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Nobody expects that a vehicle crash will occur when they get behind the wheel of a vehicle, but the reality is that accidents are not uncommon in and around the Breckenridge area. At The O’Sullivan Law Firm, we have extensive experience handling complex vehicle accident claims, and we know what it takes to help crash victims secure the compensation they need for their medical bills, lost wages, property damage expenses, and more. Let our Breckenridge personal injury attorneys get to work on your case today.
Vehicle accident claims can be very challenging, particularly when going up against aggressive insurance carriers. The reality is that a vehicle accident claim is multifaceted because it deals with both an injury claim and a property damage claim. An attorney will begin by gathering any evidence needed to prove liability, including photographs taken after the accident occurred, possible video surveillance, eyewitness statements, mobile device data, vehicle “black box” data, and more.
An attorney will handle all communication with other parties involved, including the insurance carriers. After reviewing the insurance policies, an attorney will send a demand letter and enter into negotiations in an attempt to reach a fair out-of-court settlement. However, if the other parties refuse to offer a fair settlement, a skilled lawyer will have no problem taking the case to trial to ensure their client receives the compensation they deserve.
When we turn to data available from the Colorado Department of Transportation, we can see that there were approximately 121,000 total vehicle accidents reported across this state during the latest year. Out of these incidents, the DOT reported that there were 29,638 injury crashes and 544 fatal crashes.
At The O’Sullivan Law Firm, our team of personal injury lawyers in Denver regularly helps clients who have sustained injuries after collisions in and around Breckenridge. This includes the following:
We do want to point out that even seemingly minor vehicle accidents can still result in injuries that lead to setbacks for victims. Even when a person goes to the doctor after a crash just to ensure that they did not sustain any unseen or delayed injuries, this could still result in thousands of dollars in medical bills getting racked up just by taking preliminary X-rays and receiving minimal treatment.
Victims of vehicle accidents in Breckenridge may be entitled to various types of compensation for their losses. Our goal is to help make sure the clients recover payment for both their economic and their non-economic losses.
It is not uncommon for more than one driver to be at fault when a collision occurs, including a driver who sustained an injury. The good news is that Colorado operates under a “modified comparative negligence” system. This means that even a driver who is partially responsible for a collision can still recover compensation, so long as they are not 50 percent or more responsible for the incident. Any driver 50 percent or more responsible for a collision will not recover compensation for their losses.
If a driver is less than 50 percent responsible for the crash, they can still recover compensation, though the total amount they receive will be reduced based on their percentage of fault. For example, suppose Driver A is rear-ended by Driver B and sustained $10,000 worth of medical bills. In general, the rear driver would be at fault for the collision, but suppose that Driver A had no working brake lights.
In this situation, let us suppose that Driver A is found to be 30 percent at fault for the collision because of the equipment failure. Instead of receiving the full $10,000, they would receive $7,000 in total compensation to account for the 30 percent of fault.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident caused by the careless or negligent actions of another driver in the Breckenridge area, let The O’Sullivan Law Firm in Colorado get to work on your case today. Our team has the resources necessary to stand up to aggressive insurance carriers and at-fault parties as we work to secure full compensation for our client’s losses. We will not back down until we ensure that our clients have the resources to make themselves “whole” after a crash occurs. When you need a Breckenridge car accident lawyer, fill out our online form or call us at (303) 388-5304 for a free consultation.