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Car accidents are a public safety issue. According to the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), there were 12,470 crashes reported in El Paso County in 2017 alone. While not all of these accidents involve devastating vehicle damage, even seemingly minor car crashes still have the potential to result in serious injuries.
At McCormick & Murphy, P.C., our Colorado Springs fender bender accident attorneys are experienced and effective advocates for crash victims. If you or your loved one was hurt in an auto accident, we will protect your rights. To schedule a free, no-obligation initial consultation, call our Colorado Springs law office at (719) 389-0400 or contact us directly through our website.
What to Do After a Car Accident in Colorado Springs
Call the Police and Document Important Information
Under Colorado law, a fender bender that results in an injury or significant property damage should be reported to the police. Beyond calling the police, you should also try to take proactive steps to document important information at the scene of the collision. Among other things, this includes exchanging information with other drivers, getting contact information from witnesses, and taking pictures of the crash damage. Later, you should request a copy of the accident report. If you have questions about how to get a crash report in Colorado Springs, our legal team has put together a guide to help.
Get a Professional Medical Evaluation
In far too many cases, people involved in auto accidents fail to seek medical attention. If you were hurt in a car accident, you need to see a doctor. Even if the crash only resulted in modest vehicle damage, your injuries are no less real or no less important. Protect your health, safety, and your right to bring a legal claim. Schedule an appointment with a licensed physician.
Beware of Insurance Adjusters
After a fender bender, you are likely to get a call from an insurance company. It could be your own insurer, another driver’s insurer, or both. Regardless, you should be very wary of speaking to the insurance company’s representatives. Their job is to protect the profits of their employer—meaning they will be looking for information that can be used against you to reduce the value of your claim.
Your words can easily be twisted or otherwise misinterpreted. You have no duty to give a recorded statement to an insurance company, at least not at this time. Before you speak to an insurance adjuster, it is highly recommended that you consult with an experienced Colorado Springs car accident attorney.
Do I Need a Lawyer for a Fender Bender Collision?
You may be wondering: Should I hire an attorney if I was involved in a car crash? The answer is “it depends.” If you did not suffer an injury and you only sustained modest property damage, an attorney may not be able to provide much value. However, auto accidents can and do result in serious injuries or major damage. You should speak to a Colorado Springs fender bender accident attorney if:
You suffered a serious injury;
Your injuries forced you to miss time at work; or
You are having problems with the insurance company.
Not sure whether or not a lawyer can actually help you? The best thing to do is to call our Colorado Springs law office to set up a free, no commitment consultation, Our attorneys are more than happy to review your car accident at no cost. If you cannot benefit from a lawyer, we will let you know.
Auto Accident Liability in Colorado
Colorado is a fault-based auto accident state. To hold another driver liable for a fender bender, you must prove that they caused the crash through their unsafe conduct. Liability is based on the legal concept of negligence. As explained in the Colorado Civil Jury Instructions, negligence is the “failure to do an act which a reasonably careful person would do, or the doing of an act which a reasonably careful person would not do, under the same or similar circumstances.” In other words, it is reckless or unreasonably dangerous behavior. In car accident cases, negligence comes in many forms, including:
Following too closely;
Running red lights;
Running stop signs;
Unsafe merges or lane changes;
Distracted driving; and
Colorado uses comparative negligence rules (Colo. Rev. Stat. § 13-21-111). Under this system, each party will be held responsible for their share of the collective damages. If you were injured in a Colorado Springs fender bender and you are found to be partially responsible for the crash, it will reduce your compensation. As an example, a motorist who is deemed to be 20 percent at fault for their own crash will have their compensation reduced by 20 percent. The effect of Colorado’s comparative fault laws is that unfair blame can easily take thousands of dollars directly out of a settlement. Protect yourself by hiring an experienced attorney.
Injured Victims Deserve Full Financial Compensation
Car accidents can result in serious injuries and expensive repair bills. Under Colorado law, you have the right to hold a negligent defendant legally responsible for the complete value of your losses. While insurance adjusters often fight aggressively to limit settlement offers, you should not accept less than you truly deserve. At McCormick & Murphy, P.C., our Colorado Springs fender bender lawyers will help you maximize your compensation. You may be able to recover financial support for:
Emergency medical care;
Other medical bills and costs;
Diminished earning capacity;
Pain and suffering; and
Speak to Our Colorado Springs Auto Accident Lawyers Today
At McCormick & Murphy, P.C., our Colorado personal injury lawyers have more than 60 years of combined experience handling auto accident claims. If you or your loved one was hurt in a fender bender, we can help. To set up a free, strictly confidential consultation, please contact our Colorado Springs law office at (719) 389-0400. We serve communities in El Paso County and beyond.