Colorado Springs Rear-End Collision Lawyers
If you were injured in a rear-end collision that was not your fault, you deserve full compensation for your trauma. Insurance companies treat rear-end collisions as minor accidents, but there is nothing minor about suffering a brain injury or broken bones because of a negligent driver. After a crash, you should not have to fight tooth and nail to get your medical bills paid. Instead, let The Bussey Law Firm, P.C., handle your claim for you.
At The Bussey Law Firm, P.C., our Colorado Springs rear-end collision attorneys have years of experience fighting back against dismissive insurance companies for our clients. We can sit down with you in a free consultation, learn how your injuries have affected your life, and fight to get you the highest possible amount. Call us today at (719) 475-2555 to learn what we can do for you.
Rear-end collisions are often dismissed as mere fender-benders, but these accidents can result in serious trauma. Most cases occur when the front car is stopped at a light or slowing down on a highway, while the car behind them is still traveling at high speeds. Even if the rear driver slams on the brakes, he could still cause catastrophic damage to the front vehicle -- even a multi-car accident.
Airbags are specifically designed to deploy when the front of a vehicle is struck, so they are less likely to deploy in the front vehicle during a rear-end collision. This can lead to the front driver striking the steering wheel or dashboard and suffering severe head wounds. In turn, passengers have little protection beyond seatbelts. This lack of protection can lead to catastrophic injuries for all the front-vehicle occupants, such as:
- Brain damage
- Spinal cord injuries
- Multiple broken bones
- Crush injuries
- Soft-tissue damage
Rear-end collisions are common at crowded intersections where multiple vehicles are stopped and waiting at lights. While approaching driver should know to slow down and come to safe stops, there are several negligent behaviors that can cause serious collisions, including:
- Distracted driving
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Fatigued driving or falling asleep at the wheel
- Aggressive driving
- Dangerous lane changes
If another driver rear-ended you because he wasn’t paying attention, then that driver can be found liable for all of your injuries. However, if multiple vehicles are involved, liability may be split among various drivers.
For example, let’s say a driver was speeding and rear-ends a car at a stoplight: that first driver has sole liability for injuries to people in the car. Now, let’s say that the driver who was struck was pushed forward into the vehicle in front of him. The frontmost driver may be able to recover compensation from both rear drivers’ insurance companies. If you were the middle driver, you may still be able to recover compensation from the rear driver for causing your injuries.
Colorado is a modified comparative negligence state, meaning accident victims can recover compensation so long as they are not found to be more than 50% at fault for their own injuries. By working with an experienced car accident attorney at The Bussey Law Firm, P.C., you can minimize the amount of fault assigned to you and fight to get the highest possible award.
Rear-end collisions should never be dismissed as minor, especially if you suffered a serious injury as a result of someone else’s negligence. The costs of these injuries go far beyond damage to a vehicle, such as emergency room bills, weeks to months of lost wages, emotional trauma, and pain and suffering. It is important to include every cost you have suffered after a collision to ensure you get the most out of a claim.
In the state of Colorado, accident victims can recover compensation for:
- All medical expenses, including past and future bills
- Lost wages from taking time off work to recover
- Lost earning potential if you had to change careers
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Recovering compensation after a rear-end collision can feel like an uphill battle. Insurance companies are only interested in keeping their profit margins up, so they may offer you a low settlement or just deny your claim. If you try to take on a big insurance company on your own, the adjuster can ignore your emails, blame you for the accident, and dismiss your claim.
But The Bussey Law Firm, P.C., is well-versed in dealing with insurance companies. If you bring your claim to one of our Colorado Springs personal injury lawyers, we will do the heavy lifting of getting you compensation. We have years of experience investigating collisions, working with auto accident experts, and negotiating with insurance companies. As trial attorneys, we are not afraid to take cases to court to get our clients the money they deserve.
If you or someone you love was injured in a rear-end collision in Colorado Springs, contact The Bussey Law Firm, P.C., at (719) 475-2555 to discuss you case in a free consultation.