Grand Junction Car Accident Attorneys
Focused on Protecting Your Future in Colorado
If you or someone you love was seriously injured in a car crash in Colorado that was caused by someone else, you may wonder why it is necessary to hire an attorney to recover insurance money that is rightfully owed to you.
The answer can be stated in the form of a second question, one that you should ask any Grand Junction car accident lawyer who expresses an interest in representing you in a personal injury claim: "Are you confident that your work will provide me with a larger recovery than I would likely obtain if you do not represent me?"
At Doehling Law, our Grand Junction car accident lawyers are upfront and honest with you in evaluating your case. If we cannot add value to your case, we will not take it. That is one of our main objectives with every case we take.
We are confident in our ability to accomplish it because of our legal team's thorough knowledge of personal injury law, much of it obtained while working on the other side of these cases protecting the interests of insurance companies.
On This Page
- How Our Experience Helps
- Types of Cases We Handle
- Common Car Accident Injuries
- Frequently Asked Car Accident Questions
We work on auto accident cases throughout Western Colorado and in Utah. For your convenience, we have offices near Aspen, Glenwood Springs, Telluride, Montrose, and our main Grand Junction office. Call (970) 292-7171 or write to us online for a free consultation to discuss your situation.
Insight Gained from Experience
Attorney Gary Doehling and our firm's claims manager worked for decades representing large insurance providers. These companies market themselves as putting customers first, but the truth is they use loopholes and technicalities to minimize the amounts they pay out to victims in personal injury cases.
Our Colorado auto accident attorneys understand the tactics these companies employ. We provide a thorough report to the representatives of insurance companies, clarifying exactly how we landed at the settlement amount we seek in each car accident lawsuit. We know what a case is worth, and we know how to prove it to insurance companies.
Our work and insight provide the insurance companies' lawyers and adjusters with everything they need to validate our demand for settlement.
If they decline, our attorneys are trial-tested and ready to protect our clients' interests in court.
Types of Cases We Handle
We represent individuals in a wide variety of motor vehicle accidents, including:
- Motorcycle accidents involving catastrophic injuries or wrongful death
- Truck accidents with 18-wheelers and smaller commercial vehicles
- Drunk driving accidents, which have unique technicalities we are aware of
- Injured passengers can collect from insurance providers even if the person driving the car that they were in was at fault
- Helping to recover compensation from a negligent driver who is uninsured or underinsured
- Pedestrians and cyclists who have been struck by motor vehicles
- Accidents involving ATVs, snowmobiles, and other recreational vehicles
Even if you don’t see a case that looks like your above, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We can discuss the specific details of your circumstances during a free, no obligation case evaluation and give you our honest take on whether we can take your case or not.
We work on auto accident cases throughout Western Colorado and in Utah. For your convenience, we have offices near Aspen, Glenwood Springs, Telluride, Montrose, and our main Grand Junction office. Call (970) 292-7171or write to us onlinefor a free consultation to discuss your situation.
There are a variety of injuries you may suffer as a result of an auto accident. Some of the most common include:
- Brain Injuries
- Broken Bones
- Chest Injuries
- Knee Injuries
- Soft Tissue Injuries
- Spine Injuries
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury during a car accident that was caused by someone else's negligent behavior, give our Grand Junction auto accident attorneys a call at (970) 292-7171 to schedule a free consultation!
- What Information Do I Need to Collect After an Accident?
- Should I Call the Police?
- Do I Need to Take Pictures of the Accident Scene and Preserve Other Evidence?
- Should I Go to the Doctor?
- Should I Contact My Insurance Company?
- Should I Talk to the Other Drivers’ Insurance Company?
- When Should I Contact an Attorney?
What Information Do I Need to Collect After an Accident?
Following a car crash, the most important thing is to ensure your and everyone’s safety. Check on yourself and the other people involved and call 911 if necessary. Next, it is imperative that you take steps to immediately obtain as much evidence as you can. After confirming everyone involved in the accident is safe, collect the following from all drivers, passengers, pedestrians, and witnesses involved in the accident:
- Contact numbers
- Insurance information
- Driver’s license numbers
In addition, make notes about as much of the following as you can:
- How did the accident occur?
- Did anyone involved in the accident immediately report any injuries to first responders or anyone else?
- Was anyone provided medical assistance at the scene of the accident?
- Where did the accident take place?
- When did the accident occur?
- Were there any weather conditions that could have contributed to the accident, such as a bright glare from the sun or roads slippery from rain?
- Was there anything already wrong with any of the vehicles involved prior to the accident, such as a broken headlight, brake light, signal, flat tire, dents, etc.?
- What damage was sustained to the vehicles as a direct result of the accident?
- Were any of the vehicles towed from the scene of the accident?
- Did anyone verbally admit responsibility for the accident, and what comments were made?
- Were the police called to the scene?
- If so, what were their names and badge numbers?
- Did they issue anyone a ticket?
- Did anyone appear to be under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol?
- Were any of the involved parties driving a company-owned vehicle or driving for work-related reasons at the time of the crash?
Should I Call the Police?
Yes. Contact the authorities immediately if you are involved in a car accident, truck accident, motorcycle accident, or any other kind of motor vehicle accident. Reporting the accident to the authorities provides proof of the accident that is essential to your personal injury claim. Calling the police will also provide an opportunity for an immediate investigation of the scene of the accident by a neutral third party.
The police report will include:
- Witness statements
- A check for drug or alcohol use
- And may even secure an admission of fault from the negligent driver
They may also issue one or more traffic tickets for infractions that led to the accident, which can be additional proof of negligence. Even if your car accident was minor, resist the urge to keep things simple by settling things with the other driver(s) on the spot.
Do I Need to Take Pictures of the Accident Scene and Preserve Other Evidence?
Definitely. Even if the police take photos, you should try to take as many pictures as you can from as many different angles as soon as possible after the accident. You should take photos of:
- The accident location
- The vehicles involved
- Various approaches to the accident scene
- The persons involved, particularly if they have suffered an injury
Also, taking photos of the accident and roadway can capture vital evidence such as "impending" skid marks. Tires do not immediately lockup and change from rolling tires to skidding tires. During the braking process, a tire begins to leave an imprint on the roadway before actually skidding. These marks are "impending" skid marks and are faint marks that can normally be seen on the roadway for only 24 to 48 hours after a collision. An impending skid and a skid mark, when taken together, give a more accurate record of the actual speed of a car before braking.
Should I Go to the Doctor?
Yes. Never resist seeing a medical professional after an accident—even if you feel fine. It is not uncommon for physical pain to manifest 12 to 24 hours after an accident. For instance, even if you walked away after being rear-ended in a truck accident, you might wake up the following morning with horrible back pain that may have been prevented or treated earlier if you’d headed straight to the hospital.
You should definitely seek immediate medical attention if you feel any pain or discomfort or are seriously injured in any type of automobile accident. Many accident victims make the mistake of thinking their pain will go away on its own, waiting several weeks or even months before finally caving in and going to the doctor. Postponing treatment is not only bad for your health—it will affect your chances of obtaining the settlement you are entitled to since there will be no medical record of your injury on file at the time of the accident.
Seeing a doctor following the accident will ensure an early diagnosis of your injuries and could drastically reduce your discomfort and future treatment needs. Follow the doctor's advice to the letter and never miss a doctor's appointment or seeing a recommended specialist. If you substitute your judgment for that of a medical professional’s, it will be used against you in court.
Should I Contact My Insurance Company?
For the most part, auto insurance companies require their policyholders to notify them promptly after someone is involved in an auto accident. Your insurance company will compile information concerning the accident for its records, such as whether you were at fault or not. They may even make a recorded statement concerning the accident.
If you have any doubts and would like legal advice before revealing any information to your insurance company, we highly recommend contacting a lawyer first. We can look into your specific car insurance policy and advise you on how best to provide the information your insurance company needs without compromising your case. You should never give a statement to the other driver's insurance company without consulting with an attorney to protect your rights and future chances of recovering compensation.
Should I Talk to the Other Drivers’ Insurance Company?
No. Never speak to the other side's insurance company before talking to your own counsel or having them present. If you do talk to them before seeking the advice of a Colorado personal injury lawyer, you will regret it.
If they do call you, be polite (any angry comments or threatening behavior can be used against you), but decline to speak by saying, "I am not prepared to discuss this matter with you at this time." Insurance companies' claims adjusters are professional negotiators. They have extensive experience manipulating accident victims like you into giving them information that can hurt your claim—including trying to talk you out of hiring your own lawyer.
When Should I Contact a Personal Injury Attorney?
As soon as possible after an accident—and after your safety is ensured—contact a local attorney who is experienced in handling personal injury cases related to car accident cases. When you contact Doehling Law, we will set up a free consultation with you right away, so that we can immediately start compiling accident details and evidence while everything remains fresh. If needed, we may also work with an accident scene investigator and/or a reconstructionist to ensure that nothing that may help your case is missed.
Pedestrian Accident $1,300,000
Professional Liability $950,000
Neck & Back Injury from Bicycle Accident $800,000
Jury Verdict: Vehicle vs. Tractor $767,000
Cervical Fusion from Golf Cart Accident $750,000
“They are helping with a legal issue. Very professional and caring. Recommend this firm.”- Rudi M.
“Did a very good job of communicating. Very professional and truly worked in my best interest all along.”- Chris B.
“We felt well represented by Doehling Law, our interests and concerns were taken care of and we appreciate everything that was done for us.”- Roxie K.
“They resolved my claim in a timely matter and gave closure to an uncertain future, I cannot thank them enough for their persistence to detail and dedication to do what is right.”- Carl C.
“The settlement Doehling Law obtained was for the maximum amount available from the defendant's insurance coverage which was accomplished by negotiating and did not require a trial.”- Andrew C.
If your accident has left you wondering how you will pay your medical bills and other expenses while you continue to recover, we can help. We handle all communication with insurance companies and medical professionals. We will work with you and your medical providers to ensure that you continue to receive the treatment you need even before your personal injury case has been resolved.