Grand Junction Car Accident Lawyers
At Peters & Nolan, LLC, we know that car accidents can happen at any time but that does not take away from the trauma of being a victim of one. If you have been a victim of a car crash or pedestrian accident because of a careless or negligent driver, you can rest assured that we can help. Our number one goal is to make sure that you get the financial assistance to not only be able to pay for your current medical bills but also any future medical bills that could arise. You need an experienced car accident attorney to help you with your case.
There are various ways for a car accident to occur. There’s one thing they all have in common, however, and that is the risk of serious property damage and personal injury. Most car accidents only last for a few seconds, but the effects of one could be felt for a lifetime. Regardless of where the accident occurs, victims commonly deal with head injuries, severe bone fractures, and worse. Common classifications of car accidents include:
- Intersection: Many car accidents occur at stop lights when people are making right or left turns. If another driver does not use their turn signals properly, or if they do not look ahead for any oncoming traffic, it’s easy to get in a serious accident.
- Driving Under the Influence (DUI): Driving a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is illegal and always dangerous. Any substance that affects your decision-making skills or ability to pay attention to the road will significantly increase the chances of getting in a car accident.
- Hit and Run: When someone leaves the scene immediately after an accident without exchanging insurance information and making sure no one is hurt, they are committing a hit and run. If you’ve been the victim of a hit and run accident, you may be able to hold the other driver accountable for your damages and for breaking the law.
- Distracted Driving: Texting and other activities that take your attention away from the road are leading causes of severe accidents. Some reports indicate that texting while driving can be as dangerous as driving under the influence of alcohol.
- Dangerous Roadways: If a poorly maintained road was the direct cause of a car accident, then the party who was responsible for the maintenance of that road will be liable for your damages.
Having represented hundreds of car accident victims, not only in Mesa County but also all over the Western Slope these are the most common car accident injuries we deal with:
- Disc injuries - Impact from a car accident can cause damage to a disc in ones back, causing it to break or deform. This can result in the disc putting pressure directly on nerves which can cause pain and numbness.
- Spinal cord injuries - Impact from a car accident can cause a blow to the spine and damage the bundle of nerves within it this can impair motor functions.
- Compression fractures - Tiny cracks in the bones of the spine can cause a vertebra to collapse and deform. This damage could result in permanently altering the structure of your spine.
- Soft tissue damage - A sudden jerking from a low impact car accident can stretch or tear nerves, muscles, and connective tissue.
While some people can return to work or their normal lives relatively quickly some are not so fortunate. When handling car accident cases we ask our clients to:
- Keep accurate records of all your appointments that you have with your doctor.
- Keep a "pain journal." Write in that journal everyday as to how you are feeling and what your pain level is. Sometimes it can be hard to remember just how much pain you were in one or even three years ago.
The Statute of Limitations in Colorado for motor vehicle accident is three years, however it is important that you contact a Grand Junction car accident attorney as soon as possible so that they can advise you based on the circumstances of your case.
Being involved in an auto or truck accident can be broken into two parts; the accident itself and the aftermath. Please take a moment to read over our frequently asked questions to find some of the answers that you may be looking for.
Q: What information should I obtain from the other parties after an accident?
A: Be sure to get the other drivers name, address, telephone number, and insurance policy information.
Q: What if I feel like the accident was my fault?
A: Never admit fault or liability.
Q: Should the police be called?
A: Notify the police as soon as possible of any type of accident.
Q: Should I seek medical assistance if I am not experiencing extreme pain?
A: Yes, some types of injuries that can be sustained from an auto accident may not manifest right away.
Q: What happens if the other driver doesn't have insurance?
A: You should consult an attorney; there could be other avenues to pursue to get you compensation.
Q: How long do I have to file a claim?
A: In any type of personal injury case there is what is called a "Statue of Limitations" that governs the amount of time that you can file a claim. If your claim is not filed within the statue of limitations then you will be forever barred from filing a claim.
Q: I don't have any money for attorney fees, should I still talk to an attorney?
A: Yes! We take cases on a contingency basis, if and when we reach settlement that is when we are paid our attorney's fees. If a settlement is not reached you do not owe us any money.
At Peters & Nolan, LLC we work all of our personal injury cases on a contingency bases, which means we do not get paid until you get paid, so do not let the fear of not being able to afford an attorney stop you from calling us today. You can reach us at (970) 243-4357.
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Peters & Nolan, LLC is your ideal source for high quality legal representation throughout the state of Colorado. Known for being personable and responsive, attorneys Andrew J. Peters and Andrew Nolan are aggressive trial lawyers with an excellent record of trying and settling cases in criminal defense, DUI/DWAI and personal injury.
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