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Frequently Asked Questions About Colorado Car Accidents

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Even for people who have been involved in a car accident before, there can be many unknowns depending on the circumstances of the crash. A fender-bender may not cause too much trouble, but when your car is severely damaged or you need intensive medical treatment, you may not know where to turn for help. If you are hurt in a vehicle collision, a personal injury attorney can assist you in seeking the financial compensation you need and deserve. 

What Are Examples of Negligence on the Road?

Since 2011, fatal car crashes in Colorado have steadily increased. Distracted driving is a leading cause of car accidents. There are no restrictions on talking on a cell phone for drivers 18 years and older. However, texting or any other kind of data entry is prohibited for all drivers. When motorists break these laws, they put others in danger, just as they would when drunk driving or speeding. If a driver's negligence was the cause of an accident, he or she can be held responsible for the injuries and damages suffered by other drivers or passengers. In these cases, an experienced attorney can help you determine your best options for pursuing compensation. 

How Can Damages Be Documented?

To receive compensation, a victim must typically provide proof that that the other driver was at fault for the accident and the resulting injuries. After an accident, it is important to document the scene yourself if you can, and your attorney can also help you gather evidence to demonstrate liability for the collision. This evidence may include photographs or video of the road conditions, injuries to you or any passengers, and damage to the car. Your lawyer may also be able to find out if there were traffic cameras that recorded the accident, obtain statements from witnesses, and provide proof of your injuries based on your medical records. 

Do I Have to Pay for My Medical Care?

Even if you are not rushed to the hospital right after an auto accident, it is still important to seek medical care. Injury symptoms may not be immediately noticeable due to adrenaline, and you might not know you are hurt until hours or days later. Regardless of when you begin experiencing symptoms, you should visit a doctor within 24 hours after the crash. The costs of your medical treatment should be addressed in a personal injury settlement. Depending on the circumstances, medical expenses may need to be paid up-front, and you can be reimbursed for these costs when your case is complete. If money is an issue, there are some providers who will administer treatment and defer some or all of the payments until the settlement is received. Alternatively, you may be able to apply for a government assistance program or find other options for meeting your financial needs while your case is ongoing. 

Contact a Larimer County Personal Injury Attorney

Sustaining injuries in a car accident can result in significant difficulties and long-lasting or permanent effects to your health and well-being. You may not be able to work while recovering, and you may incur costly medical bills at the same time. If you have been involved in a motor vehicle collision, contact an experienced Fort Collins car accident attorney as soon as possible. The qualified legal team at Hoggatt Law Office, P.C. will examine the details of your case and help you understand your options for pursuing compensation. The first step is booking your free consultation; call us today at 970-225-2190.

 

Sources: 

https://cdan.nhtsa.gov/SASStoredProcess/guest

https://leg.colorado.gov/content/distracted-driving-and-cell-phone-use

 

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