Denver Car Accident Attorneys
Colorado saw more than 600 traffic fatalities in 2018 alone. A recent insurance company study revealed that auto accidents were responsible for 4 in 10 workplace deaths of Colorado workers. With more people moving to the state each day, nonfatal auto accidents remain a major concern. Motor vehicle injury victims deserve relief from medical bills and other costs that can be overwhelming after an accident.
If you were injured in a car accident, another driver’s negligence could be to blame. If a careless driver caused the crash that injured you, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, time away from work, rehabilitation expenses, and more. A Denver car accident attorney at Eddington can evaluate your claim for free and get started right away so that you can recover the maximum relief available for your injuries. Call us today at (303) 815 1585 or fill out an online contact form to schedule your free consultation.
Do I Need a Car Accident Lawyer?
Colorado has a fault-based auto accident system, which means that the driver who caused the crash is also responsible for any resulting injuries, medical expenses, and other damages. While this system may appear straightforward, it complicates the process of filing an accident claim for the injured party. When you try to navigate this system alone, it’s easy to make errors that could affect the amount of compensation you receive. Do not let this happen to you. A Denver car accident attorney knows how to represent you in a claim so that you receive maximum compensation for your injuries and other damages.
When you make a personal injury claim for a car accident, damages fall into two categories:
- Economic damages — This category of damages include things that you can easily calcultate a cost for, such as property damage, medical expenses, and lost wages.
- Non-economic damages — These damages cover factors that are not as easily quantifiable, such as loss of consortium, pain and suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life.
If you try to bring a car accident claim on your own, you’ll need to know and understand how to apply the law to thoroughly calculate your damages. If you miss anything, you may not receive all the money you need to cover your medical bills and other expenses. An experienced Denver car accident attorney can help you work through all possible damages so that you can achieve maximum compensation for your injuries.
At Eddington, our Denver car accident team of legal professionals makes sure that your medical records are organized and complete, ensuring that we have enough evidence about your accident to give you the best chances of success with your claim. In some cases, we may hire expert witnesses to provide more information about your accident and use their expert testimony to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve.
When you suffer injuries in a car accident, you need to focus on recovery. However, the stress associated with growing medical bills and lost wages can work against you in the healing process. An experienced Denver car accident attorney from Eddington will handle the legal portion of your claim so that you can focus on making a full recovery from your injuries.
Why Choose Eddington?
At Eddington, we understand that a car accident can be life-changing. The physical injuries coupled with the emotional stress can be overwhelming. You may be worried about missing work, supporting your family, and recovering from your injuries. However, if the negligence of another person caused your accident, you are entitled to monetary relief for your injuries. The Denver car accident attorneys at Eddington are here to support you in getting maximum compensation for your claim.
Eddington was founded by Richard Eddington, whose father was also a personal injury lawyer. Rick grew up with an appreciation of the values his father instilled in him to help injured people get the assistance they need, and today his son Wes is also a partner at Eddington. The Eddingtons and the other attorneys and legal professionals at the practice treat clients as an extension of the family, and you will be represented with the same consideration and respect. We provide one-on-one attention so you get the support you need while we aggressively pursue a successful outcome for your claim.
Our track record at Eddington reflects our hard work for our clients. We are recognized by the National Trial Lawyers Top 100, rated by Super Lawyers, and have been featured in 5280 Magazine’s Top Lawyers of Denver. These honors are reserved for only a small percentage of the best personal injury and trial attorneys in the country, and we are proud to serve all of Colorado with our proven experience.
Types of Cases We Handle
If you were injured in an automobile accident that was the fault of another party, you can seek compensation for your medical expenses and other damages. At Eddington, we represent all types of auto injury victims and can provide legal guidance in your case.
Some common kinds of car accident cases we handle include:
- Intoxicated driving
- Distracted driving
- Drowsy driving
- Aggressive driving
- Violating traffic laws
- Violating the right of way
- Lane change accidents
- Intersection accidents
- Rear-end accidents
- Vehicle malfunction
- Defective roadways
- Hit and run accidents
These accidents can result in a wide vareity of injuries, including:
- Back and neck injuries
- Broken bones
- Internal bleeding
- Head injuries
- Spinal injuries
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
Unfortunately, many car accidents result in fatal injuries. If your loved one passed away as a result of injuries they sustained in a car accident, Eddington can help you pursue a wrongful death claim to recover compensation for their loss.
Car Accident Statistics
The most recent traffic safety statistics published by the Colorado State Patrol show that fatal crashes increased by 12.3 percent between 2016 and 2017, while the number of auto accidents as a whole remained fairly constant. While the Colorado State Patrol’s goal is to improve overall road safety, the fact is that Coloradans are injured in motor vehicle crashes every day.
Colorado faces some unique circumstances surrounding auto accidents, with extreme weather conditions throughout the state and, most recently, with the legalization of marijuana. A study released in October 2018 by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found states with legalized recreational marijuana saw a 6 percent rise in car accidents compared to states that do not allow recreational marijuana. The National Highway Safety Administration has been encouraged to further research the topic.
Frequently Asked Questions About Car Accidents
The following are questions that are often asked about car accident cases. For answers specific to your case, contact one of our experienced car accident attorneys at (303) 815 1585 to discuss your case for free.
What if an uninsured driver hit me?
Though Colorado law requires that all motorists carry insurance, drivers frequently disobey. If the at-fault driver in your accident was uninsured or underinsured, you may be able to file a claim with your own insurance and recover compensation through your underinsured or uninsured motorist coverage. This may also apply if you are involved in a hit-and-run accident and the at-fault driver cannot be located.
How much will a lawyer cost?
Eddington operates on a contingency fee basis, which means that you do not pay anything unless we win your case. We will cover the costs of your case up front, and only take a portion of your final settlement as payment. In the unlikely event that we are unable to recover any compensation for you, you will never owe us a cent.
What should I do after a car accident?
After a car accident, your priority should be to seek medical attention so that you are safe and have a better chance of making a total recovery. Document as many details as you can, including photos of the scene, witness contact information, and copies of accident reports. Do not speak to the other party’s insurance company until you have contacted a lawyer as they may try and make you a low settlement offer. Call Eddington to discuss a potential claim so that you can get the justice you deserve in your accident claim.
What is the statute of limitations?
A statute of limitations is a law that sets a time limit to bring a claim against a negligent party. In Colorado, the statute of limitations for an auto accident is three years from the date of your injury. While this may seem like a long time, it is always best to begin your claim as soon as possible after an accident so that critical evidence is not lost.
What if I was partially at fault for my accident?
Colorado uses the scheme of comparative negligence, so even if you were partially at fault in your accident, you can still recover compensation for your injuries if you were not more than 50 percent responsible. Your earnings will then be reduced by the percentage you are found to be at fault. For example, if you are awarded $100,000 but found to be 25% at fault, you will ultimately receive only $75,000. Fault is measured by insurance adjusters and can sometimes be determined in court.
How do I know if I should accept an insurance settlement?
Insurance companies want to settle quickly, and any settlement offer can be tempting if you have medical bills to pay. While every case is different, we encourage you to review your claim with us before accepting any settlement. In most circumstances, we can help you recover more for your accident than insurance initially offers.
Contact a Denver Car Accident Attorney Today
At Eddington, we have recovered millions of dollars for our clients in car accident cases, and we can help you seek the financial recovery you deserve to get the treatment you need. Schedule your free consultation by calling us today at (303) 815 1585 or filling out an online contact form.