Not Sure Where to Turn Following Your Car Accident?
Being involved in a car accident can be a jarring experience—physically, emotionally, and financially. You may feel as though you are facing these challenges on your own following your accident. You may be unable to work and make a living, meaning you cannot even pay your normal monthly expenses. You may be dealing with continuing medical procedures or rehabilitative therapies, along with physical pain and emotional trauma.
In short, the world can feel like a very unfriendly place following your car accident. It’s important that you have someone in your corner—someone who will look out for you and who really cares about your future. When you have a Longmont car accident attorney from the Law Offices of Dianne Sawaya by your side, you can focus on healing from your injuries, while we work to obtain a full and fair settlement on your behalf.
According to finder.com, Colorado sits in the middle of the United States in terms of how many fatal accidents occur across the state. Colorado has seen auto accidents increase over the past decade by 39 percent between 2011 and 2021 and more than one-third of deadly collisions in the state are related to speeding. In 2020 alone, deaths from car accidents jumped 4 percent. If you’ve been involved in a car accident, don’t try to handle it on your own—seek highly qualified legal assistance from the Law Offices of Dianne Sawaya.
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How Can a Longmont Car Accident Attorney from the Law Offices of Dianne Sawaya Help?
From the moment attorney Dianne Sawaya takes your car accident case, you will know you are in good hands. You will trust Dianne because she has earned that trust over the past two decades of helping people just like you. Dianne was born and raised in Denver and is a true believer in assisting accident victims in this area. Her pre-med undergraduate studies help her truly understand what her clients are experiencing from a physical standpoint—how the accident has affected their day-to-day lives.
At the Law Offices of Dianne Sawaya, our highly skilled legal team will make educated decisions for your unique situation. We are familiar with medical treatments and routinely communicate with medical providers. Working as a dedicated, cohesive unit, our team pools our knowledge to make sure we leave no stone unturned, and you receive the very best legal assistance possible. We will carefully explain your options to you, always with the goal of helping you and your family move forward in the very best way. The Law Offices of Dianne Sawaya:
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- Will help you get the medical treatments you need
- Charge no fee unless they secure a recovery
About Longmont, Colorado
Longmont, CO is a home rule municipality located northeast of the county seat of Boulder, 33 miles north of the Colorado State Capitol in Denver. As of the 2020 Census, the population of Longmont was almost 99,000, making it the 14th most populous city in the state. The city was named for Stephen H. Long, originally founded in 1871 by a group of people from Chicago, Illinois (the city was first called the Chicago-Colorado Colony). Longmont was the first planned community in Boulder County, flourishing as an agricultural community once the Colorado Central Railroad line arrived in 1877.
During the 1960s, the Denver Air Route Traffic Control center was built by the federal government in Longmont, followed by an IBM manufacturing and development campus. Agriculture began to wane, replaced by high technology, including companies like Amgen, Seagate, and GE Energy. Today, Longmont’s agricultural roots remain in its popular craft beverage industry. Colorado’s largest craft breweries, Left Hand Brewing Company and Oskar Blues Brewery are joined by nine additional craft breweries, four distilleries, and a cidery. Although Longmont has beautiful mountain scenery and a small-town feel with city amenities, residents have car accidents just like others across the United States.
Do I Have to Call the Police Following My Car Accident?
In the state of Colorado, the law requires drivers to report accidents resulting in property damage or injury The best practice is to always report an accident. While the police officer may choose not to write a report for a minor fender bender, you must still report the accident as quickly as possible. Even if it were not the law, it is always a good idea to contact the police following a car accident.
There’s always the possibility that the driver who hit you is uninsured, impaired, or driving on a suspended license. A police report will often state which driver was at fault for the accident. This can be extremely helpful in proving liability and obtaining a fair settlement from the at-fault party’s insurance.
How is Fault Proven Following a Car Accident?
Fault in your car accident may be obvious, or it may be murkier, thus more difficult to prove. Liability is proven by asking the following:
- Did the defendant owe you a duty of care? As an example, all drivers on the roadways owe other drivers a duty of care, meaning they are required to drive safely, following all rules of the road and traffic laws. This means that by its very definition, the other driver owed you a duty of care.
- Was this duty of care breached by the defendant? If the other driver ran a stop sign, then they breached their duty of care.
- Did the breach of duty of care cause injuries? If the driver who hit you breached his duty of care and you were injured as a result, then this question is answered yes.
- Finally, did the injuries you received from the breach of duty of care result in damages? Damages could be medical expenses, lost wages, lost future earnings, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and more.
Once you have a strong attorney on your side, they will also work to definitively prove liability by gathering all evidence associated with your car accident. This evidence may include having the accident reconstructed, talking to witnesses, and determining whether there were any video cameras at the scene. Your attorney will build a strong case on your behalf, showing that the other driver was clearly at fault. In turn, this makes the insurance company much more likely to pay what your claim is really worth.
Should I Report My Car Accident to My Own Insurer Even if I Was Not at Fault?
You should always report your car accident to your own insurer. Many insurance companies state in the policy documents that you must contact them following an accident. Beyond this, it could turn out that the driver who hit you is uninsured or underinsured, meaning you will have to depend on the uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage on your own insurance policy (if you have this coverage). In some cases, if you are waiting for the other driver’s insurance to pay for the repairs to your car, you may be able to arrange to have your car repaired by using your own insurance, and they will be repaid by the at fault insurance company.
When you contact your insurance company, be sure to give them the contact information of all those involved in the auto accident, along with the insurance policy information of the other driver. If you know it, provide the law enforcement agency that arrived at the scene of the accident. You will also want to provide the location, date, and time of the accident, the basic details of your injuries, and photos of the damage to your vehicle. While your insurer may not ultimately be who pays for your injuries and property damage, they still need to be in the loop.
What Damages Can I Expect Following My Car Accident?
Most individuals are entitled to medical expenses following their car accident. Medical expenses fall under special, or economic damages. This means these damages have a specific monetary amount attached to them. The cost of the ambulance transport to the hospital, hospital costs, physician and surgical expenses, the cost of prescription drugs, and the cost of rehabilitative therapies all fall under medical expenses. If your injuries are severe and you will require medical treatments for a very long time, then your attorney will calculate (with help from your doctors) a reasonable amount to cover all future medical treatments.
Perhaps you missed work following your car accident. If you missed a few days or a few weeks, then you are entitled to lost wages. If you may not be able to return to work for a very long time—or ever—your attorney will calculate lost earning capacity. Lost wages are also considered special or economic damages. Property damages will cover the repairs for your vehicle and are economic damages. Pain and suffering damages are considered non-economic, or general damages because they are more difficult to place an exact monetary figure on. Your attorney will accurately calculate your total amount of damages, then negotiate with the other driver’s insurance company for a full settlement.
How a Longmont Car Accident Attorney from the Law Offices of Dianne Sawaya Can Help
Attorney Dianne Sawaya believes in helping those who think they are at the end of the line, with nowhere to turn. The Law Offices of Dianne Sawaya has an entire team of highly experienced attorneys and staff. The primary goal of this legal team helping people just like you who’ve been injured in an accident that was not their fault. When you call our office, you will receive the attention you need and deserve.
Attorney Dianne Sawaya is aggressive in defending your rights and securing a full, fair settlement that will cover your damages. Dianne has been working with personal injury clients for almost twenty-five years. She is highly respected and is known to be tenacious in fighting for her clients. Contact the Law Offices of Dianne Sawaya today.