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A car crash may last only a second, but the consequences of an accident can last for weeks, months or even a lifetime. The catastrophic injuries that result from a wreck can leave you with unexpected medical bills, health care expenses, and time away from work that you and your family can't afford.
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If you've been injured in a crash, contact the Denver car accident lawyers at Leventhal Lewis from Cherry Creek, Aurora and throughout the state of Colorado.
- Steps to Take After a Car Accident
- Common Types of Car Accidents
- Common Causes of Car Accidents
- A Closer Look at Distraction
- Common Car Accident Injuries
- When to Hire a Car Accident Lawyer
- Compensation Following Car Accident Injury
- Car Accident Legal Fees
Information is essential for securing proper compensation following a traffic accident - and this process is best started at the scene of the crash. When possible, collect vehicle information from all involved drivers along with license numbers and insurance information. Be sure to get the name, phone number, and email of all involved drivers.
If there are witnesses, gather their information as well. Their accounts can help your car accident lawyer during the investigative process. So too can pictures of the accident taken from multiple angles. Use your phone to document the scene.
- Cooperate with EMTs and police
- Contact your insurance company
- Do not suggest you are at fault
Once released from the scene of the car crash, make an appointment with your doctor. Even if EMTs found nothing concerning, there could be head or neck trauma that remains undetected. Some car accident injuries do not show symptoms for days or even weeks.
If you have sustained a serious injury, you may want to consult with a car accident attorney before accepting an insurance offer. In many cases, settlements from insurance are insubstantial and legal action may be needed to secure the full compensation you deserve.
Far too many collisions are caused by reckless driving habits. These may include:
- Driving while distracted
- Driving while intoxicated
- Speeding/erratic driving
- Aggressive driving
- Failure to adhere to the basic rules of the road
While all of these behaviors are extremely dangerous, driving while intoxicated poses a very large risk to Colorado drivers. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that approximately one in every five Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related crash in their lifetime.
Marijuana and Car Accidents
According to the Colorado Department of Criminal Justice, since the legalization of marijuana in Colorado, DUI citations have decreased and citations for marijuana-only intoxication have stayed steady at about seven percent. However, fatal car accidents involving drivers who test positive for cannabinoids have risen significantly.
Marijuana impairs driving ability. It is illegal to use marijuana before driving in Colorado.
When you suffer an injury in a car crash, no matter the cause, you deserve expert legal counsel to protect your rights. Our experienced and compassionate auto accident lawyers are prepared to get to work on your case right away. Use the form on this page to schedule a free consultation and learn more.
C-DOT reports that, between 2005 and 2017, 22 percent of all traffic accidents in Colorado were caused by driver distraction. This is 12 percent higher than accidents caused by intoxication and the biggest contributing factor to car accidents in our state.
Distracted driving is often thought of as cellphone use, but only two percent of the distracted driving accidents in Colorado involve that particular device. Other causes of distraction that can result in serious or fatal injury include:
- Personal grooming
- Eating and drinking
- Adjusting the radio
- Reading a map or using GPS
- Looking at billboards
- Turning to talk to passengers
Onboard electronics also pose a threat while driving. The intention behind hands-free devices is to reduce distraction. Sadly, they have failed to do so. In fact, AAA reports hands-free electronics increase the risk of an accident, often to greater extents than traditional cellphone use.
When you are injured by a distracted driver, you have every right to hold them to account for your injuries. The Denver car accident lawyers at Leventhal Lewis welcome an opportunity to discuss this with you in person. Please contact us to schedule your complimentary consultation today.
No two car accident-related injuries are identical. Some injuries are minor and heal within a few days or weeks. Other injuries are more severe and may result in extensive medical care and treatment, permanent disabilities, and even death.
Although no two situations are exactly the same, car accidents often result in common injuries, such as:
- Fractured and broken bones
- Neck and back injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Brain injury
Although these types of injury are common, their impact on each individual is unique. No two people experience injury the same way, so no single approach to legal representation will work. The auto accident lawyers at our Denver office offer personalized representation that meets the exact needs of the victim and his or her family.
Minor injuries are often covered in full by insurance and don't require any additional action. However, it is important to note that just because an injury seems minor at the moment doesn't mean it's not something to have checked out by a doctor. When you suffer a spinal cord injury, for example, the actual symptoms may not surface for days or even weeks to come. Similarly, you may not believe that your finger injury is significant enough to warrant a personal injury case. But what if you find later that your "small injury" prevents you from performing your occupational duties and puts your job and future earning potential in jeopardy? It's important to contact our qualified car accident lawyers as soon as possible if you believe you have been injured in a crash. Your case review at Leventhal Lewis is free of both cost and obligation, and can be instrumental in helping you understand all of your options.
The best lawyers for car accidents are those who have the experience background, and tenacity to investigate all aspects of an accident, identify all liable parties, and fight tirelessly for your rights. Sean Leventhal takes time to listen and understand each situation, enabling them to provide honest answers to tough questions, and helping them fully understand how an accident has and may continue to impact a person's life. These things help us answer the primary question most car accident victims have: "How much is my claim worth?"
Sean Leventhal provides personal counsel for individuals facing a personal injury lawsuit. In some instances, an insurance company will supply the attorney for a personal injury claim. These attorneys work for the insurance company and, while representing the defendant, may hold the interests of the insurance company above the interests of the individual.
As personal counsel, Mr. Leventhal acts on behalf of the defendant, ensuring that rights are protected, proceedings are appropriate, and the best outcome possible is sought.
Hiring personal counsel can help shield your assets and protect your future when you are accused of negligence. Call or email us to learn more about this particular service.
Compensation following a car accident will need to take into account all of the economic and noneconomic consequences of your crash. These may include:
- Current and future medical expenses
- Rehabilitation costs
- Current and projected lost wages
- Property damage
- Home modifications
- Changes to lifestyle
- Changes to ability
- Physical pain
- Emotional duress
When seeking compensation for a car accident injury, it is important that the full scope of the injury be considered. This is one of the reasons to work with a car accident attorney who takes time to know your situation and is legitimately interested in doing everything possible to help you get justice.
The Denver car accident lawyers at Leventhal Lewis are committed to providing individualized, client-focused legal counsel. You will never be treated like just another case number. When you work with our car accident attorneys, you are our top priority.
In your free initial consultation, you will meet directly with an attorney to discuss the details of your wreck and the merits of your claim. We'll work to understand your situation and answer all of your questions. If we don't believe strongly in your case, we'll tell you right away.
Fees for your legal representation will be based on a number of factors, primarily tied to the amount of compensation you are awarded. We work on a contingency basis, which means we don't get paid until you do. If we do not win your case, there is no fee for our representation.
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If you've been injured in a car accident in Denver or surrounding areas of Colorado, you deserve attorneys who will fight aggressively for the justice and compensation you need. Contact Leventhal Lewis today to begin building your case. We serve Metro Denver and all surrounding Front Range and I-25 corridor communities.