If you have been injured in a car accident in Colorado, the investigating officer will generally respond and make a determination of fault in a traffic accident report (TAR). Fault is not always black and white. The officer in charge may assign blame to one party or may apportion blame to each party involved in a crash, though they often assign a greater percentage of fault to one party or the other.
If you are pursuing damages in your auto accident claim, you will need an experienced auto accident attorney to prove the other party was negligent and is responsible for damages.
In Colorado you can recover damages if you are considered less than 50 percent responsible for the crash. And the amount you’re awarded is relative to your percentage of fault.
There can, however, be aggravating factors that increase the severity of the accident, such as drunk driving or distracted driving, that can result in punitive damages. Punitive damages increase the amount a claim can pay out as a punishment to the negligent driver.
The experienced auto accident attorneys at McDivitt Law Firm in Denver, Colorado Springs and Pueblo will help you understand your rights and navigate police reports and negotiations with insurance companies. If you’ve been injured, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages and losses. Please call us today, toll free, at 877-846-4878 for a free initial consultation, or click here for a free evaluation form.