Pedestrian Killed in Accident Near Highway 50 in Pueblo

April 25th, 2019

boy run over by a car | fatal pedestrian accidentPueblo police officials are investigating a fatal pedestrian accident that occurred near Highway 50 in Pueblo in March. The accident occurred at 9:15 pm on Friday, March 22 near Highway 50 and Club Manor Drive. The victim was wheelchair bound and was attempting to cross the street when they were hit by a vehicle. No details have been released following the fatal accident.

Unfortunately, accidents like this occur in Pueblo and across the United States each year. In 2016 alone, 5,987 pedestrians were killed in motor vehicle crashes across the United States according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This accounts for 16% of all traffic fatalities and was a 9% increase from 2015. Pedestrians are often vulnerable on the roads, especially during the evening hours when visibility is limited.

Pedestrians Need Experienced & Aggressive Legal Assistance

Pedestrian accidents are unlike other accidents. They’re often catastrophic and result in lifelong injuries and disabilities. In many cases, the at-fault driver even flees the scene of the crash, further complicating the situation. When this occurs, pedestrian accident victims need someone they can trust in this dark hour.

A pedestrian accident attorney can help you get the money you need to pay for damages and injuries after a crash, including:

  • Current medical bills
  • Future medical bills
  • Rehabilitation
  • Long-term care
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of future earnings
  • Loss of lifestyle
  • Pain and suffering

Pedestrian accident injuries are often complicated and can result in months or even years of surgeries, pain and suffering, and rehabilitation. Accident victims may not ever fully recover, putting more financial stress on their families as they are unable to work or provide for their family in the same ways. During this time, insurance companies will be trying to reduce your claim and pay you as little as possible. Your attorney, however, will be in your corner throughout the legal process, ensuring that your rights are protected and safeguarding your future.

Contact Our Pueblo Pedestrian Accident Attorneys

Pueblo Personal Injury Attorney Mickey SmithIf you or someone you love is injured in a pedestrian accident, it is important to know that you are not alone. Insurance companies are not on your side after an accident – even when they claim to be. Attorney Mickey W. Smith can help you through this difficult time and ensure that you receive maximum compensation for all of your injuries. Without a lawyer on your side, you may not recover the money you need. Call Pueblo attorney Mickey W. Smith, today for a FREE CONSULTATION – (719) 544-0062.

Insomniac Colorado Truck Driver Charged with Vehicular Homicide

March 24th, 2019

truck accident | Colorado Truck Driver Charged with Vehicular HomicideA Colorado truck driver has been charged with vehicular homicide after a fatal trucking accident occured in Rapid City, South Dakota. The 53-year-old driver worked for a Denver-based trucking company called Navajo Express. The trucker crossed the median on Interstate 90 and crashed head-on into a Jeep traveling the opposite direction. The driver of the Jeep was killed. After the crash, the driver admitted to using Ambien, a medication for insomnia, two days before the fatal collision occurred.

After the crash, a drug recognition expert assessed the trucker and found that he was impaired by a central nervous-system depressant. While he did admit to taking Ambien two days earlier, there was no solid evidence that he was currently under the influence of Ambien or any other drug during the crash. The judge, however, set his bond at $10,000 and he will return to court for a hearing.

Fatigued Truckers Cause Fatal Crashes

There are more than 15 million commercial trucks on the road every year. These truckers were responsible for more than 12,000 commercial trucking accidents, resulting in 1,654 injuries and 249 deaths over a three year period. Driver error was responsible for 87% of those crashes. Driver error includes distracted driving, inexperienced driving and driving fatigued.

Statistics continue to show that fatigued truck drivers cause serious and fatal accidents. In fact, about one in four truck drivers fall asleep at the wheel every single month. To avoid falling asleep behind the wheel, many truck drivers turn to stimulants to stay awake. A recent sampling of truckers found that 6% of truckers were actively abusing stimulants, such as cocaine or methamphetamines to stay awake. While these stimulants may help them stay awake at first, studies have shown that these drugs can impair the driver’s cognitive and motor functions and can lead to a chronic state of fatigue.

Contact Our Pueblo Trucking Accident Lawyers

Pueblo Personal Injury Law Office of Mickey W. SmithIf you or someone you love has been injured in a trucking accident in Pueblo, Colorado, it is important that you speak to an experienced Pueblo trucking accident attorney immediately. Your attorney will need to investigate all aspects of your case to determine who is truly to blame for your accident and your injuries. During this time, your attorney can protect your rights to compensation and prevent insurance companies from taking advantage of you while you are recovering. Call Pueblo attorney Mickey W. Smith, today for a FREE CONSULTATION – (719) 544-0062. We can help you every step of the way.

 

Employers Can Reduce the Number of Work Related Accidents

February 16th, 2019

truck crashed onto an automobile | work-related vehicular accidentsWhen most people think about work-related motor vehicle accidents, they tend to think of occupations that only involve driving professionally, such as truckers and commercial drivers. This is often not actually the case, however. A study by Denver-based Pinnacol Assurance Inc., the largest workers’ compensation insurer in Colorado, revealed that more workers in non-professional driving occupations are spending an increased amount of time on the road as part of their jobs. This in turn has lead to serious car accidents and fatalities. Read the rest of this entry »

How Healthy is Colorado?

January 25th, 2019

How healthy is Colorado? The state has long been thought of as one of the healthiest states in the country. Residents here enjoy an active lifestyle and generally eat better than other Americans. They take better care of their weight, their health, and their families. This year, Colorado still made the list of healthiest states, although it fell slightly. The 2018 America’s Health Rankings listed Colorado as the 8th overall healthiest state in the country. Hawaii, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, and Utah were the top 5 healthiest states.

For the past 29 years, the America’s Health Rankings report has been conducted. This report includes a variety of factors to overall health, including obesity, cancer rates, children in poverty and high school graduation. According to this year’s report, Colorado residents had lower obesity, lower cancer death rates, and fewer children in poverty. Over the past 5 years, Colorado residents have decreased smoking by 6% and the number of children in poverty has also decreased 35%. Read the rest of this entry »

Kids, Car Seats and Winter Coats: What Parents Need to Know

December 27th, 2018

child asleep in a car seat | Car Seats and Winter CoatsParents are constantly required to make choices in order to keep their children safe from dangers in today’s world. Even something that occurs every day, like traveling in a car, can be risky.  From researching the safest and most reliable vehicles on the market, to purchasing a certified and safety tested car seat, to bundling up against the cold winter weather, parents and caregivers have many important decisions to make. One unexpected decision parents don’t always take into consideration has to do with how to keep a child warm without risking their safety in a car. Here’s what all parents should know about kids, car seats and winter coats: Read the rest of this entry »

What are a DUI Crash Victim’s Rights?

November 28th, 2018

When you are involved in an accident with a driver who is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you have a right to collect compensation. You can file a lawsuit against the drunk driver and collect the money you need to pay for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost wages. Unfortunately, this isn’t always easy and there are some additional factors to consider in drunk driving accidents. Understanding what a DUI crash victim’s rights are is crucial to collecting the money you need to recover. Read the rest of this entry »

One Concussion can cause Long-Term Structural Brain Damage

October 12th, 2018

Wireframe model of the human brain | One Concussion can cause Long-Term Structural Brain Damage

It’s just a bump on the head right? Just one small concussion so it shouldn’t be a big deal – right? Wrong.

Just one concussion can cause long-term structural brain damage, according to a new study released earlier this year. Researchers at the NYU Langone School of Medicine in New York City used a 3D MRI to examine the volume of brain matter in 19 concussion patients over the year after their injury. They also studied 12 individuals who had not had a concussion. The concussion patients scans’ revealed measurable brain atrophy, compared to healthy individuals who had not sustained a concussion. This finding directly counters popular belief that concussions are “no big deal.” Read the rest of this entry »

Pueblo Car Accident Risk is Lower than Other Colorado Cities. But There are Still Problems…

September 28th, 2018

Pueblo and the surrounding metropolitan area are home to more than 160,000 residents. It is the primary city in the Front Range Urban Corridor and nestled beautifully along the Arkansas River and Fountain Creek. Just a quick 112 miles south of Denver, the city is one of the largest steel producers in the United States. It is also one of the least expensive places to live in the entire state and the sixth most affordable place to live in America. Yet, is it also one of the worst places to live in America? Read the rest of this entry »

Feeling Disoriented after a Car Accident? Seek Help!

August 27th, 2018

multiple cars in traffic after an accident | Feeling Disoriented after a Car AccidentIf you are feeling disoriented after a car accident, you may be tempted to minimize this feeling or ignore it altogether.  After all, your injuries could be worse – right? Unfortunately, feeling disorientation after an accident could be a sign of a more serious injury. It is always best to seek medical help after a car accident – especially if you are experiencing symptoms such as feeling disoriented or confused. A complete examination may be needed to rule out a more serious medical condition or injury. Read the rest of this entry »

The Dangers of Fatigued Driving

July 18th, 2018

tired woman driving at night showing the Dangers of Fatigued DrivingPerhaps you were up all night with a crying baby or preparing for a big presentation at work. Perhaps you pulled an all-nighter studying for a final exam or work the graveyard shift. It seems like for most Americans, life in America often means being tired. In fact, the majority of adults don’t get the recommended sleep every night, and this can translate to serious and often fatal accidents on the road. A report published by the Centers for Disease Control that looked at the dangers of fatigued driving, found that over a third of all adults in the United States routinely got less than 7 hours of sleep a night. Read the rest of this entry »