The Colorado Car Accident Lawyers
If you were injured in a car accident, chances are you will 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 the victims. Dr. Ramos knows things should be different.
Ramos Law Firm 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. Our trial lawyers have decades of combined experience and are 100% comfortable in a courtroom fighting for our clients’ best interests.
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?
Make notes of any statements made by the other driver. Use your smartphone or another electronic device to record voice memos. This is a great way to collect details when on the scene of a car accident. Gather as much information about the car accident as you can. Start by taking down the other driver’s name, address, license number, and insurance information.
Document The Scene
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 a video of the scene of the accident from both up-close and at a distance. Include the location of traffic signs, crosswalks and etc. 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.
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.
Don't Forget/Waive Your Right To Medical Attention
Don't forget, or waive 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 immediate treatment.
Colorado Car Accident Information
The United States witnesses more car fatalities than any other high-income country. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows a 7.7 percent increase in road deaths in 2015, jumping from 32,600 to 35,200, which is roughly 90 victims a day. 
Fortunately for drivers and pedestrians across the country, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration was able to report that even with an increase in fatalities, highway fatalities have dropped after 2005 and remain 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 car accident.
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, bicyclists, and motorcyclists are killed by drivers who aren’t paying attention.
According to the Institute, statistics show that in 2015, Colorado auto accidents claimed the lives of:
- 103 motorists
- 59 pedestrians
- 13 bicyclists
Car wrecks in Colorado also claimed the lives of:
- 175 people in passenger cars
- 165 people in pickup trucks and SUVs
- 13 people in large trucks 
Drunk and Drunk Driving
It is illegal to drive a motor vehicle if your ability to operate the vehicle is impaired due to 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 (BAC) 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 United States. 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 under the influence. 
Colorado Auto Accident Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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.
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.