Fault, Evidence and Insurance: Protecting Your Legal Rights After a Car Accident in Denver
After a car accident, it is important to do everything possible to protect your claim for financial compensation. From getting your car fixed to treating the long-term effects of your injuries, each aspect of the recovery process is expensive; and, if someone else is to blame for what happened, you deserve to be fully and fairly compensated for your accident-related losses. Speak with a Denver car accident lawyer as soon as possible.
In most cases, there are three primary steps involved in securing financial compensation for car accident injuries. These are: (i) determining fault, (ii) collecting evidence, and (iii) dealing with the insurance companies.
Determining Fault in a Car Accident
In order to secure financial compensation for a car accident, you need to be able to prove that someone else was at fault in the collision. In most cases, this is another driver. There are various forms of driver error that can support claims for compensation under Colorado law, including:
- Reckless driving
- Following too closely (tailgating)
- Running a red light, yellow light, stop sign or yield sign
- Driving while distracted (including texting or talking on the phone)
- Driving while fatigued
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (including marijuana)
However, when seeking financial compensation for a car accident, it is important not to look solely to the other driver for financial compensation. From potholes to vehicle defects, there are various non-driver-related issues that can support claims for financial compensation as well.
Collecting Evidence to Support Your Claim
In order to prove that someone else was at fault in the accident, you will need evidence. Depending upon the nature of the accident, how long ago it occurred and various other factors, types of evidence that may be available include:
- Skid marks and other forensic evidence at the scene
- Photos you took at the scene of the accident
- Statements the other driver made to the police
- Statements from witnesses
- The location and extent of the damage to each vehicle
- Traffic, red light or surveillance camera footage
In addition to evidence of fault, you will also need evidence of the extent of your injuries. In a car accident claim, the amount of compensation you are entitled to recover is directly related to the nature and long-term effects of your injuries. This means that you should see a doctor as soon after the accident as possible, and you need to carefully follow your doctor’s advice (or seek a second opinion, if desired).
Dealing With the Insurance Companies
Most car accident claims are resolved through insurance settlements. But, before accepting any settlement, you need to have a clear understanding of the financial and non-financial effects of your injuries. An experienced car accident lawyer will be able to calculate what constitutes a fair settlement in your case, and will be able to make sure you have the evidence you need to secure the compensation you deserve.
Speak With a Denver Car Accident Lawyer Today
If you have been injured in a car accident in the Denver area, the attorneys at Levine Law can help you secure just compensation from the insurance companies. To discuss your case in confidence, call 303-333-8000 or request a free initial consultation online with a Denver car accident lawyer today.