No one expects to get in a car accident, and yet it can happen to anyone at any time. Often a single accident can change the lives of those involved forever. While thankfully many accidents are minor and nonfatal, even a seemingly simple accident can cause an overwhelming burden that affects you physically, financially, and mentally.
Getting into a car accident can be extremely stressful, especially when you are unsure of who is at fault, what to do next, and whether or not you are entitled to injury compensation. Unfortunately, due to the stress typically associated with car accidents, many car accident victims fail to take the proper action steps to receive the compensation they deserve and move forward with their day-to-day life.
At The Green Law Firm P.C. we know how stressful an accident can be, and we are committed to being there with you every step of the way. We strive to make it as easy and stress-free as possible. We’ll work with you to ensure that you are fully aware of your options and that you have the right resources in place to take the next appropriate steps. With the right game plan, an accident doesn’t have to negatively affect your life forever.
Why You Need an Accident Attorney
After an accident, it’s only natural to want the experience to go away as quickly as possible. Without a doubt, one of the best decisions you can make is to hire an accident attorney to help you with the process. While some accident victims mistakenly believe it’s easier to simply take care of things themselves, attorneys are experts at getting you the maximum amount of compensation possible. They’re an excellent resource to help you push through the tough times.
There’s no need to try and figure things out on your own. With all the stress associated with the accident, it’s easy to make a simple mistake that can end up costing you hundreds or thousands of dollars in compensation. Accident attorneys are well versed in all the legal implications that might affect your specific case. Whether the accident is your fault or the responsibility of the other driver, having an accident attorney on your side will help ensure you are treated fairly throughout the entire process.
Hiring a personal injury attorney will prevent you from leaving compensation on the table and minimize any liabilities in the case of personal fault.
The Green Law Firm P.C. was opened in 2009 and has been doing legal work for hundreds of satisfied customers since 2006. We have helped over 300 accident victims get the compensation they deserved and also worked with individuals who may have been at fault. Our goal is to work with you in your specific situation and ensure you are taken care of.
How much does it cost to hire an attorney?
When considering hiring an attorney, many accident victims are concerned with the price. It’s only natural to want to avoid paying unnecessary fees that might increase the financial burden you face as the result of an accident; however, Green Law Firm P.C. works with you on a contingency fee basis. This means our firm will only charge you a fee if and when we help secure compensation for you as a result of the accident. If you are not entitled to compensation or we are unable to get you results, you don’t pay; it’s as simple as that.
Our firm is committed to creating win-win situations for ourselves and our clients. If we can’t help you, you won’t pay; all the risk is our own. If we are able to get you compensation, we will charge you only a small portion of the settlement, and everyone will walk away better off.
How to Maximize Your Insurance Settlement
One of the significant benefits of hiring an accident attorney is that by taking action now, you will have the best likelihood of receiving full compensation. Insurance companies will always try to give you the lowest possible payment, and many accident victims end up settling for much less than they deserve. Having an attorney on your side gives you a significant advantage throughout these negotiations, and insurance companies are less likely to give you a lowball offer when they know you have an expert working with you.
Insurance companies know that the average accident victim just wants the situation to go away quickly, even if that means taking less compensation. Your accident attorney will continue to fight for every cent you deserve and make sure the insurance companies compensate you reasonably based on the specific facts of your case. Not only are we well versed in all the legal loopholes that insurance companies often use against you, but we also have strong relationships with virtually all major insurance companies so we can get to a fair settlement quickly.
Car Accident Claims FAQ
When it comes to auto accidents, there are often dozens of reasons why they can occur, many of which are entirely preventable. Here are a few of the many causes of car accidents:
Texting or browsing your phone while driving is one of the largest causes of auto accidents today and is extremely dangerous. When driving, it’s important you focus entirely on the road and leave the messages for when your vehicle is stopped.
Another common cause of accidents is driving under the influence of alcohol. Drinking significantly impairs the driver’s ability to stop and start their vehicle, which can serious injury to the driver and anyone else on the road.
Driving While Tired
Just as you shouldn’t drive while impaired, getting behind the wheel when tired is another common cause of accidents. When your body is exhausted, you’re significantly likely to make mistakes when driving which can often result in a crash. If you’re too tired to drive, make the smart decision to pull off to the side of the road and find alternate means of transportation until you have had proper rest.
Another common cause of accidents in the state of Colorado is malfunction of car parts like brakes, steering, lights, etc. It’s always important to ensure that your car is in drivable shape before getting behind the wheel.
Speeding and Otherwise Reckless Driving
Lastly, another cause of accidents is speeding or otherwise reckless driving. Excessive speeding doesn’t just put you at risk; it puts anyone who might come into contact with your vehicle at risk as well.
While there are many more causes of accidents, the majority can be prevented through safe driving and by following all traffic laws put forth by the state of Colorado.
It’s no secret that driving can be a risky endeavor even if you take precautions to ensure that you are driving carefully. Accidents happen to people from all walks of life.Here are a few recent statistics on the state of car accidents in Colorado.
Don’t drive drunk! The penalty for a first time DUI offense that results in significant injury includes a $600 to $1000 fine, a nine-month suspension of your license, and five days to a year in jail! If you do find yourself in a DUI situation, be sure to hire a drunk driver accident lawyer.
Colorado has seen a significant increase in accident-related causes as the result of drivers under the influence of marijuana.
In 2017, Colorado experienced the highest rate of traffic-related deaths in more than a decade, while the rest of the United States experienced an overall decrease in accident-related fatalities.
While crashes are an unfortunate side effect of frequent driving, taking the right precautions to drive safely will decrease your chances of being involved in a life-threatening accident.
Fortunately, according to the Colorado law, insurance sold in the state is legally obligated to provide coverage for both insured and non-insured parties, meaning you are absolutely entitled to compensation even if the driver was uninsured. Depending on the specific case, your insurance policy will cover damages incurred by the uninsured driver.
While you are entitled to damages even if the other driver is uninsured, insurance companies work hard to make the process more difficult than it should be. If you find yourself in an accident with an uninsured driver, hiring an accident attorney is more important than ever.
Under current Colorado law, if you are legally proven to be partially at fault for the accident, you are not entitled to 100% compensation for damages. That being said, partial fault does not mean you are not entitled to anything. In many cases, even when you are partially at fault, you are entitled to some form of compensation.
The court will determine through a thorough investigation what percentage of the accident is your fault, and you will be rewarded your compensation (if any) based on that court ruling. If a judge rules that you are responsible for 50% or more of the accident, you may not be entitled to any compensation at all.
Wearing a seatbelt isn’t just for your safety. Currently under Colorado law, if you were not wearing a seatbelt during the accident in question, you are not legally entitled to damages for pain or suffering. Therefore you should always wear your seatbelt in case of an unforeseen accident.
The good news is that even if you were not wearing a seatbelt, you still might qualify for other compensation based on loss of earnings, emotional distress, and overall quality of life. Ultimately, wearing a seatbelt doesn’t just protect you physically; it can help ensure you receive maximum compensation as well. If you’re unsure of your specific situation, contact a member from our team, and we will work with you determine how to best proceed.
Regardless of whether or not you believe the damage or injuries are minor, you should hire an attorney as soon as possible. Often you are entitled to significant compensation even if the accident appears to be minor. Ultimately, at Green Law Firm we are experts at correctly determining what if any compensation you are entitled to depending on your specific case. When in doubt, simply contact us so we can learn more about your situation. We take pride in ensuring you are aware of all your options so that you can recover what you are legally entitled to.
From the moment the accident occurs, it’s important to begin working toward a solution. The longer you wait to file your claims, the more difficult it will be to receive maximum compensation. Currently, in the state of Colorado, you have up to 180 days to file claims related to injuries associated with that specific accident.
If you decide to pursue further legal action against the individual of the accident in question, the statute of limitations is three years from the time of the accident. Once the three years have passed, you will legally be unable to receive any damages or compensation from the accident in question. It’s crucial that you act promptly to ensure your case has the best chance of succeeding. Do not wait or put the matter off for later.
While each situation is unique, by filing a personal injury lawsuit, you are essentially requesting that the person responsible for the accident take ownership of the situation and compensate you fairly.
When filing a personal injury lawsuit, you are looking to recoup any financial costs incurred by the accident, also known as compensatory damages. Compensatory damages often can include the following:Immediate lost income as the result of the accident.
- Compensation to help with the pain and suffering from injuries both mental and physical.
- Damage to your vehicle from the accident.
- Current and future medical treatment.
- Lost future wages from work as the result of the accident.
Depending on the case, you may also be entitled to punitive damages if the cause of the accident is deemed reckless by the court of law.