Denver Car Accident Attorneys
The law on auto accident claims in Colorado is complex, but you have rights. Our accident lawyers are here to stand by your side.
People injured in auto accidents sometimes feel like they’ve been blindsided, not only by an accident they never saw coming but also by the complex insurance claims process that follows. Perhaps that’s the situation in which you now find yourself. If you have been injured in a car accident in Colorado, there is a lot you need to know about your rights — which may include the right to significant financial compensation — and how to navigate this process in the weeks and months to come.
The law on traffic accidents in Colorado is complex. While some car crashes are relatively straightforward, meaning one party is clearly at fault and there are no injuries to speak of, many are not. Rather, often people like you — drivers impacted unexpectedly and facing medical costs and a long recovery — are left wondering how they will cover those expenses. The insurance company makes unreasonably low settlement offers while offering little assistance otherwise.
Generally, there is a great deal of legal protection available to Coloradans who get hurt because of someone else’s careless driving.
The Denver car accident attorneys at Chalat Law have represented victims in virtually every type of traffic accident, across Colorado. We have focused much of our practice on people with serious or catastrophic injuries, and our lawyers have extensive experience with both the mechanics and the medicine. We have also helped families in the face of tragedy after losing a loved one in a fatal car accident caused by someone else.
Whatever your situation, you and your family have difficult months ahead. You will need to decide about your legal options while also focusing on your physical and emotional recovery. Those decisions will be easier for you to make — and make wisely — if you have an experienced legal advocate providing counsel.
We would like to be that ally. Our attorneys can advise and represent you so you do not face the insurance claims process and defense tactics on your own. We are here to expertly investigate, litigate and negotiate on your behalf.
Understanding the Law on Car Accidents in Colorado: Who Is Liable?
Every driver in Colorado owes a duty of care to the other drivers, passengers, and pedestrians on the roadway. Included in that duty is the responsibility to drive carefully, obey traffic violations, and behave reasonably behind the wheel. When a driver is careless, breaks a traffic law, or otherwise breaches the duty of care, they are considered negligent. They will be legally responsible for the damages they cause. Generally, as a victim of an auto accident, you may recover financial compensation for the damages you have suffered because of someone else’s negligent driving.
This may include compensation for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, loss of income, and any other losses the accident has caused.
An experienced attorney can help you understand your rights, and any legal options you might have. We encourage you to call our Denver office and talk directly with a car accident lawyer, confidentially and one on one.
A Note on Police Reports and Traffic Tickets
While police reports and traffic tickets are important evidence in a car accident claim, but liability is not solely determined by the citations. Official reports can provide credible and persuasive evidence about what happened in a collision. But law enforcement officers aren’t always present when the accident occurs. Sometimes, the official report is inaccurate or records misinformation. Other times, there may not be a police report.
Likewise, traffic citations are handled separately from insurance claims and personal injury lawsuits. A traffic ticket does not necessarily determine someone’s liability for damages after a crash, nor does it always tell the whole story. Other kinds of evidence may come into play.
As Denver car accident attorneys, we investigate every case completely, always with an eye toward evidence that may strengthen our client’s claim. This may include cell phone records, video surveillance, eyewitness testimony, and more. And we work closely with investigative experts whenever needed, from engineering specialists to accident reconstruction professionals and other experts.
The Role that Insurance Companies Play
As a practical matter, in most car accident cases, an insurance company will be responsible for covering your damages.
Typically, we will look to the at-fault driver’s auto insurance policy. Sometimes, however, it may be your own insurance carrier with a responsibility to cover you. Occasionally, a third party’s insurance policy comes into play.
Though insurance companies have a duty to handle each claim honestly and fairly, the insurance company is not on your side.
Insurance companies are for-profit corporations. They will work hard to minimize their own financial liability as much as possible. It isn’t uncommon for insurance companies to offer unreasonably low settlements, or to outright deny a valid claim.
If you’ve ever read through an insurance policy, you probably have a sense of just how complex insurance matters can be.
More to the point, insurance companies have virtually endless resources at their disposal, plus an army of attorneys on their side. Trying to face them on your own puts you at a real disadvantage. By consulting with a lawyer for a car accident injury in Denver, you’re able to stand on even ground.
At Chalat Law, we have decades of experience in holding insurance providers accountable under Colorado auto accident law to get our clients the robust justice they deserve.
Proving Driver Negligence: Drunk Driving, Texting, and Other Challenging Cases
More car accidents in Colorado are caused by driver error than by any other risk factor. Usually it is the at-fault driver’s careless or negligent behavior to blame.
In terms of serious accidents involving catastrophic injury or death, the two most common types of driver negligence are distracted driving and drunk driving.
The Denver car accident attorneys at Chalat Law have extensive experience in representing victims seriously injured by someone drunk or using a smartphone while driving. We have successfully used phone records and other evidence to establish a presumption of driver distraction in several cases where we suspected the at-fault driver was texting.
Likewise, we have worked with accident reconstruction specialists, toxicologists, and other experts to determine whether a driver was impaired at the time of a crash. We typically ask for punitive damages in drunk driving cases. In one recent matter, we successfully recovered an award of more than $2 million in punitive damages.
Other examples of dangerous and negligent driving include:
- Driving at excessive speeds
- Running red lights
- Defective vehicle parts or equipment
- Poor vehicle maintenance
- Driver fatigue
- Operating a vehicle while using medications that impair focus or judgment
In these and other matters, we are prepared to mount a thorough and persuasive case for our clients, drawing on our many years of experiencing in successfully challenging insurance companies and irresponsible drivers. While every situation is different, and we cannot promise specific results in any matter, we will put forward a case that compellingly conveys the full extent of our client’s suffering and losses.
Help for People with Serious or Catastrophic Car Accident Injuries
Chalat Law is a boutique Denver auto accident law firm, which means we can provide each client a great deal of individual time, attention, and care.
When you call our office, you will talk directly with a lawyer for a car accident injury in Denver. During business hours, our attorneys are available for immediate consultation when needed. Outside of business hours, we try to return to your call or message quickly, often within a few hours (and always within the next business day).
To learn more about your rights and options, please contact our office and schedule a free case review with one of our Denver car accident attorneys.