Your Local Colorado Springs Auto Accident Lawyers

If you have been involved in a car accident in Colorado Springs, don’t wait until it’s too late to file a claim. In Colorado you have up to 3 years to start your case so make sure to contact us ahead of time to get the best possible case built for you. We take our cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning you don’t pay anything unless we win your case or reach a settlement. 

Motor vehicle accidents are one of the leading causes of serious injuries in Colorado, especially along the I-25 corridor, on Powers as well as Academy. These injuries can leave you or your family members with a long list of medical costs and our car accident attorneys at Rector Law Firm are here to help you get full compensation from your case. We have gone head to head with insurance companies before and know exactly how to get you the results you deserve. Call us today for a free consultation.

Why You Need A Car Accident Lawyer

Many car accidents lead to serious injuries and in some cases can result in catastrophic or fatal injuries. These types of injuries require many different experts to properly assess the actual damage that was done, who was at fault and how much the victim should receive from insurance companies. Most insurance companies are going to look for any way possible to pay you the least amount possible, so it is imperative that you have an experienced car accident attorney represent you so that you can receive fair and full compensation.

At Rector Law Firm, we will collect & preserve evidence to support your case and bring in industry professionals such as financial experts, medical experts, accident investigators and accident reconstruction experts to ensure that we have the best chance possible at winning your case. It is essential not to miss any detail in these auto accident cases, as even the slightest detail could get missed and ruin your case so don’t risk it, call our office today for expert Colorado Springs car accident legal representation.

Common Causes Of Car Accidents

There are many different types of reckless driving that cause accidents across the front range everyday, but below you can find a list of some of the most common causes of motor vehicle accidents:

Distracted Driving – Drivers that pay little attention to the road because they are talking to a passenger, changing the music, eating, putting on makeup, etc are a major liability to themselves as well as drivers around them especially with the recent rise in mobile device usage.

Texting While Driving – Texting and driving has become a very common occurrence among Colorado Springs drivers and has led to many serious injuries from the car accidents it causes. Texting or even reading text messages while driving takes you attention off the road and should be avoided at all times.

Reckless Driving – Reckless driving is very dangerous to yourself and other drivers around you. Speeding, weaving in and out of traffic and other forms of negligent driving are not tolerated in Colorado Springs and the offender could face charges for reckless driving as well as being deemed at fault for any motor vehicle accident they may have caused.

Driving While Intoxicated – Drunk driving or even driving while high on marijuana or other drugs is a major problem in Colorado and leads to hundreds of deaths every year and thousands of arrests. Your altered perception when intoxicated can lead to driving errors and even reckless driving behavior.

Speeding – Driving at excessive speeds or over the posted speed limits are the cause of many car accidents and the driver who was speeding will usually be the one to blame in the event of an accident.

Improper Use Of Intersections – Intersections are a very common area for car accidents to happen. Usually this stems from improper turning, turning left in front of oncoming traffic, striking pedestrians in crosswalks, running red lights or stop signs & more. Roundabouts have also led to many car accidents recently as many drivers are still not familiar with their proper use yet.

Drowsy Driving – Driving while you are tired from lack of sleep or even just exhausted from a long day of work is extremely dangerous and has been the cause of many fatal accidents over the years. Pull over right away and get some sleep if you are feeling drowsy while driving.

Defective Auto Parts – Sometimes accidents are caused by faulty parts on your vehicle such as the brakes, tires, electrical problems, motor issues or even transmission failures. These cases can often lead to the mechanic or car manufacturer being at fault in the accident claim.

Bad Road Design – Poor road design, bad signage, dangerous intersections or poor road markings can cause accidents and usually the municipality will be the at fault party in these cases, especially when there have been numerous other recorded accidents in that same area from similar issues.

Road Conditions – Rain, snow and sleet can give even the best drivers a scare sometimes. Snow causes excessively dangerous driving conditions and the number of car accidents goes up dramatically on days with snow packed roads here in Colorado Springs. Rain also makes it very hard to see which is a very common auto accident cause when driving in heavy rain.

What Are The Most Common Auto Accident Injuries?

Auto accidents can cause a variety of different injuries to the victims, some of them being very serious, some being minor and in some cases the injuries can be fatal Below you can find a list of some of the most common types of injuries from car accidents:

  • Head injuries, concussions and brain injuries
  • Spine, neck or back injuries
  • Whiplash
  • Knee, leg, foot and ankle injuries
  • Internal injuries and bleeding
  • Bone breaks and fractures
  • Shoulder injuries
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Loss of limbs
  • Permanent disfigurement & scarring
  • Catastrophic injuries
  • Death

What To Do After A Car Accident

For most minor car accidents, where it is only damage to vehicles, you can simply go through your insurance company to get compensation for the damages to your vehicle. However, when persons involved in the wreck were injured, there are some important steps to take right away to ensure you are able to receive a full compensation package from the at fault party.

  1. Ask all passengers if they have been injured at all
  2. Call 911 for fast medical assistance
  3. Take pictures of the entire accident scene including the intersection, vehicle damages, skid marks, etc.
  4. DO NOT admit fault when speaking to the police or other drivers
  5. Get personal information and insurance information of the other drivers
  6. Write down the badge numbers of the police officers investigating the accident
  7. Get the addresses, names and phone numbers of any eye witnesses
  8. See a doctor after the accident for a full medical evaluation
  9. Obtain a copy of the police report of the accident as soon as it is available
  10. Contact our professional car accident attorneys at Rector Law Firm

Who Is Liable In An Auto Accident?

Who is at fault in an auto accident depends on many different factors in Colorado Springs and we are known as an “at-fault” state. To file a lawsuit you must be less than 50% responsible for the accident and any compensation you receive will be reflected based on how much of the accident was actually your fault. Some of the factors for determining the fault of the accident are as follows:

  • The police report of the investigation of the motor vehicle collision
  • Photos of the involved vehicles, the accident scene, skid marks and other details
  • Eyewitness testimonies of what occurred during the accident
  • When fault is unclear or uncertain, accident reconstruction specialists are brought in to virtually recreate the collision and determine who was at fault

Protect Yourself From Accidents With Uninsured Drivers

It’s a sad fact of life, but car accidents with uninsured drivers happen everyday. Insurance rates can be expensive, and when times are tough, some drivers will make the wrong decision, counting on their assumed driving skills and/or luck to keep them out of harm’s way.

Being involved in an accident with one of these drivers can be very scary. Many questions may be running through your head like: Who will pay my medical bills?  Who will pay for my car?  I can’t work – will pay my lost wages?

Colorado does not require that drivers carry ‘uninsured motorist’ coverage; however, this coverage is a must.  People drive irresponsibly, and without insurance every day.

Uninsured motorist coverage protects you and your passengers in a situation where an uninsured driver is involved in an accident with you; essentially, your insurance company “steps in the shoes” of the driver that was at-fault and evaluates your claim for the same kind of damages you would have recovered from the at-fault party’s insurance, had they been insured.  This coverage gives you peace of mind that you and your family members and passengers are protected.  This coverage will help cover your losses, and help you get your life back on track.

What Type Of Damages Can You Claim In An Auto Accident Lawsuit?

We take our auto accident cases very seriously at Rector Law Firm and provide every client with a thorough investigation of their case and a professionally put together lawsuit that is backed by hard evidence. In some cases, we are able to settle without a lawsuit, but in other cases, our experienced trial attorneys will go to court and fight to get you the maximum compensation for your injuries and financial issues sustained from the accident.

You are entitled to a few different types of damage compensation when involved in an accident, such as economic damages, non-economic damages and punitive damages(sometimes). Economic damages account for expenses with an actual number like medical bills, lost income from work, property damage repairs, lost earning capacity and more. Non-economic damages may include personal losses such as pain and suffering, loss of quality of life, mental anguish, emotional stress and more. Punitive damages are available in certain cases where the at fault party acted wilfully and wantonly and is administered as a punishment for their actions that caused harm to another person.

Common Types Of Motor Vehicle Accidents

No matter what type of auto accident you have been in, they can all cause serious injury to both drivers and passengers involved. Our attorneys have successfully represented victims of the following types of car accidents:

  • Rear end accidents
  • Side impact accidents
  • Head on collisions
  • T-bone collisions
  • Rollover accidents
  • Pile up accidents
  • Low impact accidents
  • Car accidents
  • Truck Accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Distracted driving accidents
  • Drunk driving accidents
  • Hit and run accidents
  • Teen driver car accidents

How Should I Handle A Rear End Accident?

A rear-end accident is one in which a driver hits another person from behind.  Typically these types of accidents occur because people do not leave enough distance from the car in front of them, and they are distracted by something, or someone in the vehicle, or even by texting on their phones.

When a rear-end accident occurs, the driver of the rear vehicle is considered negligent in most cases. While it may seem like a fairly minor type of accident, rear-end collisions can result in serious spine injuries, with long term consequences. That’s why it’s important to call a Colorado Springs rear-end accident attorney immediately after contacting the police and your insurance company.

These accidents can be extremely dangerous because in most rear-end accidents, the driver of the vehicle is unaware the accident is going to occur and it comes as a complete surprise.  These types of accidents can lead to serious neck injuries, whiplash injuries, head injuries and even concussions because the driver’s head can be snapped back and forth, and if the driver’s head is turned when impact occurs this can be even more significant.  Symptoms can occur immediately or sometimes take several days. Never under estimate your condition – even low speed accidents can result in serious injuries.  Adrenaline can mask pain so that you are not aware of pain and injuries for some time following an auto accident.

If you or a loved one have had the unfortunate situation of being in a rear-end accident be sure to seek medical care, especially if you are experiencing headaches or pain in your neck or back.  These types of injuries have the potential to be serious and can be permanent if not property treated.

What To Do After A Hit And Run Accident?

Victims of hit and run accidents face a complex hurdle, especially if the accident is severe in nature.  When a person who is responsible for causing an accident fleas the scene insurance companies can be disinclined to pay for injuries and damages until a determination that the responsible party cannot be located.  In such a case, it is important to contact an experienced Colorado Springs hit and run accident attorney.

A person who leaves the scene of an accident does so for a reason.  Typically we see that these types of irresponsible individuals leave the scene because they are intoxicated, uninsured or possibly have a warrant out for their arrest in another matter.

If you are involved in a hit and run accident the first thing you should do is call the police so that a proper investigation can be done and properly documented.  Take notes regarding as much information as you can remember from the other driver including the vehicle color, make and model, along with any other characteristics you can identify from the driver.  Make sure you identify any witnesses as they may have more information regarding the hit and run driver.  The second important thing you should do is get evaluated by a doctor.

You should notify your insurance carrier of the accident.  Uninsured motorist coverage on your policy will cover you for injuries suffered as a result of a hit and run accident.  Third, you should contact an attorney who can help you through this process, and who will fight to maximize the recovery you are entitled to.

Chain Reaction Accidents in Colorado Springs

Chain reaction accidents are unfortunately common on Colorado roads, especially during inclement weather. When one accident causes multiple accidents, however, it can be difficult to determine who was to blame for the accident and subsequent injuries. Further complicating things, in chain-reaction accidents, there are often multiple parties responsible for various aspects of the accident

The rules of the road come into play when figuring out fault. All drivers are required to keep a safe distance behind the vehicle in front of them. This means they are responsible for being able to stop in time, even if the roads are icy. A driver who rear-ends another vehicle will likely be responsible for that damage. Unless, however, a driver is pushed into another vehicle. This is where liability gets complicated.

Establishing fault is tricky in chain-reaction accidents and often requires a thorough investigation. Complicating the situation even more is that you may bear some responsibility for the accident as well. An experienced Colorado Springs car accident lawyer can review all aspects of the accident to determine exactly who is to blame for the crash and for your injuries. To do this your lawyer will need review evidence, such as skid marks, eyewitness accounts, police reports, and vehicle damage. If necessary, an accident reconstructionist may be employed.

How Much Do Car Accident Lawyers Charge?

Here at Rector Law Firm, our car accident clients only pay us when we win your case or reach a settlement. So if we don’t win, you don’t pay. We are confident in our work because we know our attorneys will file a solid case based on hard evidence that we can use to get a fair settlement for our client. Our fees that come out of the final settlement are paid out based on an agreed upon percentage of the financial compensation we get for you, so nothing ever comes out of your pocket when you choose to work with us.

“Our car was totaled as a result of being rear-ended while at a stop light and I was injured. I knew I needed to call the Rector Law Firm. As a widow of a local Colorado Springs attorney, I knew that both Terry and Dan Rector, following in their father’s footsteps, would treat my case with perseverance and dignity. Their paralegal, Carrie Bush, kept me informed throughout the case. Their success was awesome! I highly encourage anyone in need of a personal injury attorney to call the Rector Law Firm.” – Joan W.

Areas We Serve

We serve people who were involved in a car accident anywhere throughout the state of Colorado, but we focus on these areas: Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs, Fountain, Monument, Woodmoor, Broadmoor, Black Forest, Peyton, Falcon, Calhan, Cimarron Hills, Knob Hills, Briargate, Northgate, Fort Carson, Woodland Park, Pleasant Valley, Ellicott, Pueblo, Canon City, Larkspur, Security-Widefield, Larkspur, Castle Rock, Teller County, El Paso County, Elbert County, Park County and beyond.

Contact Our Colorado Springs Auto Accident Attorneys Today

When you choose to work with Rector Law Firm, you are choosing to work with knowledgeable and highly experienced car accident attorneys. We handle every detail of the case with precision, from gathering evidence to interviewing witnesses and hiring accident recreation teams so that we can build a strong case backed by hard evidence and get you a fair settlement. Our attorneys have won hundreds of car accident lawsuits and we would be happy to give you the legal representation you deserve, so call us today for a free consultation on your Colorado Springs car accident case.