A car accident can leave you with long-term physical injuries and your medical expenses can leave you with debt and lead to financial ruin. When you have been injured in an accident caused by the negligence or carelessness of another person, you may be able to get compensation for your injury – and a car accident lawyer at Purvis Thomson, LLP can help you. To learn more, contact us to schedule a free case consultation with one of our experienced attorneys.
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All drivers are required to carry insurance in case they cause damage to property or an injury to somebody else while operating the car. The type and amount of insurance a driver holds will determine whether you can sue for economic and non-economic damages caused by the accident.
Economic damages are tangible damages that are easily quantifiable as a result of the accident. Damage to the car, medical expenses as a result of the accident, lost wages from being out of work to recuperate, and even lost earning capacity, are all examples of economic damages. Noneconomic damages are consequences of the accident that are intangible. They are subjective and can include what is widely termed “pain and suffering, emotional anguish, and loss of enjoyment of leisure.
In some states, car drivers only have the option of “no-fault” insurance, which allows for reimbursement of economic damages without the need to prove anyone’s fault in causing the accident. This means that you may not be able to recover noneconomic damages from the driver at fault for the accident. Colorado is an “at-fault” state, which means that a person injured in a car accident must seek compensation to cover their economic damages from the “at-fault” driver’s insurance policy. To recover damages from an “at-fault” driver, you must prove that the accident was caused by the driver’s negligence.
To prove that the driver was negligent or careless, you must prove the elements of negligence, including: the driver owed you a duty of care under the circumstances, that duty of care was breached by the driver’s negligence or misconduct, the breach was the cause of your injury, and you suffered actual damages. Typically, all drivers owe a duty of care to other road users including pedestrians. A breach of that duty could be driving at a speed above the designated limit or driving while intoxicated. If, as a result of a breach of their duty, they crash into another car or a person and cause injury, they could be responsible for any resulting damage from the crash.
An attorney can help you assess your situation and determine what kind of damages you might be entitled to. The insurance companies will always try to limit how much they pay you, but having a knowledgeable attorney by your side can help you get the maximum compensation that is due to you. Your attorney has access to accident reconstruction specialists, doctors, occupational therapists, and other specialists who will help you build a strong case and motivate the insurance company to make a reasonable settlement offer.
If you were injured in a car accident due to someone else’s negligence, contact our attorneys for help. We will help you through every stage of your case and make sure all of your concerns and questions are answered. Call (800) 200-3120 to speak with an attorney at Purvis Thomson, LLP today.