Distracted Driving Accident Attorney in Colorado
Understanding Your Legal Options
Have you been injured in a motor vehicle accident caused by a driver who was texting behind the wheel, sending a message to a friend on Facebook, or otherwise being distracted behind the wheel? If so, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, lost wages, and other damages. At Dan Caplis Law, our experienced distracted driving accident lawyer in Colorado can help you understand your legal options.
What Is Considered Distracted Driving?
In Colorado, distracted driving is defined as any activity that takes a driver's eyes off of the road, their hands off of the wheel, or their mind off of the act of driving. Distracted driving includes activities such as talking on the phone, texting, eating, drinking, putting on makeup, reading a book, watching a video, and more. Distracted driving is dangerous and can result in serious motor vehicle accidents, especially when it is combined with speeding.
Colorado law states that any driver under the age of 18 is prohibited from using a cell phone while driving. Drivers 18 and older are prohibited from texting while driving, unless they are reporting an emergency.
What Are Common Injuries Suffered in Distracted Driving Accidents?
Distracted driving accidents can lead to a wide range of injuries, many similar to those seen in drunk driving accidents. The severity of these injuries often depends on the specifics of the accident, such as the speed at which it occurred and the type of collision. Here are some common injuries that can occur:
Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs): These can range from mild concussions to severe brain damage. TBIs can cause cognitive impairment, personality changes, physical disabilities, and in severe cases, death.
Spinal Cord Injuries: These injuries can lead to partial or complete paralysis. They can also cause other issues such as pain, numbness, and loss of control over bodily functions.
Neck and Back Injuries: Whiplash, slipped discs, and other neck and back injuries are common in distracted driving accidents. These injuries can cause chronic pain and mobility issues.
Broken Bones: Collisions can cause broken bones in any part of the body. Common locations include the arms, legs, ribs, and skull.
Internal Injuries: The impact of a collision can cause damage to internal organs such as the lungs, heart, liver, kidneys, or spleen. These injuries can be life-threatening if not treated quickly.
Burns: If a collision leads to a fire or explosion, drivers and passengers can suffer burns. These injuries can lead to severe pain, scarring, and disfigurement.
Psychological Injuries: The trauma of an accident can lead to psychological injuries such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, and depression.
Fatalities: In the most severe cases, distracted driving accidents can result in fatalities.
Each of these injuries can have a significant impact on a person's life, requiring medical treatment, time off work, and potentially leading to long-term disability. If you or a loved one has been injured in a distracted driving accident, it's important to seek immediate medical attention and legal advice.
What Damages Can I Recover in a Distracted Driving Accident Case?
The damages you can recover in a distracted driving accident case will depend on the circumstances of the accident, the extent of your injuries, and other factors. In general, you can expect to recover compensation for the following:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent impairment
- Punitive damages
Our team at Dan Caplis Law can help you recover compensation for all of these damages and more. Our experienced distracted driving accident lawyer in Colorado can evaluate your case and help you understand your options.
Why Choose Our Firm?
At Dan Caplis Law, our team of experienced personal injury attorneys can help you recover the compensation you need to get back on your feet. Our firm is committed to helping the people of Colorado recover from all types of personal injuries, including those caused by distracted driving. We understand the physical and emotional toll that an accident can take and we are here to help you every step of the way.
To schedule a consultation with our team, call (303) 770-5551 or use our online contact form.