Every day millions of Colorado residents take the inherent and unavoidable risk of injury or death by driving a car. It’s not a pleasant thought to carry around with you on a daily basis, but it’s a reality we Coloradans need to understand and take into account every time we drive a car. In 2017 648 people lost their lives in Colorado due to car wrecks, and thousands more were injured or impaired as a result of an accident. That adds up to more than ten thousand auto accident claims a year filed in the state of Colorado looking to seek compensation for damages and losses.
Chances are you or someone you know was involved in a car accident of varying severities. Even the most simple rear-end accident can involve numerous hoops to jump through and red tape to cut — insurance companies are notoriously stingy when it comes to paying out compensation to car wreck victims in Colorado. The Colorado Springs Car Accident Lawyers at Springs Law Group deal with all types of car accidents around Colorado Springs. Read for yourself what all a car accident entails before you call 719-793-8729 for a free consultation today on your claim.
From January 1, 2018, through June 22, 2018, the Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD) has investigated 23 fatal traffic collisions in Colorado Springs.
Of the 14 automobile fatalities, seatbelts were used in 9 of them. Of the 5 fatalities where seatbelts were not used, 4 of them were ejected from their vehicles.
Excessive speed has been a factor in several fatalities in 2018. In 3 of the collisions, speed in excess of 100 miles per hour was a factor
Of the 3 motorcycle fatalities in Colorado Springs last year, 2 were wearing helmets and 1 was not.
No two car accidents are created equal. Each one involves a unique kind of negligence from one or both parties in addition to other outside factors. If you live in the Colorado Springs area, you have either experienced one of these yourself or know someone who has.
Texting and driving is the most notorious form of distracted driving — leading to thousands of deaths a year across the country. But texting isn’t the only distraction we face on the road. Eating, talking with passengers or fiddling with the entertainment console all lead to distracted accidents as well. All of which are very preventable.
If you’ve read through the insurance and claims section of this page, you’ll know it’s against the law to leave the scene of an accident if you’re at-fault even if the damaged vehicle is unattended. Don’t be the person charged with a crime because they left the scene of a hit and run accident.
Hearing “DUI” normally connotes the idea of drunk driving. In Colorado, we have the added issue of marijuana use while driving. Whatever your vice, make sure to do it in moderation. The consequences of a DUI far outweigh the gains of getting home from the bar early.
Rear-end collisions are one of the more common accidents we see in Colorado Springs and are often the fault of the following vehicle. In Colorado, we have a shared negligence statue which can find the leading driver partially at fault if it is found they acted recklessly enough to cause the accident.
Two vehicles colliding at high speeds in opposite directions often lead to the more serious injuries we see in car wrecks. Head-on collisions are a common cause of whiplash, head injuries, and neck contusions.
Referred to as “side impact collisions” in the industry, these are often the scariest since they happen out of your peripheral vision and go unforeseen. Behind head-on collisions, side-impact collisions have the second highest fatality rate among car accidents.
On our windy mountain roads here in Colorado, rollovers are common among SUV, truck and van drivers. In the case your rollover accident was caused by a negligent driver, you’ll need a Colorado Springs car accident attorney to help you navigate the shared negligence in the accident.
Even as all Colorado drivers have a duty of care, a pedestrian can still be found at-fault in an accident if a court finds they were acting so carelessly it was impossible for the car not to hit them. There have been instances where a Colorado judge issues 50-50 fault in a pedestrian accident.
Going back to the duty of care statute for Colorado drivers, bicycles and pedestrians are treated similarly by the law. Both driver and bicycle rider can share fault in a bicycle accident, but the driver will almost always absorb a majority of the fault.
Every car accident in Colorado Springs happens for a reason. In general, attorneys don’t like to use the word “accident” because it connotes an idea no one was at fault. In reality, there’s always fault in a car accident. Whether it was driver negligence or carelessness, the blame will always go somewhere. The tricky part of being a Colorado Springs car accident attorney is navigating what share of fault each driver has. The shared fault in an accident ultimately decided what kind of compensation a client will receive. In Colorado, there are certain statutes and laws which lay out how to distribute fault in a car wreck. We’ll talk about them more below.
Anything laid out in the “duty of care” statute can be the basis for proving negligence in a car wreck. Was the driver/pedestrian/bicycle rider exemplifying a reasonable pattern of behavior in this situation? That’s the question a court or insurance company will ask when reviewing the details of the accident.
These are situations where the accident leaves no doubt as to who is at fault. Rear-end accidents fall into this category as do the drunk driving and distracted driving accidents.
Based on the investigations done by law enforcement and the insurance adjusters, both drivers involved in an accident will share fault in an accident. The fault will divide along percentages, so, for example, a driver can be found 40 percent at-fault for an accident.It should be noted if you’re found to be more than 50 percent at-fault in an accident, you will not be able to receive compensation for your accident.
The injuries car accident victims suffer range in severity. The most important thing when dealing with these injuries is listening to your medical professional and following through with all the necessary treatment. Don’t ever put anything in a car accident claim above your personal well-being.
Car Accident Injuries in Colorado come in a variety of forms, but these are the more common and often debilitating injuries suffered by victims.
SLAP actually stands for Superior Labral Anterior Posterior. It’s a reference to the tear that stretches from the front to the back of the cartilage on the inner portion of the shoulder joint. In sports we see baseball players and quarterbacks suffer this injury because of the repetitive throwing motion in their shoulder.
In a car accident, you can damage your labrum from absorbing the impact of the accident while clutching the steering wheel. Those who suffer this injury will immediately feel pain in their shoulder along with popping noises and the loss of overhead motion.
Any impact on the head, no matter how severe, can lead to a concussion. That in itself is the definition of a concussion, but the diagnosis and treatment of one aren’t as simple.
The headaches, odd sleeping patterns, seizures and mood changes can take days to become visible, but nausea, ringing sounds in the ear and loss of consciousness can happen right after the accident. More severe concussions fall under the traumatic brain injury category, which can lead to cognitive dysfunction much longer after the accident.
Back and spinal cord injuries are an umbrella for many specific kinds of injuries suffered in a car accident. Car accidents can lead to facet joint injuries, disc herniation, spinal stenosis and a whole mess of problems that can debilitate a victim for months.
These injuries often wind up the most costly for those who suffer them. The time spent away from work, the amount of physical therapy needed to recover.
Whiplash: Whiplash injuries are almost exclusively associated with car wrecks. A whiplash occurs when the head moves back and forth at a violent pace. You’ll immediately know you’ve experienced whiplash when you feel the pain sweep over your neck and back along with the dizziness.
Most of the time whiplash injuries heal over in a week or two. Other times whiplash can be more serious and can cause memory loss, blurred vision, and sleep apnea.
Above all, Springs Law Group wants all the drivers around Colorado Springs to be safe. However, we know this is never the reality on American roads. Car Accidents account for thousands of injuries and deaths every year. It’s not a scare tactic — it’s a fact.
If you’ve been in a car accident in Colorado Springs, there’s a good chance you’ll have to fight an insurance company to make sure your livelihood and health are protected. Don’t take on that fight alone.
Springs Law Group has fought for the people in the Colorado Springs area for more than ten years. Don’t let just anyone fight for your deserved compensation, call 719-793-8713 for a free consultation today.