Your Colorado Springs Car Accident Lawyers
If you or a loved one were hurt in an car accident due to a careless driver, it’s important to know you have rights. Don’t let the insurance company take advantage of you! Our Colorado Springs car accident lawyers at Heuser & Heuser specialize in fighting for people injured in car accidents and have helped thousands of people in Colorado Springs, Pueblo, and the surrounding Southern Colorado communities just like you. Fill out our form or call us right now to find out how much your case is worth.
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As soon as you call us at 719-520-9909, we start working on your case right away. From then on, we handle everything. It really is just that easy!
You Deserve to Be Paid
Get every dollar you’re entitled to! Our team of experienced attorneys will make sure you’re not taken advantage of by the insurance company.
We Know What You’re Going Through
Getting hurt in a car accident can be a life-altering experience. The questions and the stress and frustration keep piling up. Who’s going to pay for your car repairs and medical bills? What about the time you miss from work, your lost wages, and pain & suffering? You’re worried about where the money is going to come from and all you want to do is take care of your family. You don’t know where to start.
That’s where we come in. We handle all the hassles so you don’t have to! You just focus on getting better — let us deal with all the paperwork and negotiating with the insurance company. Get organized and contact our Colorado Springs car accident lawyers right now for a free, one-on-one consultation. We’ll give you free, no-obligation advice on what to do next.
We’ve Helped Thousands of Injured People Get The Money They Deserve
Client was hit by a truck, sustaining ankle injuries, a broken pelvis, broken ribs, and a broken wrist. Client required surgery.
Client was involved in a roll over accident. Client sustained head, neck, and back injuries which required rehabilitative care, several surgeries, and extensive therapy.
Client was rear ended and pushed into another vehicle. Client sustained a back injury and significant lost wages. Client required extensive therapy.
What is a Car Accident Lawyer?
Car accident lawyers represent people who suffered injuries that were caused by the negligence of another person in an accident. This type of lawyer can review the different aspects of your case and determine your legal options. From detailed investigations to calculating a reasonable settlement on your behalf, an attorney will know how to handle your case.
Types of Compensation
When you have been in an accident that was not your fault and you suffered injuries, you may be eligible to receive compensation for damages. You could be compensated for the following:
Medical bills can include emergency room services, surgeries, rehabilitation, and other related costs. The type of medical treatment necessary for your recovery will depend on the severity of your injury and/or injuries.
Injuries from a car accident may prevent you from working. This means time away from work to go to doctor’s appointments, which leads to lost income. If your injuries limit your ability to work, you may be compensated for lost wages.
Pain and Suffering
You’ve suffered not only physical pain from your injuries but emotional and mental suffering as well. Injuries seriously impact your quality of life, and while compensation can’t change what you’ve gone through, it can help you move forward a little more comfortably.
Depending on the type of accident, property damage can be minor to severe. A settlement can cover the damage done to your vehicle.
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This essential consumer guide from Heuser & Heuser LLP provides you with critical information that can help you:
- Avoid the key mistakes that can derail your claim.
- Know what to expect if an insurance adjustor contacts you and what you should and shouldn’t say to them.
- Understand the do’s and dont’s of social media.
- Position yourself to collect full and fair compensation for your injuries.
How to Prove Negligence
Auto accidents, like most personal injury cases, revolve around the legal concept of negligence. This means, that you’ll need to prove that someone else caused you to get hurt. Proving negligence requires three factors:
- You must prove that the defendant acted in an irresponsible manner; that they behaved in a way which runs counter to the way in which any reasonable person would behave under similar circumstances.
- You must prove that the other driver’s irresponsible behavior is what led to the accident.
- You must demonstrate that the accident was the direct cause of your injury and/or injuries.
Trying to prove the three factors mentioned above, is often complicated and time-consuming. For this reason, we highly recommend consulting an experienced Colorado Springs car accident lawyers about your legal options.
Statute of Limitations in Colorado
Statute of limitations is a law set in place that gives an injured person a certain time to take legal action against the responsible party. Keep in mind that every state has different deadlines, which is why it’s important to know the law in Colorado.
For car accident cases, injured person have exactly three years to file a lawsuit, starting the day the accident occurred. If the claim is filed after the deadline, it can result in little to no compensation.
In most cases, a case is settled before court is necessary. However, if during the negotiation stage a settlement cannot be agreed upon between both parties, then a trial will then be necessary. If the case must go to trial, then hiring an attorney will be in your best interest.
Do I Have a Case?
Many people think you must have catastrophic injuries in order to pursue a legal case. This is not necessarily true. Even a seemingly “minor” injury can interfere with your ability to work and live your life. If you were involved in a car accident that wasn’t your fault, and you suffered losses because of that accident, there is a good chance you have a case.
Remember that the insurance company isn’t on your side. They will be working against you as you try to seek the money you need to recover your losses. Even “fender benders” can quickly become complex matters when the insurance company gets involved. For example, the insurance company may try to say you were completely at fault when really the other party was to blame.
In Colorado, the statute of limitations for car accident claims is three years. That means that you have three years from the day of your accident to file a lawsuit for compensation. If it has been less than three years since the date of your accident, you may have a case. The sooner we can get started on your case, the better. Get a free case review today.
What kind of Compensation Could I Get?
The insurance company is not going to voluntarily pay you more than they have to. As a result, there is a lot of negotiating that happens when settling a car accident case. That’s why you need experienced lawyers on your side, to fight for the money you deserve.
People often wonder how much money they could receive after a car accident. Our attorneys will typically seek to recover payment for:
- All medical bills related to your car accident injuries.
- Lost wages from not being able to work. This includes any time taken off of work for medical appointments.
- The emotional pain and suffering you experience after your accident.
- Any property damage costs, if your car needs repairs or needs to be replaced.
When you hire Heuser & Heuser, we make it easy for you. Our Colorado Springs car accident lawyers will concentrate on your case, so you can focus on getting better.
How Can a Colorado Springs Car Accident Lawyer Help Me?
First and foremost, a personal injury attorney will negotiate on your behalf with the insurance company. We know that talking with an insurance adjuster after a car accident is rarely pleasant. When they call you, they may catch you off guard, when you’re emotional and trying to heal from your injuries. They may sugarcoat their offer and make it sound better than it is. When you hire us, we can do all the negotiations with the insurance adjuster.
Dealing with the insurance adjusters can be a long, frustrating process. Our car accident attorneys are in it for the long haul. First, the insurance company will likely give a lowball offer. This initial offer may just pay your medical bills and lost wages. It probably won’t take into account all that you’ve gone through, including pain and suffering. At Heuser & Heuser, we’ll fight for every penny that you deserve.
And in many cases, the insurance company will offer a settlement too soon, before the full extent of your injuries are known. We look into the future, and take into account how your injuries impact you not only today, but your life down the road. We’ll fight for a settlement that fully compensates you for your injuries, lost wages, damage to your vehicle, and pain and suffering.
Another reason to hire a Colorado Springs car accident lawyer is to make sure you aren’t unfairly found to be responsible. Colorado has “comparative negligence” in auto accidents. That means that if the insurance company says you were 50% responsible for the accident, your settlement will be reduced by 50%. Remember that the insurance company is going to try to pay out the least amount of money possible. They do not have your best interests at heart. That’s why you need an attorney to take on your case.
Most personal injury cases settle out of court. But in the event that it’s in your best interest to go to court, we’ll be there. At Heuser & Heuser, we’re not afraid to fight for what’s best for you.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Steps Should I Take After A Car Accident?
The moments after an automobile accident are scary, especially when you don’t know what to do next. Furthermore, the steps you take after a wreck can either help or damage your claim. For this reason, our team of Colorado Springs car accident lawyers has provided some steps you can take that can help protect your claim.
Step #1 – Remain at the scene of the accident- It’s important to remain at the scene of the accident until help arrives. Fleeing the scene of an accident can result in fines and you could potentially face criminal charges.
Step #2 – Check for injuries and call for help – After the accident, check to see if yourself or anyone else in the collision suffered injuries, and call for help. Once the responding officer and/or officers arrive, they will review the scene and write a report.
Step #3 – Seek medical treatment- It’s important to be evaluated by a medical professional, even if your injuries appear to be minor. Any delays in medical treatment could later impact any compensation you may be entitled to receive. Also, if you wait to seek medical care, the insurance company may believe your injuries are not serious and deny your claim.
Step #4- Collect evidence – Evidence is essential in order to support your case. If possible, take photos of the accident and your injuries, keep copies of medical bills, and have a record of lost wages.
Step #5- Contact an experienced lawyer- With the help of an attorney, you can learn what legal options are available for your unique case. If you’re eligible to receive compensation, we can assist you through the entire legal process, and ensure you receive every penny you are rightfully owed.
Should I Have A Police Report Filed?
Yes. After an accident, it’s important to have a police report filed. The police report states important details about the accident, such as property damage, location, and the contributing factor and/or factors that caused the collision. This information and more can help support your claim and increase your chances of obtaining compensation for damages.
Do I Need to Hire A Colorado Springs Car Accident Lawyer?
Car accident claims involve various details and are often complex. Furthermore, insurance companies are out to make a profit, so they will attempt to award you with a lesser settlement than you deserve. However, with an attorney, you don’t have to fight the insurance company alone. With our legal team, you can focus on your recovery while we collect the necessary information to help you build a strong case.
Do I Need To Call My Insurance Company, Even If The Accident Wasn’t My Fault?
Yes. Even if the collision is not your fault, it’s in your best interest to inform your insurance company that you were involved in an accident. This may help protect your legal rights. In some cases, you may have to seek coverage from your personal insurance company, if the other driver is uninsured.
Should I Talk to the Insurance Adjuster?
You don’t have to talk to the insurance adjuster if you don’t want to. You can direct this person to your Colorado Springs car accident lawyer at Heuser & Heuser, LLP. Insurance companies are for-profit businesses, so they make more money when they pay you less. Because of this, the insurance adjuster has one goal, and that’s to get away with paying as little as possible. Whatever you do, never sign any papers the adjuster gives you without calling your attorney first. If you do, you could be signing away your rights and agreeing to accept compensation that is less than what you truly deserve. If you have made a mistake in talking to an insurance adjuster, however, it doesn’t necessarily mean your only option is to accept a lowball offer. An experienced attorney can help you navigate your next steps, no matter where you are in the process of seeking compensation. Contact us today to learn more through a free case review.
How Much Is My Case Worth?
The worth of your case will depend on the specific circumstances of your case. Factors such as the extent of your injuries, lost wages, and property damage will impact the amount of compensation you may receive. Every case is not worth the same amount. For this reason, our team will need to review the details of your accident to determine how much compensation you’re able to receive.
How Long Do I Have to Seek Compensation After an Accident?
You may have heard of the term “statute of limitations”, which refers to the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit for your car accident in order to be considered for compensation. In Colorado, this statute of limitations is three years from the date of the accident. In the case of a wrongful death claim, however, the statute of limitations is only two years, and the clock begins ticking on the date of death. If you don’t file within this window of time, you can lose your rights to compensation. Because there are some exceptions to the above, we recommend contacting our team at Heuser & Heuser so you can file a lawsuit sooner rather than later.
What Is Negligence?
Negligence is a legal term that describes the determination of who is at fault for an accident. To collect compensation for you, we need to prove three factors. First, we have to show that the person who caused your accident failed to take reasonable and proper care in driving their car. Second, we need to prove that this failure to take reasonable care is what led to the accident. Third, we must show that you got injured as a direct result of the accident.
What Is Comparative Negligence?
States have set laws in place that govern car accident cases. In Colorado, we follow the comparative negligence law. This means that your compensation can be reduced by the same percentage that you are found to be responsible for the accident. If, for example, your claim is worth $250,000 but it is determined that you contributed 25% to the accident, your award will be reduced accordingly, so you’ll get only $187,500 (75% of the full value).
Many insurance companies will do everything they can to see to it that you’re found to be at least partially responsible. For this reason, you need someone in your corner who can help you prove negligence on the part of the other driver.
How Long Does It Take My Case To Settle?
The length of time it takes for your claim to settle will depend on the details of the case. There are various phases that your claim will need to go through before it is resolved, which makes it difficult to set a time at which your case will be settled.
How Does Negotiation Work?
The procedure for negotiating a car accident case is fairly standard. First, you meet with us to discuss what happened, then gather all the necessary documents which we can then use to determine how much your case may be worth. We then issue a demand letter to the attorneys and insurance company for the defendant. They will then review our demands and issue a response, typically countering with a lowball offer. From there, we will continue to negotiate on your behalf until we reach an offer that is aligned with what you deserve. While the need to take a car accident case to court is rare, if it turns out that this is what is needed to fight for the compensation you’re owed, we will be ready to do so. Either way, we’ll do all of the hard work for you so you can focus your time and energy on recovering.
Will My Case Go To Trial?
Not necessarily. Most personal injury cases settle before trial. During the negotiation stage, the parties involved will discuss offers to try and settle the case. If the parties are unable to agree upon a settlement amount, then the case will need to go trial.
What are the Biggest Mistakes Made in Auto Accident Cases?
There are a number of mistakes to avoid when you pursue your case. First, never apologize for anything at the accident scene. Even just uttering “I’m sorry” can be used against you. Second, signing any paperwork from the insurance adjuster could potentially cost you your right to the compensation you truly deserve. Third, failing to file your lawsuit in a timely fashion can result in missing the statute of limitations. Finally, failing to call a qualified and experienced Colorado Springs car accident lawyer can lead you to make critical errors that can cost you thousands of dollars.
What Areas Do You Serve?
We are proud to protect the rights of our neighbors injured in car accidents in Colorado Springs, Pueblo, and surrounding areas. If you were injured in a car accident anywhere in Colorado, we’re here for you.
Who Is Responsible for My Medical Bills?
You are responsible for making sure your medical bills get paid, though your settlement should help you recover those expenses. Paying your bills may be tricky while you are pursuing compensation. In some cases, your insurance company may temporarily agree to cover your expenses, but you would need to reimburse them once you receive your compensation.
If you need advice or help to get your bills paid while we’re fighting for compensation for you, your Colorado Springs accident lawyer at Heuser & Heuser, LLP, can be a good resource and can help you search for options. Just get in touch with us today for a free case review. It’s just that easy!
What Will a Colorado Springs Accident Lawyer Do for Me?
A car accident attorney can be your best ally and your solution to navigating the complex legal waters of filing your case. At Heuser & Heuser, our lawyers take over communications with the defendant and their lawyers and we might even be able to point out the compensation you didn’t know you could get. We can put an accurate value on your case and stand up for your rights to compensation. We can also put together an iron-clad case, gathering all the information, documents, and proof you need to build your strongest possible case and negotiate your settlement.
Should I See a Doctor Even if I Don’t Feel Hurt in Colorado?
The first thing you should do after a car accident in Colorado is call first responders. Make sure that everyone who needs medical attention gets seen — including yourself. Even if you don’t feel hurt, the paramedics or a doctor should evaluate your health. Some injuries can take weeks to present symptoms, and having a doctor check you over immediately can make the difference in your case by showing that you took all of the necessary precautions.
What Evidence Do I Need for My Car Accident in Colorado?
Document the accident in as much detail as you can. Make notes. Draw diagrams. Get the contact information of any witnesses willing to speak for you so your attorney can talk to them later. Keep a journal of your daily struggles in the weeks after the accident. This first-person account of how your accident has affected you can be important when your Colorado Springs car accident lawyer tries to value your invisible injuries like emotional trauma, loss of ability to enjoy life, and loss of comfort and relationships.
Is There Anything I Should Avoid at the Accident Site?
Whatever you do on-site, never apologize. Don’t say, “I am sorry,” or “I feel bad.” This can come back to haunt you later. The other side’s attorney might use it to make it seem like you feel guilty because you caused the accident, even if the other driver was the reckless driver at fault.
By the same token, don’t issue blame. Keep your head about you and keep your wits clear. The less you say, the better until you contact a car accident lawyer. Staying calm can be the hardest thing you have to do after such a jarring and painful experience, but it’s also the most important thing when protecting your rights.
Is Colorado a No-Fault State?
No. Colorado was a no-fault state—meaning your own insurance company would cover compensation—for car accidents up until 2003. Since then, the state has passed laws that now mean Colorado is an at-fault state. That means you can no longer file a claim directly with your insurance company for damage. You instead have to file a claim against the at-fault party’s insurance, which is why building a strong case for compensation is more important than ever. For more information on how to protect your rights in an at-fault state, contact Heuser & Heuser, LLP for a free case review. It’s just that easy!