Denver & Colorado Car Accident Lawyer
Car accidents happen every day, in Colorado and across the nation. If you have been injured in a car accident that was someone else’s fault, The Sawaya Law Firm can help.
A December 2014 report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicated that in 2013 21,132 passenger vehicle occupants were killed and 2,046,000 were injured in traffic collisions on U.S. roadways. Passenger car and light truck occupants accounted for 65 percent of traffic fatalities that year.
There are many reasons for car accidents, but most are caused by some type of driver error. Whether you have been injured in an accident caused by a drunk driver, a distracted driver, a drowsy driver, or someone who simply failed to exercise safe driving behavior, your best course of action is to consult with an experienced Colorado motor vehicle accident attorney.
Car Accident FAQs
For 40 years, the dedicated car accident attorneys at The Sawaya Law Firm have been fighting for the rights of people who were seriously hurt in crashes that could have been prevented. Although every claim we handle is different, many of our clients frequently ask the following questions during our free initial consultations.
How much does it cost to hire a car accident attorney?
At The Sawaya Law Firm, we do not charge anything for your initial consultation. And we help car accident victims on a contingency fee basis, which means our legal fees are contingent upon us winning compensation for you. If we do not recover compensation in your claim, you owe us nothing. If we secure compensation, our payment comes as a percentage of the money you receive.
This payment arrangement allows car accident victims to demand justice for what they’ve been put through without worrying about whether they can afford to pay attorneys’ fees upfront.
What types of compensation can I recover?
Depending on the circumstances of your case, our Colorado auto accident attorneys may pursue:
- Payment for your medical bills, including health care costs you may have in the future related to your injury
- Compensation to fix or replace your vehicle
- Lost wages if you had to miss work or can no longer work
- Compensation for the pain and suffering your injury has caused
- Punitive damages, which are awarded in extreme cases involving severe misconduct by the at-fault party
Can I settle my car accident claim without a lawyer?
You do not have to have a lawyer to negotiate a car accident settlement with the insurance company. In fact, the insurance company would prefer you didn’t. That’s because insurers have teams of attorneys working to protect their bottom line and pay as little as possible on claims.
The truth is: If you have been hurt in a car accident, it’s worth it to at least schedule a free consultation with a knowledgeable personal injury attorney to go over your options. Because our attorneys deal with these kinds of claims on a daily basis, we can give you an honest assessment of what your case is worth.
When do I need an attorney after a car accident?
It is helpful to speak with an attorney as soon as possible after the crash, even if it’s just during a free consultation to discuss your legal options. That’s because an experienced auto accident attorney will be able to thoroughly assess your case and give you a better idea of what types of damages you may be entitled to.
Having an attorney on your side from the beginning is also a good idea because your lawyer can take the pressure off of you by managing communication with the at-fault party, the insurance companies, and the billing department of your health care provider. In addition, your attorney will want to launch an investigation into your crash before the evidence fades and witnesses’ memories grow fuzzy.
How long do I have to file a lawsuit after a car accident?
Colorado gives crash victims three years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit seeking compensation. However, it is important to know that an experienced attorney will want to start working on your claim as soon as possible to build a strong case.
How does negligence factor into my car accident case?
In Colorado, drivers owe a duty of care to other motorists on the road. When a driver breaches that duty, and the resulting crash causes injuries to another person, the negligent driver can be held liable for damages.
Some examples of negligent driving include:
- Distracted driving
- Driving while under the influence
- Failing to yield
- Drowsy driving
- Wrong-way drivers
- Road rage
How can I pay medical bills if I can’t go back to work after a car accident?
When you choose The Sawaya Law Firm to represent you, our attorneys will contact your health care providers to explain that a claim is pending. Any questions your health care provider has about payment can then be referred to us, rather than you having to deal with the stress.
The driver who hit me doesn’t have insurance. Can I still file a claim?
Colorado requires all drivers to carry a certain level of insurance. However, if you are hit by a driver without insurance, you may still be able to pursue compensation. If you have uninsured or underinsured motorist (UM or UIM) coverage, you may be able to turn to your own insurance company for compensation.
Should I accept a car accident settlement offer from the insurance company?
You should never sign anything from the insurance company without consulting with a knowledgeable attorney. As with any negotiation process, the first offer will likely be low. For those who are coping with injuries, a settlement offer may come before you truly understand the extent of what you are facing.
A skilled attorney can thoroughly assess your damages, document your injuries, and make a strong case for a full and fair car accident settlement.
Can I recover compensation if I was partially at fault?
Colorado’s comparative fault laws do allow victims to recover compensation even if they are partially responsible for an accident. However, if you are found to be 50 percent or more at fault for causing the accident, you may not recover damages. If you are found to be less than 50 percent at fault, your compensation will be reduced by the percentage of blame assigned to you.
So, for example, if you were speeding and the other driver was drunk, the drunk driver may be 90 percent to blame for the crash, and you may be found 10 percent at fault. If your damages are determined to be $10,000, then your compensation amount would be reduced by 10 percent. So you would receive $9,000.
Remember: Never admit fault in an auto accident. There are many factors you may not know about, so it’s best to let the investigators do their job and determine who is really to blame.
Contact Your Colorado Car Accident Lawyer
Call 303-466-3529 or contact us online today to discuss your concerns. Speak with an experienced:
There’s no fees unless we win your case.
Types of Car Accidents Our Firm Handles
Our lawyers at The Sawaya Law Firm have successfully handled numerous car accident cases. After many years of personal injury practice, we have developed a network of resources to help you seek to recover fully from your accident and injuries.
Types of car accident cases we handle include rear end collisions, head-on collisions, T-bone accidents, collisions in intersections, car crashes on the interstate, drunk driving accidents, drugged driving accidents, drowsy driving accidents, distracted driving accidents, speeding and reckless driving accidents, and traffic crashes in highway construction zones. No matter what type of car accident you have suffered, we want to hear your story at The Sawaya Law Firm.
Types of Injuries in Car Accidents
Many types of injuries can occur in car accidents. Common injuries include:
- Brain injuries from blows to the head, jolting of the brain, or piercing head injuries.
- Head and facial injuries, including eye, ear, jaw, and dental injuries.
- Neck and back injuries, such as whiplash and damage to the vertebrae, ligaments, and discs, or to the spinal cord itself.
- Crushed larynx or trachea
- Chest injuries, including broken ribs or sternum.
- Diaphragm rupture from blunt or penetrating trauma to the lower chest or trunk.
- Hip fractures and abdominal organ injuries, particularly in front and side-impact collisions.
- Leg and knee injuries from crushing or impact with a part of the car.
- Foot and ankle injuries, including strains, sprains, and fractures.
Damages in Car Accidents
If another party is responsible for your car accident, you may be entitled to claim damages. It is in your best interests to consult with an experienced Colorado accident lawyer as soon as possible after a serious car accident. At The Sawaya Law Firm, we offer a free case consultation, and we can advise you of the damages you may be entitled to claim.
All drivers have a duty to exercise reasonable care on the roadways. If someone failed to do so and caused your accident and injuries, you have a right to seek compensation for your losses. Damages may include medical expenses, lost wages, lost earning potential, pain and suffering, and property damage.
Our Car Accident Attorneys Serve Denver, Greeley and All of Colorado
At The Sawaya Law Firm, our practice has been dedicated to helping injured people for more than 35 years. When you work with our firm, our Colorado car accident attorneys will immediately begin investigating your accident and filing accident injury claims for the compensation you need. Call us today to get our skilled and dedicated legal team working on your car accident case.