Types of car accidents in Colorado - Front Range Injury Attorneys

Types of car accidents in Colorado

Car accidents can occur in many ways and involve many different types of vehicles. As car accident attorneys, these differences can be extremely important to determine the value of a client’s case and the legal strategy best suited for a client’s personal injury case. Some car accident claims are extremely difficult due to the nature of the crash or the insurance companies involved. If you sustained injuries in any kind of motor vehicle collision, you should contact a car accident attorney right away to discuss your case and understand your rights.

Why the type of car accident matters to your personal injury case

Car accidents are a collision of several factors that makes every case unique in its own right. Even a dozen rear end collisions on the same road in the same year can be distinct and lead to entirely different out come for injured victims. That is why it is critical to hire an auto accident attorney with knowledge, experience and willingness to investigate your case and gather the necessary evidence from the outset to begin building your case. Among the factors our car accident lawyers consider in each case include:

  • Types of vehicles involved
  • People involved and their relationship to the crash (e.g. driver, rear passenger, pedestrian)
  • Location of the accident
  • Day, time of year and time of day
  • Weather conditions and road hazards
  • How the crash occurred
  • What parts of the vehicles collided
  • Severity of property damage to each vehicle
  • The types of injuries sustained and by which people
  • Severity of those injuries

Changing just a few of these facts and circumstances can substantially change the entire strategy and value to an auto accident claim in Colorado. So let’s talk about some of the different types of auto accidents the Denver car accident attorneys at Front Range Injury Attorneys can help you pursue for compensation.

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Distracted driving accidents

Distracted driving is among the most common reasons for car accidents in Denver and other Colorado cities. Texting and other phone activities are top ways people drive with active distractions. In addition to phone use, distractions can come from people or pets in the vehicle, eating, drinking, or really anything that takes attention away from focusing on driving. Distracted drivers can cause serious collisions with other cars, bikes, pedestrians and others. Our Denver distracted driving accident lawyers help clients pursue compensation for injuries and losses caused by negligently distracted drivers.

Drunk driver crashes

Drunk drivers are an extreme risk to other people on Colorado roads. Their lack of control of vehicles often accompanies distraction, speeding, veering into other lanes and ignoring traffic control devices like stop signs. Motorists operating any kind of vehicle can be intoxicated and pose a risk to others, even intoxicated operators of scooters, bicycles and other low powered or non-powered vehicles.

Drunk driving accidents often involve catastrophic or even fatal injuries. Our lawyers help clients obtain necessarily medical care and pursue fair and full compensation for their injuries and damages. Drunk driving accidents are often more complicated than a “typical” car accident. More serious injuries may require hiring expert witnesses to give testimony about your injuries. Higher medical bills may require more work to negotiate bills and assess how to manage the cost of needed treatment against potentially low insurance limits. DUI accidents may be eligible for punitive damages which can require taking a case to trial, or at least filing a personal injury lawsuit. You need a Denver drunk driving accident lawyer who knows how to fairly value your case and fight for maximum compensation.

Passenger transportation vehicle collisions

Motor vehicle collisions involve more than just personal vehicles. Public and private transportation vehicles also cause and fall victim to collisions with others who share roadways. You can sustain injuries in an auto accident while operating a transportation vehicle, as a passenger in that vehicle, an occupant of another vehicle, or as somebody outside of a motor vehicle on the road. Many of these vehicles are larger and heavier than the typical passenger vehicle which can result in serious bodily injuries to accident victims. You can sustain injuries in:

Additionally, autonomous vehicle accidents also occur and will continue to grow as these vehicles become more common on Colorado roads. For now, self-driving vehicles are private vehicles but we anticipate self-driving technology will become a growing part of passenger transportation services, especially with rideshare companies.

Commercial truck accidents

Commercial truck accidents are a real danger in Colorado. Our state is a major avenue for east-west travel across the country on I-70 as well as freight transport north-south on I-25. We have a large number of trucks throughout the state and not only on the interstate. You can sustain injuries in a commercial truck collision anywhere in cities, rural communities, suburbs and highways. Truck impacts can cause catastrophic and fatal injuries due to their size, weight and inability to slow or stop quickly. Freight and transportation companies often fight hard against truck accident cases so you need an experienced Denver truck accident attorney on your side to fight for fair compensation of your injuries.

Accidents involving other roadway occupants

People in Denver and other Colorado cities sustain injuries in collisions that involve other occupants on roads than car versus car. In Denver and other larger towns in the state there is growing diversity of modes of transportation on streets. Although transportation alternatives help reduce traffic, they also create different accident risks for people outside of cars. You can sustain injuries caused by:

These types of crashes can be particularly dangerous for their victims. The lack of safety devices increases the injury risk compared to passengers in cars. Victims of these types of accidents often experience head and brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, broken bones and other serious injuries.

Different impacts involved in car accidents

In car accidents, the objects involved in the collision can impact each other in different ways. The different ways car accidents occur can be a determining factor in the type and severity of injuries sustained. For example, head on collisions are more likely to result in head injuries due to the force of impact throwing the driver and passengers in each vehicle forward. On the other hand, rear end collisions are likely to cause neck and lower back injuries to the low force throwing occupants forward against seat belts and then snapped back by the seat belt resistance. Similarly, t-bone accidents, sideswipes, multi-car crashes, rollover accidents and other types of impacts all carry their own probability for particular types of injuries and severity of injuries. Sometimes drivers hit and run after an accident which can make it difficult to recreate exactly how an accident occurred. An experienced Denver car accident lawyer can gather all the evidence available of your collision, hire experts if needed, and build a strong case to recover compensation for your injuries.

What you should do after any type of car accident in Denver

After any car accident, your first priority should be your safety and health. Call 911 immediately after the accident. If safe to do so, check on other people involved and take photos of the scene. You should exchange information with the other driver and get contact information for any witnesses. If you are injured, you should seek medical care immediately after you are cleared by the police to leave. If you need to leave in an ambulance, you should let them take you to a hospital. If not, take yourself or arrange transportation to a local hospital. After a medical doctor evaluates your injuries and gives you a treatment plan, your next step is contacting a personal injury attorney about your injury claim.

The Denver car accident attorneys at Front Range Injury Attorneys are experienced advocates for car accident victims in Denver and other parts of Colorado. We help clients pursue insurance claims through negotiation or file lawsuits and take cases to trial when insurance companies refuse to negotiate fair settlements. Our law firm offers free consultations for auto accident cases so you can talk to an attorney at no cost to understand your legal rights and options. We represent clients on a contingency fee basis, so you do not pay our firm any legal fees until we win your case. Contact our law firm by phone at 720.826.4399 or complete the contact form below to schedule your consultation today.

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