Colorado Car Accident Attorneys
Serving Denver Metro, Boulder, Greeley, Steamboat Springs, Fort Collins and all of Colorado
The Colorado Car Accident Lawyers
If you were hurt in a car crash, chances are you are going to need legal help. Our experience has taught us one thing – the insurance companies won’t always do the right thing to help people and their families. We find they worry more about their profits than actual people. Dr. Ramos thinks things should be different.
Ramos Law is different. We put people first every time. We deliver first class service and representation to our clients and have a proven history of success. We have laughed and cried with our clients. We have hugged them and held their hands. We aren’t just about profits at Ramos Law.
The insurance companies know who we are and they know we understand the medicine behind the injuries better than they do. They also know we are not afraid to go to court if they aren’t fair to our clients. Attorney Rick Eddington directs our lawsuits. He has over thirty years of experience and is one of the top trial lawyers in Colorado.
Ramos Law is a team of All-Stars that will take good care of you. Contact us and we will see if we can help you.
What Should I Do If I’m In A Car Accident?
DO make notes of any statements made by the other driver. Use your smart phone or other electronic device to record voice memos. This is a great way to collect details when in the chaos of an accident scene. Gather as much information about the accident as you can. Start by taking down the other driver’s name, address, license number, and insurance information.
DO collect additional information including the contact information of any witnesses, photographs of the vehicles, as well as descriptions of the road, traffic, and weather conditions. If your cell phone is able to record video, use it. Take video of the scene of the accident from both up close and at a distance. Include the location of traffic signs, crosswalks and etcetera. Make sure to write down the names of police officers on the scene so that it will be easier to get copies of their reports later.
DON’T forget, or wave your right to seek immediate medical attention. Immediately following the car crash, your body’s fight-or-flight response is triggered and a rush of adrenaline is released so that your body is ready to handle the danger it faces. One of the things adrenaline does is to dull pain and although you may not notice any at first, the whiplash motion caused by a car accident can produce injuries that become more pronounced as time goes on. Additionally, you do not want the other driver’s lawyer to demean the severity of your injuries due to the fact that you didn’t feel it necessary to seek treatment right away.
DO contact a personal injury attorney. The other driver’s insurance company will use several tactics – right from the very first phone call they make to you. It is very important that you let an experienced lawyer handle these conversations and paperwork for you so that your rights are protected. Be sure to consult an attorney before you sign anything.
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Colorado Car Accident Information
In 2005, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) said that if a plane crashed every day for more than 6,000 days, killing everyone on board in each crash, the fatalities would equal the number of deaths that occur on U.S. highways each year. According to the Institute, over 100 people died everyday between 1986 and 2002 in car crashes. 
Fortunately for drivers and pedestrians across the country, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration was able to report in 2013 that even with an increase in fatalities in 2012, highway fatalities dropped after 2005 and have remained at historic lows. But there’s still more to be done to make Colorado roadways safer for everyone.
Colorado Car Crash Statistics
Anyone who has been injured in a Colorado car wreck or has lost a loved one because of an auto accident knows that life can change in the blink of an eye. Yet, far too many accidents occur every year. In fact, hundreds of people die on Colorado roads each year and the lives of thousands more are irreversibly changed because of a serious wreck.
Sometimes, it doesn’t matter how good of a driver you may be, you may not be able to avoid the careless driving habits of others. You may not have even been in a vehicle when you were hit by a negligent driver. Too many times pedestrians, cyclists, and bikers are killed by drivers who aren’t paying attention.
According to the Institute, statistics show that in 2012, Colorado auto accidents claimed the lives of:
- 77 motorcyclists
- 76 pedestrians
- 13 bicyclists
Car wrecks in Colorado also claimed the lives of:
- 150 people in passenger cars
- 137 people in pickup trucks and SUVs
- 11 people in large trucks
Drugged and Drunk Driving
It is illegal to drive a vehicle if your ability to operate the vehicle is impaired by the use of alcohol. The legal threshold, the point at which you are deemed to be impaired whether you feel or appear intoxicated, is a blood alcohol concentration level of 0.08. Some drivers, like underage and commercial drivers, are held to an even lower standard and can be arrested for driving with a BAC of 0.02.
Yet, despite these thresholds, drunk drivers continue to be responsible for thousands of deaths across the country. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that one person died nearly every 52 minutes in alcohol related crashes in 2013. More than 10,000 people died that year in car crashes involving a driver with a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher.
Of these alcohol-related fatalities,
- 6,860 involved a driver with a BAC of .15 or more
- 1567 were passengers of drunk drivers
- 1157 were passengers in other vehicles
- 837 of these people were not in a vehicle when they were killed
Colorado’s Drunk Driving Record
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CODOT) reports that over 26,000 people are arrested each year for driving with a BAC over the legal threshold.  What is worse is that these drivers are responsible for the deaths of more than one-third of all Colorado car accident fatalities.
Colorado’s drugged driving statistics may not be as bad as some news reports would have it seem, but they aren’t as good as you might hope. The CODOT reports that 87 fatal accidents in 2012 involved a drugged driver, and of the 286 drivers who were tested for drugs that year, 35 had cannabis in their system.
Like the legal threshold for alcohol, Colorado has established a legal threshold of 5 nanograms of THC per milliliter of blood as the legal limit for marijuana impairment when driving. This means you can be arrested for drugged driving if you have five nanograms of active THC in your blood, even if you do not feel or seem “high.”
Colorado Auto Accident Frequently Asked Questions
An insurance company called & offered me money after my accident. Should I take it?
No – you should not take any money or sign any papers from an insurance company until you speak with an experienced car accident attorney. Odds are, the company is offering much less than you actually deserve. Let your attorney review your case and deal with the insurance company because despite the advertisements and slogans, insurance companies are more concerned with their bottom line than they are with compensating you for your injuries and losses.
The person who hit me didn’t have insurance. Who will help me pay for all these medical bills?
Just because someone does not have insurance or does not have enough insurance to cover your medical bills and lost wages, it doesn’t mean they aren’t responsible. Speak to your personal injury attorney as soon as possible so they can help you hold the driver responsible for their actions and get the compensation you need to help you while you recover.
What is the first thing I should do if I’ve been in a car accident?
The first thing to do is to call the police or 911 if there are injuries. Second, trade insurance and contact information with the other driver if possible. Third, call your attorney as soon after the accident as you can. Be sure to keep all documents from the police and the hospital, and be prepared to describe the accident in as much detail as possible to your lawyer, so they can begin collecting evidence and conducting their investigation. Your attorney will be able to guide you through the rest of the process.
Have You Been Injured in a Colorado Car Accident?
The Colorado car wreck attorneys at Ramos Law have been fighting for the rights of car accident victims for years and they stand ready to fight for the compensation you deserve. Emergency medical physician and attorney Dr. Joseph Ramos and the car accident team at the Ramos Law Firm have the skills and experience to guide you through complex legal and medical processes.
If you have been hurt in a Denver car wreck, or elsewhere in Colorado call (303) 733-6365 to speak to one of our car accident lawyers, or fill out a free case evaluation form now.
References: http://www.foxnews.com/story/2005/02/03/car-crashes-kill-40000-in-us-every-year/  http://www.iihs.org/iihs/topics/t/general-statistics/fatalityfacts/state-by-state-overview/2012  http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/812102.pdf https://www.codot.gov/safety/alcohol-and-impaired-driving https://www.codot.gov/safety/alcohol-and-impaired-driving/druggeddriving
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Testimonials & Client Thank You Letters
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