June 4, 2014
Whenever you get behind the wheel, you are at risk of getting into a car accident no matter how careful you may be. This is because there are many factors you can’t control – like, for example, the sobriety and diligence of other drivers – and these factors can easily cause accidents.
In the event that car accidents happen, the drivers and others involved may have questions about their rights and when they are entitled to compensation for their injuries and losses.
In this three-part blog, we will provide some answers to the most common questions that typically arise in the aftermath of car accidents. While the answers provided herein are general in nature, you can easily obtain more specific information related to your case by contacting the Littleton car accident attorneys at Bahr and Kreidle.
How do I know if I’m eligible to receive compensation after a car accident?
In general, whenever any type of negligence has played a role in causing a car accident, you will likely have a right to compensation. Commonly, this negligence comes in the form of other drivers violating traffic laws, driving while drunk, driving while distracted or otherwise driving recklessly.
There are, however, many other forms of negligence that can contribute to car accidents (such as vehicle manufacturer negligence, trucking company negligence, etc.); therefore, it’s crucial to consult with an experienced attorney after a car accident for:
- A thorough evaluation of your case
- A determination of whether negligence may have been involved
- If so, an explanation of who may be liable for such negligence.
Is it a problem that I didn’t get the other drivers’ info after the accident?
No. After car accidents, you may need to focus on getting emergency medical treatment for you or a loved one, and getting information from other motorists involved in the collision will likely not be a priority in such situations. While it’s always best to try to get this info if or when possible, if you are unable to do so for any reason:
- You may be able to obtain other drivers’ info from police reports (as long as police were called to the scene of the accident).
- You can rely on an experienced attorney to track down this information for you.
I was hit by another driver who fled the scene. Can I still receive compensation for my losses?
Possibly. You may be able to get compensation after hit-and-run accidents if:
- The driver is identified and eventually tracked down, and you sue the driver.
- You have uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage as part of your auto policy.
It’s important to note here, however, that, even when drivers have this coverage, they may still face some challenges getting the full amount of compensation they deserve. This is because insurers may try to dispute or undervalue their claim in an effort to limit payouts. To ensure your rights are fully protected in these cases, make sure you work with an experience attorney who will stand up to insurers on your behalf.
Be sure to check out the upcoming second and third parts of this blog for some more answers to commonly asked questions about car accidents, lawsuit and compensation in these cases.
Littleton, Colorado Car Accident Lawyers at Bahr and Kreidle
Have you or a loved one been injured in a car accident or any type of motor vehicle accident? If so, you can trust that your rights to compensation will be protected when you work with the Littleton car accident attorneys at Bahr and Kreidle. Since 1983, we have been fighting on behalf of injured people and helping them get the justice and compensation they deserve.
To set up a meeting, call us at (303) 794-7422 or email us using the form on this page.
From our law offices in Littleton, we represent clients throughout Colorado, including in the Denver Metro Area, Arapahoe County, Adams County, Jefferson County and the cities of Lakewood, Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree, Castle Rock, Westminster, Centennial and Aurora.
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