Were you recently involved in a car accident? Are you left without a vehicle, facing high medical bills and unable to work due to your injuries? Did you lose a loved one in a crash?
If so, do not despair. Instead, get help from a compassionate, skilled and experienced lawyer who will work hard to help you move past this difficult time.
Get in touch with Ray & Heatherman Law, PLLC.
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Attorneys Steve Ray and Ryan Heatherman are U.S. Marine Corps veterans who have dedicated their lives to assisting car accident victims and their families in Fort Collins and surrounding areas in Northern Colorado. We’ve got your six!
It all starts by getting in touch with us by phone or through our online form. We can provide a free, timely and confidential consultation. Connect with us today.
What Steps Should You Take First After a Crash in Fort Collins?
As you move ahead after your auto accident in Fort Collins, we suggest that you take the following steps in order to protect your health and your legal rights.
How Can We Help with Your Pressing Needs After a Car Accident?
At Ray & Heatherman Law, PLLC, we know that you will have issues that need to be addressed right away after being involved in a crash. We want to help you.
We can also guide you towards other services in Fort Collins and the surrounding area that can help you to get through the challenges you are facing.
We will truly “have your back” and do whatever we can to alleviate the stress and burdens you are facing in the aftermath of an auto accident.
How Will We Investigate Your Fort Collins Car Accident?
As Ray & Heatherman Law, PLLC, moves forward with handling your case, we will focus at first on the investigation of your auto accident. Our aim will be to determine liability and the amount which should be sought in damages.
Liability will depend on whether another’s negligence caused your crash. Examples of such negligence include:
In order to determine liability, we will gather and analyze all pieces of evidence, including:
We often consult with experts in accident reconstruction who can help us to identify the causes of an accident and to prepare exhibits that illustrate an accident for the insurance company or for a jury.
Additionally, we can review your medical records and consult with medical and life-care planning experts to determine the nature and extent of your injuries and how they have impacted you.
Who Can Be Held Liable for Your Car Accident Injuries in Colorado?
It will be crucial to identify all of those who should be held liable for the physical, emotional and financial damages you have suffered in a Fort Collins crash. Depending on the facts of your case, those parties may include:
A lawyer from Ray & Heatherman Law, PLLC, also will need to examine whether your own negligence contributed to your crash. If so, you will not be barred from recovering compensation unless your fault was equal to or greater than the fault of the other driver or drivers in your crash.
What Can You Recover in a Colorado Car Accident Claim?
As we investigate and prepare your case, we will seek a recovery of all of the damages you have suffered as the result of your car accident. Under Colorado law, those damages may include:
In some cases, punitive damages may be pursued as well. These damages may be available if you were harmed by another person’s especially egregious misconduct.
If you lost a loved one in a car accident in Colorado, we would seek a different set of damages on your behalf. This is known as a wrongful death claim. The compensation typically sought in such claims includes compensation for the loss of financial support that your loved one would have provided.
What Types of Insurance Can Cover Your Car Accident Injuries in Colorado?
Several years ago, Colorado moved to a “fault-based” system for recovering compensation after an auto accident. As a result, your first option after a crash is to seek a recovery of your damages through the at-fault driver’s liability insurance.
Under Colorado law, all drivers must carry this liability coverage in certain minimum amounts:
In many situations, a driver may have insurance that exceeds those minimum amounts.
However, we can also explore other coverage that may be available through your own auto insurance policy, including:
The role of your lawyer from Ray & Heatherman, PLLC, will be to seek the maximum amount available under the different insurance policies that are involved in your case.
Will Your Auto Accident Case Settle or Go to Trial?
The reality is that most of the auto accident cases that our firm handles for clients in Fort Collins and surrounding areas are resolved through settlements.
In a settlement, another party agrees to pay for your damages in exchange for being released from any future liability. It avoids the need to go to trial.
We will also closely evaluate any settlement offers and advise you on whether accepting the settlement would be in the best interest of you and your family. The decision of whether to accept a settlement, of course, will be yours to make.
If a settlement cannot be reached, our highly experienced trial lawyers will be ready to present your case in court, where a jury will determine whether you are entitled to a recovery and how much you should recover.
Keep in mind: Settlement negotiations may continue through trial, and a settlement could even be reached after a verdict is returned.
When we secure a settlement or verdict, we can take immediate steps to collect the amount, resolve any liens attached to your recovery and disburse the funds owed to you in either a lump sum or through a series of payments.
For this reason, it is important to seek legal help after a crash as soon as you are ready and able to act. Make your first call to Ray & Heatherman, PLLC.
As you will see, we will give your case the personal attention you deserve and work aggressively to pursue the maximum amount for you. We’ve got your six!
Call or reach us online today to get started with a free consultation.