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Lakewood, CO Car Accident Attorney

A car accident and the aftermath can be difficult to navigate as an injured victim. You are focusing on important issues such as your medical care, physical therapy and getting well. You should not have to worry about navigating the justice system in pursuit of financial compensation on top of dealing with serious injuries.

A Lakewood car accident attorney at James L. Finegan, P.C. can provide the skilled legal representation and services you need during this time. A lawyer can give you peace of mind by handling the legal aspects of your claim for you. We offer free consultations and operate on a contingency fee basis in Lakewood, Colorado.

Why Choose Us?

Lakewood car accident lawyer James L. Finegan has more than thirty years of legal experience handling personal injury cases in Colorado. Mr. Finegan is an experienced  accident attorney and handles the following types of accident cases:

  • Hit-and-run accidents and will investigate both finding the other driver and seeking compensation through uninsured motorist coverage
  • Truck accidents involving commercial drivers; during the process, Mr. Finegan will look into whether the accident involved poor maintenance, defects, hours driving violations, inadequate training or driver fatigue
  • Motorcycle accidents, which are especially important to attorney James L. Finegan, as he is a motorcycle rider himself and he understands what it means to be on the road and is sympathetic to motorcycle injuries changing that possibility
  • SUV rollovers and other  auto defects are often the cause of accidents, and it is important when filing a personal injury suit, to go after the responsible party, which sometimes can be the manufacturer rather than the other driver
  • Pedestrian and  bike accidents require an experienced lawyer in order to ensure proper care is taken to get fair compensation, especially when victims may not even own a car themselves and may lack uninsured or underinsured driver coverage
  • Complex cases involving multiple vehicles or mass transportation such as  buses that require an experienced Lakewood auto accident lawyer to navigate the best way through the multitudinous levels of insurance, liability and coverage

Why Do You Need a Car Accident Attorney?

If you hire a car accident attorney from James L. Finegan, P.C., we can navigate your claim for you, handling tasks such as:

  • Car accident investigation
  • Evidence and document collection
  • Eyewitness interviews
  • Hiring qualified legal and medical experts
  • Insurance claim negotiations
  • Proving your accident losses
  • Going to court against the defendant(s), if necessary

Your car accident lawyer can go head-to-head with an insurance claims adjuster on your behalf to make sure the insurer handles your claim fairly and honestly. If it comes to it, your lawyer can also go to trial to maximize your outcome.

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What Kind of Car Accident Cases Do We Handle?

Attorney James L. Finegan represents injury victims and surviving family members. He ensures that every client receives the kind of dedicated and skilled representation required to get the insurance company’s attention after a devastating car accident. His practice covers:

  • Multicar accidents: No matter what the cause of the accident, attorney James L. Finegan knows how to investigate the incident and prove negligence or even criminal violation of the law.
  • Drunk driving accidents: There are many layers to a DUI or DUID personal injury claim, but Mr. Finegan knows how to pursue these cases vigorously to get you and your family justice.
  • Uninsured or underinsured accidents: Too many drivers on the road do not have insurance, or do not have enough insurance to cover your real costs. Attorney James L. Finegan pursues compensation through uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage, including hit-and-run accidents.

If you were injured in a car accident that was caused by an uninsured or underinsured motorist, you may be able to obtain compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses through your own automobile insurance policy.

What Compensation Am I Entitled To?

Under Colorado law, a person injured in a car accident caused by another driver’s negligence is entitled to seek compensation from the negligent driver’s insurance for medical costs, lost earnings, and pain and suffering. Even if it is determined you were partially responsible for causing the accident, damages may be sought up to the percentage of liability assigned to the other driver, over 50 percent.

Winning an appropriate settlement or jury verdict in a serious and catastrophic motor vehicle crash injury claim requires knowledge and experience working with complex medical and technical evidence. When necessary, Attorney James L. Finegan works with independent medical and life care specialists to determine the full extent of medical care and financial damages resulting from the injury.

Insurance Resolution Cases

Since Jan. 1, 2009, Colorado law requires all drivers to be offered medical payment coverage on their auto insurance policy. This is in addition to the usual bodily injury comprehensive coverage requirements that have been in effect for years. Many people who have stayed with their insurance company over the years are unaware of the medical payment coverage. Following a car accident requiring medical care, hospitals often bypass the auto insurance coverage and bill the injured party’s health insurance, which will require repayment out of any settlement the victim may receive in a lawsuit settlement.

If you are dealing with this situation and need help with your insurance resolution case, get in touch. Attorney James L. Finegan offers free consultations and handles all insurance resolution cases on a contingency fee basis. He charges attorneys’ fees as a reasonable percentage of the amount of money you receive in a final settlement or jury award. He handles everything, so you can get back to your life.

Attorney James L. Finegan Handles Even The Most Complex Vehicle Accidents

Mr. Finegan represents clients who have been  seriously injured or have  lost a loved one in any type of motor vehicle accident resulting from the negligence of another driver. There is nothing more devastating than being injured in a  car accident or receiving the news that a member of the family has died as the result of a wreck. The sudden impact of the injury or death can result in emotional and financial turmoil for years. When the accident was the result of misconduct on the part of a negligent or  drunk/drugged driver, the sense of injustice can be intolerable.

What Causes Car Accidents in Colorado?

Almost all car accidents are preventable. Human errors and driver mistakes are what cause most motor vehicle collisions in Lakewood, Colorado. Dangerous, reckless and careless drivers are behind most collisions. Inexperienced and incompetent drivers may make mistakes such as accidentally breaking traffic laws, while reckless drivers may intentionally break the rules.

Some of the most common causes of car accidents in Colorado include:

  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Distracted driving
  • Texting and driving
  • Speeding
  • Driving drowsy
  • Following too closely
  • Weaving between lanes
  • Running red lights
  • Failing to yield the right-of-way

Other nondriver-related issues can also cause or contribute to car accidents in Colorado. For example, if a city ignores a pothole, this could cause a tire blowout or rollover accident. The government could be liable for the crash in this scenario. A motor vehicle could also contain a defective part, leading to manufacturer liability for a related accident.

Common Car Accident Injuries

There are three collisions in every car accident. The first is the vehicular collision, where the vehicle stops its forward motion by colliding with another vehicle or a fixed object. The second collision is the human collision. This describes the collision between a vehicle occupant and an element inside of the car that stops his or her forward motion, such as the windshield or steering column.

The third collision is the internal collision. This is the collision between the internal organs and each other or the skeletal frame, stopping their forward motion. The human and internal collisions cause serious or catastrophic physical injuries. Some of the most common examples of these injuries are:

  • Dislocations and soft-tissue injuries
  • Muscle and tendon injuries
  • Lacerations or cuts and scrapes
  • Bone fractures
  • Knee and lower extremity injuries
  • Chest, lung and rib injuries
  • Head trauma and traumatic brain injuries
  • Neck injuries, such as whiplash
  • Back injuries, such as herniated disks
  • Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
  • Internal bleeding or organ damage
  • Wrongful death

In addition to physical injuries, many car accident survivors in Colorado experience psychological or emotional harm. A victim may suffer the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, for example, such as nightmares or flashbacks. Physical and nonphysical injuries can reduce a victim’s quality of life and lead to thousands of dollars in medical and therapy expenses.

Is Colorado a Fault or No-Fault Car Insurance State?

In Colorado, the person or party at fault is responsible for paying for medical expenses, vehicle repairs and other losses connected to a crash out of his or her auto insurance. This is how the insurance system works in Colorado, as a fault state. In a no-fault state, all injured drivers recover through their own insurance providers, regardless of who caused the car accident.

After a car crash, you or your car accident attorney will have to determine who was at fault for the collision to file a claim. This may take a thorough investigation, such as returning to the scene where the crash took place. It may also require speaking to eyewitnesses and analyzing a car accident report. Your attorney can help you determine fault for your crash. Then, your attorney can help you collect evidence and go up against that driver’s insurance provider for maximum financial compensation.

Car Accident FAQs

In the aftermath of a serious car crash, it is normal to have questions and concerns. You may wonder who is financially responsible for your losses, for example. Use these frequently asked questions for more information about a car accident claim in Colorado:

  • How long does it take to get a settlement? This answer depends on how complicated your case is, and whether it reaches a settlement or has to go to court. In general, a car accident settlement takes three to six months to result in a check. A trial, however, can take a year or longer.
  • How long do I have to file a car accident lawsuit in Colorado? In Colorado, a law called the statute of limitations gives you a limited amount of time to file a car accident claim. You have no more than three years from the date of your car accident to bring a lawsuit, with rare exceptions.
  • What if the car accident was partially my fault? Even if you believe you contributed to the crash, discuss your rights with an attorney. You may still be eligible for at least partial recovery if you were less than 50 percent to blame.

Our Lakewood car accident attorneys are available to answer any questions you may have about your recent crash and your legal rights as a victim.

Contact Us for a Free Case Review in Lakewood, CO

A car accident attorney is someone you can trust to give you honest advice, motivated by a true desire to help you and your family recover. At James L. Finegan, P.C., our goal is to make the legal process as simple and stress-free as possible. We will stand by your side through every phase of a lawsuit, answering your questions and concerns along the way.

Start your case by requesting a free consultation with us in Lakewood, Colorado today. Contact us online or call (303) 980-5511 anytime.