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Colorado Car Insurance Laws

In Colorado, all drivers are required to purchase car insurance for when they are out on the road. Get caught without the specified minimum amount and you could end up in trouble with the law. Motorists are also responsible for keeping up with the current car insurance laws so that in the event of an accident, they are not left wondering what to do. Rules and regulations are constantly changing and to help individuals stay safe while behind the wheel, we have outlined the Colorado insurance laws that every driver should know.

Colorado Is a “Fault” Car Insurance State

Currently, Colorado car insurance claims are handled on a “fault” or “tort” based system. This means that a driver who is “at-fault” for an accident can be responsible for compensating victims for their damages and injuries. For an injured party to be successful in their claim it must be shown that (1) the at-fault party owed them a duty of care, (2) the other driver acted negligently, and (3) the negligent action directly led to the accident and resulting injuries.

Injured drivers can seek compensation under a tort system through methods including:

  • Filing a claim with their own insurer (if the driver purchased coverage prior to an accident)
  • Filing a claim with the negligent parties insurer (a third party claim)
  • Filing a lawsuit against the negligent party to recover damages

Car accident claims were not always handled this way and prior to 2003, Colorado was among the minority of states that institute “no-fault” auto insurance laws. A no-fault system does not require drivers to prove negligence occurred. Instead, each party involved in an accident must seek compensation through their own insurance company regardless of who was at fault.

Minimum Liability Insurance

Auto insurance companies typically offer drivers a myriad of different policies, however, Colorado motorists are required by law to purchase a minimum amount of liability insurance. This is the policy that will pay for a victim’s damages if the insured driver is responsible for an accident. Currently, motorists are not required to purchase a personal injury protection (PIP) policy, uninsured motorist coverage, or medical payment coverage.

As of this posting, the minimum requirements for liability insurance include:

  • Bodily injury coverage of at least $25,000 per person and $50,000 per accident
  • Property damage coverage of $15,000 per accident

Legal Help for Car Accident Victims

While car insurance laws may seem straightforward on paper, when an accident occurs, determining liability and collecting restitution can be tremendously complex. At the Law Firm of Ted Bills, we possess more than a decade of experience advocating for the injured and have recovered more than $25 million for our clients in past cases. If you have questions about the nature of your accident or what you can expect going forward, we invite you to request a no-cost case evaluation with our Colorado Springs car accident attorneys and get the answers you need.

Call (719) 359-9000 to learn about your legal options as well as where you stand in your case.