Car Accident Attorney in Colorado

At Earl & Earl, PLLC, our Colorado car accident lawyers help injured accident victims like you to hold negligent motorists and other parties accountable and pursue the compensation and justice you deserve.
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    Your case is just as important to us as it is to you. When you choose our law firm to help with your car accident case, you can expect to be treated like a member of our family. Let our knowledgeable attorneys at Earl & Earl, PLLC, use our decades of combined experience to help you get back on track following a life-altering car crash.

    Contact us today for a free initial case review to speak with one of our Colorado car accident lawyers.

    With offices in Colorado Springs, Castle Rock, Grand Junction, Denver, and Pueblo, we serve clients throughout Colorado. We will explain how our team can help you pursue maximum compensation for the harm and losses you have suffered following a car accident.

    How Our Colorado Car Accident Lawyer Can Make a Difference for You

    You don’t have to pursue compensation for the injuries and losses you have suffered in a Colorado car accident on your own. Our car accident attorneys can help you seek the results you need and deserve and to make a difference in your car accident case by:

    • Developing a personalized legal strategy tailored to your needs and goals after we have taken the time to sit down and get to know you and your case
    • Conducting an independent investigation of the accident that you were involved in to identify and gather all available evidence
    • Working with accident reconstruction experts to help determine what happened in the car accident and to identify all parties that bear fault for the crash, such as negligent motorists or even state and local government who designed or maintained an unsafe road
    • Filing insurance and legal claims on your behalf and handling all dealings with insurance adjusters or defense lawyers so you can keep your focus and energy on your treatment and your recovery
    • Pursuing a fair and full settlement on your behalf and, if a settlement cannot be reached, preparing your case to go to court and trial
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    Common Car Accident Injuries

    Even a low-speed car accident has the potential to cause long-lasting and debilitating injuries. Examples of injuries commonly caused by car accidents in Colorado include:
    • Bruising and lacerations
    • Broken bones
    • Dislocated joints
    • Sprained and torn ligaments, tendons, or muscles
    • Whiplash injuries
    • Internal organ damage and internal bleeding
    • Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
    • Head injuries
    • Traumatic brain injury
    • Burns and smoke inhalation injuries (when a car crash triggers a fire)
    • Amputation

    How Much Is Your Car Accident Case Worth?

    After you have been in a car accident, you may be entitled to seek financial compensation for your injuries and losses, including money for:

    • Medical expenses such as hospital bills, surgeries, and other medical procedures, doctor’s appointments, prescriptions, medical or mobility equipment, physical therapy, and home health services
    • Lost wages and income for missed time from work
    • Lost earning potential if your disabilities from the accident cause you to suffer a permanent reduction in your income
    • Pain and suffering caused by your car accident injuries
    • Lost quality of life due to scarring and disfigurement, or disabilities that interfere with daily living or participating in activities you previously enjoyed
    • Property damage such as repair or replacement costs for your vehicle involved in the crash

    Time Limits for Filing a Car Accident Lawsuit in Colorado

    If you decide that you wish to file a lawsuit after being injured in a car accident, the Colorado statute of limitations on car accident claims will require you to file your lawsuit within three years of the date of your accident. For minor children injured in a car accident, the statute of limitations usually does not begin to run until the child turns 18.

    Suppose you are involved in a car accident caused by a state or local government vehicle or a car driven by a state or local government employee in the course of their job, and you wish to bring a claim against the government. In that case, you must give the relevant government or public agency notice of your claim within 182 days of the accident.

    If you fail to timely file your notice or lawsuit, the other party can ask the court to permanently dismiss your case regardless of the merits of your claim. As a result, you could lose your right to seek compensation in court for the injuries and losses you have sustained.

    Car Accident FAQs

    Car Accidents

    Although you might consider trying to handle your car accident claim on your own, especially if the insurance company has quickly offered you a settlement, you will almost always need a lawyer to help you following a car crash. Being represented by a car accident attorney will likely result in you recovering greater compensation than you might otherwise recover if you try to handle your case alone.

    An experienced car accident lawyer at Earl & Earl, PLLC, can review the facts and circumstances of your case to determine the total extent of your losses, including your past and future expenses, and can pursue a case result that fairly and fully compensates you. Having a car accident attorney on your side can also prove critical if the other driver or party tries to argue that you were to blame for the accident or that you bear some fault for the crash. If you are found to have some responsibility for the accident, it can affect your compensation rights.

    If you may have been partially to blame for the car accident you were involved in, it does not necessarily bar you from pursuing a compensation claim. Colorado follows a modified comparative negligence rule for car accident cases. Under this rule, you may still pursue a claim for compensation following a car accident so long as your share of fault for the accident is not as great or greater than the share of fault of the person you are seeking compensation from. For example, if you were involved in a car accident with one other driver, you may pursue a claim for compensation against the other at-fault driver if your share of fault for the crash was not more than 50 percent.

    Even when you are still entitled to bring a claim despite your partial fault for the accident, your total financial recovery will be reduced in proportion to your share of responsibility under the modified comparative negligence rule. For example, suppose you suffered $100,000 in total losses in a car accident and are found to have been 25 percent at fault for the crash and your injuries and losses. In that case, the court will reduce your recovery by $25,000 to reflect your share of responsibility.

    The Colorado car accident attorneys of Earl & Earl, PLLC, work on a contingency fee basis. Under this arrangement, you are not required to pay any fees upfront for our legal representation. We will not get paid in a contingency fee arrangement unless and until we secure compensation for you through a settlement or trial. We then receive a previously agreed-upon percentage of the total financial recovery that we have obtained for you in your case.

    Estimating how long any car accident claim will take can be incredibly difficult. Many factors affect the length of any case, including:

    • Whether the other driver or party contests liability for the accident
    • How many parties are involved in the accident (including both drivers and passengers)
    • The extent of injuries and whether you are still undergoing treatment when you bring your claim
    • The amount of insurance coverage available to compensate you and other victims of the accident
    • Whether your case ends with a settlement or ends up going to trial

    The other driver’s insurance company may contact you shortly following a car accident. You should keep in mind that the insurance company is not serving your interests but rather trying to protect its interests by avoiding any liability or paying you as little compensation as possible. To achieve that goal, the insurance company will often try to get you to make a statement and say things that it can later use as proof that you were responsible for causing the accident.

    If the other driver’s insurance company contacts you, you should decline to speak to the adjuster and instead request that they direct any communications and requests to your car accident attorney at Earl & Earl, PLLC. Your attorney can provide the insurance company with the information it needs while protecting your rights and interests.

    What to Do If You’ve Been Hurt in an Auto Accident

    When you’ve been hurt in a car accident in Colorado, you can take the following steps. These steps will help you to begin collecting the information you may need to pursue a claim for compensation for your injuries and losses and protect your rights and interests throughout your case:

    • Gather information at the scene. Get the names, contact information, vehicle registration information, and insurance information from each motorist involved in the accident. Also, get a brief statement or the contact information from any eyewitnesses to the crash.
    • Take photos or video of the accident scene. Try to get pictures of the damage to the vehicles involved in the crash, any skid marks on the road, the traffic controls, any visual obstructions for any of the drivers, and the weather/lighting/road/traffic conditions. Also, take photographs of any visible injuries you may have suffered.
    • Get examined by a doctor as soon as possible. A doctor can diagnose any injuries you may have suffered. Promptly identifying your injuries from the car accident will create a medical record that helps prove the extent of your injuries and that the car accident caused them.
    • Keep a journal following the accident. You can begin by writing down your recollection of what occurred in the crash so that you have something to refresh your memory later. You should also document your recovery from your injuries, including the difficulties and pain that your injuries and your treatment cause for you.
    • Keep copies of all bills, invoices, and receipts of all expenses you incur due to the accident. Make sure to keep a copy of your paystubs or income statements to help document your lost wages or income.
    • Avoid discussing the accident in social media posts. Also, you should avoid posting photos or videos of yourself on social media. Insurance companies and defense lawyers often monitor accident victims’ social media accounts to see if they post anything that might contradict the allegations in the victim’s claim.

    Finally, you should take the time to speak with a Colorado car accident attorney from Earl & Earl, PLLC to learn more about your rights and options and to discuss your next steps in pursuing your car accident claim. You can count on us to focus on your individual needs and goals and craft a personalized legal strategy aimed at maximizing your compensation.

    Talk to a Colorado Car Accident Attorney Now

    If you have been injured through no fault of your own in a car crash, contact Earl & Earl, PLLC today for a free, no-obligation consultation.

    We represent clients on a contingency-fee-basis, which means you will never have to pay us a cent unless we recover compensation for you. We are ready to serve Colorado residents from any one of our conveniently located office locations in Colorado Springs, Castle Rock, Grand Junction, Denver, and Pueblo.

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