How Did Another Driver Cause Your Accident?
Colorado Springs attorney explains common causes
Car accidents caused by other drivers happen for many different reasons. Often, it’s because the other driver was behaving in a reckless or negligent manner, but there are specific reasons why different accidents happen. It’s important to understand these reasons because it could affect how much money you could receive for your accident-related expenses.
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Why do accidents happen?
Accidents caused by other drivers happen for a wide range of reasons. Some of the most common reasons crashes occur include:
- Speeding driver doesn’t stop or slow down in time to avoid a crash.
- Distracted driver not paying attention and crashes into another car.
- Drunk driver or a driver under the influence of drugs.
- Asleep at the wheel driver who fails to slow down or avoid an accident.
Is this why your accident happened? Or are you dealing with a different type of crash? Whatever the cause of your collision, it’s critical that you understand your rights and the legal options available to you. That’s why it’s important to talk to an experienced lawyer as soon as possible about your potential legal case.
Who determines who was at fault?
Many states have a fault-based insurance system when it comes to compensating car accident injury victims. This means the at-fault party (and/or their insurance company) is responsible for paying for all accident-related expenses for injury victims. This is the case in Colorado and Arizona, for example, which have fault-based insurance systems.
So who determines who was at fault after an accident? Several people or organizations are often involved in this process, including:
- The local or state police officer investigating your accident.
- Your insurance company.
- The other driver’s insurance company.
What these individuals decide – particularly officials for the two insurance companies – can make a dramatic difference in how much money you receive for your accident claim. That’s why it’s critical that you have an experienced attorney on your side who can be part of these important conservations. Otherwise, your version of what happened might not get the attention it rightfully deserves.
What if the other driver denies doing anything wrong?
Don’t be surprised if the at-fault driver denies causing your accident, even if you did nothing wrong. Worst of all, the other driver’s insurance company will likely take their side and try to claim you were at fault.
Why would an insurance company do this? Because there’s often a lot of money at stake, particularly when it comes to car accidents with serious injuries. Your accident claim can easily be worth thousands of dollars or significantly more. As a result, the at-fault driver’s insurance company will often do anything it can to avoid having to pay for your injury-related expenses.
If this happens after your accident, having an experienced lawyer on your side can help level the playing field. Your attorney can deal directly with the at-fault driver’s insurance company and make sure your case gets the attention you deserve.
What legal options are available to me?
If another driver clearly caused your accident, you often have several legal options available to you. Such options often include:
- Accept a financial settlement from the at-fault party or the at-fault party’s insurance company.
- Ask for more money or negotiate a better settlement offer.
- File a lawsuit or take other legal action if necessary.
Whichever option you decide to pursue, your lawyer can help you every step of the way. Whether it’s dealing directly with insurance companies or representing you in court, your attorney can be your voice for justice.
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