What Are The Top Misconceptions That People Have About Auto Collisions?

There are many misconceptions that people have about auto accidents, but the biggest might be that they think they have no control over the process of dealing with one. In other words, they think that the approach they take to receiving medical care or other types of treatments doesn’t really matter, but it does. This is why people need to hire my office to guide them through the process. The concerns that people have about their cases vary. For some people, they are dealing with a second auto accident and believe that the first will have a negative impact on their current injuries. In reality, a prior auto-related injury can oftentimes be used to the client’s benefit. For example, if a person had surgery for a significant spinal injury and they were to get in another car collision, then the law treats this situation as an aggravation of a pre-existing injury.

One example that I always give to clients is that the law adjusts for a particular plaintiff’s body, injury history, etc. Although this doesn’t relate directly to auto accidents, it’s something that most people can understand. If someone owns a home and forgets to break up the ice on their front sidewalk and a six year old boy runs by and falls down, he might just brush himself off and keep walking. However, if an elderly person were to slip and fall, then they could end up in the hospital for months with a very serious injury. In both cases, the negligence is the same: the homeowner failed to clear the sidewalk, but the plaintiff is different, so the law allows the elderly person to get more compensation.

There are a lot of issues that come up that are unique to a particular person’s viewpoint. Sometimes people just feel that if they did not suffer a catastrophic injury, then they can’t really recover anything or that it isn’t worth pursuing. In the initial interview that I have with clients, I encourage them to bring as much information as they can about their particular circumstances, including information regarding their insurance coverage or lack thereof. Some people think that if they don’t have the best insurance in the world or no insurance then they are just out of luck, but that’s completely not true for most cases. There are many misconceptions and we try to go through them one by one depending on the particular situation

What Is Fault? How Does It Impact My Car Collision Claim?

Fault is really key in our system here in Colorado. By using the term “accident,” it sort of seems like it’s no one’s fault. One of my pet peeves is the use of the term “accident.” If a prospective client was entirely at fault for causing a collision, then O probably will not be able to help them recover anything, even if they are injured or experienced property damage. In order to gauge who is at fault in a collision, we have to ask our clients to tell us exactly what happened. Having this information is fundamental to proving fault which will enable them to get damages for their injuries or losses.

What Is The Statute Of Limitations For An Auto Collision In Colorado?

In Colorado, the statute of limitations for an auto collision is generally three years. However, if the party at fault is a government entity, that entity must be put on notice of claim within 6 months of the collision. Also, if a defective vehicle or product caused the collision in whole or in part, the statute of limitations is 2 years from the date of the collision. Sometimes, other claims may be available with different statutes of limitations. So it is always best to call our office and check. If a person misses that three-year window (or other applicable statute of limitations) even by one day, then they will be out of luck and unable to bring that claim.

For more information on Auto Collision Cases In Colorado, a free initial consultation is your next best step. Get the information and legal answers you are seeking by calling (303) 870-8492 today.

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