Car Accident Lawyers in Arvada, Colorado
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Car accidents often have a significant and even devasting impact on our lives. In addition to coping with injuries, accident victims must also navigate a complex process to secure compensation for their injuries and property damage. Because these cases are often complicated, it is important to consult with an experienced attorney.
The dedicated personal injury attorneys near you at Zinda Law Group can help you better understand your rights and options going forward. We believe our clients deserve excellent representation in their times of need, and we will work to help you seek maximum compensation for your injuries and property damage. Our clients pay nothing unless we win their case.
What You Should Know about Car Accidents
According to the National Safety Council, an estimated total of 42,060 deaths occurred in 2020 as a result of motor-vehicle accidents. This represents an 11.9% increase from the previous year despite a 13% drop in miles driven as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. In total, these accidents cost an estimated $474.4 billion in deaths, injuries, and property damage.
Kinds of accidents
Each auto accident is unique and should be evaluated by an experienced attorney on a case-by-case basis. Case types we have handled in the past :
- Drunk driving accidents
- Rear-end accidents
- Head-on collisions
- Multiple-vehicle accidents
- Distracted driving accidents
- Texting and driving accidents
- Reckless driving accidents
- Trucking accidents
- Hit and run accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Motorcycle hit and run accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Electric scooter accidents
- Bus accidents
- School bus accidents
- Uninsuredor underinsured motorist accidents
- Employee vehicle accidents
- Amazon delivery accidents
Kinds of Damages
There are two kinds of recoverable damages in auto-accident cases, economic and non-economic.
Economic damages are those that can be reduced to a tangible monetary value. For example, medical bills, pharmacy bills, loss of income (both present and future), and lost earning capacity are all examples of economic damages.
Non-economic damages refer to those that cannot be reduced to a monetary value. Among other things, this includes your pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of a loved one (legally referred to as “loss of consortium”).
The distinction between economic and non-economic damages is sometimes blurred because the impact they each have on your life can overlap; for example, an injury may cost a specific dollar amount to treat, but its impact on your physical and psychological well-being is often not fully reflected in a medical bill. On one hand, this means it is important to save all of your medical bills associated with the accident—these can help prove both your economic damages and, alongside treatment records, your non-economic damages. On the other, it is equally important that you secure competent and compassionate legal representation that can fully and effectively explain your non-economic damages from your perspective to a judge and jury.
In all cases, your wellbeing is the top priority. As our injury lawyers work to help you recover maximum compensation, it is important that you focus on your physical recovery. Injuries sustained in auto accidents are as diverse as the accidents themselves. All injuries stemming from the accident should be specifically and thoroughly evaluated by a medical professional. Common injuries include:
- Back and neck injuries
- Head injuries
- Brain injuries
- Broken bones
- Spinal injuries
- Cuts and scrapes
- Internal injuries
- Catastrophic injuries
What to Do If You Have Been Involved in a Car Accident
Auto-accident are often traumatizing and disorienting experiences. Take the following steps if you are involved in one:
1. Protect Yourself.
Because your health and safety are top priorities, you should immediately assess your injuries; do the same for any passengers in the vehicle. If your injuries are severe and you cannot move, call the police and wait for help to arrive. If you are able, move to a safe location off the road—either move your vehicle if it can still be driven or move yourself if it cannot.
2. File a Crash Report and Obtain a Copy.
You will need evidence to make your case, and the crash report filed with the police will serve as the first official record documenting the accident and as an important source of evidence. Even if you do not call the police to the scene, the police report remains important.
The sooner the report is filed, the better. This helps ensure that nothing from the immediate scene of the accident is forgotten or overlooked. You should request a copy of the report as soon as possible or inquire how one can be obtained. In part, this gives you an opportunity to evaluate its accuracy.
3. When Possible, Gather and Protect Evidence.
Once you ensure your own protection, you can begin gathering your own information in addition to the police report; for example, if possible, collect the other driver’s insurance information, driver’s license, and license plate numbers. If any witnesses were present, collect their names and contact information. If after evaluating a copy of the police report you find inaccuracies, this is also a good opportunity to collect substantiating evidence.
Because the scene of the accident is the best source of evidence regarding the nature of the crash, you should also take your own steps to document the scene if possible. In addition to the official crash report and your own notes, footage (videos, photographs, and audio) from the scene can be an excellent source of evidence. Some common kinds of information that are sometimes only provable from the immediate scene of the accident include, but are not limited to:
- Road conditions (e.g., wet or icy roads)
- Weather conditions (e.g., dense fog or high winds)
- Driver impairment (e.g., intoxication, exhaustion, or road rage)
4. Seek Medical Treatment.
The importance of seeking treatment is twofold. Firstly, it is an important step in your physical recovery; secondly, medical evaluation, treatment, and documentation represents a third source of evidence for your case. Ensuring that your injuries are fully documented by medical professionals will in turn help ensure that your economic and non-economic damages are fully accounted for in your case.
It is important to identify your injuries early on. When we think of auto-accidents we often immediately envision catastrophic injuries and death, but all injuries should be treated—both large and small. Comparatively modest injuries may be more difficult to identify and sometimes only become apparent days after the accident, so do not underestimate their impact on your wellbeing and your case.
They may also be difficult to distinguish from underlying injuries present before the accident. This is often a factor when securing adequate compensation because the other side—typically an insurance company—will try to evade accountability for anything that cannot be shown to be a result of the immediate accident. Fully informing your medical providers of all injuries and discomfort you suffer after the accident can help overcome this kind of evasive maneuvering; ultimately, you know your body best and are therefore in the best position to communicate the extent of your pain and suffering.
5. Hire an Attorney.
An experienced personal injury attorney near you will serve as your guide through the complicated process of gathering and organizing evidence, filing a case, negotiating settlement, and going to trial when necessary. Most cases are settled without trial, but competent legal representation by a personal injury lawyer will help ensure that you are being treated fairly by the insurance companies involved.
Oftentimes, victims in car accidents understandably call the insurance companies involved in the case before speaking with an attorney. However, insurance companies are not neutral third parties, and your own insurance company is not always your closest ally. Consider speaking with an attorney first—once you become a client, your attorney is obligated to fight for you.
Remember, any communication you have with an insurance company can be leveraged against you in negotiation. Before speaking to an attorney, do not at any point sign a form or waiver provided by an insurance company or admit fault.
While You Recover from Your Injuries, Let Us Help You Recover Compensation
Car accidents in Colorado are common occurrences and can be extremely stressful, even absent serious injury. At Zinda Law Group, we believe that no auto-accident victim should lack excellent legal representation. We take pride in providing that representation, and our team of experienced is here to help.
We also understand that the physical recovery and financial recovery of our clients are often intertwined. As you focus on recovering from your injuries, let us focus on helping you recover maximum compensation.
If you or a loved one has been involved in an auto accident, call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 for a 100% free case evaluation with our experienced Arvada personal injury attorneys. You will pay nothing unless we win your case. That is our No Win, No Fee Guarantee.
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