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 »

Getting Back on Your Motorcycle after an Accident

October 30th, 2015

Motorcycle on highway at dusk | Getting back on your motorcycle after an accidentFor a variety of reasons, getting back on your motorcycle after an accident can be a very difficult process and one accompanied with great anxiety. Once you’ve identified the source of your anxiety, you will be better equipped to resolve those issues and get back on the road.

Fear is a primary deterrent to getting back on your motorcycle after an accident. Riders may fear experiencing a similar type of accident or re-living the pain and injuries associated with it. Read the rest of this entry »

Colorado Motorcycle Deaths in 2015

September 25th, 2015

race in the desertWhile the total number of statewide motorcycle fatalities for the year is running about average, there have already been 12 deaths since June. The Colorado Department of Transportation generally anticipates more fatalities as the weather becomes warmer. This number, however, is still disheartening.

So far there have been 52 Colorado motorcycle deaths in 2015 - four just in Larimer County alone. According to a database maintained by the Coloradoan, that is already one more fatality than all of 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

Fibromyalgia and Car Accidents – An Interesting Connection

August 31st, 2015

Man with Fibromyalgia | Fibromyalgia and Car Accidents A recent study suggests an interesting connection between fibromyalgia and car accidents –   Drivers diagnosed with fibromyalgia seem to be at an increased risk of being in car accidents.

Published in the July issue of the Journal of Rheumatology, the investigation determined that, even years after their initial diagnosis, persons who suffer from fibromyalgia demonstrated a car accident risk double that of the general population. Lead researcher, Dr. Donald Redelmeier, a senior scientist with the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences in Toronto, noted these accidents were more than just mere fender-benders, but the type of accidents that sent victims to the hospital with injuries. Read the rest of this entry »

June Crash Highlights the Dangers of Hit and Run Accidents

July 17th, 2015

dangerous crossingA hit and run accident in June resulting in one man in intensive care with multiple injuries, highlights the dangers of hit and run accidents.

Forty-five-year-old Christopher Baca was riding his motorcycle through the intersection of Interstate 70 frontage road and Kipling Street in Wheat Ridge one night when he was struck by a white Ford Dooley pickup truck.

The driver of the truck was making a left turn at the intersection and failed to stop after hitting Christopher. The truck continued with its left turn even as it rolled over Christopher and his bike. Read the rest of this entry »