On this blog, we often discuss how a personal injury claim can compensate an injured person for their damages. In this post, we will dive into a little more detail about what "damages" means in this context, and how Colorado law differentiates between types of damages.
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Most personal injury cases are based on the legal concept of negligence, and under Colorado law, negligence in car accident cases is relatively straightforward. A driver acts negligently when he or she fails to exercise reasonable care to avoid the risk of injury to others on the road. If their negligence leads to an accident and someone else is injured as a result, the negligent driver can he held liable for the injured person's damages, including medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering.
How can we keep track of statistics about dangerous conduct on the roadways in America, such as instances of distracted driving? After all, at any given time there are millions of vehicles on the roads of Colorado and other states throughout the country. Nevertheless, it is important to keep track of what people are doing in their vehicles as they are driving, oftentimes at high speeds, alongside other people on the roadways.
An auto accident can leave you in terrible shape. Sure, your car may have been damaged, but you've probably also suffered some sort of physical injury. If severe enough, these injuries may have required medical treatment and forced you out of work for some time. As a result, your physical, emotional, and financial health may be less than desirable, leaving you wondering what you can do to not only recover compensation for your damages, but also to get even with the individual who caused your injuries in the first place.
With its scenic views and a nice combination of wide open and curving roadways, Colorado is a great place to ride a motorcycle. Many individuals find this activity to be peaceful and relaxing, but a negligent driver can turn a joyful ride into a living nightmare in a matter of seconds. Since motorcyclists are without the protections afforded to occupants of passenger vehicles, they often suffer serious injuries in accidents. Far too often these injuries can lead to disability and death, which is why those who are affected by a motorcycle accident need to carefully consider their legal options.
It seems like it is becoming more difficult to leave work at the office. While many of us in Alamosa simply want to do the best work we can, which often requires work outside of the office, others are required to be available "after hours." In our digital world much of this work is conducted online. As such, many individuals find themselves checking and answering emails and texts after they have left the office, including while they are driving. This can prove dangerous to all motorists on the road.
Dealing with the aftermath of an auto accident is often challenging. Victims usually must find a way to cope with unexpected and undeserved physical pain and suffering they experienced following the crash. This is in addition to the financial ramifications of the crash, typically manifested in medical expenses and lost wages. Taken as a whole, these damages can be emotionally devastating. Sometimes, car accident victims feel so overwhelmed that they feel paralyzed. This feeling can further jeopardize their future, especially when the accident in question was caused by the negligence of another.
With its wide-open roads, rural Colorado has its fair share of semi-trucks zooming their way across the state. The trained and oftentimes experienced truckers who operate these big rigs should be able to do so safely, especially when they adhere to federal safety regulations. Sadly, though, sometimes truckers don't abide by the rules imposed upon them, which puts other motorists at greater risk of being injured or killed in an auto accident. When this happens, it becomes imperative for victims and their families to look at the applicable safety regulations to better determine if a trucker failed to abide by them, as doing so can serve as strong evidence supporting a personal injury or wrongful death claim.
Most personal injury lawsuits settle before being litigated in court. Those who can settle often reach a resolution that supports their best interests. Usually this means that an auto accident victim will agree that an offered amount of compensation is appropriate given the time, money and risk associated with taking a case to trial.