Grand Junction Car Accident Lawyers
At Peters & Nolan, LLC, we know that car accidents can happen at any time. If you have been a victim of a 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 you get the financial assistance to be able to pay for your current medical bills, any future medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. You need an experienced Grand Junction car accident attorney to help you with your case.
There’s one thing all wrecks have in common, and that is the risk of serious personal injury. Most car accidents only last for a few seconds, but the effects can be felt for a lifetime. Victims commonly deal with head injuries, severe bone fractures, and worse. Common classifications of car accidents include:
- Intersection: Many car accidents occur at stoplights when people are making right or left turns. If another driver does not use his turn signals properly, or if he does not look ahead for oncoming traffic, it’s easy for him to collide with another vehicle.
- Driving Under the Influence (DUI): Driving a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is illegal. 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 making sure no one is hurt and exchanging insurance information, he is 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 if he’s identified. Otherwise, your own insurance policies are your best bet.
- Distracted Driving: Texting and other activities that take your attention away from the road are a leading cause 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 crash, then the party who was responsible for maintaining that road will be liable for your damages.
Having represented hundreds of car accident victims, not only in Mesa County but all over the Western Slope, these are the most common injuries we deal with:
- Disc injuries - The impact from a collision can cause damage to a disc in your 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 - A blow to the spine can damage the bundle of nerves within it - this can impair motor functions or cause paralysis.
- Compression fractures - Tiny cracks in the bones of the spine can cause a vertebra to collapse and deform. This damage could permanently alter the structure of your spine.
- Soft tissue damage - A sudden jerking from a low-impact collision 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 crashes, Peters & Nolan, LLC, asks clients to:
- Keep accurate records of all your appointments with your doctor.
- Keep a "pain journal." Write in the journal every day 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 – so you have three years from the date of the crash to file the claim. However, it is important that you contact Grand Junction car accident attorneys as soon as possible so they can advise you based on the circumstances of your case. Some claims must be filed even sooner.
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 you may be looking for.
Q: What information should I obtain from the other parties after an accident?
A: Get the name, address, telephone number, and insurance policy information from the other drivers involved. If you can, snap a photo of their driver’s licenses and plates.
Q: What if I feel like the accident was my fault?
A: Never admit fault or liability until after you’ve spoke to an attorney.
Q: Should the police be called?
A: If the accident has resulted in injury or property damage in Colorado, the police must be called.
Q: Should I seek medical assistance if I am not experiencing extreme pain?
A: Yes. Some types of injuries, such as whiplash, may not be apparent immediately following an accident. For safety reasons, don’t delay seeking medical attention.
Q: What happens if the other driver doesn't have insurance?
A: Contact your insurance company and an attorney; there may be other avenues from which to pursue compensation.
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. This means you pay no upfront costs for our services. When we get you the compensation you deserve, we take a percentage of your settlement or verdict. In other words, we only get paid if we win your case.
Q: Why do I need a lawyer; can’t I just file a claim myself?
A: Legally, you can file a lawsuit on your own. However, traffic accident claims are complex matters, often involving multiple insurance companies. Insurance companies employ armies of lawyers whose job is to deny or diminish their client’s liability in an accident. By hiring an experienced attorney, you’ll have someone on your side who can stand up to the insurance companies and see that you do not get shortchanged. Even your own insurance company may not have your best interests at heart. Insurance companies make money by denying claims or paying out as little as possible. When you have a lawyer to represent you personally, you have the best chance of getting the compensation you truly deserve.
At Peters & Nolan, LLC we work all of our personal injury cases on a contingency basis, which means we do not get paid until you get paid, so do not let the fear of not being able to afford us stop you from calling 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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