Car Accident Attorney in Colorado Springs
Car accidents are, unfortunately, all too common, in Colorado Springs and across the nation. While some car accidents are nothing more than minor parking lot bump-ins, others are much more serious, resulting in injuries, even life-threatening injuries. Victims of injuries from car accidents may feel frustrated, stressed, and angry, unable to return to work and make a living, facing mountains of medical expenses. According to City Data, there were 41 fatal accidents in 2019 in Colorado Springs. Sixty-one vehicles were involved in these fatal accidents, and 21 impaired individuals were involved. If you or a loved one have been involved in a car accident and are now struggling to pay your medical expenses and perhaps unable to work, you could benefit from speaking to a Colorado Springs car accident attorney.
Thousands of people are injured in car accidents in the state of Colorado—and across the nation each and every year as a result of another’s negligence. Damages can include not only physical injury but emotional distress as well. When you are dealing with the challenges of lost wages, injuries, medical expenses, and emotional trauma, it can seem overwhelming. If you are forced fight a huge insurance company to receive the settlement you deserve, you may feel overwhelmed as you attempt to deal with these challenges.
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You may not even be 100 percent sure whether another person or entity can be held accountable for your injuries. Few people have a comprehensive understanding of Colorado personal injury law, which is the best reason to have an experienced Colorado Springs car accident attorney by your side from start to finish. Your attorney will determine whether your situation meets the burden of proof for negligence. Attorney Dianne Sawaya is a strong, knowledgeable, highly-skilled car accident attorney. She will look at your accident from every angle, gathering all the necessary information to build a case on your behalf.
Why Contact Colorado Springs Car Accident Attorney Dianne Sawaya?
Car accidents are a fact of life in the world we live in. There were 286.9 million registered cars in the United States in 2020. California, Texas, and Florida, predictably, have the highest number of cars due to their larger populations. With this many cars on the roadways, it is simply a fact of life that car accidents will continue to occur. Even though more and more cars have improved safety features, they are still driven by people, and people commit driving errors on a regular basis.
We drive too fast or too slow and do not always look carefully prior to changing lanes. We drive too close to the car in front of us, and most of us have driven while fatigued or distracted. Once an auto accident occurs, it is necessary to determine who the negligent party is. Once that determination is made, if the innocent driver and/or passengers were injured by this negligence, they have the right to file a claim against the negligent driver’s insurance to recover damages.
It is rarely a good idea to try and file your car accident claim on your own unless there is little damage, you have no injuries, and you missed no work because of the accident. Otherwise, it is almost a guarantee that unexpected things will come up and that you may not know how to deal with them. Insurance companies are notorious for attempting to underpay you for your claim, delay paying you, or deny your claim altogether. You need a strong, smart, aggressive attorney who is not intimidated by insurance companies. You need attorney Dianne Sawaya to accurately calculate your future medical expenses and lost wages, along with your pain and suffering damages. Dianne and her legal team can talk to witnesses, find and secure all necessary evidence, and provide expert witnesses when necessary. Dianne and her legal team are highly skilled negotiators who receive no fee unless there is a recovery. At the Law Offices of Dianne Sawaya:
- We will always seek to maximize your settlement
- We have more than 150 positive Google reviews
- We have thousands of satisfied clients
- We offer a 100 percent free consultation
- We will ensure you receive the medical treatments you need
Is Distracted Driving the Primary Cause of Car Accidents?
More and more car accidents are caused by distracted drivers. We are a nation of multi-taskers, therefore, any time an accident occurs, it is highly likely that at least one of the drivers was distracted in some way. We eat entire meals while driving. We fiddle with the car controls, whether adjusting the temperature, changing the music, or programming in an address on our GPS. Those with children in the car are especially distracted.
If you are a parent, you can attest to the dozens of times you have turned around while driving to see what was going on in the back seat. You may have also leaned over to pick up a dropped bottle or toy or patted a crying baby while driving in traffic. And, of course, there are phones. Simply talking on a phone while driving is a distraction, even if you have a hands-free device. Texting or reading a text is much worse—reading a text is equivalent to taking your eyes off the road for a full five seconds, or the time it takes to travel the length of a football field at 55 mph.
Unfortunately, few people involved in an auto accident will admit they were distracted, making it extremely difficult to obtain accurate statistics regarding the number of distracted driving accidents. What we do know is that talking on a cell phone while driving can result in a driver that is just as impaired as a driver with a 0.08 BAC. Drivers that use their cell phones while driving are 5.36 times more likely to be involved in a car accident than drivers whose focus is entirely on their driving and the drivers around them.
How Do You Show Negligence After a Car Accident?
If you are considering filing an injury claim following your accident, it is important that you have compelling evidence to support your claim that the other driver was negligent. There are many different ways to show negligence; essentially you are showing that the other driver behaved in a manner a driver in a similar situation who was acting responsibly, would not have done. You need to show the other driver behaved negligently, and this behavior caused your accident, injuries, and losses. Evidence that may prove negligence includes the following:
- An admission by the at-fault party, either made directly to you or to the responding police officer. This is relatively rare—after all, few people want to admit an accident is their fault. If you are the only one that heard the admission of guilt, it is unlikely your word alone will prove liability. If, however, the admission was overheard by a witness or police officer, then you likely have your admission of guilt.
- In some cases, a dashboard camera or a surveillance camera near the scene of the accident may have recorded the entire accident. If so, then you have very powerful video evidence that proves the other party is liable for the accident.
- Witness testimony, while not as powerful as video evidence, still carries a significant amount of weight with a jury—or to use as a bargaining tool when negotiating a settlement.
- Of course, not all traffic accidents will result in a ticket or an arrest, but there are those that do. If the other driver is convicted of a violation that occurred at the time of the accident, that could be used to establish negligence.
- Photos of the scene of the accident. Following your car accident, if you are physically able, it is always a good idea to take photos of the scene of the accident, including the position of the vehicles following the crash, the damage to both vehicles, and photos that show the weather conditions and the surrounding areas.
Your car accident attorney will need to establish that a duty of care was owed by the defendant to you, that the defendant breached that duty of care through his or her negligence, that the breach led to your injuries, and that your injuries have caused damages. Once you have proven negligence, you may be entitled to monetary damages for your medical bills, lost wages, reduced earning capacity, pain and suffering, emotional trauma, scarring and disfigurement, and, in some cases, punitive damages as well.
How Can the Law Offices of Dianne Sawaya Help with Your Colorado Springs, CO Car Accident Claim?
If you have been injured in a Colorado Springs car accident, it can be extremely beneficial to speak to an attorney from the Law Offices of Dianne Sawaya. We are highly experienced and have been helping those in the same situation as you for many years. We truly care about our clients—about their current situation, and about their future. Attorney Dianne Sawaya has compassion for her clients and works hard to help them get the medical treatments they need and the financial compensation they deserve. The legal team at the Law Offices of Dianne Sawaya will answer all your questions regarding the claim process in a way that is easy to understand. In fact, we will show you the same attention and care we would give to our own family members. Contact the Law Offices of Dianne Sawaya today.