What to do if you’ve TOTALED Your Car?

February 27th, 2017

You’ve just been in an accident and your car sustained a lot of damage. How do you know if it is totaled? If you’ve totaled your car, can you keep it and fix it? What will the insurance company give you for your totaled car? Read the rest of this entry »

Slip and Fall Accident – The Homeowner’s Responsibilities

January 31st, 2017

松葉杖を立てかけるHomeowners- like all property owners- have a duty to keep their homes hazard free for visitors. While some accidents cannot be foreseen, others occur because of negligence. If you are injured in a slip and fall accident in someone’s home, you might be able to file a claim against the homeowner’s insurance or pursue a lawsuit to make a recovery for your injuries.

This concept falls under the general legal term of “Premises Liability,” which says that homeowners must maintain their properties in such a way that will keep guests safe. This includes clearing walkways of snow and ice, and securing floor mats and loose cords. Read the rest of this entry »

The 13 Most Dangerous Intersections in Pueblo

December 30th, 2016

Pueblo, Colorado Flags - Backlit with Cloud | The 13 Most Dangerous Intersections in PuebloUsing data from 2014, the PPD has put together a list of the most dangerous intersections in Pueblo.

Kathleen Krager, the traffic engineering division manager for the city of Colorado Springs says the information gained from compiling the list is used to identify areas where city traffic engineers can implement modifications to improve driver safety. What concerns her most is the areas that make the list that don’t have a very high traffic volume. Read the rest of this entry »

Falling Poses a Serious Danger for the Elderly

November 30th, 2016

Senior couple walking outdoors in springFalling poses a serious danger for the elderly. So much so, that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) are working to increase healthcare provider’s understanding of the dangers of falling. Falls lead to approximately 27,000 fatalities each year, and sadly, most of those at risk are older Americans. The issue has become so troubling, that safety advocated have begun to call the matter a public health issue. Read the rest of this entry »

The Importance of Rest After a Brain Injury

October 20th, 2016

X-ray image of the brain computed tomography | Importance of Rest After a Brain Injury

Many advancements have been made recently in the diagnosis and treatment of brain injuries. Despite all these advancements, however, the primary prescription for those suffering a brain injury remains “rest.”

The term “rest” is somewhat of a relative term, meaning different things to different people, and all based on what their idea of an active or full schedule may be. In addition to that, there is a general misconception that merely resting the body is sufficient to recover from a brain injury. When, in actuality, the brain itself needs rest just as much- or more. But just what is required to fully rest the mind and body, so that you can maximize your healing after a brain injury? Read the rest of this entry »

Fatal Car Collisions Involving Alcohol

September 30th, 2016

Man drinking a beer while driving

Between 25% and 30% of all Americans will be in a crash which has some element of alcohol involvement at some point in their life. 2012 statistics showed that almost a third of all auto fatalities involved alcohol, prompting all fifty states to now make it illegal to drive with a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher. Drunk drivers cause more fatal crashes at night—almost four times as many—than in the daytime.

Even more startling is that intoxicated drivers who were involved in a fatal car collision were found to be seven times as likely to have a prior DUI conviction. The reality is that no one should ever get behind the wheel of a car when impaired from drugs or alcohol consumption. Unfortunately, even though laws across the nation have gotten increasingly strict regarding driving under the influence, there are still over 12,000 people each year who die in fatal car collisions involving alcohol. Read the rest of this entry »

Car Accidents Caused by Road Debris

August 31st, 2016

overloaded truck driving down highway | Car Accidents Caused by Road DebrisWe’ve all seen it at one time or another- the vehicle traveling down the road with a bumper or exhaust pipe tied to the body of the car with a wire, or the pickup truck with an overstuffed bed full of items stacked precariously high, unsecured and bobbing around with every move of the vehicle.

After witnessing events like these, it’s no surprise when you see random debris littering, and sometimes, blocking the road. This debris can be much more than an eyesore, however, it can often cause traffic delays and dangerous car accidents that result in injuries or fatalities.

The American Automobile Association (AAA) recently released a study that indicated there were nearly 200,000 car accidents caused by road debris between 2011 and 2014, resulting in 500 deaths and an additional 39,000 injuries. Read the rest of this entry »

Proving a Car Accident Claim – Do I Need a Witness?

July 25th, 2016

clash of two cars at the crossroads | Proving a Car Accident Claim

In order to have a car accident claim decided in your favor, you must be able to show that your injuries were caused by the negligent acts of the at-fault party. Often, the only witnesses to a car accident are the parties involved- the plaintiff and the defendant. Each party will have their own version of precisely how the accident unfolded, with one party usually blaming the other in the majority of cases.

In these cases, it is simply the word of one party against the other. An eyewitness account from a third party can be especially helpful in proving a car accident claim. Read the rest of this entry »

Accident Victims Opt for Amputation to Have Damaged Hands Replaced with Bionics

June 21st, 2016

Prosthetic leg | Accident victims are opting for amputation in favor of bionicsAfter losing the use of his left hand in a motorcycle accident 17 years ago, Marcus Kemeter was a perfect candidate to have the hand amputated and replaced with a bionic one.

The 35-year-old Australian used car dealer was a willing participant when the opportunity arose to replace his non-functioning hand with a state-of-the-art prosthesis. He concedes that his bionic hand can’t do everything the way a functioning human hand can, but that it helps him do much more than he could with his damaged hand.

The bionic prosthesis was made possible by an innovative procedure developed at the Medical University of Vienna. As reported in the Lancet, a U.K. medical journal, the procedure implements reconstructive surgery combined with advanced prosthetics and months of conditioning and rehabilitation. Between 2011 and 2014, researchers performed the revolutionary procedure on three Australian accident victims. Read the rest of this entry »

Understanding Speed Limits

May 19th, 2016

Pueblo Car Accident Lawyer Mickey W. Smith

25 mph Sign against blue sky | Pueblo Car Accident LawyerSpeed limits have actually been around even longer than cars have. In fact, 200 years before the automobile was invented, Newport, Rhode Island banned galloping horses on main roads to prevent injuries to pedestrians. In Boston, travel for horse-drawn carriages was limited to “foot pace” on Sundays in an effort to safeguard those walking to and from church.

With the advent of gasoline engines, automobiles could travel as fast as 13 mph. That was 1885- today’s vehicles are capable of traveling many times faster than that. And sadly, it is speeding that is blamed for as many as one out of every three deadly car accidents. Read the rest of this entry »