Did you know that automobile accidents are the reason behind the majority of personal injury claims in the United States? In fact, in 2012, there were 5,615,000 police-reported car crashes; that number doesn't even include the crashes that weren't reported by victims. In Colorado, if you're involved in a car accident, then you need to seek help from police and be sure to protect your rights with legal support. As a victim, it's vital that you take part in this process so you can help keep the roads safe and seek the compensation you need.
When you're in a motor vehicle accident, you may be curious as to how to seek compensation. First, you need to prove that the other driver was negligent in his or her actions, resulting in the car accident. Generally speaking, that means that whoever was driving was not exercising reasonable care for the circumstances.
If a person is found to be negligent, then he or she will have to pay for any damages to your vehicle or property. He or she will also be held responsible for your injuries and the payments of your medical bills for your injuries. You are required by law to prove that the other party was negligent, and if you are able to do so, you may be in a position to receive all of the abovementioned benefits.
Some common things a court may see as negligence include disobeying traffic signals, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol or disregarding traffic conditions. If the person failed to signal before turning or has been speeding, that could be seen as negligent. Additionally, driving too slowly can be construed as negligence in a court. Other common reasons for crashes include reckless driving, improper lane changing and aggressive driving.
Source: FindLaw, "Car Accident Basics" Sep. 24, 2014