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If you have been injured in a car accident that wasn't your fault, your main legal objective is to find the money you need for your medical bills, lost earnings, permanent injuries, pain and suffering, and other financial losses. If the negligent driver carried the proper insurance coverage, that may not seem difficult – but it often is.

The insurance company will do everything possible to put up roadblocks and deny the full amount of your financial damages because they make money when they pay you less or deny your claim. Fight back against powerful insurance companies by retaining counsel from The Law Office Of Chadwick McGrady. Mr. McGrady is dedicated to helping the injured victims of car accidents fight for the compensation they deserve.

Attorney McGrady handles car accident claims of all types, including:

Contact the firm online or call (970) 644-5599 to set up a free initial consultation.

Common Injuries from Car Accidents

A car accident can cause injury to nearly every area of a person's body. The immense force of a collision and the subsequent danger of flying debris can result in devastating injuries to involved drivers, passengers, and pedestrians. While some people are lucky enough to walk away from a collision with little more than minor scrapes and bruises, others may suffer catastrophic injuries with life-changing consequences.

Common injuries suffered in car accidents include:

In addition to physical trauma, the experience of a car accident can also cause a person to suffer from very real psychological and emotional injuries such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This is especially prevalent in cases in which a person has lost a loved one in a collision. It is important to seek a thorough medical evaluation after a crash to protect your health and get the help you need to recover.

What to Do After a Car Accident

Your actions immediately following a car accident can have a large influence on your ability to recover compensation for your injuries. To protect your rights and maximize your chances of having a successful claim, be sure to do the following:

  • Stop and call for emergency medical assistance if there are any serious injuries
  • Call the police and report the collision
  • Exchange insurance information with all involved drivers
  • Take detailed photos of the damage to all vehicles and property
  • Avoid unsure statements or speculation and do not admit fault
  • Seek medical attention after the collision, even if you feel fine
  • Consult with an attorney

Who Is Responsible for Your Crash?

Oftentimes, it is not obvious who was at fault for a car accident. Determining liability for a car accident will require your attorney to collect and analyze a variety of evidence related to your crash, including eyewitness testimony, traffic patterns and surveillance footage, vehicle damage, toxicology reports, police reports, and vehicle "black box" data. This will allow your attorney to determine exactly what happened and identify which parties may have acted negligently.

Depending on the circumstances, you may have grounds to file a claim against:

  • The other driver: Perhaps the most common cause of car accidents is driver error. Negligent acts such as speeding, unsafe lane changes, failing to yield, or driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs are just some of the many driver-related causes of collisions.
  • The vehicle manufacturer: Collisions may also be caused by vehicle defects such as faulty brakes or defective tires, exposing manufacturers to liability. If your crash was the result of a defect in the design, manufacture, or safety of your vehicle or its parts, an attorney can help you file a product liability claim against the manufacturer in pursuit of compensation.
  • Local government: Some roadways are inherently dangerous due to unsafe traffic patterns or improper road maintenance, causing them to have a high collision risk. While difficult to prove, city, county, or state governments that act negligently in their planning or maintenance processes can be sued for any accidents that result.

How Long Do You Have to File a Claim?

Under Colorado's statute of limitations for personal injury claims, you have up to three years from the date of your collision to file a civil lawsuit in pursuit of damages. Your eligible recovery will depend on the severity of your injuries, the extent of the damage to your vehicle and property, and whether or not you are found to be partially at fault for the collision. Since evidence can be lost and memories of the collision can fade as time passes, it is crucial you take action as soon as possible after a crash to ensure your rights are protected.

It is important to note that this time limit is different for car accident insurance claims; you generally must inform either your insurance company or the at-fault driver's insurer within a few days of the crash to be eligible to receive compensation. An attorney can help you determine the most appropriate course of action after a crash and keep your claim on track.

Comparative Negligence in Colorado

Colorado is a "modified comparative negligence" state in regards to lawsuits related to car accidents. Under this law, you may recover compensation against any party who was more at fault for the crash than you were, but your eligible financial recovery will be reduced by a percentage that matches your share of fault. For example, if your case were to go to trial and a jury finds you to be 20% at fault for the crash that caused your injuries, your total eligible award will be reduced by 20%.

Colorado's comparative negligence rule also states that you may not recover anything for your injuries if you are found to be 50% or more at fault for your accident. Insurance companies understand this rule well and will likely use this to pressure you into accepting a lower settlement than you deserve. Our attorneys can shield you from this type of unfair treatment and ensure the responsible parties are held accountable.

What Types of Damages Can You Recover?

If you were injured in a car accident, you can file a claim against the at-fault driver in pursuit of a wide range of economic and non-economic damages. The exact value of your case will vary based on the extent of your injuries, but in most cases, you can expect to recover compensation for:

  • Medical expenses (both present and future)
  • Property damage and vehicle repair costs
  • Lost wages and other income
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Wrongful death (if a loved one died in the crash)

You Don't Pay Unless You Win

If you have been seriously injured in a car crash or have lost a family member in a fatal crash, talk to Grand Junction car accident attorney Chadwick McGrady before you talk to the insurance company. The Law Office Of Chadwick McGrady is recognized as having an effective, aggressive approach to personal injury. Attorney Chadwick McGrady can work hard to ensure that you recover the maximum amount of money you are entitled to. There is no risk in retaining his firm because he operates on a contingency fee basis. That means you owe nothing unless he recovers compensation on your behalf.

What If You Were the Passenger?

In nearly all cases, passengers injured in a car accident have a claim to money damages, even if the friend or family member driving was completely at fault for the accident. Remember, you will be suing an insurance company for the money you need to protect your future, not your friend or family member. That person paid insurance premiums to protect his or her loved ones. Don't let the insurance company deny or shortchange you.

How Much Does It Cost?

The Law Office Of Chadwick McGrady handles the upfront costs of investigating and preparing a case for an insurance settlement or jury award. You will not pay attorney fees unless you recover money in a settlement or trial. Your case will not go to trial unless you decide to take it to trial after the insurance company acts unreasonably and refuses to pay for your injuries.

You are the boss. You decide the amount you will settle for and whether to go to trial. Attorney Chadwick McGrady pays the costs upfront, retains the experts, and prosecutes the claim.

Call the firm today at (970) 644-5599 to speak to a proven advocate for the injured. The Law Office Of Chadwick McGrady represents clients in Grand Junction and throughout Colorado.

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