Protecting the Rights of Injured Colorado Motorists
Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death and disability for Americans between the ages of 2 and 33, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The physical, emotional, and financial trauma caused by motor vehicle accidents can be overwhelming, and victims are often left to recover from their painful experience with few or no resources.
However, in such cases, the Tenge Law Firm can help. If you or a friend or loved one has been involved in a motor vehicle accident, contact attorney J. Todd Tenge and his Boulder team, also serving Denver and Fort Collins. We will evaluate your claim during a complimentary confidential consultation, and determine how to most effectively pursue compensation for you and your family after a devastating accident.
Recovering Compensation for Collision Victims
Driving is inherently dangerous – not only because of the size and weight of vehicles but also because of the other activities that drivers engage in (e.g. texting, applying makeup, fiddling with the CD player or iPod). While you can try to protect yourself and your family by investing in a safe vehicle and driving carefully and responsibly, not all other drivers do the same. Motorists who drive without regard for the safety of others and cause accidents should be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law. Contact car accident attorney J. Todd Tenge, serving Boulder, Denver, and Fort Collins, to learn more about your rights after a crash.
Car Accident Causes
Common causes of car crashes include:
- Speeding, recklessness, or otherwise dangerous driving behavior
- Inclement weather conditions
- Dangerous roadways
- Defective automobile parts
- Driving under the influence
- Distracted driving
The Tenge Law Firm has nearly 20 years of experience representing injured victims of negligent motorists. If you or a loved one has been injured in a crash caused by a motorist who was driving recklessly or dangerously, contact car accident attorney J. Todd Tenge, located in Boulder, Denver, and Fort Collins.
Common Car Accident Injuries
Depending on the severity of the accident, a car crash victim may suffer one or more of the following types of injuries:
- Broken bones, cuts, or lacerations
- Brain and head injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Neck and back injury
- Amputation or disfiguring injury
- Burn injuries and scarring
- Orthopedic injuries
According to data from the U.S. Department of Transportation, more than 33,800 people died in motor vehicle accidents in 2009 and another 32,788 in 2010. Families are entitled to file a wrongful death lawsuit if a loved one has been killed in a car accident.
Who Is Responsible for My Injuries?
Motorists have a duty of care to exercise reasonable care while driving. If a driver breaches this duty and fails to exercise due care, and/or exhibits driving behavior that is reckless or otherwise dangerous, and causes an accident, he or she is at-fault for the accident and was negligent and thereby legally responsible for any damages incurred.
Injured victims may file a personal injury claim to collect reimbursement for their medical bills and other injury-related expenses; the family of an individual killed in a motor vehicle accident may file a wrongful death claim to recoup for the loss of their loved one.
Colorado law allows injured victims to pursue compensation even if they were partially at-fault for an accident. This is called “comparative fault.” Colorado is a “partial” comparative fault state. According to the doctrine of comparative negligence, the plaintiff may collect damages proportionate to the defendant’s percentage of fault for the accident, up to 50 percent of their own fault. For example, if the defendant was 70 percent at fault, the plaintiff is eligible to collect 70 percent of his or her total accident-related losses and expenses. However, once the injured party is found 50 percent negligent (or more), they no longer have a right to damages.
Recovering Damages after a Car Accident
Victims of car accidents caused by another driver’s negligence are entitled to recover financial compensation for physical, financial, and emotional losses incurred due to a crash. This includes bills for medical treatment and rehabilitation, property damage, loss of present and future income, diminished earning capacity, emotional distress, and pain and suffering. Catastrophic physical injuries such as brain injuries and spinal cord injuries can require a lifetime of medical care, which puts an enormous financial burden on the victim and the victim’s family. It can be difficult to pinpoint the exact amount of financial damage that an accident has caused, and insurance companies and counsel for the defendant may take advantage of that fact and offer an unreasonably low settlement to the victim.
To recover monetary damages, the victim’s attorney must prove that the defendant was responsible for causing the car accident and that all the losses and expenses named in the lawsuit resulted directly from injuries suffered in the accident.
Learn more about the three types of damages that you can recover in Colorado personal injury cases.
Hiring an Experienced Car Accident Attorney in Colorado
The Tenge Law Firm Denver car accident lawyers strongly encourage injury victims to retain experienced legal counsel as soon as possible after a car accident. Not only is it difficult to put a monetary value on a victim’s losses, but insurance companies often try to settle a claim for less than what it is worth. Hiring a qualified and experienced car accident attorney is fundamental to ensuring that victims are fully and fairly compensated after an accident. J. Todd Tenge and his team can help victims recover the full measure of compensation to which they are entitled for their injuries, allowing them to focus on their healing and recovery. Our philosophy is to handle your claim as efficiently and effectively as possible. In short, we handle everything so you and your family can focus on your recovery and your life going forward.
Contact a Denver & Boulder Car Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, contact attorney J. Todd Tenge, serving the Boulder and Fort Collins areas, to schedule a personal consultation. Mr. Tenge will evaluate your claim and help you pursue compensation for your injuries.