Denver Distracted Driving Accident Lawyers
The Colorado Department of Transportation reports that forty-three drivers are involved in accidents every day due to distracted driving. If you have been hurt in an accident with someone who was using their phone while driving, eating or drinking in the vehicle, talking to passengers, or otherwise not paying attention to the road, you could be owed significant compensation for the harm you’ve suffered and damage to your property.
The Denver distracted driving lawyers of The Bourassa Law Group are ready to stand up for you and protect your health, your livelihood, and your ability to support your family.
Call our knowledgeable Denver accident attorneys at (303) 331-6186 to discuss your legal options after a car accident caused by a distracted driver. Our consultations are free, and our lawyers work on a contingency fee basis, which means there will be no fees or retainers; we will get our fee when we win your case. There’s no risk to call, so reach out to us today.
Why Do I Need a Lawyer?
Distracted driving is a serious and ever-growing issue in Colorado, as with most other states. Despite the fact that almost everyone would agree that drivers should stay alert and focused on the road, the other driver’s insurance company will work hard to deny or diminish any injury claim you file, regardless of the fault of their policyholder.
If you have been hurt in an accident, you are vulnerable and need the opportunity to recover. The Bourassa Law Group will represent your interests in a claim filed against the other driver. We will manage all communication with the insurance company and make sure they do not take advantage of you. We believe that you deserve the maximum compensation possible after an accident that was not your fault, and we’ll aggressively seek justice on your behalf.
Why Choose The Bourassa Law Group to Represent Me?
The attorneys of The Bourassa Law Group take pride in providing our clients the knowledgeable and skilled representation they deserve. We will keep you up-to-date on all developments in your case and we will consult you on your options every step of the way. We are your advocate and we never lose sight of the client’s needs after an injury accident.
We can help you by thoroughly investigating the crash. This is important because you will likely need to prove the other driver was not paying attention at the time of the crash. We will get a copy of the police report and see if the officer on the scene made any determination as to whether the driver was using their phone, adjusting the stereo, paying attention to a GPS system, or was otherwise distracted.
We will talk to any eyewitnesses in the police report, or from your own notes. Eyewitnesses can be unreliable, and it is important to question them closely about what they saw. We will review any real-time videos of the crash from local stores or witnesses that show exactly what happened. All of these pieces of evidence will be helpful in proving your case, and we’ll look to collect every bit of evidence we can to build the strongest possible claim on your behalf.
What Is Distracted Driving?
There now is considerable research that quantifies the deterioration in reaction time when a driver is texting or talking on a cell phone without a hands-free device. Texting degrades reaction time considerably. A study from the Texas A&M Transportation Institute found that texting doubled reaction time from one to two seconds to between three and four seconds. The 42 subjects of the study were also 11 times more likely to miss a flashing light when they were texting.
An Australian study found that drivers talking on the telephone, either handheld or hands-free took 40 percent more time to react to an event than drivers not talking on the phone. At 25 miles per hour, that meant they responded to a peripheral event, like a pedestrian crossing the road, with a 21-yard delay as compared to drivers not talking on the phone.
Delayed response time caused by distracted driving is the reason so many states are passing legislation to curb the practice. In 2016, 3,450 people were killed nationwide in distracted driving accidents.
In Colorado, distracted drivers caused 57,298 crashes between 2012 and 2015, according to an estimate from the Colorado State Patrol. There were 67 deaths from distracted driving accidents in the state in 2016. However, many feel the numbers reported underestimate the problem.
How Does the State of Colorado Handle Distracted Driving?
Adult drivers may use cell phones for voice calls but not for manual data entry (texting) or browsing the Internet. Minor drivers are prohibited from using a cell phone, texting and browsing the Internet while driving. The penalties include a $50 fine for the first offense for a minor, with an increase to $100 for a subsequent offense and a point against the minor’s license for each offense. For adults, the penalties are considerably more severe: $300 fine for the first offense and a $1000 fine for a subsequent offense, with four points against the driver’s license for each offense
The penalties include a $50 fine for the first offense for a minor, with an increase to $100 for a subsequent offense and a point against the minor’s license for each offense. For adults, the penalties are considerably more severe: $300 fine for the first offense and a $1000 fine for a subsequent offense, with four points against the driver’s license for each offense
But, while the law appears to be designed to deter people from distracted driving, these are “primary offenses:” the law enforcement officer must witness the use of the mobile device and observe the driver driving imprudently or recklessly in order to write a citation. In other words, the current distracted driving law in Colorado is effectively unenforceable.
But the increase in distracted driving accidents and fatalities has many wondering if Colorado needs a stricter and more enforceable law. During the 2019 legislative session, SB19-012, which is similar to laws on the books in 16 states, was introduced. Long negotiations over provisions in the bill proved fruitless and a vote on SB19-012 has been indefinitely postponed. In 2018, a similar bill was defeated.
Contact a Denver Distracted Driving Accident Lawyer
If you are injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver, you deserve to be compensated for all your current and future medical bills, the damage to your vehicle and any pain and suffering. The Bourassa Law Group will help you get justice.
The driver who hit you had no right to put you, and anyone else in the vicinity, at such great risk just for a few seconds of convenience. They are to blame for the accident, and also for their selfishness. We want to file a claim and get you’re the money you need to get past this accident and move on with your life.
Let the Denver car accident lawyers of The Bourassa Law Group help you get the full and fair compensation you’re owed if you’ve been hurt in an accident caused by someone else’s recklessness. As drivers and passengers, we trust that others on the road will be paying attention to the task of driving safely, and when they drive irresponsibly, those who are hurt deserve justice. Our attorneys are here to demand that you be compensated fairly, so call us for assistance right away by calling (303) 331-6186 or filling out a contact form online.
Frequently asked questions
The legal definition of a personal injury is when someone’s failure to use reasonable care in a particular situation results in another person’s physical, emotional, or psychological injury. Personal injury cases often rely on the elements of negligence to prove the responsible party’s actions were the cause of the other party’s injuries.
The length of a personal injury case depends on the type of case and various factors, such as the severity of the injury sustained and the duration of necessary treatment. A car accident case might take six months to resolve, while a wrongful death lawsuit could take two years. It all depends on the circumstances surrounding the case.
No. Whether you got hurt in a car accident or on someone else’s property, you should never speak with their liability insurance company about the claim. They try to save money whenever possible and could attempt to trick you into accepting a low settlement amount or intimidate you into dropping the case. Your Denver personal injury lawyer will handle all communication on your behalf.
It depends. A vast majority of personal injury cases settle out of court. When we file a claim with the insurance company, we’ll submit evidence that proves you deserve compensation for your injuries. Sometimes the insurer is willing to settle. Other times, they deny the claim or provide a settlement much lower than you deserve. Under those circumstances, we will file a lawsuit and take the case to court.
Mediation is a step during a lawsuit where both sides meet to try to reach an agreement. The mediator listens to the arguments on both the plaintiff’s and the defendant’s sides and attempts to resolve the issue. If they can reach an agreement, they will settle out of court, and the case will get dismissed. If they can’t resolve the matter, the case will proceed to trial.