Fewer accidents happen on the highway. But higher speeds mean these collisions are much more likely to result in serious or fatal injuries.
There are also many common complicating factors involved in Colorado highway accidents, including weather-related factors, such as low visibility or ice and snow, multiple vehicles, out-of-state vehicles and commercial drivers.
Early consultation with an experienced car accident attorney in Denver is best done in the immediate aftermath of these collisions. Out-of-state parties, competing insurance carriers, and shared liability can quickly complicate these claims. At Ken Fiedler Injury Law, we offer free and confidential consultations to discuss your rights.
Unlike urban and rural traffic collisions that typically involve one or two local drivers, highway collisions are much more likely to result in complex damage claims.
Common highway accidents in Colorado include:
Rear-end, chain-reaction collisions can be particularly complex. Insurance adjusters and investigators often rely on the “double-tap” rule. What this means is that if cars ahead of the rear vehicle experience a single hit from behind, the rear driver will likely be found responsible. However, if a driver experiences more than one strike, subsequent drivers in line may be found to be partially responsible under the theory a motorist was rear ended by a driver who was then rear ended, causing a secondary collision.
This can quickly become complicated. Even when an officer makes a determination of fault at the scene and/or issues citations, an insurance adjuster may make a different determination of who is at fault - weeks or even months after a crash.
And, when serious damage or injury results, a motorist’s insurance coverage may quickly be exhausted. Keep in mind, Colorado’s mandatory minimum insurance coverage requires just $25,000 bodily injury coverage per person/$50,000 per collision. When competing claims threaten to exhaust coverage, timely action by your Denver car accident attorney is the best way to protect your rights.
In other cases, a victim may be partially blamed for causing or contributing to an accident or injury. Colorado Revised Statute § 13-21-111 follows the rule of modified comparative negligence. What this means is that a victim’s damages can be reduced in proportion to percentage of fault and recovery will be barred if a victim is found more than 50 percent at fault for a collision or resulting injuries.
An experienced Denver car accident attorney can protect your rights at each stage of the process while building a case capable of winning all of the compensation to which you are entitled, including economic damages, non-economic damages and, if appropriate, punitive damages.
Ken Fiedler Injury Law provides passionate, principled and proven representation to victims and families looking for an experienced personal injury lawyer in Denver or the surrounding areas, including Highlands Ranch, Littleton, Ken Caryl, Columbine, Golden, Lakewood, Broomfield, and Arvada.
If you’ve been injured in a Colorado or Illinois truck accident, contact Ken Fiedler Injury Law to discuss your options in a free initial consultation. You can send us an email by filling up the form below or call our Denver office at 720-996-0871 and our Chicago office at 312-788-2600.
If you or a loved one is injured, contact Ken Fiedler Injury Law at 720-706-6039 for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights.