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 »

Tips for Filing a Hit and Run Accident Claim in Colorado

April 19th, 2016

desperate man after car crash | Tips for Filing a Hit and Run Accident Claim in ColoradoHit and run accidents happen every day, and odds are that most of us will fall prey to an unethical driver at some point in our lives. A hit and run accident happens any time a motorist leaves the scene of an accident deliberately without giving his or her contact information.

A common place for hit and run accidents is a parking lot when someone hits your unattended vehicle and doesn’t leave a note. Hit and runs can also happen at intersections or on the road when another driver strikes your car and speeds away.  

Being the victim of a hit and run accident can leave you confused and feeling angry or frightened. You may be wondering who will pay for your injuries and the damage to your vehicle.

Luckily, there are things you can do in the wake of a hit and run accident to help make sense of this stressful and confusing situation. Read the rest of this entry »

Crash Fatalities Increased Dramatically in 2015 | Pueblo Personal Injury

March 29th, 2016

car crash collision in urban streetAccording to the National Safety Council (NSC), advancements in safety technology can only carry the traffic accident statistics so far. Apparently lower gas prices and a stronger economy were more influential factors in contributing to the largest increase in car accident fatalities in the past five decades.

The final tally has not been made, however, early estimates from the NSC indicate that approximately 38,300 people died on U.S. roads last year, and an additional 4.4 million sustained serious injuries. That’s the largest number of traffic deaths since 2008. Read the rest of this entry »

Designated Bike Lanes Needed for Cyclist Safety in Colorado

February 22nd, 2016

cyclist on black bike | Designated Bike Lanes Needed for Cyclist Safety in ColoradoBicycling is a pastime enjoyed not just by children, but an increasing number of adults, as well. In fact, the number of Americans who bike to work every day has increased by 60% over the last decade. That’s great news for the environment and for anyone looking to get more exercise. But with the increased number of cyclists on the road, comes an increased risk of danger.

In 2013, more than 900 bicyclists were killed in the U.S. and an additional 494,000 were sent to emergency departments with crash-related injuries. Reports from 2010 indicate fatal and non-fatal crash-related injuries to bicyclists generated medical expenses and lost productivity amounting to $10 billion.

But exactly what can a municipality do to protect cyclist safety in Colorado? Read the rest of this entry »

Parking Lot and Backup Dangers Still Persist | Pueblo Car Accident Attorney

January 12th, 2016

Empty space car park interior at nightThe release of a recent AAA study has brought to light the single most dangerous thing we can do in our cars- back out of a parking space. And unfortunately, all of the latest backup technology can’t always help.

AAA encourages motorists to be more dependent on their driving skills and less so on rear cross-traffic alert systems which may, or may not, notify them every time an object is in their path. The best way to do this, says AAA, is for drivers to back into parking spaces, allowing them to pull forward when leaving the spot, with obstacles more clearly visible.

In a collaborative effort with the Automobile Club of Southern California, AAA tested the effectiveness of rear cross-traffic warning systems of various unspecified vehicles. When traffic is approaching from the sides, these systems notify the driver, visually and audibly, anytime the vehicle is in reverse. The tests, however, indicated inconsistencies in system performances. Read the rest of this entry »

NFL Accidents Highlight the Dangers of TBI

December 11th, 2015

Artistic blue brain exray | Dangers of TBIAs a professional football player, Wes Walker has quite a long list of accolades and accomplishments. He’s a three-time AFC champion, three-time NFL receptions leader, four-time All-Pro selection, and five-time Pro Bowler. Unfortunately, he’s also the recipient of, at least, six concussions.

He also recently signed a one-year deal with the receiver-poor St. Louis Rams. That’s good news for the Rams- getting a great deal on a player with a top notch resume just when they need him most.

It might not, however, be such good news for Welker- a talented player, still in his early 30s with many years ahead of him, but already with a long history of concussion-causing blows to the head. While he has been cleared to play by the country’s leading concussion specialist, who is also a member of the NFL’s Head, Neck, and Spine Committee, one has to wonder if it’s really worth the risk. Read the rest of this entry »

Stringent Texting Bans Could Be Reducing Car Crash Injuries

November 17th, 2015

Businessman sending a text message | Stringent Texting Bans Could Be Reducing Car Crash InjuriesThe majority of states across the country now have bans in place on texting and driving. A new study suggests those laws may be averting some serious car crashes.

In states that have implemented relatively stringent texting bans, investigators discovered a direct correlation among fewer hospitalizations due to car accidents and those bans between 2003 and 2010. According to the American Journal of Public Health, hospitalization rates dropped by 7 percent overall in states with bans, compared to states without texting bans. Read the rest of this entry »