If you or a loved one has been hurt in a car accident, we urgently encourage you to call us today. Because we have been practicing in Denver for nearly three decades, we understand the challenges and dilemmas that you are currently facing, and the ones that you cannot yet foresee.
We also understand Colorado’s personal injury laws far better than these Johnny-come-lately personal injury shops that recently tossed their shingles up, hoping to take advantage of Denver’s growing population.
Since Scott O’Sullivan started serving Denver car crash victims 25 years ago, the city of Denver has changed dramatically. For one, Denver’s traffic has become absolutely bananas! The volume of cars, the speeds, the onset of electric bikes and scooters… they have all made our roads more dangerous.
Sadly, this also means that victims of Denver car accidents are often terribly injured and facing very difficult journeys ahead.
Scott O’Sullivan is a former insurance defense attorney who has been practicing personal injury law for over 25 years. He knows how insurance carriers think, act, and evaluate their claims. He will use this to your advantage.
We keep our firm small on purpose. You will work directly with one of our three Denver personal injury lawyers. You will not be passed off to a paralegal or case manager.
Our lawyers are successful in 99 percent of our cases, and we have resolved more than 2,000 cases since 2008 on behalf of Colorado clients.
The O’Sullivan Law Firm is a full-service firm. We handle every aspect of the cases that we take, including property damages, rental car assistance, health insurance disputes or delays, and of course, the injury claim.
Vehicle accident claims in Colorado can become incredibly challenging, particularly when going up against aggressive insurance carriers. A skilled Denver car accident attorney can use their resources and legal experience to obtain all of the evidence needed to prove liability. For a vehicle accident claim, this can include:
Photographs taken at the scene of the car crash
Video surveillance from nearby cameras
Statements from eyewitnesses
Mobile device data
Vehicle “black box” data
At-fault driver citations or criminal charges
In addition to gathering the evidence needed to prove what happened, an attorney will also ensure that their client is evaluated by a trusted medical professional who can treat their injuries and help calculate total losses. Using all of this information, a lawyer will vigorously negotiate with aggressive insurance carriers in order to secure full compensation and, if necessary, will prepare the car accident case for trial in order to ensure their client is treated fairly.
What Are the Common Causes of Car Accidents in Colorado?
A Denver car accident lawyer can help you if you have sustained injuries from an accident. Some of the most common causes of car accidents include:
Driving while fatigued
Failure to stop
Poorly maintained roads
Drivers who are emotionally distressed or ill
If another driver has violated Colorado law and caused the collision, you deserve fair compensation. An accident attorney in Denver will investigate your case and will fight for maximum compensation.
Common Injuries After a Car Accident
According to information available from the Colorado Department of Transportation, there were more than 121,000 total vehicle accidents reported across the state during the latest year of data. Out of these incidents, there were 29,638 injury crashes and 544 fatal car crashes. At The O’Sullivan Law Firm, we understand that car accidents often result in severe injuries for those involved. It is not uncommon for our attorneys to help clients who have sustained the following:
There may be various types of compensation available to Denver car accident victims. This can include economic, non-economic, and punitive damages.
Economic damages are rewarded to car accident victims to help with the following objective losses:
Past and future medical bills
Past and future lost wages
Loss of employment or business opportunity
Non-economic damages are rewarded to car accident victims to help with the following subjective losses:
Pain and suffering
Loss of companionship
Loss of enjoyment of life
Punitive damages punish the negligent individual responsible for the accident. Punitive damages are only rewarded to victims when injury accidents involve animosity or a direct disregard for the safety of others.
The total amount of compensation paid to car accident victims in Colorado will vary depending on the facts and circumstances related to each situation. Some of the main contributing factors in these cases include the severity of the injury, how long it takes the injury victim to recover, the level of pain and suffering the victim experiences, and whether or not there was any shared fault for the car accident.
What Should I Do After a Car Accident in Denver?
We are very sorry that you have been in a car accident or truck accident in Colorado. Very few things in life are as disruptive and confusing as car accidents because there are so many things that you need to take care of immediately afterward, in addition to healing from your injuries. Many people may make decisions in the hours and days after their car or truck accident that cause irreparable harm to their long-term health or to their ability to secure the funds they need to cover their losses.
Seek Medical Attention
If you sustained serious injuries, you must get medical care immediately. You should also see an experienced medical professional for mild or moderate injuries as well, as they can develop into severe injuries in the future. It can be very scary when you’ve been injured in a car or motorcycle accident, so it is important to get the medical attention you need.
Report the Accident
In Colorado, motor vehicle accidents must be reported to law enforcement if the accident resulted in $1,000 in property damage or injury. If you were hurt during the car accident, you must report it to law enforcement as soon as possible.
If you do not have documentation of your injuries in Colorado, you will not be able to file a car accident claim. It is important to obtain as much evidence as possible. This includes taking pictures of the accident scene and finding contact information for witnesses.
Do Not Speak to Drivers Insurance Company
Insurance companies will try to protect their own interests before yours after a car accident. It is important to not speak with the driver’s insurance company to give you the best chance of recovering maximum compensation for your car accident case.
Consult With a Skilled Car Accident Lawyer
Our Colorado personal injury lawyers do not charge by the hour. Also, our car accident attorneys don’t get paid a dime unless you sign up with them and they secure a settlement or a jury decision for you. In essence, it costs you nothing to talk to a personal injury lawyer right after your accident, whether or not you ask them to take your case.
How is Liability Determined After a Car Accident in Colorado?
We often hear questions about what happens if more than one party is at fault for the vehicle accident. Colorado operates under a “modified comparative negligence” system. This means that a person can still receive compensation if they are partially at fault for a vehicle accident, so long as they are less than 50 percent responsible for the collision. Any person 50 percent or more at fault will not be able to recover compensation for their losses. For those less than 50 percent at fault, the total amount of compensation they receive will be reduced based on their percentage of fault for the incident.
How Much Does a Car Accident Attorney in Denver Cost?
Our team of attorneys handles Denver car accident cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that our clients will not pay any upfront or out-of-pocket costs related to their case. We only collect legal fees after we obtain the compensation that our clients deserve. We believe that car accident injury victims, regardless of their circumstances, should be able to stand up to aggressive insurance carriers and recover the compensation they need.
How Long Do I Have to File a Car Accident Lawsuit in Colorado?
Car accident victims need to be aware that they have a limited amount of time to file a lawsuit in these cases. Colorado allows accident victims to file a lawsuit three years from the date of the car accident (CO Rev Stat § 13-80-101). It is important to hire a skilled car accident lawyer in Denver to help you start working on your claim as soon as possible. This means that a car accident victim has a three-year window with which to file a lawsuit against the alleged negligent party, or they will lose the ability to recover the compensation they need.
We do need to point out that this statute of limitations has nothing to do with any deadlines put in place by insurance carriers in Colorado. Often, an insurance company will require their car accident claims to be made within a day or two after the incident. Failing to file a claim on time could result in the auto insurance carrier delaying or denying the car accident claim altogether.
Will My Car Accident Case Have to Go to Court?
The vast majority of Denver motor vehicle accident claims will be resolved through settlements with insurance carriers. For claims that are resolved entirely through negotiations with insurance carriers, there will be no need to go to court. However, insurance carriers can be notoriously difficult to deal with in these situations. In the event, an insurance carrier refuses to offer a fair settlement or if they deny a claim altogether, it may be necessary for an injury victim and their attorney to file a personal injury lawsuit in civil court.
After a lawsuit has been filed, this still does not mean that the car accident case will go to trial. But this does mean is that the process will likely take longer to resolve. There will be a discovery phase where all sides will continue investigations and exchanging information with one another. Negotiations will continue. In most situations, vehicle accidents are resolved before it becomes necessary to go to a jury. However, if the insurance carriers or at-fault parties still refuse to offer a fair settlement, it will be necessary to take the case to a personal injury jury trial.
Contact Our Denver Car Accident Lawyer For a Free Consultation
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 Denver area, reach out to the team at The O’Sullivan Law Firm today. We have extensive experience handling complex injury claims in Denver and throughout Colorado, and we have the resources necessary to conduct a complete investigation into your vehicle accident case. Our goal is to make sure you receive compensation for all of your car accident losses. When you need a Denver car accident attorney, you can contact us online or call us at (303) 388-5304 for a free consultation.