As Colorado’s streets and highways become ever more congested, your chances of being involved in a car wreck increase by the day. Even if you obey the rules of the road and take every precaution to drive safely, you simply can’t control the actions of others.
If you’ve been hurt by the negligence of another, our car accident attorneys at Fuicelli & Lee, P.C. have the knowledge and experience to get you the justice and compensation you deserve. Contact us today at 303-355-7202 to discuss your case for free. We proudly serve clients across Colorado’s Front Range, including Denver, Longmont, Pueblo and surrounding areas. Se habla Español.
This page discusses several aspects of car accidents, including:
- Common Car Accident Injuries
- Types of Car Accidents
- Auto Accidents Caused by Aggressive Driving
- Drunk Driving Accidents
- Car Wrecks Caused by Design, Maintenance and Construction Defects
- Automobile Collisions Involving Uninsured/Underinsured Drivers
- What to Do After a Car Crash
- What You Should Never Say After a Car Wreck
- When to Hire a Car Accident Attorney
- Discuss Your Case for Free With Our Car Accident Attorney
After a car accident, personal injuries are unfortunately common. Some of the most common accident injuries include:
- Brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Burn injuries
- Fractured and broken bones
- Eye injuries
- Post-traumatic arthritis
- Vestibular disfunction
- Amputation/loss of limbs
In the worst cases, car wrecks can be fatal. If you’ve lost someone you love in an auto accident, you can seek, compensation for your losses in a wrongful death claim. Our skilled lawyers understand the financial and emotional hardships in these cases and are committed to helping you attain the justice you deserve with compassion and integrity.
Car wrecks happen every day across Colorado’s Front Range. Any traffic accident harbors the potential to cause serious damage to your vehicle and cause long-term, life-altering injuries. Some of the most common types of car accidents include:
- Rear-end collisions: This type of crash is the most common, and can occur when drivers follow too closely or don’t pay enough attention to dangerous road conditions such as ice or sudden stops. Rear-end collisions are typically considered the fault of the vehicle in the rear.
- Head-on collisions: These are among the most dangerous and fatal types of car wrecks. They can result from drivers who lose control of their vehicles due to road conditions, impairment, distraction or fatigue.
- Side impact collisions: There are two common types of side-impact collisions: T-bone accidents, which occur when one vehicle crashes head-on into the side of another, and sideswipes, in which one vehicle changes lanes and collides with a vehicle already in that lane.
- Rollover accidents: Rollover accidents happen when vehicles are flipped off their wheels. These are typically single-vehicle accidents, but they can result from collisions with other vehicles.
- Hit and Run accidents: If you’ve been in an accident with a hit and run driver, don’t leave the scene of the accident. Identify other witnesses, take pictures, notify the police and contact our office right away.
Aggressive driving is a leading cause of traffic accidents in the U.S. Not only is it a factor in highly publicized incidents of road rage, it contributes to numerous deadly highway crashes every year. Aggressive driving behaviors can include:
- Repeatedly honking horn or flashing headlights
- Failure to observe safety zone traffic laws
- Failure to observe traffic signs, traffic control devices, traffic officers
- Exceeding the posted speed limit or safe speed for road conditions
- Failure to adhere to instructions or warnings on vehicles displaying them
- Recklessly or negligently operating a vehicle or suddenly changing speeds
- Failure to signal a turn or turning improperly
- Failure to yield
- Passing in prohibited areas
- Illegal driving on the median, sidewalk, ditch or shoulder
- Improper or unpredictable lane changing
- Following too closely or improperly
When aggressive drivers disregard the rules of the road and cause accidents that result in personal injury, property damage or death, they can and should be held accountable. Our attorneys understand the horrific consequences of these types of accidents and are committed to holding the responsible parties accountable.
Every year, nearly 10,000 people die in automobile accidents caused by drunk drivers. While most drunk driving accidents happen at night and on weekends, they can occur any time someone makes the dangerous choice to drink and drive.
While drunk drivers can be held criminally responsible for their wrongdoing, our firm is committed to holding drunk drivers financially liable for the damages they inflict on our clients.
You can help keep yourself safe by never driving after drinking. You can also keep yourself safe by learning to recognize impaired drivers on the road. Some of the telltale signs of drunk drivers include a vehicle:
- Weaving within its lanes
- Making erratic changes in speed
- Repeatedly swerving when no obstacles are present
- Failing to turn on headlights or use turn signals
- Having near misses with other vehicles
Over the years, various federal and state laws have been passed to protect drivers and their passengers from the risks of defective and dangerous roads. These laws establish guidelines for companies that design and construct public roads. These standards dictate road grade levels and the placement of guardrails and warning signs.
Despite these standards, drivers are seriously injured because of hazardous road conditions every year. Some of the most common design and construction defects include:
- Poor quality of materials or craftsmanship
- Failure to adhere to approved plans during construction
- Improper drainage that leads to unsafe road surfaces
- Inadequate skid resistance on road surfaces
- Obstructed visibility at intersections and crosswalks
- Lack of guardrails or signage
- Dangerous dips or slopes in the road
- Sharp or hazardous curves
Once roads are built, governmental agencies have a legal responsibility to remove obstacles and debris in a timely manner. Private companies who are hired to do this must meet clearly-mandated standards of safety and construction. Some of the most common road maintenance defects include:
- Poorly maintained bridges
- Debris in the road
- Deteriorating, missing or malfunctioning signals or signs
Insurance issues inevitably arise after serious car wrecks. In these cases, the negligent driver is ultimately responsible to pay for the damages he or she caused. This includes compensation for medical bills and lost wages in addition to losses such as physical pain, emotional distress, and subsequent inconvenience.
The at-fault party’s insurance policy is typically the primary source of compensation in accident cases. Colorado requires individuals to carry at least $25,000 of automobile liability insurance. Uncovering the amount of available insurance can be challenging. Unlike other states, Colorado does not require the at-fault party to disclose the amount of available insurance before a lawsuit is filed. However, once a lawsuit is filed, the defendant must disclose the amount of insurance that is available within 30 days of being served with the Complaint.
Unfortunately, insurance policies are often unable to fully compensate for the damages caused by at-fault drivers. Fortunately, when this occurs, there are still other options. For example, our Denver accident attorneys can pursue damages against the negligent driver personally.
Uninsured/Underinsured (UM/UIM) coverage provides compensation for injuries caused by someone who does not have insurance or “underinsured.” Although not mandatory, most insurance policies sold in Colorado contain uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage.
The best way to know what options are available to you, and which legal strategy is best suited to your specific situation is to discuss your case for free with one of our experienced car wreck lawyers. We will listen to your side of the story and provide a no-cost, no-obligation assessment of the potential strength of your case.
Following a car crash, you may experience a flood of concerns. The steps you should take following a wreck depend on how seriously you are hurt. Generally speaking, you should:
- Check for injuries, both yourself and your passengers
- Contact the police and get a police report
- Take pictures
- Get information from the other driver and witnesses
- Seek medical attention to ensure small problems don't get worse and obtain a medical report
- Contact Fuicelli & Lee, P.C.
Don’t admit fault and don’t speak with insurance representatives until you contact one of our experienced car accident attorneys. We will listen to the details of your crash and help you determine the best next steps.
Just as it is important to know what to do after an accident, it’s also crucial to understand what not to do. Even seemingly innocent statements can be twisted and used against you. Some examples of things you should never say after an accident include:
- “I think...” When talking to the police after the accident, answer the officer’s questions truthfully and as accurately as you can, but don’t offer additional information. Never speculate on your speed or distance from the other vehicle at the time of the crash. Simply say, “I don’t know” or avoid saying anything at all.
- “I accept” The other driver’s insurance company will likely try to settle quickly and cheaply. Never accept any offers without first calling Fuicelli & Lee, P.C. to speak with an experienced car accident lawyer.
- “I'm not hurt” Adrenaline often masks pain and injuries after a crash. Visit a doctor or hospital immediately after an accident, even if you don’t think you are seriously hurt.
- “I'm sorry” This phrase is often taken as an admission of guilt.
When negotiating the complex and sometimes stressful task of insurance claims and settlements, the help of an experienced lawyer is crucial. An experienced car accident attorney can file on your behalf, ensure you meet the necessary deadlines and utilize the necessary resources to build your strongest case and take on insurance companies.
While it’s always a good idea to have a qualified advocate in your corner, there are certain times when you should absolutely enlist the services of a knowledgeable car accident attorney. These include:
- If you suffer a sever injury in a crash
- If you incur significant expenses as a result of your wreck
- If fault for the accident is contested
- If your case is going to court
The legal process can be complex and highly detail-oriented. If you’ve been hurt in an accident, you need an experienced, knowledgeable and passionate attorney who is committed to handling every aspect of your case. Call Fuicelli & Lee, P.C. today to learn how we can help you. Our car accident attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, which means we only get paid if you collect a settlement.
If you’ve been injured in a car accident, contact Fuicelli & Lee, P.C. today at 303-355-7202 for a free consultation. We welcome clients from Denver, Longmont, Pueblo and neighboring communities across the Front Range. Se habla Español.