Car Accident, Bicycle Accident, and Motorcycle Accident Attorney

When the negligence of another person, business, or corporation has left you with personal injuries and you are struggling to put your life together after a car accident, bicycle accident, or motorcycle accident, civil justice is what you are left looking for. Civil justice is also what you are left to seek when a loved one’s life is lost in a fatal accident that was not their fault.

Establishing negligence (fault) is the first step in making a successful personal injury claim. Conducting an aggressive investigation of the facts, collecting witness statements, and hiring competent engineers and accident reconstruction specialists will establish this part of your claim. When looking for fault, an experienced Colorado car accident lawyer will look at every detail, such as a negligent driver’s cell phone records in an automobile accident case. Careful investigation and preparation of a personal injury claim is a critical part of putting together the puzzle of why the accident happened and who is truly responsible for the serious injuries you’ve suffered or the wrongful death that has occurred.

Both bicyclists and motorcyclists face a great deal of vulnerability when a motorist or trucker makes a mistake or simply doesn’t see your bicycle or motorcycle on the road. It doesn’t matter that the law gives you the right to share the road with cars and trucks when a truck or car makes a left turn in front of you, crosses into your lane of traffic or simply doesn’t yield the right of way.  The result is typically personal injury (or worse) suffered by the driver or rider on two wheels. When a motorcycle accident happens, you need an experienced Boulder motorcycle accident lawyer in your corner.  And when a bicycle accident causes personal injury through no fault of your own, you need an experienced Boulder bicycle accident lawyer.

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Truck Accident Attorney

A Colorado truck accident attorney involved in a personal injury or wrongful death claim needs to be not only an accomplished trial lawyer but also needs to understand the issues that often arise in connection with a truck accident, including:

  • Attacking the issue of driver fatigue from excessive hours of operation
  • Preserving and accessing on-board recorders that tell the true story
  • Size and weight violations
  • Under-ride and visibility issues
  • Violations of the Federal Motor Safety Carriers Act, federal regulations, and commercial driving laws in Colorado including licensing fraud.

Larry Mertes, a former deputy district attorney, is an experienced Boulder truck accident lawyer ready to help you attain justice when you’ve experienced serious injuries in a personal injury claim or lost a loved one and have a wrongful death claim as a result of someone else’s negligence.

Personal Injury Damages

“Compensatory damages” are economic losses such as loss of earnings, automobile damage, and medical expenses.  Compensatory damages also include pain, suffering, and emotional distress.  Damages are part of what must be proven to make a financial recovery for a personal injury or wrongful death claim once you’ve established the fault of the other party. There are four potential areas of recovery that should always be examined and explored to achieve civil justice in your case:

  1. What are your economic damages? Or put another way, what permanent personal injuries and losses have been caused to your income (past, present and future) by the accident? Does your actual loss extend into the future? Will you be forced to quit your job due to your injuries?
  2. Have you experienced pain and suffering as a result of your personal injury in this accident? This would include non-economic damages (injuries) that rob you of your enjoyment of life as you spend hours, months, or perhaps years in painful recovery, managing appointments with doctors, and being unable to enjoy the life and experiences you had before someone’s negligence took it all away from you.
  3. Are your personal injuries permanent? Is the movement or function of your body permanently changed? Has the accident left scars or marks on your body that were not present before you suffered this injury? Do you have a permanent spinal injury? Do you have a brain injury that has robbed you of things you could do before the accident? Colorado law recognizes that having an actual physical impairment or disfigurement is a separate category of damages that are entitled to compensation.
  4. Were your personal injuries the result of an encounter with a drunk driver or reckless driver? In Colorado you are entitled to seek what are called “punitive damages” for certain types of bad acts. Punitive damages must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt, just like in a criminal case. Punitive damages are designed to punish a wrong doer and to serve as an example to others.  If the party who caused your personal injuries was intoxicated or on drugs or simply didn’t care if they hurt you, then your personal injury claim may include punitive damages.

All personal injury and wrongful death claims have time limits called “statutes of limitation.” The time limits vary by the type of claim you have.  For instance, an automobile personal injury claim for an adult over the age of 18 has a three-year statute of limitations or it is forever lost.  (If that same accident resulted in the wrongful death of a loved one, your wrongful death claim must be filed in two years.)  A personal injury lawyer should be consulted as soon as possible following a serious or fatal accident to preserve your personal injury claim.

Uninsured Motorist and Underinsured Motorist Insurance Coverage

Underinsured Motorist and Underinsured Motorist Insurance Coverage (often called UM/UMI) is insurance designed to protect you if you, your loved ones, or your passengers suffer personal injuries in a motor vehicle accident as a result of another driver’s negligence and the other driver is either uninsured or carries an inadequate amount of insurance. An experienced Colorado car accident attorney will seek out coverage, including whatever is available on your own policy (such as UM/UMI) to ensure that your personal injury or wrongful death claim is adequately compensated.

Helping you recover

An experienced personal injury law firm does more than just recover damages for your personal injury or wrongful death claim. Handling property damage claims and making sure your medical payment benefits and health insurance claims are properly handled allows you to focus on what is most important: healing, attending your family, and taking good care of yourself to facilitate your recovery.

At the Mertes Law Firm our work with you is based upon on a contingency fee agreement. This means that your lawyer is only paid if you recover damages for your personal injury or wrongful death claim.

To ensure civil justice it’s important that your case is handled by an experienced Colorado personal injury attorney who willingly takes cases to trial on a regular basis. Insurance companies do consider whether your attorney is comfortable in a courtroom and has a track record of success. As a former deputy district attorney and experienced Boulder personal injury lawyer, Larry Mertes can maximize your recovery and work with you to achieve civil justice in your case.