Wrong-Way Driving Accident Lawyer in Colorado
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Wrong-way crashes have been on the uptick in recent years and remain a persistent and devastating threat. In fact, between 2015 and 2018 there was an average of about 500 deaths a year due to wrong-way collisions. If you have been injured in a wrong-way driving crash in Colorado, the resulting physical and financial consequences can impact you for years to come.
Our Colorado personal injury lawyers at Zinda Law Group have experience helping people who have been hurt by a driver who was driving in the wrong direction. We can investigate your claims, determine who is liable, and guide you through the entire legal process of fighting for the compensation you deserve. So, if you or someone you love has been hurt in a wrong-way car wreck in Colorado, call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 for a free consultation with a car accident lawyer today.
The ins and outs of wrong-way collisions
Wrong-way accidents are head-on collisions that take place when motorists drive in the opposite direction of traffic flow and crash into other motorists. These types of accidents are incredibly dangerous and oftentimes cause serious injuries, sometimes fatal.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a wrong-way accident in Colorado, you may have a lot of questions. At Zinda Law Group, it is our prerogative to give you all the answers we can.
Why Do Wrong-Way Accidents Happen?
Wrong-way accidents may sound like a rare occurrence, but that is not actually the case; in fact, Colorado has an average of 8 deaths per year from these types of accidents. You may be asking yourself this question: Why on Earth would someone be driving on the wrong side of the road? Well, there are many different possible explanations.
Here are a few examples of common causes for wrong-way driving accidents in Colorado:
- The driver had impaired judgment due to alcohol or drugs.
- The driver was distracted while driving.
- Drivers dose off while driving, particularly those in positions like commercial truck drivers who are on the road for long periods of time.
- Drivers text and talk on the phone while driving.
- The driver entered the interstate incorrectly.
- The driver was speeding and lost control of the vehicle.
- Some people have difficulty driving late at night.
- Drivers 70+ years of age may drive the wrong way in confusion.
These are just a few reasons for why these kinds of automobile accidents occur. However, studies show that six out of ten wrong-way crashes involve an alcohol-impaired driver. Thus, driving while intoxicated is certainly a very common cause of wrong-way collisions.
Once you have been injured in an accident, it can be difficult to figure out what happened and who is responsible. In some cases, it can be difficult to prove that the other party was driving with impaired judgment or was distracted or disoriented. Hiring an experienced car accident lawyer to investigate the case for you can greatly improve your chances of prevailing.
Experienced personal injury attorneys know how to determine who was liable and how to hold them responsible in court. While you and your family attempt to get back on your feet after a wrong-way driving crash, an experienced Colorado auto accident attorney can fight for the compensation you deserve. Additionally, your Zinda Law Group personal injury lawyer won’t charge you a penny unless they win your case.
What Kind of Compensation is Available?
If you were injured in a wrong-way driving crash in Colorado you may be entitled to compensation. Every case is different in terms of the exact amount a plaintiff is awarded, but here are a few different types of damages that you may be entitled to:
- Economic damages: These damages include past and future medical expenses, out-of-pocket expenses, and lost income. This means it includes the cost of any hospital stays or medicine co-pays, the wages you lost from taking time off work to recover, the cost to repair or fix any personal property that was damaged, and the other expenses you needed to pay because of the accident, such as the price of a rental car. For these types of accidents, economic damages can quickly add up to tens of thousands of dollars.
- Non-economic damages: Although these types of damages are a bit more difficult to ascertain, they are nonetheless a very important form of recovery. These damages cover things like emotional distress, pain and suffering, and disability or disfigurement.
- Punitive damages: Pursuant to Colorado law, if the jury found that the driver’s conduct was “willful and wanton,” then punitive damages can be awarded. Basically, this means that if the driver was acting in a particularly egregious manner, then the jury can order the defendant to pay punitive damages as a mean of punishment.
Although Colorado does have a cap on the amount of damages that a plaintiff can recover, it only pertains to the amount of punitive and non-economic damages as opposed to recovery of things like your medical bills. Additionally, there is an exception to the cap if the injured party can prove permanent physical impairment. This is an example of one of the many reasons to retain a personal injury lawyer for your wrong-way accident case; a lawyer who has handled these kinds of car crash cases can help you decipher what kinds of damages you may be able to recover and can work to make sure you are compensated adequately.
Colorado does recognize wrongful death actions brought by the family of a victim of a wrong-way collision. So, if you have lost a loved one to an auto accident in Colorado, you may have a claim for compensatory damages. Although the damages cap does apply to these types of cases, there are some exceptions to the rule that may apply to your case; an experienced car accident lawyer can help you navigate those complexities and ensure that your family receives the compensation it deserves.
What Do I Do After a Collision with a wrong-way driver?
Every car accident can feel terrifying and overwhelming, but wrong-way accidents are particularly serious and scary. If you or a loved one has been hurt in a wrong-way collision, follow these steps after the accident:
1. First, Check for Injuries.
See if you or any passengers in your vehicle have any visible injuries, and if so, call 911 for immediate medical attention. If the injuries do not appear serious, it is still always a good idea to get checked out. Sometimes there may be some underlying injuries that, without medical attention, can become much more severe as time passes.
2. Next, If It is Safe to Do So, Take Pictures Showing the Positions of the Cars and the Damage.
If you can’t take pictures, make a mental note of the layout of the cars and draw a diagram later on while it is still fresh in your memory. The actual positions of the vehicles can be helpful in determining liability later on in the suit.
If it is safe to do so, pull your car over to the shoulder of the road. The nature of wrong-way accidents means that oftentimes the vehicles will be in the middle of the road; this can be dangerous for you and other drivers on the road. If it is safe to move your vehicle, be sure to turn your hazard lights on and relocate carefully; if it is not safe to move your car, then get yourself and all of your passengers away from the road.
3. Third, Report the Accident to Law Enforcement When They Arrive.
The police officers will talk with you and make a report. You should obtain a copy of that report some time following the accident. During this step you may also want to take any other pictures that you think would be helpful, such as pictures of your injuries.
Ask for information from the other driver and the police officer; some of this information may also be in the report that is filed, but it is always a good idea to write it down yourself, too. Ask the other driver for their name, phone number, make and model of their vehicle, and their insurance information. Ask the officer for their name, badge number, and phone number; additionally, if there were any other witnesses, ask their names and phone numbers as well.
4. Lastly, Call an Attorney.
Although it is possible to pursue these kinds of claims without one, having an experienced personal injury attorney by your side will make a world of difference in your case. Experienced car accident lawyers will know how to investigate your case, file your claim, negotiate with the insurance companies involved, and pursue recovery of all compensation available.
How Much Time Do I Have to File My Suit?
Every state has different statutes of limitations for different types of cases. In Colorado, the time limit for these types of cases is three years from the date of the accident. However, it is always best practice to contact an attorney as soon as possible about your claim.
What Will the Process Look Like?
A Colorado personal injury lawyer can help guide you through the process at every step of the way and answer any questions you may have. First, the lawyer would likely gather evidence from the accident and then file your claim. After filing the action, your lawyer would likely try to obtain a settlement agreement by negotiating with the other parties; oftentimes, lawyers are able to obtain satisfactory agreements and the case resolves right then and there. If the parties cannot agree to a settlement, your lawyer may then advocate on your behalf at trial.
CALL ZINDA LAW GROUP TODAY
If you or a loved one has been hurt in a wrong-way collision in Colorado, call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 today. Our firm offers free consultations with our experienced personal injury attorneys. Most importantly, if we do not win your case for you then you won’t owe us a dime; that is our “No Win, No Fee Guarantee”
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