Car accidents are a growing problem in Boulder, and all of Colorado. In 2017, 648 people lost their lives due to car accidents in Colorado, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation. That’s an increase of 6.6 percent over the previous year. Sadly, being careful on the roads often isn’t enough. Regardless of how careful you are, you might fall victim to someone else’s carelessness and end up in a serious accident.
Fortunately, you might be able to receive compensation if you’re in a car accident that was not your fault. You, however, need a Boulder car accident attorney on your side for your best chances at compensation.
The Fang Law Firm is an excellent choice if you’re looking for a car accident attorney. Our team has recovered close to $25 million for victims of auto accidents. We can – and are ready – to fight for you.
Accident Causes – What You Need to Know
Accidents happen for a variety of reasons. Alcohol and controlled substances fall near the top of the list. Recently, distracted driving accidents have seen an uptick. Drivers who spend time texting are more likely to get in a wreck, and you could pay the price.
Cellphones aren’t the only cause of distracted driving, though. Changing the radio station, putting an address into the GPS, and talking to others in the vehicle can also cause accidents. Drivers always need to keep their eyes on the road. If they don’t, they might end up in an accident.
In some cases, the accident has nothing to do with another driver. Instead, it is due to a product malfunction. Our Boulder car accident attorneys also handle these cases. If you think a product malfunction caused you to get in an accident, contact the Fang Law Firm for help.
Common Accident Injuries – What to Look Out For
Remember just because you do not notice an injury immediately after the car accident, this does not mean you did not sustain one. Some issues, like whiplash, can take hours or days to appear. Be on the lookout for injuries following car accidents, such as:
- Brain and head injuries like concussions, lacerations, skull fractures, internal bleeding, or other traumatic brain injuries
- Back and neck injuries like whiplash, spinal cord damage, strains, sprains, and herniated discs
- Burn injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
- Broken bones
- Spinal injuries
Proving Your Case
Your Boulder car accident attorney will be tasked with gathering evidence. This often begins with reports from law enforcement officials. These reports contain both your account and the account of the other driver. We use this as a starting point when gathering evidence to prove that the other driver was at fault.
Simply proving the other driver was at fault is not enough, though. Your auto accident attorney also must prove that the issues brought forth in your claim are a direct cause of the accident. For instance, your attorney must prove the accident damaged your vehicle, or the accident caused your injuries.
As you can imagine, this is a painstaking process, and you will appreciate having an attorney on your side. Your attorney will conduct research, pull hospital records, and even bring in expert witnesses. This will vastly improve your chances of having the desired outcome of your lawsuit.
Can You Win Without a Lawyer?
It is common for many people who have been in a car accident to see if they can work with the insurance companies directly or the other driver involved following a car accident, particularly if it is minor. While this may work in the case of a minor fender bender with almost no damage and just a few minor scratches, choosing not to hire a lawyer can set you up for disaster, even in the case of a collision that initially seems simple.
The other party may have agreed that they were responsible for the accident immediately following the collision but change their tune later. Or they may exaggerate the extent of their injuries or come up with another excuse to pin the blame on you. Our team’s experience as a Boulder accident lawyer means that we are familiar with these tricks and know the best ways to overcome them.
When you hire an accident lawyer, you do not have to figure out how to speak to insurance companies. Your lawyer handles the task of communicating with the insurance companies involved and convincing them to pay for the damages and your injuries. While this may seem simple at first, it can quickly become complicated as insurance companies tend to do anything in their power not to make a payout or to minimize that payout. This is another area where our skill and experience come into play. Over the years, we have perfected the best methods of showing insurance companies that they are responsible for the costs.
Simply put, reimbursement following an accident without a lawyer is possible. It, however, is also rare and a lot more time consuming on your part. It is smarter to just let our professionals handle it so you can focus on recovering and getting back to your job and day-to-day life.
Have You Been Harmed?
The state of Colorado puts certain rules in place to protect people on the roads. When drivers fail to follow these rules, they can be held liable for any injuries and damage they cause. It’s up to your Boulder car accident attorney to prove that the other driver breached the duty of reasonable care. If that is proven, that driver will be held liable and you can get compensation.
Contact the Fang Law Firm to find out more about how we can help you with your car accident case. It is our job to make you whole again after your accident. Start with a consultation, and then we will map out a strategy for your case. At that point, we can begin collecting evidence on your behalf.