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If you or someone close to you has recently been in a terrible motor vehicle accident (MVA) in Colorado, moving on can be incredibly difficult. You may have sustained life-altering injuries, need the legal representation of a car accident lawyer because you can no longer work and are seeking recovery, are emotionally or mentally scarred, or suffering from crushing financial burdens like hospital bills. No matter what issue you're currently facing, there are community resources and professionals to help you meet the monumental challenges of recovery.

If Your Recent Accident Took Away Your Ability to Work

If this is the case, there are a number of resources to help you receive the monetary support you are entitled to.
● Social Security disability benefits - For people who can’t work because of a medical condition that’s expected to last one year or result in death.
● Supplemental Security Income - For adults and children with low income and limited resources
● Wage Loss and Car Accidents - If you get into a car accident and it’s not your fault, here’s a set of guidelines on how to apply for money from your car insurance company.
● Personal Injury Law Firms – A great personal injury law firm database in Colorado that can help you find a lawyer that will help you understand what a catastrophic accident is and if you have a potential case.

Need help with requesting an official copy of the incident police report?

BFor those who were involved in a Colorado car accident and are wondering how to get a copy of the police report, they will need to complete the DR2489 Requestor Release and Affidavit of Intended Use form, as well as pay a fee. Retrieving a copy of a police report will help injured victims prove their negligence claims and possibly win their personal injury lawsuits.

If you still have not obtained a copy of your police accident report, our local personal injury attorney can provide a complimentary copy to you. If you or a loved one is still in need of a copy of a police report, we can help you get one.

Emotional Support

Sometimes, even after the body heals from an accident, there remains a deep emotional wound. If you're seeking help coping with the mental trauma after a catastrophic car accident, check out the link below.
● Trauma Intervention Programs, Inc - A national nonprofit organization that’s been around since 1985. It has 14 affiliates serving 250 cities across the nation with specially trained volunteers ready to respond and support to victims in the first few hours after a traumatic accident.
● Therapists- No matter the issues you face, if you're looking to talk to someone, this site allows you to search by geographic area, by specialty, by insurance coverage, and by name to find the ideal therapist for you.
● Psychologists- Search the state register to find the help you need in a wide range of health issues and subject matters.
● Transportation Disaster Assistance (TDA) - The TDA provides information and assistance for the family members and friends of accident victims and survivors in the immediate aftermath of an accident and the months and years following.
● Spinal Cord Support Groups–This site offers a comprehensive list of support groups for those suffering from a catastrophic injury in Colorado ranging from spinal cord injuries to head trauma.

Financial Hardship Assistance

With the weight of legal fees, medical fees or both bearing down on you and your family, it may be in your interest to seek out additional help.
● Victim Compensation- The state of Colorado offers a Victim Compensation Fund. Their website explains and dissects different local branches so that you may file a claim.

Car Insurance Information

The Colorado DMV requires drivers must have liability insurance, which covers only the other car and/or driver when an accident is your fault.

Colorado drivers must have liability coverage at the following minimums:
● $25,000 per person for bodily injury.
● $50,000 per accident for bodily injury.
● $15,000 per accident for property damage.

The Colorado Division of Insurance is a tremendous resource to help you get insured. They help consumers by answering their questions, investigating their complaints, and helping them to understand their insurance. Contact them today for more information.

Motor vehicle accidents are a devastating part of life and every year thousands of people are affected by MVAs. There is a community waiting to help to ensure you don’t have to deal with it alone. Also, if you’re interested in a free accident report of your incident, click here to request one!

Accident Due to Drunk Driving

Drunk driving incidents are devastating in the amount of damage they can cause you or your family. Colorado has two levels of alcohol-related driving offenses and both are based on the measurement of blood alcohol content (BAC).
● Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs (DUI).
● Driving While Ability is Impaired (DWAI).
According to the Colorado DMV, the legal limit BAC for drivers over 21 years old is 0.08% and the limit for drivers under 21 years old is 0.02%, while DWAI has a limit of 0.05%. If a law enforcement officer requires you to take a test because of suspected drinking and driving and you refuse, you will be required to have Ignition Interlock for 2 years. As of January 1st, 2014 refusing a chemical test automatically gets you a Persistent Drunk Driver designation. Currently, Colorado ranks 21st among states that have the worst DUI problems. Below are links to help you find the support you need.

● MADD - Standing for mothers against drunk driving, this nonprofit seeks to end drunk driving, help fight drugged driving, support the victims of these violent crimes and prevent underage drinking. They have a 24-hour victim helpline at 877.MADD.HELP.

Accident in Colorado by the Numbers

Below you’ll find a plethora of information related to traffic accidents in Colorado. Keep in mind, a state’s population has a major impact on the number of motor vehicle deaths. As of 2016, Colorado has a registered population of 5,540,545. Here's the 30,000-foot view of accidents in Colorado as reported by the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the HLDI (Highway Loss Data Institute). The numbers here are the most recent available from 2016. Current numbers will be different, but you'll get an idea of Colorado’s general traffic situation and what to expect if you plan on visiting or if you’re generally interested in statistics.

Vehicle Miles Traveled

● Colorado has 52, 933 miles (millions) traveled.

Fatal Crash Totals

● 558 fatal crashes resulting in 608 total deaths.
● 11.0 deaths per 100,000 population.
● 1.15 deaths per one hundred million miles traveled.

Types of Motor Vehicle Crash Deaths

● Car occupant deaths = 199 (33%)
● Pickup and SUV occupants deaths = 159 (26%)
● Large Truck occupant deaths = 15 (2%)
● Motorcyclist occupant deaths = 121 (20%)
● Pedestrian deaths = 79 (13%)
● Bicyclist deaths = 16 (3%)

Crash Types

● Single vehicle = 341 (56%)
● Multiple vehicle = 267 (44%)

Alcohol Involvement

● Total drivers killed = 262
● Drivers killed with known BAC results = 222 (85%)
● Estimated drivers killed with BACs ≥ 0.08 = 85 (32%)

Restraint Use

● Total fatally injured passenger vehicle occupants = 365
● Unrestrained fatally injured occupants = 187 (51%)
● Restrained fatally injured occupants = 168 (46%)
● Unknown restraint status of fatally injured occupants = 10 (3%)

Rural vs. Urban

● Urban = 342 (56%)
● Rural = 266 (44%)
● Unknown = 0 (0%)

Revoked/Suspended and Unlicensed Drivers in Colorado

In Colorado, your driver's license can be suspended or revoked for several reasons:
● An excess of points on your driving record.
● Refusing chemical tests for DUI during a traffic stop.
● Testing over the legal limit for DUI during a traffic stop.
● A criminal conviction of a DUI.
● A conviction for serious traffic violations.
● Failure to pay a traffic ticket.
● Failure to pay court-ordered child support

Fatalities and Drivers With Invalid Licenses

● According to CrashStats, fatalities in crashes involving invalidly licensed drivers accounted for 17% of total fatalities in the state of Colorado.

If you or someone close to you has recently been in a terrible motor vehicle accident (MVA) in Colorado, moving on can be incredibly difficult. You may have sustained life-altering injuries, need the legal representation of a car accident lawyer because you can no longer work and are seeking recovery, are emotionally or mentally scarred, or suffering from crushing financial burdens like hospital bills. No matter what issue you're currently facing, there are community resources and professionals to help you meet the monumental challenges of recovery.

If Your Recent Accident Took Away Your Ability to Work

If this is the case, there are a number of resources to help you receive the monetary support you are entitled to.
● Social Security disability benefits - For people who can’t work because of a medical condition that’s expected to last one year or result in death.
● Supplemental Security Income - For adults and children with low income and limited resources
● Wage Loss and Car Accidents - If you get into a car accident and it’s not your fault, here’s a set of guidelines on how to apply for money from your car insurance company.
● Personal Injury Law Firms – A great personal injury law firm database in Colorado that can help you find a lawyer that will help you understand what a catastrophic accident is and if you have a potential case.

Need help with requesting an official copy of the incident police report?

BFor those who were involved in a Colorado car accident and are wondering how to get a copy of the police report, they will need to complete the DR2489 Requestor Release and Affidavit of Intended Use form, as well as pay a fee. Retrieving a copy of a police report will help injured victims prove their negligence claims and possibly win their personal injury lawsuits.

If you still have not obtained a copy of your police accident report, our local personal injury attorney can provide a complimentary copy to you. If you or a loved one is still in need of a copy of a police report, we can help you get one.

Emotional Support

Sometimes, even after the body heals from an accident, there remains a deep emotional wound. If you're seeking help coping with the mental trauma after a catastrophic car accident, check out the link below.
● Trauma Intervention Programs, Inc - A national nonprofit organization that’s been around since 1985. It has 14 affiliates serving 250 cities across the nation with specially trained volunteers ready to respond and support to victims in the first few hours after a traumatic accident.
● Therapists- No matter the issues you face, if you're looking to talk to someone, this site allows you to search by geographic area, by specialty, by insurance coverage, and by name to find the ideal therapist for you.
● Psychologists- Search the state register to find the help you need in a wide range of health issues and subject matters.
● Transportation Disaster Assistance (TDA) - The TDA provides information and assistance for the family members and friends of accident victims and survivors in the immediate aftermath of an accident and the months and years following.
● Spinal Cord Support Groups–This site offers a comprehensive list of support groups for those suffering from a catastrophic injury in Colorado ranging from spinal cord injuries to head trauma.

Financial Hardship Assistance

With the weight of legal fees, medical fees or both bearing down on you and your family, it may be in your interest to seek out additional help.
● Victim Compensation- The state of Colorado offers a Victim Compensation Fund. Their website explains and dissects different local branches so that you may file a claim.

Car Insurance Information

The Colorado DMV requires drivers must have liability insurance, which covers only the other car and/or driver when an accident is your fault.

Colorado drivers must have liability coverage at the following minimums:
● $25,000 per person for bodily injury.
● $50,000 per accident for bodily injury.
● $15,000 per accident for property damage.

The Colorado Division of Insurance is a tremendous resource to help you get insured. They help consumers by answering their questions, investigating their complaints, and helping them to understand their insurance. Contact them today for more information.

Motor vehicle accidents are a devastating part of life and every year thousands of people are affected by MVAs. There is a community waiting to help to ensure you don’t have to deal with it alone. Also, if you’re interested in a free accident report of your incident, click here to request one!

Accident Due to Drunk Driving

Drunk driving incidents are devastating in the amount of damage they can cause you or your family. Colorado has two levels of alcohol-related driving offenses and both are based on the measurement of blood alcohol content (BAC).
● Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs (DUI).
● Driving While Ability is Impaired (DWAI).
According to the Colorado DMV, the legal limit BAC for drivers over 21 years old is 0.08% and the limit for drivers under 21 years old is 0.02%, while DWAI has a limit of 0.05%. If a law enforcement officer requires you to take a test because of suspected drinking and driving and you refuse, you will be required to have Ignition Interlock for 2 years. As of January 1st, 2014 refusing a chemical test automatically gets you a Persistent Drunk Driver designation. Currently, Colorado ranks 21st among states that have the worst DUI problems. Below are links to help you find the support you need.

● MADD - Standing for mothers against drunk driving, this nonprofit seeks to end drunk driving, help fight drugged driving, support the victims of these violent crimes and prevent underage drinking. They have a 24-hour victim helpline at 877.MADD.HELP.

Accident in Colorado by the Numbers

Below you’ll find a plethora of information related to traffic accidents in Colorado. Keep in mind, a state’s population has a major impact on the number of motor vehicle deaths. As of 2016, Colorado has a registered population of 5,540,545. Here's the 30,000-foot view of accidents in Colorado as reported by the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the HLDI (Highway Loss Data Institute). The numbers here are the most recent available from 2016. Current numbers will be different, but you'll get an idea of Colorado’s general traffic situation and what to expect if you plan on visiting or if you’re generally interested in statistics.

Vehicle Miles Traveled

● Colorado has 52, 933 miles (millions) traveled.

Fatal Crash Totals

● 558 fatal crashes resulting in 608 total deaths.
● 11.0 deaths per 100,000 population.
● 1.15 deaths per one hundred million miles traveled.

Types of Motor Vehicle Crash Deaths

● Car occupant deaths = 199 (33%)
● Pickup and SUV occupants deaths = 159 (26%)
● Large Truck occupant deaths = 15 (2%)
● Motorcyclist occupant deaths = 121 (20%)
● Pedestrian deaths = 79 (13%)
● Bicyclist deaths = 16 (3%)

Crash Types

● Single vehicle = 341 (56%)
● Multiple vehicle = 267 (44%)

Alcohol Involvement

● Total drivers killed = 262
● Drivers killed with known BAC results = 222 (85%)
● Estimated drivers killed with BACs ≥ 0.08 = 85 (32%)

Restraint Use

● Total fatally injured passenger vehicle occupants = 365
● Unrestrained fatally injured occupants = 187 (51%)
● Restrained fatally injured occupants = 168 (46%)
● Unknown restraint status of fatally injured occupants = 10 (3%)

Rural vs. Urban

● Urban = 342 (56%)
● Rural = 266 (44%)
● Unknown = 0 (0%)

Revoked/Suspended and Unlicensed Drivers in Colorado

In Colorado, your driver's license can be suspended or revoked for several reasons:
● An excess of points on your driving record.
● Refusing chemical tests for DUI during a traffic stop.
● Testing over the legal limit for DUI during a traffic stop.
● A criminal conviction of a DUI.
● A conviction for serious traffic violations.
● Failure to pay a traffic ticket.
● Failure to pay court-ordered child support

Fatalities and Drivers With Invalid Licenses

● According to CrashStats, fatalities in crashes involving invalidly licensed drivers accounted for 17% of total fatalities in the state of Colorado.

Colorado Grief & Trauma Resources

Motor vehicle crash deaths by road user type and state, 2017

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