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Key Colorado laws to know for your car accident case

If you were in a car accident that was not your fault and are seeking justice, a lawsuit can be a helpful tool. With the right information and knowledge, you may build a strong case proving that the auto accident was the source of undue pain and losses that you should be reimbursed for. In building your case, there are a few key Colorado laws you will want to be aware of.

Your car accident case, which is a personal injury lawsuit, is subject to the Colorado Statute of Limitations, which the Colo. Rev. Stat. Section 13-80-101 outlines. In a regular car accident, you have three years from the date of the accident to file a claim against the party at fault. It can be beneficial to file your claim soon after the incident because the evidence and sequence of events are fresh, which can help build a solid case. However, if your injuries develop over time, you can still file a case for just compensation as long as it is within the three-year period. Keep in mind that if you are in an incident involving a government vehicle, you may have a shorter timeframe to file. In such instances, your local government agency can provide detailed information on your rights and the claims process.

3 qualities to look for in a personal injury lawyer

You recently got injured and are considering pursuing a personal injury claim. While you feel confident you have a legitimate basis for an injury lawsuit, you might be wondering what to do next. How do you find the right personal injury lawyer? With many options to choose from, the process can seem daunting.

Choosing a lawyer to represent you is not as difficult if you know what qualities to look for. Consider this quick guide to choosing an attorney to help you seek compensation for your injury. 

How a lawyer can help you get compensation after an auto accident

If you sustained a car accident, you will probably hear from the other driver's insurance company soon afterwards. You are only just beginning to figure out how the accident has affected you. Maybe you did not even have the opportunity to get a comprehensive checkup and proper diagnosis. Yet, the insurance representative offers you a settlement right now.

Many people may not fully understand what kind of damages they may be entitled to. They may feel tempted to accept the insurer's offer and save themselves the hassle of pursuing a case. However, accepting a settlement at this stage, without speaking to your lawyer, can prevent you from obtaining compensation you may need to cover otherwise crippling medical expenses, earnings reductions and other losses.

Common driving hazards for summer in Colorado

When it comes to seasonal driving hazards in Colorado, you may think that winter is the most dangerous time of year on the roads. After all, the state is known for its snow.

However, according to the Colorado state patrol, summertime is responsible for a third of the annual fatalities from motor vehicle accidents. Therefore, it is wise to know the driving dangers that come during this time so you can stay safe on the road.

Drive safely in the mountains

In the summer months, you may enjoy going up into the mountains for a drive. Many people love to see the majestic views and experience the curves and heights. However, accidents can easily occur on mountain roads, and because you might be farther from emergency services, you need to prepare. 

Here are some safety tips from Road Trip America for driving in the mountains: 

  • Make sure your car is in good working order, especially the brakes, heater, defrosters and windshield wipers.
  • Do not hug the center line. Mountain roads are much narrower than regular roads, and if another car comes at you from an opposite direction, an overcorrection could create a very hazardous situation.
  • You should give the car going uphill the right of way.
  • Your car may perform differently at 10,000 feet than it does at sea level. You might lose horsepower.
  • Do not use the brakes to maintain your downhill speed. Downshift instead.
  • Watch the temperature gauge in the car.
  • Carry extra water for drinking. At higher elevations, you may dehydrate faster than you realize.
  • Be observant about weather conditions, especially as you go up the mountain. Keep equipment for different conditions in your car.
  • Mountain driving can be more tiring than driving on a flat road. Take breaks and limit your own driving to about six hours a day.  
  • Do not go down a mountain any faster than you can drive uphill. 

Documents you should bring to an attorney after a car accident

You got into a car accident — now what? Should you see an attorney right away? If you do see an attorney, what information should you bring? Car accidents are disorienting, frustrating and frightening experiences, and they bring up many uncertainties. These are all valid questions if you are wondering what to do next.

Meeting with a personal injury attorney is a great idea to avoid any pitfalls during the claims process. To make the most of your first consultation, be sure to gather these important documents.

How to deal with road rage without injury

Any type of distracted driving can be dangerous, and road rage is considered a cognitive distraction, meaning it takes your mind off the road. Road rage behaviors include speeding, honking, brake checking, flashing headlights, tailgating and cutting others off. When you are faced with a driver who is angry, the situation can quickly turn frightening.

If you know how to handle a driver who is in the middle of a rage, you could save yourself from a tragic incident. More and more, drivers are using weapons and deadly force during simple traffic disagreements, and you must know how to protect yourself.

Is your car ready for spring?

Winter is over, at least for now. In anticipation of spring, perhaps you have done some cleaning and touching up. Maybe you have even revamped your wardrobe. Among all you are doing, though, remember to ensure that your car is ready for spring. 

This preparation is important because winter takes its toll. For example, it can leave a lot of potholes on the roads. It can also cause large puddles and flooding from melting snow. Accidents often result from these scenarios.

What an attorney can do for your personal injury case

Being hit by a drunk or distracted driver. Slipping on icy pavement. Getting hurt by a toy. Suffering the pain of a dog bite. These are just some of the ways that personal injury affects Americans every day, causing high hospital bills, emotional suffering, lost wages and more. Many times, injured people choose to handle these claims on their own. However, an attorney has the potential to greatly enhance your case. Here is a review of why.

Motivation to do well means more compensation

What to bring to a free consultation with an attorney

Perhaps you are seeking advice and/or compensation after a car accident. You research attorneys and notice online that many offer free consultations, but what exactly are they?

Free consultations are sessions, often capped at 30 minutes, where you and an attorney discuss your case. It is a way for you to compare attorneys at little to no cost, and attorneys discover whether they are interested in your case. Because of the limited time, it is important to bring a few essentials so that you use every moment wisely.

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