Denver Car Accident Attorneys
The Colorado State Patrol estimates that between 1,500 and 2,500 accidents happen throughout the state every single month. These range in severity: some are minor collisions, whereas others are fatal crashes. Learn more about the car accident problem.
Many accident victims are injured or even killed due to another’s negligence, such as distracted driving, reckless driving, or drunk driving.
After an accident, it is important to contact an experienced Denver accident attorney as soon as possible. The at-fault party’s insurance company may not make an offer that adequately covers all of your damages. However, an attorney can help hold the at-fault party accountable and ensure that you receive the funds you need to take care of your expenses.
In Colorado, there is a three-year deadline to file a lawsuit after a car accident. However, if a government-owned vehicle is involved in the accident, the deadline to give notice is only 182 days.
Why Choose Denver Car Accident Lawyer, Jennifer Donaldson?
Jennifer Donaldson understands that a motor vehicle crash accident is a stressful experience and offers a free consultation so that you may learn about your legal options and the services her firm provides.
Jennifer Donaldson has 30 years of experience in motor vehicle accident claims. Her diverse background in various types of cases helps her provide excellent representation to her clients.
Jennifer Donaldson understands that most clients do not want to be involved in a lawsuit. She will work hard to persuade the insurance company to fairly compensate you for your injuries.
In addition, she understands that when insurance companies are not fair, legal action is the only way for accident victims to obtain compensation to alleviate the financial burden a car accident places on them.
Jennifer Donaldson is proud to represent clients throughout Colorado, including Boulder, Broomfield, Longmont, Lakewood, Arvada, Aurora, Thornton, Westminster, Centennial, and Littleton. She has represented accident victims in Denver County, Arapahoe County, Adams County, Jefferson County, and Boulder County.
The Law Office of Jennifer Donaldson provides the personalized attention and dedication of a boutique law firm.
Jennifer Donaldson has experience in a variety of motor vehicle accident claims, including:
- Car accidents
- 18-wheeler and commercial truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bus accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Off-road/recreational vehicle accidents
The Law Office of Jennifer Donaldson has a team of experts available to help with your claim.
Types of Claims
There are a variety of accident claims, including:
- High-speed crashes
- Low-speed crashes
- Head-on impact crashes
- Rear impact crashes
- Side impact collisions
- Passenger injury accidents
- Uninsured motorist accidents
- DUI/drunk driver accidents
- Reckless driver accidents
- Distracted driver accidents
- Hit and run accidents
- Parking lot accidents
- Dram shop liability accidents
Examples of Negligence
There may be multiple claims of negligence in a single accident claim. The following are common causes of accidents:
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol;
- Driving while distracted;
- Driving recklessly;
- Failing to abide by traffic signals;
- Driving with road rage;
- Driving while talking on a cell phone;
- Speeding or driving too slowly; and/or
- Driving while texting.
What Should I Do After an Accident?
There are several steps you should take to protect yourself after a motor vehicle accident.
First, be safe. Do not get out of your vehicle unless it is safe to do so. Do not move your car unless it is absolutely necessary to protect your safety and the safety of those around you, and you are physically able to do so.
Call 911 and/or the police. Ask those involved if they were injured. If someone was injured in the accident, call 911 and the police. Exchange insurance information with the other drivers.
Take pictures. Photographs of the scene of the accident, any damage to your vehicle, and any injuries you have will be helpful in your case.
Exchange insurance information. Take pictures of the other drivers’ insurance information, their driver’s licenses, and their license plates.
Seek medical attention. Some injuries are delayed and do not exhibit symptoms right away. If you start to feel pain later in the day or wake up in pain the following day, make sure you seek treatment with your primary care physician, at an urgent care center, or in the emergency room.
Speak with an experienced car accident attorney. The at-fault driver will probably have an insurance company protecting his or her interests. It is important to contact an experienced lawyer as soon as possible after the accident. You should not give a statement to the insurance company or accept a settlement offer until you have retained a skilled Denver personal injury lawyer to protect your interests during this troubling and often life-changing time.
Compensation and Damages in a Car Accident Claim
After an accident, you may be entitled to several different types of damages, including:
- Medical bills
- Property damage
- Loss of income and diminished earning capacity
- Pain and suffering or mental anguish
- Permanent physical impairment
Should I Go to the Doctor?
Yes, if you are experiencing any pain, you should see a doctor.
Some injuries, such as whiplash, do not show up right away. If you are injured, it is important to have your injuries documented as soon as possible.
Should I Accept the Insurance Company’s Settlement?
If you are not done with treatment, you should not consider settling with the insurance company. Their settlement offer may not cover all of your bills, subrogation claims, or damages.
An attorney will help you settle your claim or file a lawsuit, if necessary.
- Colorado Department of Revenue, Division of Motor Vehicles: The Department of Revenue (DMV) provides several services, such as processing driver’s licenses and vehicle registration. The DMV also provides educational tools that help drivers stay in compliance with Colorado law.
- Colorado Department of Transportation: This link provides several forms, publications, and manuals regarding traffic safety.
- Report a Traffic Accident: If you have been involved in an accident, you can report it using this website.
- Denver Open Data Catalog: Traffic Accidents: This website contains up-to-date traffic accident data for both the city and county of Denver.
- United States Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Crash Overview: The USDOT provides statistics on car accidents that occur in the United States every year.
- News stories about recent crashes: The Denver Post frequently publishes stories about motor vehicle accidents that occur throughout the state.
- News articles on car accidents: CBS Denver/Channel 4 News shares articles about recent Denver County car accidents, as well as current traffic conditions in the area.
Frequently Asked Questions About Car Accidents
How Do I Know if I Have a Claim or a Lawsuit?
If you were injured due to someone else’s negligence, you will likely be able to file a claim with the at-fault party’s insurance company for damages. A lawsuit may become necessary if the insurance company does not make a reasonable offer.
How Much is My Case Worth?
All car accident claims are unique. The value of each case depends on the specific facts of the incident.
Damages may include:
Medical expenses, including the cost of future medical care
Lost wages, including the loss of future earnings
Loss of earning capacity
Loss of employment benefits
Pain and suffering
Loss of relationship and affection
Loss of quality of life
Any other losses related to the incident
How Long Does It Take to Resolve a Case?
The answer largely depends on your injuries. It is important to make sure that you have completed treatment before you enter into settlement discussions with the insurance company.
Additionally, once you complete your treatment, it may take several months or longer to obtain all of the necessary evidence in your case. For example, obtaining copies of medical records from various providers may take several weeks, if not longer.
If the at-fault party’s insurance company refuses to make a fair offer and your case must be litigated, it will take longer to resolve the case.
What if the Other Driver Does Not Have Insurance?
If you are injured by a driver who does not have insurance, your own uninsured motorist coverage on your auto insurance policy may apply.
What if the Other Driver Does Not Have Enough Insurance Coverage to Compensate Me for My Injuries and Damages?
Your underinsured motorist coverage on your auto insurance policy may apply.
Should I Talk to the Insurance Adjusters?
It is best not to speak with the insurance adjusters. They may use your statements against you and try to pressure you to settle your claim. Instead, it is better to let your attorney take over these discussions with the insurance company.
What if Fault in My Accident is Not Clear?
All of the facts of the case will carefully be analyzed to demonstrate which driver was negligent at the time of an accident.
Many pieces of evidence may be used to show which party was at fault. Photographs and video surveillance footage are frequently used in motor vehicle accident cases. In addition, accident reconstruction experts can study the scene of the accident, damage to the vehicles, and other factors to explain how the accident likely occurred.
Your attorney will work hard to show how the other driver’s negligence impacted you and caused your losses.
How Long Do I Have to File a Case?
In Colorado, there is a three-year deadline to file a car accident claim. This deadline is called the statute of limitations.
Will I Have to Go to Court?
Most likely, no. Most car accident cases settle with the insurance company without the need to file a lawsuit. If attending a court hearing or trial is necessary, personal injury attorneys prepare their clients accordingly.
What Are the Different Phases of a Colorado Car Accident Case?
First, the client needs to complete treatment for any and all injuries that were caused by the accident.
Once the client has completed treatment, the motor vehicle accident attorney will present the insurance company with a comprehensive demand package. The demand package lays out all of the client’s damages and how the at-fault party is responsible for those damages.
The attorney will negotiate with the insurance company once the demand package has been submitted.
Next, the client will decide whether to accept or reject the insurance company’s offer to settle the claim. If the client decides to reject the final offer from the insurance company, it will be necessary to file a lawsuit.
To file a lawsuit, the attorney drafts a document called a complaint. The opposing party is served with the complaint and files a responsive document called an answer.
Once these initial documents, called pleadings, are filed, the parties enter the discovery phase. During discovery, the parties are able to request evidence from each other to build their arguments.
Requesting copies of documents, taking depositions, and conducting hearings may all be part of the discovery phase.
Once the parties are confident that enough evidence has been gathered, they may enter settlement discussions. In some cases, the parties use a mediator to help them create a settlement agreement.
If the case does not settle, it will be necessary to go to trial.
How Can an Attorney Help Me?
Your attorney handles the entire legal process from start to finish, including handling all filing deadlines and evidentiary requirements. Your attorney will have a network of experts available who may also offer insight into the case.
Your attorney will also discuss the claim with opposing counsel and the insurance adjusters to work on a settlement agreement. Your focus is on recovering from your injuries and moving forward with your life.
Call Jennifer Donaldson Today to Discuss Your Claim
Experienced Denver auto accident attorney, Jennifer Donaldson, has years of experience in motor vehicle accident claims and is prepared to help you with your case. To schedule a free consultation with our firm, contact us at 720-487-1354.