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What To Do If You’re A Passenger In A Car Accident

If you have suffered a personal injury in a car accident as a passenger, then you have the right to seek compensation. When you’ve been injured through no fault of your own, you have the right to claim for pain and suffering, medical bills, and even lost wages. However, it’s important to know the full details of your options for seeking compensation, and it’s important to fully understand the facts of your case.

Whether you experienced the auto accident in Arvada, or in Colorado at large, it’s important to make sure you seek the advice of qualified and experienced car accident attorneys. This is vital for ensuring that you are clear on your rights, and what it is that you’re entitled to.

It’s important to remember that when claiming compensation for a car accident that was not your fault, you are entitled to compensation from a car accident insurance policy, and should not be expected to suffer from what is not your fault.

The Driver of Another Vehicle Caused the Car Accident

If you are riding as the passenger in a car when the driver of another vehicle causes an auto accident through their negligence, you have the rights to follow up for compensation from that driver. This can be for any number of reasons, including if the other driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or distracted by talking on a cellphone or not paying attention to the road.

Typically, you would file a claim that seeks recovery of funds from the driver’s insurance coverage. Colorado requires drivers to have a minimum level of liability coverage in case of a car accident, and if the driver has the required coverage, you should be covered up to the policy’s limit.

Colorado State Law & Insurance

Colorado is a “fault” car accident state, so that means that the person who caused the car accident is  liable for any injuries sustained related to the accident. So, this means that the first step to claiming for your injuries is deciding who was at fault for the accident.

The minimum amounts of car insurance in Colorado are as follows:

  • $25,000 per person for bodily injury in an accident caused by the insured driver
  • $50,000 per occurrence for all injured people in an accident caused by the insured driver
  • $15,000 for property damage per accident caused by the insured driver

Filing a Passenger Injury Claim

If you are involved in a car accident as a passenger, it’s important to make sure that you think as quickly as possible. A passenger personal injury claim is dealt with in a similar manner to any other kind of car accident claim.

At the time of the accident, try to get the following information to make your claims processing easier later on.

You want to make sure you have these details for every driver involved in the accident.

  • Name
  • Contact information
  • Insurance company
  • Insurance policy number
  • Description of vehicle

At this point, you may want to reach out to AGG Law Firm an experienced car accident lawyer to help guide you through the rest of the claims process.

Contact an Experienced Arvada Auto Accident Attorney

While you have plenty of rights as a passenger who was involved or experienced personal injury in a car accident, it’s important to consult an expert to make sure you can get adequate compensation for your losses.

To find out more about your options and rights from an experienced and compassionate personal injury lawyer, contact AGG Law Firm today. We can talk you through your rights and entitlements in a friendly and compassionate way, making sure that you get what you’re entitled to.

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Fatal Crash Closes I25 in Brighton, CO

An adult female died at the scene of an early morning accident on Highway 7 east of Interstate 25 Sunday. Four other people were injured, including three who were in critical condition as they were taken by ambulance from the crash site.

All lanes of Highway 7 remained completely closed between Yosemite Street and Quebec Street until 12:25 p.m., almost 11 hours after the accident.

(credit: Facebook/Brighton Fire Rescue)

Brighton Fire Rescue crews were notified of the crash at 1:40 a.m.

(credit: Facebook/Brighton Fire Rescue)

Photos provided by the fire department showed a white box truck with front end damage that came to rest on the shoulder of the highway. Nearby, a dark-colored full-size SUV or pickup truck with its roof torn off, presumably caused by the force of the collision or as a result of firefighters extricating the occupants from it.

The Thornton Police Department, through a press release, said alcohol is suspected as a factor in the crash, and that all those injured were adults – three males and a female.

It is not yet known how many vehicles in total were involved in the incident.

(credit: Twitter/Thornton Police Department)

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Victim identified in fatal pedestrian accident near downtown Colorado Springs

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The deceased pedestrian involved in a collision Sunday in the 2500 block of East Platte Avenue has been identified as 62-year-old Albert McCoy of Colorado Springs, according to a release from CSPD.

Officials say this continues to be an ongoing investigation.

A man was hit and killed by a car early Sunday afternoon east of downtown Colorado Springs near Platte and Boulder Street, police confirmed.

At approximately 12:30 p.m. CSPD received a report of a traffic accident involving a pedestrian and a single vehicle in the 2500 block of East Platte Ave. Officers found an adult male pedestrian dead on the scene. The Major Crash Team responded to the scene and assumed responsibility for the investigation.

The man was elderly, according to a witness. Police have not yet released the victim’s age.

According to officials, the preliminary investigation indicates that a Nissan Leaf traveling westbound in the center lane of Platte Ave. when it struck a pedestrian attempting to cross the street northbound across a raised median. It is not believed that excessive speed or impairment were factors in the crash. 

Officials say this is the 28th traffic fatality this year. At the same time in 2018 there were 33 traffic fatalities.

No charges have been filed at this time. This is an ongoing investigation.

CSPD asks that anyone with information or is a witness to this investigation is asked to call the police department at (719) 444-7000; or if you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers Tip Line at (719) 634-STOP (7867) or 1-800-222-8477.

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Woman reported missing found dead in car crash, police and family confirm

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46-year-old Jennifer Cleland of Colorado Springs, who was reported missing by family members Sunday, has died in a single-vehicle accident, police confirmed Tuesday morning.

At approximately 6:36 a.m. CSPD was notified of a single vehicle crash, located off the roadway in the 1900 block of South Circle Drive, according to a release from the department.

At the scene, officers located a vehicle in the 2100 block of South Circle Drive. Inside the vehicle they found a deceased female. The Major Crash Team responded and assumed responsibility of the investigation.

Upon preliminary investigation, officers determined that a blue Dodge Stratus was traveling northbound on South Circle Drive when it drove off the right-hand shoulder of the road, down an embankment, and hit a tree.

The driver was identified as Jennifer Cleland, who was reported missing Sunday, August 18 by family members after she failed to return home from a shopping trip on Saturday.

It’s unknown at this time if speed or impairment were factors in the crash.

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Pedestrian Accident in Old Colorado City

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Police said someone was sent to the hospital Saturday morning after they were involved in a pedestrian accident and struck by a car in Old Colorado City.

Around 2:22 a.m., officers responded to the crash in the 2500 block of West Colorado Avenue.

Police investigated and determined that the person was not in a crosswalk when the accident happened. The pedestrian was taken to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Officers said the driver stayed at the scene. They do not believe that speed or alcohol played a factor in the crash.

The Major Crash Team has since taken over the investigation.

Colorado Avenue was shut down in both directions between 25th Street and 26th Street during the investigation.

Fatal car crash on I-25 in Pueblo

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A Pueblo fatal car crash closed both lanes of I-25 Friday evening.

The Colorado Department of Transportation tweeted about the crash confirming lane closures in both directions just before 7:30 P.M., all lanes of traffic were back open at 10:30 P.M.

Police say speed and alcohol could be factors in the single-vehicle crash.

The driver died on scene while the passenger was taken to a nearby hospital.

It’s been reported that both the driver and passenger were not wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash.

AGG Law Firm has the experience and the ability to advocate for you, to make sure that you’re not unfairly punished for an accident that you weren’t to blame for. Our attorneys are experienced in Colorado state law and can help you with all the information that you need, so get in touch with us today.

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SUV driver surrenders in Arvada fatal crash that killed 77-year-old cyclist

A 43-year-old woman who struck and killed a 77-year-old man as he was riding a bike on an Arvada road Sunday around dusk surrendered to authorities hours after the fatal crash, state troopers said.

The names of the victim and suspect have not been released. Colorado State Patrol Trooper Josh Lewis identified the female driver as a 43-year-old Arvada woman.

The woman was driving a golden Toyota Highlander northbound on Indiana Street when she struck and killed the bicyclist in the Arvada fatal crash, CSP Cpl. Ivan Alverado said Monday.

Following the crash, the woman turned her SUV around and headed south on Indiana, Alverado said.

Lewis said the woman turned herself in and is speaking with CSP investigators. No charges have been filed.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene, Alverado said.

Following the crash, the woman turned her SUV around and headed south on Indiana, Alverado said.

Lewis said the woman turned herself in and is speaking with CSP investigators. No charges have been filed.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene, Alverado said.

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Man arrested in vehicular homicide investigation after motorcyclist killed in Douglas County crash

A Commerce City man has been arrested for investigation of vehicular homicide and hit-and-run after he allegedly struck and killed a motorcyclist with his car in Douglas County and then walked away from the crash.

Manuel Frias-Cabrera, 29, also is under investigation for unlawful possession of a controlled substance and careless driving resulting in wrongful death, said a Douglas County Sheriff’s Office tweet.

The name of the deceased motorcycle rider has not been released.

Frias-Cabrera will be held on a $50,000 bond at the Douglas County Detention Facility, a sheriff’s news release said.

“While this is still an open and active investigation, traffic investigators do believe that drugs and or alcohol may have been a factor,” the news release said.

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Serious Injuries in Commerce City Bicycle Accident with pickup truck

A male bicyclist was struck early Tuesday morning in a collision with a pickup truck at a Commerce City intersection, police said.

The bicycle rider was taken to a hospital with serious injuries, said a news release by Commerce City police.

A four-door pickup truck was going southbound on U.S. 85 around 4:22 a.m. when it struck the bicyclist going east through the East 69th Avenue intersection.

It was the second serious accident involving a bicycle in the Denver metro area this week.

A woman driving an SUV struck and killed a 77-year-old bicyclist on an Arvada road around dusk Sunday.

The Arvada victim has been identified as Peter Marks of Wheat Ridge, Colorado State Patrol Trooper Josh Lewis said Tuesday. The SUV driver has been identified as 43-year-old Teresa Albert of Arvada, Lewis said. The case remains under investigation. No charges have been filed, Lewis said.

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Loveland police: Alcohol, speed suspected in fatal motorcycle crash Thursday night

One person died and another was seriously injured in a fatal motorcycle crash in Loveland Thursday night. 

About 10 p.m., an adult man was driving a motorcycle with a female passenger northbound on Boise Avenue when he drove the motorcycle off the road and crashed into a resident’s garage in the 2600 block of N. Boise Avenue, police said. 

The female passenger was ejected from the motorcycle and was pronounced dead on the scene, according to Loveland police. The driver was also thrown from the motorcycle and was transported to the Medical Center of the Rockies with serious injuries. 

The identity of the deceased passenger will be released by the Larimer County Coroner’s Office following the notification of the person’s family.

Preliminary reports indicate alcohol and speed were contributing factors to the crash. Neither person was wearing a helmet, police spokesperson Ben Hurr said.

This is the 15th person to die in crashes on Larimer County roads so far this year. At this time last year, 27 people had died in crashes in Larimer County.