Head-on collisions can occur in various scenarios, whether on interstate highways or in crowded parking lots. Due to the position of the vehicles and the force involved in the crash, a head-on collision can result in disastrous injuries for both drivers and passengers. If the careless or reckless driving of another person caused the crash that injured you, you may be eligible to seek compensation from that person and any other responsible parties. A Colorado Springs head-on collisions lawyer can help you determine whether you have a valid legal claim stemming from your accident.
Immediately following an accident that has caused you significant injuries, you may be experiencing stress about how you will pay for the steadily increasing costs of your medical treatment. You also may be fearful about how to pay for legal representation so that you can recover compensation from the parties who caused your accident.
In situations like yours, Ben Crump Law, PLLC takes your case on a contingency-fee-basis. This means that you pay nothing for our services upfront or out of pocket. Instead, you pay only when you receive a settlement award from those who are responsible for causing your crash. Call our offices today at (800) 598-7557 and learn how we can get started on your legal claim today.
Negligence in Head-On Collision Claims
Most car accident claims for compensation arise when the negligence of a driver or another party causes a crash that injures others. Negligence in the context of a motor vehicle accident occurs when a driver fails to exercise due care for the safety of others while driving. If a reasonable driver would have acted or reacted differently in the same or a similar situation, then the driver may have been negligent. Furthermore, if a driver commits a traffic violation, such as speeding or failing to stop at a red light, which results in an accident, then that driver is likely negligent.
All drivers have a legal duty to drive in a way that keeps others safe. When drivers violate this duty by driving carelessly or recklessly and cause an accident that results in injuries, they are responsible or liable for the expenses and losses of the accident victims.
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How Comparative Negligence Applies to Your Claim
In some cases, injury victims may share some responsibility for causing a head-on collision. Even if injury victims are partially at fault for an accident, however, they still may be able to pursue compensation or damages from other parties who share responsibility for the crash.
Colorado Revised Statutes (CRS) § 13-21-111 applies legal principles of comparative negligence to car crashes in which an injury victim may share some fault with the other driver. As long as you are less than 50% at fault for causing the collision, you still can seek compensation from other responsible parties.
Nonetheless, although you can recover compensation in this situation, your percentage of fault will reduce the total amount of compensation that you can receive. For instance, if you are seeking a total of $100,000 in injury-related compensation, but you are 30% at fault for causing the accident, then you only can seek a maximum of $70,000 in compensation. Essentially, your settlement award decreases according to the degree of fault that you have in causing the crash.
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Compensation for Injuries After a Head-On Collision
Head-on collisions can result in catastrophic injuries that can require tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars of medical treatment. Injury-related medical expenses, including the costs of emergency medical treatment and transport, hospitalization, surgical procedures, and rehabilitation are a common form of compensation in a head-on collision claim. Lost wages due to injuries is another typical type of compensation that injury victims can seek from the parties responsible for causing the accident. Injury victims also may be eligible for compensation for property damage to their vehicles.
State law also permits injury victims to pursue more intangible forms of compensation following a head-on collision. Some examples include compensation for physical pain and suffering, emotional trauma, and permanent disfigurement or disability. A Colorado Springs head-on collisions lawyer can help ensure that you include all possible types of compensation in your claim and appropriately value each type of compensation. Call today for your free case review.
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Deadlines for Filing Car Accident Claims
Injury victims may be surprised to learn that they only have a limited time to file claims for compensation resulting from motor vehicle accidents. These strict deadlines govern the filing of all types of legal actions under state law.
Colorado has a specific statutory provision that exclusively deals with claims arising from motor vehicle accidents, including head-on collisions. Under CRS § 13-80-101(n), injury victims have three years from the date of their accidents to file their claims seeking compensation for both their bodily injuries and any property damage to their vehicles. If injury victims do not file their claims within this timeframe, they risk being unable to hold any parties liable for the costs of their injuries, no matter how irresponsible they are for causing the head-on collision.
State law does provide for some exceptions to this general deadline or statute of limitations for these claims. For example, if you are under the age of 18, disabled, or mentally ill at the time the accident occurs, you may have a longer time to pursue your claim. Likewise, if you have a claim that involves a governmental entity or public employee, you may be subject to much shorter timelines for giving the appropriate legal notices to the relevant entities.
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Reach Out and Get Legal Advice Today
Every head-on collision involves different injuries, varying degrees of fault assigned to each party, and unique circumstances. When you or a loved one suffers devastating injuries in a crash that another driver causes, you may be eligible to recover compensation for your injuries. You may benefit from the advice of a Colorado Springs head-on collisions lawyer to determine the legal course of action that is right for you.
The attorneys at Ben Crump Law, PLLC stand ready to represent your interests and advocate on your behalf in your head-on collisions claim. Call our offices today at (800) 598-7557 and discover the full range of legal services that we can offer you.
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