Colorado Auto Accident Lawyer
Serving Denver, Aurora, Pueblo & Colorado Springs for Over 40 Years
Car accidents can be life-altering and leave you wrongfully afraid, injured, and at risk of extreme financial hardship. From minor fender benders to head on collisions, car accidents can cause a myriad of injuries to everyone involved. Even low-speed accidents can cause tendon and ligament damage that could lead to a chronic and debilitating condition.
When an accident occurs, you need an experienced and skilled car accident attorney on your side. Our lawyers at McDivitt Law Firm have the resources needed to tackle even the most complex auto accident case. We have successfully recovered millions for our clients and have been representing Colorado car accident victims for more than 40 years. Our personal injury lawyers know all too well the difficulties you will encounter after a car crash and the challenges you will face as you pursue insurance compensation.
You Don’t Have to Do it Alone
After a car accident, you need to take care of yourself and focus on healing – both emotionally and physically. You shouldn’t have to worry that you won’t get the compensation you need and deserve to cover your lost wages, medical bills, and other damages. Car accident cases can be tricky and complex. There may be multiple parties to blame for the accident and for your injuries, including yourself.
Our auto accident attorneys are experienced in negotiating fair settlements with insurance companies and, when necessary, fighting for clients’ rights in court. Hire an attorney immediately to represent you throughout the legal process. Insurance companies will attempt to offer you the lowest possible settlement for your injuries. Without a lawyer on your side, they may not offer you enough money to pay for all of your medical expenses and long-term care. An attorney will be able to protect your rights to compensation during this time, so you can focus on your recovery.
Why Choose Us?
At McDivitt Law Firm, our Colorado car accident lawyers have been successfully representing injured auto accident victims for over 40 years. Our experiences enable us to frequently obtain maximum compensation for our clients. We work tirelessly to negotiate with insurance companies and we make every attempt to settle our cases out of court whenever possible. We do, however, build every case as if we are going to trial so if we cannot settle, we are prepared to bring the case to court.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were more than 6.2 million police-reported auto accidents across the United States in 2015 alone. Of those accidents, there were 32,539 fatalities. These statistics may seem shocking, but it is estimated that almost every person on the road will be involved in a car accident at some point in their lifetime. In fact, the car insurance industry estimates that drivers will file a claim for a collision about once every 17.9 years.
Steps to Take After an Accident
The steps you take after a car accident can significantly affect your ability to file a claim and collect the compensation you deserve. Even when there is minimal damage to your vehicle or you believe that you are not injured, it is important to call 911 and seek medical attention immediately. You should also contact an experienced attorney – the sooner you contact a lawyer, the stronger your case may be. Our attorneys can build your case and ensure that you meet any critical deadlines for filing a claim.
Types of Car Accidents We Help With
A car accident can occur at any time and to anyone. In the blink of an eye, your whole world can be turned upside down. At McDivitt Law Firm, we have successfully represented victims of:
- Rear end accidents
- Head on collisions
- Side impact or T-bone accidents
- Rollover accidents
- Distracted driving accidents
- Drunk driving accidents
- Accidents with uninsured or underinsured motorists
- Hit and run accidents
Causes of Car Accidents That Often Injure Other Drivers
Distracted Driving – One of the fastest growing causes of car accidents today is distracted driving. These auto accidents can be caused by a driver fiddling with the radio, talking to passengers, and, of course, using cellular devices. As more drivers attempt to multitask on their smartphones while driving, auto accidents are escalating. The American Automobile Association has estimated that up to 50% of all serious car accidents are caused by distracted driving. From text messaging to checking social media, any task that takes attention and focus off of the road is a distraction.
Impaired Driving – The increase in impaired driving is heartbreaking. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that in 2015, drunk driving killed 28 people and injured 6,693 people each day. Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is against the law and can affect not only those in the car, but other drivers on the road. Alcohol and drugs can have such an upsetting impact in our day to day lives and with those we love – these substances can be especially detrimental when used while driving.
Speeding – Speeding is one of the main causes of car accidents. The insurance Institute of Highway Safety estimated that 900 drivers a day are killed in excessive-speed related accidents.
Get Compensation for Your Auto Accident Injuries
You won’t pay unless we get the compensation you deserve for your injuries. We will only take your case if we think we can help. We work on contingency, which means we will fight to recover the greatest compensation for your case, and we only get a fee when we win for you.
Some victims of car crashes walk away without physical injuries, but many victims sustain complicated and critical injuries after an accident. Here are some of the more common auto accident injuries:
- Soft Tissue Injuries: A soft tissue injury occurs when a muscle, ligament, or tendon is damaged. Frequent auto accident injuries include a sprain or strain in a particular area of the body, the most common being “whiplash”.
- Scrapes and Cuts: Scrapes and cuts are commonplace injuries that can be superficial or more serious, depending on the depth of the cut. Regardless of their severity, they should be treated.
- Broken Bones: Broken bones are one of the most common auto accident injuries. While many bones can heal naturally, sometimes more complicated surgeries are required.
- Brain and Head Injuries (concussions): Brain and head injuries can be very serious, and sometimes difficult to diagnose. Common auto accident injuries include concussions, traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and mild traumatic brain injuries. Common symptoms of a TBI can include headache, nausea, fatigue or drowsiness, difficulty sleeping, dizziness or loss of balance, sensory problems, memory or concentration problems, and/or mood changes. Even a mild TBI is serious, so if you experience any of the above symptoms, seek medical attention immediately.
- Neck Injuries: Whiplash would also be categorized as a neck injury. Other neck injuries include pinched nerves (cervical radiculopathy) or herniated discs.
- Chest Injuries: These auto accident injuries occur when you receive a blow, minor or serious, to the chest. It is important to determine whether the pain in your chest stems from the force asserted against you during the crash or if there is an underlying heart problem.
- Leg and Knee Injuries: Typical knee injuries that occur from a car accident are PCL or ACL tears or swelling, dislocation of the knee, ruptured tendons, or hyperextension of the ligaments. Typical leg injuries can occur at the thigh, hip, or ankle, and unfortunately, can be very painful.
- Back Injuries: Back injuries after an auto accident can be very serious, especially when they affect the spine. Many injuries to the back include a sprain to the thoracic or lumbar areas, or a herniated disk (a displaced spinal disc). After an auto accident, extreme injury to the spinal cord can result in total or partial paralysis.
- Internal Organ Injuries: Internal organ injuries often occur after an auto accident because the body violently shook upon impact in the crash. Common injuries to organs are abdominal aorta aneurysm, internal bleeding, pneumothorax (broken rib and punctured lung), or ruptured spleen.
- Psychological Injuries: Not all injuries from a car crash are physical – some are psychological. Many people can suffer from anxiety or PTSD after an accident, which can be very serious and life altering for a victim of an auto accident.
Insurance Companies are Not on Your Side
Insurance companies are responsible to their shareholders, not you. Their primary obligation is to generate profits – something they can’t accomplish if they make generous settlement offers to accident victims. In many cases, you won’t be a client of the insurance company offering a settlement, and the company will have no reason to show you any generosity or fairness other than to avoid a lawsuit.
You Deserve Fair Compensation
If you were a driver, passenger, or pedestrian injured in a car accident, you should not have to suffer financial consequences on top of the physical and emotional damages. The civil justice system exists to protect your rights, and our legal team at McDivitt Law Firm chose to specialize in personal injury law because they’re passionate about defending the rights of Colorado residents.
Auto Accident Frequently Asked Questions
1. How am I going to pay for my medical bills if the other driver doesn’t have insurance? You may have already purchased insurance for this situation: Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist coverage. If you are injured by a hit-and-run driver or a driver who does not have any coverage (uninsured) or doesn’t have enough coverage (underinsured) to pay for your injuries, this type of insurance will cover you.
2. What does it mean if the insurance company says my vehicle is a total loss? If the insurance company says your vehicle is a total loss, the retail market value of your vehicle just before the accident is less than the cost of repairing it. How do you know if your vehicle is totaled? Often, your insurance company or a body shop can assess this for you.
3. How long do I have to file a lawsuit for the injuries sustained in my car accident? In the state of Colorado, you have 180 days from the day of the crash to file a claim regarding your injuries. The Colorado statute of limitations (time limit to file a lawsuit) is three years. There are many other laws that may reduce the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit, so you should never wait to file a claim following a car accident. After an auto accident, contact our lawyers at McDivitt Law Firm to help you get the most money for your losses and assist you in getting the medical help you need. Waiting to call a lawyer may result in losing the value of your case and interfere with your ability to get your medical bills paid.
4. How can I afford a lawyer? The phone call and initial consultation with our car accident lawyers are free of charge, and if we are able to take your case, you won’t pay a fee until we get money for you. At that time, our fee is just a percentage of your total settlement. Statistically, the net amount of the money you receive out of your settlement (your share) will nearly always be more than you would receive if you do not have an attorney (on average, three times more!).
5. Are there other advantages to hiring a lawyer? Yes – when you have a Colorado auto accident lawyer handle your claim, you will not have to go through the stress of dealing with the insurance company representatives and lawyers directly, as we will always speak on your behalf. Working with one of our experienced lawyers enables you to focus on recovering your health and getting your life back on track.
Results & Case Studies
At McDivitt Law Firm, our track record speaks for itself. We have helped injured clients in Colorado Springs and throughout Colorado obtain hundreds of millions of dollars. We offer compassionate yet aggressive legal representation from the moment you hire us. Our clients are never just a case number, which is why so many of our past clients continue to refer friends and family members to us for help. Check out what our past clients had to say about working with McDivitt Law Firm.
We’re There When You Need Us
It’s much harder to negotiate fair terms with the insurance company if you are dealing with them by yourself. We offer a free consultation that will help you understand your rights and options without obligating you to work with us any further.
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