What Type Of Accident Are You Dealing With?
Get the Colorado Springs lawyer who knows how to handle car accidents
Car accidents caused by other drivers can cover a wide range – from rear-end accidents on a busy highway to head-on collisions on a rural road. Whatever type of accident you’re dealing with, it’s critical that you have an experienced attorney on your side that knows how to investigate different types of crashes and can demand the money you deserve for you accident expenses.
Colorado Springs attorney Stephen A. Longo and his talented legal team at The Longo Firm, LLC can help you every step of the way. We understand why accidents happen. As a result, we know what evidence to look for and how to build the strongest possible legal case. We have the knowledge and the expertise you need to succeed.
We also never forget what matters most – your personal needs. That’s why we go above and beyond to be accessible on your terms. If you need to talk to us about your case, you can call attorney Longo directly on his phone anytime. We do things differently at The Longo Firm, LLC. We believe your best interests should always come first.
Common types of car accidents
Accidents caused by other drivers happen for many different reasons. In most cases, collisions occur because another driver was behaving in a reckless or negligent manner. This includes some of the most common types of accidents, including:
- Rear-end accident caused by another driver who’s often not paying attention.
- Head-on collision caused by a speeding driver or someone engaged in other reckless behavior.
- Hit-and-run accident caused by a driver who flees the scene of the accident.
- Lyft and Uber accident or a crash caused by another rideshare driver.
- An accident caused by an uninsured driver.
- Fatal car accident that results in someone’s death.
Whatever type of accident you or your family might be dealing with, don’t underestimate the complexity or the severity of your crash. Get the help you need to get your life back on track after your collision. Talk to an experienced attorney as soon as possible to learn more about your legal options.
Who determines the cause of an accident?
After an accident, many different state or local agencies often take part in the accident investigation. Depending on the circumstances of your crash, one or more of the following may be involved in the investigation to determine the cause of your accident:
- The local police department where your accident took place.
- State police officers (Colorado State Police Troopers) if your accident took place on a highway.
- Federal investigators, especially if your crash was caused by a driver with a commercial driver’s license (CDL).
Once investigators determine the cause of your collision, they often write up an official accident report. That report is then often used to determine who was at fault and who’s ultimately responsible for compensating you for your accident-related expenses.
Who determines who was at fault?
Who was at fault in your accident matters a lot. That’s because at-faulty party is responsible for paying for all the accident-related expenses for all injury victims. This is because many states, including Colorado, have a fault-based insurance system when it comes to car accident claims.
So who determines who was at fault in an accident? In general, that decision often comes down to the following individuals and companies:
- Your insurance company.
- The insurance company for the other driver.
- Lawyers working for the insurance companies.
Fortunately, you can often have a say in these important discussions. That’s why it’s critical that you have an experienced attorney working for you who knows how to deal with insurance companies and knows how to get results in complex cases.
How much are different accidents worth?
There’s no set dollar amount when it comes to different types of accidents. While certain types of accidents (rear-end accidents, for example) might sometimes result in a smaller accident claim than other accidents (head-on collisions, for example), that doesn’t mean that’s true for all accidents.
Each accident has its own unique circumstances. What matters is injury victims should be fully compensated for all their accident-related expenses. This might seem straightforward, but being fully compensated for all accident expenses can be very challenging.
One common problem is the insurance company representing the at-fault driver often only considers short-term expenses, including money for emergency medical care and replacement income while injury victims recover immediately after an accident. Accident claims should include all expenses, however, including future long-term expenses, including physical therapy, follow-up surgery and lost future income if an injury victim cannot return to work due to a permanent disability. Your lawyer can build a case in support of you receiving such expenses and demand the money you deserve.
Should I accept a settlement offer?
Don’t be surprised if the at-fault driver’s insurance company makes a settlement offer soon after your accident. Such an offer might be tempting to accept, especially if you have lots of bills due to your accident and less income coming in because you’re not working.
Many settlement offers are far less than what many people need to cover all their past, current and future accident expenses. In addition, injury victims might not realize that if they agree to accept an offer, they cannot ask for any additional money in the future, even if accident expenses increased dramatically.
This is why it’s critical to consult with an experienced attorney after your accident. Your lawyer can review any settlement offer you might receive and help you decide if you should accept an offer or ask for more money.
How can a lawyer help me?
No matter what type of accident you’re dealing with, having an experienced attorney on your side can often make a dramatic difference in the outcome of your case. If another driver caused your crash, a lawyer can help you in many different ways, including:
- Conduct an independent investigation to determine the exact cause of your accident. That way, you will have strong evidence in support of your accident claim.
- Carefully review your official accident report to make sure all the details are correct. Otherwise, you might have a hard time getting the money you rightfully deserve for your accident.
- Deal directly with the at-fault driver’s insurance company on your behalf.
- Negotiate the best possible settlement offer to pay for all your accident-related expenses.
- File a lawsuit on your behalf if necessary, particularly if an insurance company negotiates in bad faith or denies your accident claim.
The stakes are high after many serious accidents. By having an experienced and aggressive attorney on your side, you can level the playing field and demand the compensation you deserve after your crash. Don’t take chances with your future. Take action. Talk to lawyer you can count on in a crisis.
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Like many accidents, many law firms might seem the same at first glance. We believe we stand out for many different reasons. We thoroughly understand how the legal system works. We know which strategies can often be the most effective. Most importantly, we have the vision and the drive you need to succeed on your terms. As your lawyer, you can count on us to work tirelessly for you. We never take anything for granted. We go above and beyond in pursuit of evidence to build the strongest possible case.
Put your trust in a law firm that puts your needs first. Contact us and schedule your free case evaluation with attorney Longo. He can answer your questions, explain your options and outline which strategy makes the most sense for your type of accident.
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