:
Because of the large amounts of force involved in car accidents, injuries can be serious and can cause lifelong disabilities. Even minor injuries may rack up significant hospital bills that the at-fault party should be responsible for. While car accident injuries can take on a wide range of forms, some of the most common car accident injuries include:
It is important to understand that if you can prove that another party was at fault for your injuries, they are responsible to cover your injury-related medical bills. This includes both past bills, which covered the immediate medical help after the crash, as well as future medical bills, which might include corrective surgeries, physical therapy, or ongoing needs for medication.
What Should You Do After A Vehicle Accident?
Car accidents trigger your “fight or flight” response: your body and mind both go into high alert. During this time, it can be difficult to remain calm and complete the tasks that will keep you safe, prevent further injury, and protect your legal rights. After a crash, here’s what you need to do in the minutes, hours, and days that follow.
Never assume fault. It might be polite to say “I’m sorry” after a wreck, but assuming fault could mean losing the compensation that you need and deserve after an accident. In addition, don’t talk to the insurance company or give a recorded statement about the crash before speaking with a lawyer.
Talk to an attorney. Even accidents that seem clear cut might be surprising once the evidence is examined. Speaking with an attorney ensures that you take the correct legal actions after an accident and injury.
You don’t have to be intimately familiar with the law in order to file a car accident lawsuit or personal injury lawsuit–that’s what lawyers are there for. However, knowing a few basic Colorado car accident laws and personal injury laws is helpful in the wake of an accident. Here’s what you need to know:
Even if you are unsure who was at fault for your accident, or even if you aren’t sure if you want to pursue a case, speaking to an attorney gives you the opportunity to tell your story, learn your legal options, and find out what plan of action is best for you and your family.
At Zaner Harden Law, our compassionate, experienced attorneys are here to help you. We take on a limited number of cases so that all of our time and attention is focused on getting you the compensation and justice you deserve. We invite you to request a free, confidential consultation with one of our car accident attorneys–so that you can get your questions answered and feel confident about the next step. Call us today or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment and meet our team.
Zaner Harden Law in Denver, Colorado is sponsoring a $2,000 scholarship for students who have either been injured in a car crash or who have a blood-relative that was injured in a car crash. The small personal injury firm has seen firsthand how a car accident can turn a person’s life upside down.
Marc and his team provided a level of service that goes beyond words, yet a few come to mind: Compassionate and caring. Professional yet personal. Outstanding Excellence on all accounts. Marc’s hard work saved me the grief of having to navigate the confusing legal maze and saved me from having to relive painful details. And though I lived out of state, Marc was only a phone call or e-mail away. He always returned calls and e-mails promptly, often after hours.