Injured in a Car Accident in Colorado Springs?

120+ Years of Experience Representing the Injured

If you or someone you love has been involved in a car accident, we are here to help. Clawson & Clawson, LLP is a team of skilled personal injury lawyers that have been serving residents of Colorado Springs, Parker, Pueblo and surrounding cities for years. We bring more than 120 years of collective experience to the table that we use to secure maximum financial compensation for you. We have been honored by many local and national legal organizations due to our experience and skill.

Why You Need a Car Accident Lawyer

Many people wonder why they need a car accident attorney if they can just go through their car insurance. While you do not have to retain an attorney for an auto accident claim, it can be extremely beneficial. Far too many car accident victims receive settlements that are much lower than they deserve, or could have been acheived help from legal counsel. Additionally, car insurance claims can become highly complex, and having an advocate by your side who can explain and guide you through this situation could make all the difference in your case.

Unfortunately, insurance companies are not on the driver's side and will do whatever it takes to reduce the value of your claim. Our Colorado Springs car accident attorneys can investigate your case and advocate on your behalf so that you receive maximum compensation for any vehicle damage, medical expenses, and even emotional suffering such as PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder).

What Should I Say to My Insurance Claims Agent?

After a car accident, here are some important tips to remember when dealing with insurers:

  • Avoid accepting the insurance company's first offer
  • Refuse to give a verbal or written admission of guilt
  • Seek necessary medical attention immediately
  • Follow through with your physician's treatment plan
  • Keep adequate records of all accident-related expenses
  • Do not sign anything without consulting an attorney

Following these guidelines can potentially help maximize the value of your claim and help our team build a stronger case for you.

Understanding the Car Accident Claims Process

Auto Accident Statistics for Colorado

The Colorado State Patrol (CSP) records more than 25,000 car accidents in the state every year. Not all accidents are investigated by the CSP; most are investigated independently. The statistics compiled from the 30 percent of car accidents the CSP does investigate indicated that the most common causes of accidents are:

  • Exceeding a safe speed - accounts for over 5,000 accidents annually
  • Inattentive to driving or "distracted driving"- accounts for over 4,000 accidents annually
  • Animal caused- accounts for over 3,000 accidents annually
  • Lane violations- accounts for over 2,000 accidents annually
  • Following too closely or "tailgating"- accounts for over 2,000 accidents annually
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI)- accounts for over 1,000 accidents annually and the highest number of traffic fatalities in the state, about 70 annually.

El Paso County has one of the highest car accident rates in the entire state of Colorado. According to data from the CSP, there are more than 2,000 car accidents in El Paso County annually, coming in only second to Jefferson County. No matter what the cause or type of accident you were involved in, we encourage you to seek legal counsel from our law firm as soon as possible.

What If I Was Hit By Someone Without Insurance?

Colorado law regarding uninsured and underinsured (UM/UIM) coverage changed in January 2008. According to the Colorado Revised Statutes § 10-4-609, all drivers with UM/UIM policies will notice the following major changes:

  1. Auto insurance companies can no longer "offset" (reduce) the amount they give you by deducting the amount of liability insurance the at-fault driver has.
  2. Auto insurance companies can no longer include "anti-stacking" language in their uninsured motorist policies. This means that people (particularly families) who have multiple auto insurance policies can add UM/UIM coverage to each individual policy.

A majority of Colorado insured drivers are covered by UM and UIM policies, which is extremely beneficial considering one out of every seven drivers on the road does not have auto insurance (national statistic). Uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage works by making up the difference between the cost of accident-related expenses and the at-fault driver's insurance coverage.

Say for example you were injured in an auto accident and your medical bills total $35,000. Since the minimum liability coverage required for bodily injury in Colorado is $25,000, the accident victim's UIM policy could make up the difference- $10,000.

At this point you may be wondering if you have UM / UIM coverage. By law, unless you expressly waived your right to this coverage, your auto insurance policy will automatically include this. To learn more, speak directly with a car accident lawyer from our firm.

Contact an Experienced Car Accident Lawyer in Colorado Springs

If you were injured in an accident because of a negligent or careless driver, or your accident was caused because of an outside factor such as a mechanical defect or road defect, contact a personal injury attorney at Clawson & Clawson, LLP. Our injury lawyers have secured millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients, and we can fight to ensure that you get what you deserve. Initial consultations are free! We have locations in Colorado Springs, Pueblo, and Parker.

Call us at 719-602-5888. You can make an appointment today.

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