Aggressive Colorado Car Accident Attorney Ready To Fight For You
An auto accident can turn your life upside down in a number of ways. In addition to the shock and confusion of a sudden and unexpected impact, you may suffer immense physical pain and even long-term disability. To add insult to injury, you are likely to find medical bills rolling in just as your income declines due to lost work time.
For many people, the most troubling aspect of this entire scenario is the sickening realization that all this hardship was the completely avoidable result of some else’s carelessness or even malevolence. When this happens, justice demands that you be fairly compensated. Don’t hesitate to speak with a highly skilled Colorado auto accident attorney at Mark S. Rubinstein, P.C. today.
Full Compensation is Your Legal Right
My name is Mark S. Rubinstein. It is my job to fight for the rights of people just like you, and I have been doing exactly that for decades now. I am a fighter, by nature and by training, and I am not afraid to take on evasive defendants and giant insurance companies. I will work out a timely out-of-court settlement for you if I can, but I will not hesitate to slug it out in court for you, should that become necessary.
As a highly dedicated Colorado auto accident lawyer, I will examine your medical records and will meticulously reconstruct your accident to determine the cause of your injury and the nature of the car collision. I am so confident in my ability to win compensation for you that I will charge you nothing at all for my services unless I do.
When Do I Need a Colorado Car Accident Lawyer?
If you suffered injuries in an auto accident caused by another person’s negligence or wrongful act, you should recover compensation for those injuries. Events that commonly contribute to auto accidents include the ones described below. A Colorado auto accident lawyer can help you reconstruct the accident to trace your injuries to their ultimate cause.
Distracted driving is arguably even more dangerous than intoxicated driving, because a distracted driver is often not even watching the road. Texting while driving is the most well-known form of distracted driving, but it is not the only kind. Even applying makeup or shaving can constitute distracted driving.
Intoxicated driving includes drunk driving, “stoned” driving (despite the legalization of marijuana in Colorado), drugged driving, and even driving under the influence of legal pharmaceuticals for which the driver has a valid prescription.
Unsafe lane changes
Unsafe lane changes lead to sideswipe accidents (for which many vehicles lack airbags) and fatal motorcycle accidents. Do your best to stay out of other drivers’ blind spots. Remember: if you can’t see their mirrors, they can’t see you.
The faster you drive, the faster your reaction time needs to be to avoid an accident in an emergency situation. Speeding also lengthens your stopping distance and increases the velocity of any impact. Stay within the speed limit, and avoid any driver who doesn’t.
Driving Too Fast for the Conditions
Would you drive 65 mph in a blinding snowstorm on icy roads? Would you drive 55 mph in reverse? These are both examples of driving too fast for the conditions. The posted speed limit is a maximum, not a minimum.
Mechanical Problems: Lack of Vehicle Maintenance, Defective Products
Driving on bald tires can cause a blowout, one of the most dangerous events that can happen while driving. Defective wiper blades can blind you during a heavy rain. Defective brake drums can cause your brakes to fail, and defective airbags can exacerbate injuries that might not have been serious otherwise. Sometimes it is the driver’s fault, and sometimes it is the fault of the product manufacturer or distributor.
Some accidents result from simple inexperience. A new driver, for example, might not realize that under certain circumstances their best chance of avoiding an accident is to accelerate their way out of trouble rather than slamming on the brakes.
There are a thousand more ways to trigger a traffic accident. No matter how skilled a driver you are, your best bet is to drive defensively by assuming that other drivers are relatively careless and unskilled.
No matter the cause of your auto accident, hiring a Colorado auto accident attorney to guide you through your personal injury claim can provide endless benefits to you.
Special Features of Truck Accidents and Motorcycle Accidents
Although some aspects of truck and motorcycle accidents are similar to car accidents, there are a number of distinguishing features. Keep the following differences in mind regarding truck and motorcycle accidents:
- In truck accidents, the people in the other vehicle are more likely to be seriously injured or killed, because of the size of a commercial truck.
- Commercial truckers are typically well-insured and can pay large claims.
- Motorcyclists are more likely to suffer serious head injuries if they do not wear helmets.
- Motorcyclists are more likely to suffer “road rash” (skin abrasions) than victims of other types of traffic accidents.
- Motorcyclists are far more likely to die in traffic accidents than car and truck drivers are.
These are not the only differences. There are many other differences as well.
Injuries Commonly Suffered in Auto Accidents
A number of factors can impact the severity of injuries sustained in an auto accident. Common examples of injuries resulting from auto accidents include:
- Cuts and bruises,
- Broken bones,
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI),
- Spinal cord and other back injuries,
- Whiplash, and
- Torn ligaments.
Whether your injuries are life-threatening or minor, it is crucial that you document them immediately. You can document your injuries at the scene by taking photographs. Alternatively, if you’re transported to the hospital after the accident, a Colorado auto accident lawyer can help you obtain medical documentation that describes your injuries in detail.
What Damages Can I Recover After an Auto accident?
No two auto accident cases are the same, so there’s no way to know what damages you can seek in your claim without reviewing your case. In personal injury claims, injured parties can seek two categories of damages: (1) economic damages and (2) non-economic damages.
Economic damages include readily ascertainable amounts such as medical bills, lost wages, or costs of repairing your vehicle; they are the expenses you can easily add-up. Non-economic damages include intangibles like pain and suffering, inconvenience, and emotional distress; this category of damages is harder to calculate.
A Colorado auto accident attorney can explain what damages apply in your case and help determine what amount of compensation you’re should be aiming for. In particular, Colorado car accident attorney Mark S. Rubenstein at Rubenstein Law Offices can help you calculate the true value of your claim. It is likely to amount to more than you think it does!
What My Clients Say
“I’d like to thank you for an exemplary job representing me at trial earlier this week. It is because of your hard work and effort that I fared the way I did. My hat is off to you” – J.W. January 29, 2016
Other Injury Practice Areas We Serve
Auto accident claims make up only a small part of our personal injury practice. Other practice areas include:
- Trucking accidents
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Biking accidents
- Wrongful death
- Premises liability (slip & fall, trip & fall)
- Defective products
If someone else’s negligence caused an injury to you or a loved one, we’re here to help.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What are my compensation options in the event of a hit and run accident?
Your main options are as follows:
- File a claim against the hit and run driver or his or her auto insurance policy.
- If the driver cannot be located, you can file a claim against your own uninsured motorist policy.
- Depending on the terms of your policy, you might have other insurance that applies.
If my loved one is killed in an auto accident, can I file a lawsuit on his or her behalf?
It depends on your relationship with the victim:
- If you are the spouse of the victim, you may file a wrongful death lawsuit on your own behalf.
- In the second year after the accident, the victim’s children may file a wrongful death lawsuit as well.
- If the victim has no surviving spouse or children, the victim’s parents can file the lawsuit.
Will I lose my claim if the accident was partly my fault?
Under Colorado comparative negligence principles, you will still have a personal injury claim as long as your negligence was less than the defendant’s negligence. The amount of your compensation, however, will be reduced in proportion to your degree of fault. The court will determine your degree of fault based on the evidence presented at trial.
Does Colorado have a “dram shop law”?
Yes, it does. If a nightclub sells alcohol to a minor (under 21) or to a visibly intoxicated customer who then proceeds to injure you, you may have a dram shop law claim against the nightclub. Even if the drunk driver’s insurance policy cannot cover the full amount of your claim, the nightclub may be able to do so.
Are there any special considerations if I am hit by a commercial driver?
Sometimes. If the commercial driver is an employee of a company (rather than an independent contractor), you may be able to file a claim against the company as well. It might also be easier to prove liability by showing that the commercial driver violated safety regulations applicable to commercial drivers.
How Can a Colorado Auto Accident Lawyer Help Me?
If your auto accident was minor or the at-fault party admits to liability, you might think you can handle your auto accident case without hiring a Colorado car accident lawyer. However, that would be a mistake. Without an attorney, you could be more inclined to accept a settlement offer for far less than the amount you’re truly owed.
Having an experienced auto accident attorney on your side can help you in countless ways, including:
- Negotiating with insurance companies on your behalf,
- Demonstrating the extent of your injuries to prove damages calculations, and
- Calculating the amount of compensation you deserve;
As a former insurance defense attorney, I know the strategies and tactics insurance companies use to deny or minimize your settlement offer.
If you suffered an injury in an auto accident caused by another person’s negligence, contact a Colorado auto accident attorney at the law offices of Mark S. Rubinstein, P.C., today.
It’s just a car accident, and no one died. So can’t I just handle this myself?
It would absolutely not be in your best interest to attempt to handle a car accident case by yourself. Regardless of how “minor” you may think that your case is, the truth is that you have likely not been in many accidents in your life – so you haven’t been through this before. Even if your injuries seem minor, they may have long-term effects that you are not fully aware of. You may not have the expertise required to properly assess how this crash can affect your physical, mental, and financial health going into the future.
You also are likely not an expert at dealing with insurance companies. One thing you must realize is that insurance companies are not your friend. They operate for one reason and one reason alone: to make money. And paying out big claims to people just like you does not make them money. So their sole objective, when receiving a claim, is to pay out as little as possible to the injured party. The insurance adjusters you will speak with on the phone have extensive training in tricks and manipulations designed to get you to:
- Indirectly admit to liability so that they can later claim that you were more at fault for the accident than you really were.
- Make statements that belittle your injuries so that they can claim that you’re faking their severity.
- Make statements that can in any way be used to lower their payout.
- Settle quickly for an amount far lower than they know your case is worth.
The adjusters know that people who don’t have a Colorado auto accident lawyer are far, far more likely to settle for less, and they have no trouble capitalizing on your lack of experience in these matters. But when you have a seasoned Colorado auto accident attorney by your side, they know they won’t get away with any of the above tactics. Now they must deal with the case from a purely evidentiary standpoint and face a seasoned professional with your best interest in mind.
Start Fighting Back Today – Contact a Trusted Colorado Car Accident Lawyer
I am a sole practitioner, and I will take your case personally – as if it were me instead of you who has been injured. With nearly a quarter-century of experience as a personal injury legal practitioner, there isn’t much that can happen, either in court or at the settlement table, that I haven’t seen before.
I understand that you may not be in a position to come to my office for a consultation, which is why I will be happy to meet you at the location of your choosing. I will even give you my personal cell phone number to make sure that you can always contact me with your questions and concerns.
If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident in Western Colorado, or if you live or work there, call me, a winning Colorado car accident lawyer, today at (970) 704-0888 or contact me online for a free initial evaluation of your claim.