Denver Distracted Driving Accident Attorney
Our Denver lawyers understand that distracted driving is one of the most prominent dangers on today’s roads. Distracted drivers cause thousands of car accidents every year. In 2016, at least 3,450 people died because of distracted driving in the U.S., according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. If you believe a distracted driver caused your recent accident and injuries, visit the accident attorneys of Varner Faddis Elite Legal, LLC in Denver, CO. Let us help you move forward, together.
Why Choose Us as Your Lawyer
Proving distracted driving often requires investigation and gathering of evidence, including surveillance video and phone records. The distracted driving accident attorneys at Varner Faddis Elite Legal, LLC have the expertise and industry connections to ensure that your case is properly investigated. Moreover, VFEL provides exceptional representation that is uniquely catered to your specific circumstances. We take a client-centered approach to personal injury law – our legal strategies are always informed by your needs. We strive to maintain an honest, open line of communication with you so that we can assist you in any way we can. We firmly believe that addressing all your needs leads to success in the courtroom.
Why Do You Need a Lawyer?
Colorado is a fault-based insurance state. This means before you can obtain financial compensation for your medical bills and property damage, you must show an insurance company that its policyholder caused your crash. This burden of proof isn’t always easy – especially since insurance companies aim to minimize their liability for wrecks. Hiring a lawyer can give you an edge during settlement negotiations, helping you prove that the other driver was texting or engaged in some other form of distraction leading up to your collision.
Causes of Distracted Driving
Recognizing the most common causes of distracted driving can help you understand whether the driver that struck you was guilty of this misconduct, but it can also help you avoid driving distracted in the future. Although virtually anything that takes a driver’s hands, eyes, or attention from the driving task could qualify as a distraction, some are more common than others. Some of the most common causes of distracted driving accidents are:
- Cellphone use
- Eating or drinking
- Chatting with passengers
- Personal grooming
- Fiddling with a map, GPS, or radio
- Conversations or fights (cognitive distractions)
It is a driver’s duty to reasonably prevent car accidents. Drivers can fulfill this duty by obeying roadway rules and paying attention to the road. Distractions often make it impossible for drivers to respond to changing roadway conditions in time to avoid collisions.
Distracted Driving Laws
Like most states, Colorado has adopted distracted driving laws to help increase the safety of its roads. It is against the law for all Colorado drivers, regardless of age, to text and drive. Drivers under 18 cannot use a cell phone while driving in any way, to text or make phone calls – unless they need to make an emergency 911 call. Breaking these cell phone laws could result in a driver’s “negligence per se” for a crash, or no further need to prove negligence.
Filing a Distracted Driving Claim
If a distracted driver caused your recent Denver car accident and injuries, you have rights. The state civil justice system permits you to file a distracted driving claim with the at-fault driver’s car insurance company in pursuit of financial damages. You could receive restitution for your medical costs, pain and suffering, lost income, property damage, and other losses. If insurance negotiations don’t work, you may file a personal injury lawsuit. Generally, you have three years from the date of your collision to file a personal injury claim in Colorado.
Contact Us Today
Contact us or firm in Denver, CO as soon as possible following a distracted driver accident. Our lawyers can investigate your case, gather any available evidence of the other driver’s distraction, file your insurance claim, negotiate a settlement with claims adjusters, and take your case to court if necessary for the best possible outcome. Our firm is ready to hear your story and do it justice in the face of a negligent or reckless distracted driver. Call today to request a free consultation.