After a car accident, you can file a claim to recuperate damages sustained from injuries, lost wages, and harm to your vehicle. However, some factors can influence how much you are eligible to recover and if you can recover any compensation at all.
While working with an attorney well-versed in the legal matter can give you the best opportunity to receive compensation, knowing the law’s basics may also be beneficial. Here’s what can affect your car accident claim in Colorado.
Failure To File On Time
In Colorado, you have three years from the accident date to file a claim based on injuries sustained in a car accident. Failure to do so may make the courts unwilling to hear your claim, regardless of how strong your case is.
However, there may be some rare instances in which a court may grant an extension past the three-year deadline. In these situations, it is most beneficial to have an attorney.
Partial Fault Accidents
You may not seek an injury claim after a car accident if you believe you played a role in the incident. However, you may still have a viable claim. This is because, in Colorado, there is legal practice known as ‘contributory negligence.’ Even if you were partially responsible for the accident, so long as you were less at fault than the other party, you could be entitled to compensation.
Failure To Report the Accident
You must report a car accident if there is either injury or property damage. Failure to do so can result in fines and jail time. If you call law enforcement immediately following a crash, the police officer on the scene will fill out the necessary paperwork. However, if no officer was on the scene, you can complete the paperwork online with the Colorado State DMV.
Not Working With an Attorney
Failure to work with an attorney can cause you to lose compensation. The legal system can be difficult to navigate if you are unfamiliar. Make sure you partner with an attorney familiar with the law and with the experience necessary to advocate for you.
At Jeffress Law, you can find professional attorneys with the compassion to ensure you never feel like just a number.
For help after a car accident, contact Jeffress Law, serving the areas of Boulder, Fort Collins, Longmont, and Loveland, CO. Call 303-993-8685 today.