Denver Car Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one suffered serious injuries or your loved one died in a car accident, contact the Denver car accident attorneys at the Law Firm of Jeremy Rosenthal for a free case consultation today.
Car accidents are among the leading causes of injury and death in the United States. In seconds, your life can be changed by a drunk, careless or distracted driver. If you or a loved one have been a serious injury in a collision, the Law Firm of Jeremy Rosenthal can help. Our car accident lawyers:
- Have a 99 percent success rate.
- Focus exclusively on personal injury law and have a deep understanding of the car accident claims process.
- Cover all costs associated with your case, you pay nothing unless we win.
- Why is it important to contact our car accident attorneys in Denver?
- What types of car accidents do our attorneys handle?
- What are common car accident injuries?
- What are the Colorado insurance requirements?
Why is it Important to Contact Our Denver Car Accident Attorneys?
If you’ve been injured in an automobile accident, especially if the injury is serious or may have long-term consequences, it’s important to have an experienced Denver personal injury attorney representing you as soon as possible. It’s the job of the insurance company to attempt to settle cases as quickly as possible, for the lowest amount of money they can negotiate. They represent the negligent driver – and your interests are not their concern.
The simple fact that you are represented by an experienced trial attorney will change the dynamic of this relationship. Hopefully, this is your first experience with a serious accident and its aftermath. You’re likely to be shaken, in pain from your injuries, unable to work and earn a living, or permanently impaired.
Moreover, you won’t have any idea what the norms are in cases such as yours. You can’t really know whether the offer you receive is fair, or far lower than you have a right to expect. What’s the full range of damages for which you could reasonably expect to be compensated?
Our car accident attorneys at the Law Firm of Jeremy Rosenthal can guide you through each step of the process and can protect you against the strategies insurance companies employ to compel you to make a hasty decision and sign an agreement that is not in your best interests.
Car accident claims can be complicated and involve nuances that many personal injury attorneys don’t fully understand. Attorney Jerry Rosenthal offers a rare depth of experience handling car accident cases. As a trial lawyer, he formerly served as a defense attorney for insurance companies and has a full understanding of the many strategies they employ to try to avoid paying out high-value settlements – this experience has proven to be of great benefit to our clients.
The extensive experience in serious car accident cases and a remarkable record of success is why you should trust your case with our Denver car accident lawyers. We have virtually unlimited financial resources to enable us to do the most thorough job possible of collecting and assessing all evidence necessary to support your case, from the facts of the accident to the impact on your health, future, and finances, now and in the future.
The Law Firm of Jeremy Rosenthal Handles All Types of Auto Accidents
From rear-end collisions to roll-overs, the Denver car accident lawyers at the Law Firm of Jeremy Rosenthal can handle your case. While they can be accompanied by a wide range of consequences, and caused by a variety of factors, automobile accidents can be classified in a relatively small number of categories. Here are some brief summaries of the different types of car accident cases we handle:
- Rear-end collisions. A rear-end collision occurs when a car crashes into another car that is in front of it. In general, it is considered that a driver who rear-ends another driver is responsible for the crash, as such accidents are often caused by driving too close behind another car or failing to notice the car has slowed or stopped. However, if the driver who is hit from behind is driving in reverse, they may be responsible. If injuries occur, they are typically far more severe for the driver in the car that has been struck. Call our rear-end accident attorneys in Denver today if your car has been rear-ended to seek compensation.
- Side-impact collisions. A side-impact collision occurs when the front or rear of another vehicle hits the side of a second vehicle. This can also be referred to as a “T-bone” collision. These can result in especially serious injuries to those in the vehicle which is struck.
- Sideswipes. A sideswipe collision occurs when two cars traveling in parallel make contact with each other. The consequences of these accidents vary but can be very serious, as a vehicle can be pushed into oncoming traffic or rollover as a result of the impact. If the sideswipe causes a driver to lose control, the consequences may involve serious or fatal injuries.
- Rollovers. When a vehicle that has been struck flips over onto its roof, or side, this is known as a vehicle rollover. SUVs and other high centers of gravity vehicles are at higher risk of rolling over, but any vehicle can rollover under the right circumstances, leading to serious or permanent injuries.
- Head-on collisions. A head-on collision occurs when the front ends of two vehicles collide, or if a single vehicle runs into a fixed object such as a pole, a tree or a building. Serious injuries, frequently head or brain injuries can result from such events.
- Multi-vehicle collisions. Multi-vehicle collisions are most likely to occur on freeways or highways. Depending on the number of vehicles involved and the circumstances of the accident, a vehicle can be hit several times. Vehicles may be crumpled together, with a potential for fire, spreading from one vehicle to another. Complex multi-vehicle accidents require a thorough investigation to determine which driver (or drivers) were responsible.
What Kinds of Injuries are Common in Car Accidents?
The exact consequences of any collision between vehicles can depend on a wide range of factors, from the speed the vehicles are traveling, and the crash-worthiness of the specific vehicles involved, to the protection provided by seatbelts or airbags – but even these can fail.
Certain categories of injuries are common and can vary greatly in their severity and long-term consequences.
- Neck: If the neck is caused to shake suddenly forward or to the side, this can cause a sprain or strain, or possibly affect a disc in the neck. Such injuries can resolve as time passes, but they can also require long-term therapy or require surgery.
- Broken Bones: If you are driving 65 miles per hour and you collide with something, the force is equal to what you would experience if you drove off a 12-story building. Bone fractures are a common injury suffered in car accidents. These injuries can range from stress fractures to compound fractures, where the bone pierces the skin, and possibly leading to permanent impairment.
- Back Injuries: Too much force can create significant stress on your spine and back, and the consequences can be very serious, including paralysis, whether paraplegia or quadriplegia.
- Leg and Knee Injuries: The legs and knees are often severely injured in an auto accident. When the legs or knees are strike against the interior of the vehicle with force, they can be seriously or permanently damaged.
- Head Injuries: Your brain is a delicate organ. If the head strikes against a window or a steering wheel or is violently shaken in an impact it can lead to bleeding from torn blood vessels, or damage to the brain from the impact within the skull, requiring surgery, with an uncertain outcome. Brain injuries can lead to physical and cognitive impairments, coma, a vegetative state, or death. If you acquired a head injury after being in a car accident, contact our Denver brain injuries attorneys today.
Denver Car Accident Statistics
What’s the reality of the risk on Denver streets and highways? How often do car accidents occur?
According to the Denver Post, Colorado traffic fatalities in 2017 were the highest they had been in a decade. Here are some accident statistics from the first six months of 2018 from a database compiled by the City and County of Denver:
- More than 12,000 car accidents
- More than 3,000 hit-and-run events
- 27 fatalities
- Over 300 DUI accidents
According to a report from the Denver Regional Council on Government, the highways most associated with traffic accidents include:
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Colorado Insurance Requirements
As outlined by the Colorado Department of Motor Vehicles, Colorado drivers are required to have insurance at the following levels:
- Bodily injury – $25,000 per person.
- Bodily injury – $50,000 per accident.
- Property damage – $15,000 per accident.
If you have experienced a serious injury, and you have a case for a settlement, it’s likely that these minimum coverage levels will fall well short of your needs. What are your options?
If your injury is sufficiently serious to have a long-term impact on your quality of life, you may be able to secure compensation that is truly in keeping with the damages in your case. While you might be tempted to try to move on in the aftermath of an accident, it’s important to look evaluate the impact of the accident upon your life and future in financial terms.
In Colorado you can recover damages for:
- Medical treatment and hospital bills
- Loss of consortium
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Emotional distress
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
- Punitive damages (in cases of extreme negligence)
Colorado Car Accident Laws
Colorado is a modified comparative negligence state. According to Colorado law (CRS 13-21-111), this means that if the party seeking damages is found have any degree of responsibility for the accident, the damages he or she receives will be reduced by that percent. However, if they are found to be 50 percent at fault or greater, they are not eligible to recover damages. This is why it is essential to have an experienced attorney on your side, to investigate your case and advocate on your behalf.
Contact us for a free consultation.
Colorado Statute of Limitations for Car Accidents
The time limits for filing a car accident claim in Colorado are three years from the date of the accident. This time limit is known as the statute of limitations. If you exceed them, you may lose your ability to recover damages.