If you have been involved in a car accident in Colorado, a number of state laws could affect any insurance claim or lawsuit you decide to pursue. This page provides a guide to the Colorado-specific resources on All-About-Car-Accidents.com, including key state laws and car insurance rules. We’ll also provide tips on when it might be a good idea to contact a Colorado car accident lawyer for help with your claim.
After a car accident in Colorado, if you decide to pursue a lawsuit against the at-fault driver, there are a few state laws that you need to know about, beginning with the time limit for getting a lawsuit started in Colorado (this type of law is called a statute of limitations, and every state has one).
In Colorado, whether you are filing a lawsuit for personal injury or for vehicle damage after a car accident, you have three years from the date of the crash to file the complaint in Colorado’s civil court system (the complaint is the court document that gets the case started). You can find this law at Colorado Revised Statutes Section 13-80-101. What happens if you don’t get your case filed before the statutory deadline passes? The court will almost certainly throw your lawsuit out as time-barred. So it’s critical to pay attention to the statute of limitations as it applies to your case.
Learn more about Colorado’s lawsuit filing deadline and other state laws that could impact your car accident case in Car Accident Laws in Colorado.
If you are making an injury or vehicle damage claim after a car accident in Colorado, car insurance coverage will almost certainly play a big role, whether you are making a claim with your own carrier or with the at-fault driver’s insurer (the latter is known as a third party car insurance claim). Here is a brief overview of Colorado’s car insurance rules and requirements:
For more details, check out Colorado Car Insurance Laws and Regulations.
You may not need to hire a Colorado car accident lawyer if your situation is fairly straightforward and you didn’t suffer serious injuries in the accident. Especially if the other driver’s insurer is accepting liability, you can probably handle that kind of claim yourself as long as you’re comfortable doing so.
But if the other driver’s insurance adjuster is saying you were at fault for the car accident, or if you suffered significant injuries, things can get contentious and complicated pretty quickly, and it might be a good idea to discuss your situation with a nearby car accident lawyer.
A good car accident attorney knows how to handle the back-and-forth of settlement negotiation, and understands the best way to protect your rights at every stage in the injury claim process, including filing a car accident lawsuit in the Colorado civil court system if it comes to that.