Denver Car Accident Lawyer

Denver car accident lawyer

If you or a member of your family has suffered a serious injury or been killed in an automobile accident anywhere in Colorado, the advice of an experienced Denver car accident lawyer is imperative. For a free legal consultation to discuss your rights and options in the aftermath of a car crash, speak at once to a Denver car accident lawyer with the Denver law firm of Norton and Bowers, P.C. We represent auto accident injury victims in metro Denver, Boulder, Ft. Collins, Colorado Springs, Pueblo, Durango, and throughout the States of Colorado and Wyoming.

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO AFTER A CAR ACCIDENT?

The first thing that you need to do after a car accident is to call for medical help. Make sure that you, and anybody else in your vehicle that was injured, get medical help. If your injuries are not too severe, and don’t require emergency room treatment, then you may remain at the scene of the accident, and wait for the police to arrive. While you are doing this, you can also take pictures of the accident scene. Pictures can provide important evidence of the damage to your car, as well as the causes of the accident, and provide clues to the cause of the accident. When taking pictures of the accident, remember these tips:

  • Take pictures of the entire accident scene from different angles.
  • Make sure you photograph any debris and tire skid marks at the scene, which can provide vital clues to the cause of the accident.
  • Photograph the other vehicles involved as well as any traffic features such as stop lights, stop signs or yield signs.
  • If you or anyone else in the car are hurt, take pictures of any visible injuries.

Remember, the accident scene is cleared quickly, so taking pictures of evidence for your insurance claim right away is essential.

If you were in a rental car during the accident, it’s important to notify the rental company as soon as possible. Typically, rental car accident compensation is covered under the collision and comprehensive coverage policies in your insurance plan. However, if you do not have this coverage in your existing policy, then your accident could prove more expensive for you.

In the hours and days to follow after your car accident, it’s important that you collect all available evidence to include in your claim. This should include a complete summary of exactly how the accident occurred. Note down exactly what happened in the seconds before the accident and immediately after the accident.

If you can provide supporting documents to go along with your photos, such as a police report, do so. If you have witness statements, then provide these as well. Start the process of noting down important information right at the scene of the accident. If you have a cell phone, use the phone to record audio testimony at the scene of the accident.

Also maintain all of your medical records, including diagnostic test results, your lab test results, x-ray, CT scan and MRI scan results, Doctor reports, and a summary from your doctor, identifying exactly how serious your injuries are, and how well you are recovering.

Be sure to keep copies of all of your medical bills. A Denver car accident lawyer may also find it easier to settle your claim for a much higher amount if you provide a statement from your employer, stating the loss of income that you have suffered as a result of the injuries in the accident. If you can provide a journal with notes about your thoughts and feelings signifying your pain and suffering in the days after the accident, then this can prove useful too.

WHAT INJURIES CAN RESULT FROM A CAR ACCIDENT?

Every incident is different, however there are a number of common injuries that can occur in car accidents and accidents involving trucks, including but not limited to:

Whiplash

Whiplash injuries result during a rear ender accident, when the head and neck are quickly thrown back and forth with great force. In many cases, these injuries may not seem evident soon after the accident. You might experience mild pain soon after the accident, but may not think much of it.

A whiplash injury will result in stiffness and restricted movement in the neck and shoulders a few days after the injury. You might feel tired, and fatigued, and may experience a numbing sensation or stiffness or soreness in your neck, shoulders and upper back. You may also experience nausea, dizziness and unexplained headaches. If you experience any of these symptoms, get yourself to a doctor as quickly as possible.

Head Injuries

If you strike your head against the steering wheel, dashboard or window during a car accident, you may suffer a serious head injury, ranging from a mild concussion to lingering cognitive problems or even a coma. Depending on the severity, head injuries may affect you for the rest of your life. If you notice any symptoms after a car accident that may indicate a head injury such as confusion, dizziness, blurry vision or headaches, you should always visit a doctor. After receiving medical attention, hire a car accident attorney in your area who can help you receive compensation from the responsible parties.

Other Injuries

Car accidents can also lead to broken bones, torn ligaments, or severed limbs depending on the severity. Besides these physical injuries, car accidents can also lead to emotional distress or even post-traumatic stress disorder that may require professional counseling and treatment. 

If you have been involved in a minor accident, with no injuries, and some minor damage to your car, you could possibly handle that claim on your own. However, in those cases, where your accident has resulted in injuries, damage to your car, or if the insurer of the other motorist is claiming that you were liable in the accident, you may need legal help. Speak to a Denver car accident lawyer for help filing a personal injury claim to recover damages.

HOW CAN YOU FILE AN INSURANCE CLAIM?

Soon after a car accident, you will begin the process of filing a claim. However, first you must determine liability. An attorney can help you identify all of the parties that can be held liable. The more at fault parties you name in your claim, the higher the chances of substantial compensation recovery for you. Some examples of third party liabilities include:

  • If the other motorist involved in the accident was driving for work at the time, the employer may be liable.
  • If the owner of a commercial establishment continued to serve alcohol to an intoxicated patron who then caused your accident, this business owner could be liable.

Once you find the insurance company, an insurance adjuster will be assigned to your case. He will want a number of details about the accident, including the type of accident, what exactly happened to you and the car, and the extent of the injuries that occurred. The insurance adjuster will be in charge of investigating the accident. As part of that investigation, insurance adjusters will go through medical reports, other documentation of your injuries, and an investigation of the accident scene. Your adjuster will contact witnesses at the scene of the accident, analyze the accident scene, and assess damage to your car in the crash.

He will also ask you for a recorded statement, but before giving one, speak to a car accident lawyer in Denver. Remember, the recorded statement is for the purpose of lowering the value of your claim, and it is likely that without legal representation, you may say things that may not help your claim, and could actually jeopardize it.

Your insurance adjuster may also ask you for a waiver that will allow him to access all of your medical records. Information that is in your medical records could actually lower the value of your claim. Before you sign off on a waiver, speak to a car accident lawyer in Denver to learn whether it is in your best interests to do so.

Ultimately, remember that the insurance adjuster works for the insurance company and his aim is to lower the value of your claim as much as possible. In other words, he doesn’t have your best interests at heart.

If your car has been damaged, the insurance company may ask you to get the car fixed at a repair shop that it endorses. Insurance companies do have contracts with such body shops, and these repair shops may receive a constant stream of business from the insurer.

You do not have to use the insurance company’s body shop to get your car fixed. You can take the car to any body shop of your own choosing. There are advantages to choosing the insurance company’s body shop, however. For one thing, dealing with the company’s preferred body shop will mean much more convenient and easy repairs, because the shop frequently deals with repairs involving claims. Besides, if the repairs are much more expensive than you expected, then your repair shop will have to get these expenses approved by the insurer.

However, you might also find that the recommended repair shop doesn’t bother to do the kind of repairs that you expect. The body shop enjoys frequent business from the carrier, and may not worry too much about the quality of repairs. Additionally, you may also find that the body shop uses cheaper replacement parts, instead of original, high-quality, expensive replacement parts.

If you are having trouble negotiating with your insurance company after an accident, speak to a Denver personal injury lawyer. For help filing a claim, schedule a consultation with a Denver personal injury lawyer. Unlike the insurance company, our lawyers are on your side. We will fight for a settlement, and if the other party is not willing to settle, we will take your case to trial to ensure you receive a fair amount of compensation.

HOW WE CAN HELP

While we aggressively fight on your behalf for the maximum compensation you will need as an injury victim, our personal injury attorneys also do more. If you were injured by a drunk, reckless or by hit-and-run driver, we can help you apply to various victim’s compensation funds or seek criminal restitution. Additionally, our motor vehicle accident lawyers help clients who need medical testing or treatment find obtain the care they need through insurance, medical liens, or personal injury loans. The Denver car accident attorneys at Norton and Bowers, P.C. are pro-active. We aggressively examine and pursue every potential source insurance or other compensation. We launch our investigation of your case at once, and we take your personal injury claim to its best possible resolution. Don’t waste any time–contact our team today to better understand your legal rights.

LET US WORK FOR YOU

Our attorney have years of experience helping people with cases involving car accidents, pedestrian accidents, motorcycle accidents and bicycle accidents. We provide accident victims with the legal advice they need to seek justice. Norton and Bowers, P.C. represents clients on a contingency fee basis. This means that you will not owe an attorney’s fee until you receive your settlement or recovery. If you’ve been injured in an automobile accident because of another driver’s negligence in Denver or elsewhere in the state of Colorado, please call us promptly at 303-400-8100 or fill out the form on this website to arrange a free legal consultation. You’ll be able to speak directly to an experienced Denver personal injury attorney about your case. Offsite, weekend, and evening appointments are also available for your free consultation. If you’re injured because of another person’s negligence, let Norton and Bowers, P.C. fight on your behalf for the compensation you need and the justice you deserve.

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