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Allstate and Insurance Disputes

Friday, March 21st, 2014

Insurance disputesIf you are a member of Allstate, you may believe that you are protected by one of the nation’s largest insurance companies. After all, their slogan promises: “You are in good hands with Allstate”. Yet after a tragic accident, nothing could be farther from the truth. Allstate’s policy is to protect their shareholders—not their policyholders and they go to extraordinary lengths to do so.

Insurance companies like Allstate are a business—and like all businesses, they are in business to make money. The American Association of Justice once ranked Allstate as the worst insurance company in America because of their continued engagement in bad faith practices. Even Allstate’s former CEO, Thomas Wilson, admitted that they gave awards to insurance claims adjusters who could deny the most claims in a month. They even held document-shredding parties.

In recent years, Allstate has been the subject of some serious investigations by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners for the use of a software program called Colossus. This software program improperly calculated thousands of settlement claims and resulted in Allstate being forced to pay a $10 million regulatory settlement.

If you are not one of Allstate’s members, you may be feeling pretty relieved right now. Unfortunately, Allstate is just one of many insurance companies who routinely engages in bad faith practices. Insurance giants, such as State Farm and Progressive also have been in hot water lately due to insurance disputes and unfair claims practices.

Before you speak to an insurance adjuster after an accident, it is important to understand why these companies are not on your side. This way you can avoid being taken advantage of by the insurance companies and you can recognize devious, bad faith practices when they begin.

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When an insurance company is treating you unfairly, you need an experienced and skilled Pueblo personal injury attorney on your side to fight for your rights. Your attorney will stand up to the large insurance companies and expose their bad faith tactics.

Call Pueblo Personal Injury Attorney Mickey M. Smith today for a free consultation at (719) 544-0062.

Attorney Mickey Smith serves clients in Pueblo, Pueblo West, Penrose, Florence, Salt Creek, Avondale, Boone, Canon City, Colorado City, Swallows, and Fort Carson.

Use Extra Caution When Driving in Winter Weather

Friday, January 24th, 2014

 

This winter has already been brutal, and Colorado has seen plenty of snow, ice, and freezing rain. This wintery weather mix can be particularly dangerous for anyone who needs to drive on Colorado roads. While the best way to avoid catastrophic and deadly Colorado car accidents is to stay indoors during bad weather, there are times when individuals are forced to hit the roads. If you are driving in winter weather this season, here are several important safety tips to keep in mind.

Prepare Your Vehicle for Winter—your car should be winterized prior to heading out. This means carefully checking your tires to be sure they have enough tread and that they are properly inflated. You will also want to check your fluid levels to ensure that you have enough antifreeze in your car and windshield wiper solution.

Make an Emergency Car Kit—the Colorado Department of Transportation suggests that all drivers prepare an emergency kit for unknown situations. You should have a stocked first aid kit, working road flares, a scraper, snowbrush, coat, hat, gloves, blanket, flashlight, tire chains, matches, a gallon of water, and nonperishable food in your car.

Use Extra Caution when Driving—when driving in winter weather, be sure to maintain a longer distance behind other drivers. Never go faster than the posted speed limit signs and always keep your full attention on the road. If your cellphone is distracting, consider turning it off during your drive.

Listen to the News—before you head out, check with local news channels and weather apps to be sure you are not caught unprepared. If roads are closed or there are accidents already on the roads, you can avoid unnecessary delays and dangerous situations by changing your route ahead of time.

Icy Roads are Deadly

Colorado roads can be especially treacherous in winter weather. Even when roads look cleared, black ice can be deadly. Icy roads account for 467 fatalities every year across the United States, and 16 of those fatalities occurred in Colorado alone. This accounts for 70% of all winter road deaths.

mickey-officeIf you or someone you love is injured in an automobile accident, it is important to contact an experienced Pueblo car accident attorney immediately.

Call Pueblo Personal Injury Attorney Mickey M. Smith today for a free consultation. (719) 544-0062.

What are the Symptoms of Whiplash?

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

 

  • I was injured in a rear end accident in Pueblo, Colorado; my neck hurts, is it whiplash?

  • I was hit from behind and now I can’t turn my neck, could I have whiplash?

  • My mom was injured in a car crash and now she has stiffness in her neck; could she have whiplash?

 

 

Whiplash is a very common injury that routinely stems from rear-end type accidents. The violent forces of the accident cause the head and neck to “whip” back and forth. This ultimately damages the ligaments and tendons in the neck, causing whiplash.

 

 

Unfortunately, whiplash symptoms can take days and even weeks to become fully realized. This is why so many insurance companies doubt victims who suffer whiplash as an injury. As a result, they may harass victims, delay claims, or even refuse to pay legitimate claims. When this occurs, you need an experienced Pueblo, Colorado personal injury attorney on your side.

 

 

What are the Symptoms of Whiplash?
In order to understand a diagnosis of whiplash, you first have to identify and understand the symptoms of whiplash and how these symptoms could affect your life. Symptoms of whiplash include:

 

  • Neck Pain

  • Stiffness in neck and upper extremities

  • Headaches

  • Tenderness of neck muscles

  • Reduced movement in neck

  • Shoulder pain and stiffness

  • Dizziness

  • Fatigue

  • Jaw pain

  • Arm pain or weakness

  • Visual disturbances

  • Tinnitus

  • Back Pain

  • And more

 

 

These symptoms can range from mild and aggravating symptoms to painful and debilitating muscular disorders. If undiagnosed or untreated, whiplash can become chronic and can lead to a lifetime of limited mobility, decreased range of motion, pain, and decreased quality of life.

 

 

Whiplash victims often find it difficult to drive, perform physical activities, enjoy hobbies, walk long distances, or even perform their daily care. They may be unable to continue in their chosen profession and may suffer extreme pain and neck stiffness even years after an accident.

 

 

mickey-officePueblo Personal Injury Attorney Mickey W. Smith understands all aspects of whiplash and fights aggressively to hold negligent parties responsible. If you have been injured in a car accident in Pueblo, Colorado, you need an attorney on your side from the moment you are injured. Call (719) 544-0062 to speak with a personal injury lawyer and receive your FREE case evaluation! Mickey W. Smith will fight for you, so you can focus on your recovery.

 

Questions to ask when hiring a trucking accident lawyer

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

 

truck-accidentRoad accidents that involve trucks are some of the most deadly accidents. If you or someone you know has been involved in a crash involving a truck, you need to get help from a truck accident attorney. This is because trucks are complex machines and some of the massive tractor-trailers that you see travelling on the roads are often equipped with advanced onboard computer systems. Although they are needed to transport goods and products from one place to another, they do pose a significant safety concern to other people on the roads.

Due to the complexity of the machines, the investigation and litigation of truck accidents present a host of complex challenges. Therefore, you cannot just hire a personal injury lawyer or a general practitioner and need to get in touch with a truck accident lawyer. Most of the attorneys who specialize in this field will be willing to provide you a no-obligation first meeting, or an initial consultation completely free of cost. This initial meeting will give you a chance to interview them and ask any questions regarding your potential lawsuit.

In your first meeting with a truck accident lawyer, you should ask the following questions:

  • When did they graduate from law school?

  • How many years of experience do they have handling truck accident cases?

  • Do they take other types of cases too, or do they just specialize in truck accident cases?

  • If yes, what percentage of their practice is focused on trucking accidents?

  • Are they up-to-date with the current truck accident laws in your state and how do they do that?

You must also discuss your case with them and ask them to give you an assessment of your case. For that, you can ask the following questions:

  • How strong is your case?

  • What are the strengths and weaknesses of your case?

  • Are you likely to get a settlement?

  • If yes, how much?

  • How will the trial proceed and what will happen?

  • How long will the case be in litigation before it is wrapped up?

  • Do they believe that more than one party is responsible in causing the accident?

You should also ask them questions about how they will manage your case?

  • Ask them if they will be representing your case themselves or another lawyer in their firm will be doing that.

  • If you have any questions regarding your case or if you want to discuss your case, who will you be contacting?

  • How long is their normal response time?

  • Will you get regular updates on your case?

  • If yes, how often will you get those updates and who will give those updates?

Answers to all these questions will give you a fair idea about how the lawyer or law firm operates and how your case will be handled. Consider trustworthiness, experience, way of communication and level of confidence as the deciding factors before you select a truck accident lawyer.

mickey-officePueblo Personal Injury Attorney Mickey W. Smith is an attorney in good standing with both the Colorado Bar Association and the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association. You can trust him to have a thorough understanding of all of the legal issues of your case. Call (719) 544-0062 to speak with a personal injury lawyer and receive your FREE case evaluation!

Author Bio:

Attorney Bradford Kvinta provides aggressive criminal defense and DWI defense in San Antonio, Texas. He specializes in Estate planning and probate as well as family law.

Collision on U.S. Highway 6, One dead and Ten Injured

Monday, August 19th, 2013

 

On August 4, a Ford Explorer collided with a casino bus and then wrecked into a Chevy sedan in Golden at Tunnel 1 on U.S. Highway 6. The crash occurred at approximately 6:00 a.m. after the Ford Explorer crossed over the center lane and into incoming traffic. The driver of the SUV was pronounced dead on the scene, eight of the 40 passengers on the casino bus were hospitalized for injuries, and two passengers in the sedan were also taken to a hospital for minor injuries. The cause of the crash is unknown at this time.

 

Consider the following head-on collision statistics according to a 2011 report conducted by the Federal Highway Administration:

  • approximately “20% of roadway departure fatal crashes involve an opposing direction collision”

  • “75% [of head-on collisions] occur on undivided two-lane roads”

  • “most head-on crashes result from a motorist making an unintentional maneuver”

 

Have you or someone you know been injured in a car accident. Contact a Colorado personal injury attorney to ask questions and discuss your options.

mickey-officeCompensation may be needed to pay for medical expenses, rehabilitation, lost wages and emotional pain and suffering. No matter what type of accident you were involved in, a Pueblo personal injury attorney can help navigate you through the entire legal process, so you can focus on more important things—-your recovery. If you or someone you love is injured in an automobile accident, it is important to contact an experienced Pueblo car accident attorney immediately. Call Pueblo Personal Injury Attorney Mickey M. Smith today for a free consultation. (719) 544-0062.

 

 

A Rollover Accident On I-25 Resulted In Three Serious Injuries

Monday, April 29th, 2013

 

A rollover accident on I-25 resulted in three serious injuries, according to the Pueblo Chieftain. The accident, a single vehicle rollover south of Pueblo resulted in the highway being closed for a time on a Monday morning. An SUV driven by a 21 year old man went off the road while heading north. The driver over-corrected, and rolled the vehicle. His two passengers were thrown from the truck. Both passengers were seriously injured, and transported to different local hospitals for treatment. It is not immediately clear why the driver veered off the road, or whether drugs or alcohol may have played a part in the crash.

Have you or a loved one been seriously injured in a car accident? Speak with an experienced Pueblo auto accident attorney today to discuss your options.

It seems that there are as many different causes of car accidents as there are crashes. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, there are over 5 million car accident every year in the United States. Most of them are exactly what they sound like: accidents. Additionally, most of them don’t result in anyone being seriously injured. However, the ones that do result in serious injuries, or the over 30,000 each year that result in fatalities, can be extremely expensive, on top of the physical and emotional pain that they cause. Medical bills can rack up quickly, especially if medical care is needed for years into the future for massive injuries such as traumatic brain injury.

mickey-officeContact dedicated Pueblo auto accident attorney Mickey Smith today if you or a loved one have been seriously injured in a Colorado car wreck. Mickey has been helping Coloradans for many years, and has both the legal skills and experience that you need if you have been injured by the negligent actions of another driver. No one should have to face financial hardship on top of physical injury because of someone else’s carelessness, and Mickey Smith is a Pueblo auto accident attorney who cares. For more information and a FREE CASE EVALUATION, contact Mickey today at (719)544-0062.

Accident At The Speer Blvd. Overpass Across I-25 in Denver

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

truck-accidentA commercial truck driver was ticketed in connection with an accident at the Speer Blvd. overpass across I-25 in Denver, according to 9 News. Road signs warn well in advance of a clearance that some semi-trucks can’t make in certain lanes, but the driver in this case was in the wrong lane, and hit the overpass. Chunks of concrete and metal debris came down on the road, damaging four cars, and seriously injuring the driver of one. A Denver Police spokesman indicated that the woman was seriously injured but is expected to survive. She had two children in the car with her; the children were not injured. The bridge itself sustained minor damage, but engineers have determined that it is still safe.

Have you or a loved one been seriously injured in a commercial vehicle accident? Contact an experienced Pueblo trucking accident attorney today to discuss your options.

With an incredible difference in size and weight from passenger vehicles, commercial semi-trucks have the potential to create terrible wrecks. When a truck strikes a car directly, it is quite common for serious injury or death to result. In some cases, those who are injured in these kinds of crashes have serious traumatic brain injuries, which may result in completely changed life and a lifetime of medical bills. While these bills will keep mounting forever, the trucking companies lawyers will probably be fighting hard to make sure that those expenses aren’t their problem. Even if their driver was negligent in the accident.

mickey-officeContact dedicated Colorado trucking accident attorney Mickey Smith today to discuss your options if you or a loved one have been seriously injured in a commercial vehicle crash. Mickey has helped countless Coloradans to protect their rights, and to recover financial compensation for medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering after serious accidents caused by the negligence of others. Mickey has many years of experience, and possess the legal skills you need to get the best possible outcome for your accident. He works on a contingent fee basis, which means that you pay him only after he recovers compensation for you. For more information and a FREE CASE EVALUATION, contact Pueblo trucking accident attorney Mickey Smith today at (719)544-0062.

Teenage Girl Faces Charges

Monday, February 18th, 2013

front-end wreckA teenage girl faces charges of careless driving causing injury after a crash on I-25, according to the Pueblo Chieftain. Four teenagers were injured during rush hour when a Mitsubishi Eclipse when two of the kids were thrown out of the car, and a third may have been ejected. The driver was one of two girls and two boys that were riding on I-25, exiting at Ilex, and crashed into a guard rail. Shortly after, a truck also crashed, possible because the driver was watching the first accident. The two girls both suffered significant injuries, and the boys both suffered minor injuries. The two Colorado car wrecks backed up traffic for several miles.
Have you been seriously injured because of the negligence of another driver? Contact a dedicated Pueblo car accident attorney today.
Every year, there are millions of car accidents across the country, resulting in hundreds of thousands of injuries and a very tragic number of deaths. Unfortunately, sometimes the people injured or killed are riding in a car with a friend. It can be very difficult to know what to do when you have been seriously injured because of the negligent behavior of a friend. Sometimes, what you need is to speak with someone who has experience and skill in the field, and can help you understand what the best options is for you. Car accidents sometimes result in the need to make very difficult decisions, but no one should suffer financial difficulty because of an injury that was someone else’s fault, even if that person is a friend.
mickey-officeContact Pueblo car accident attorney Mickey Smith immediately if you have been injured in a car accident. Mickey has helped countless people in and around Pueblo who have been seriously injured through no fault of their own. If another driver’s negligence or recklessness has caused you serious injury, you need to advice and assistance of a Pueblo car accident attorney who can help you recover financial compensation for medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and even pain and suffering. Mickey Smith works on a contingency fee basis, which means that you only pay him after he recovers money for you, and he offers FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION. For more information, call the Pueblo Personal Injury Law Office of Mickey W. Smith today at (719)544-0062.

Rollover Accident in Downtown Pueblo

Friday, January 11th, 2013

front-end wreckNo matter how safe of a driver you are there is still a risk of another careless individual wrecking into your vehicle. Just recently this proved to be true. According to the Chieftain, a woman was driving under the influence of drugs and she ended up wrecking into a parked truck. The accident occurred near Seventh and Main Street in Downtown Pueblo. Because of the angle and speed of the driver she ended up roller her car. The driver under the influence, Heidi Caruso, 44, suffered minor injuries because she was wearing a seat belt. Police chief reported that Caruso was under the influence of some kind of narcotic. She was accused of careless driving, driving without a license and no insurance. The crash closed Main Street for a nearly an hour for clean up and investigation.

If you have suffered high property damages due to a negligent or careless driver it is important that you seek financial compensation. Contact a Pueblo personal injury lawyer today to find out how much you deserve.

The dangers of a rollover accident may be immediately apparent to most people however it is worth learning more about to prevent it from ever happening to you. Rollover accidents occur more frequently with large trucks or light trucks than any other vehicle type. However, it is important to understand a rollover accident can happen to anyone for a number of reasons. A rollover accident is defined as a rollover if the vehicles 4 wheels leave the ground and any side or end of the car hits the ground.

There are a few types of roll-overs.

  • A tripping rollover is when a vehicle is sliding sideways, and the tires strike a curb, dig into soft ground, suddenly causing a sudden lateral force that causes the car to tilt on its side.
  • Depending on your speed a car can roll completely over or just land on its side.
  • When a narrow object causes one side of the vehicle to accelerate upwards, but not the other, causing the vehicle to rotate along its long axis resulting in a tipping action by the car.
  • A car collision that involves a side impact can accelerate a vehicle sideways.
  • As a vehicle crosses a ditch or steep slope.
  • When hitting a large obstacle with one of its wheels or when maneuvering over uneven terrain.

    It is always important to check your vehicle for roll-over warnings and concentrate on your speed when navigating turns, curbs, or even ditches. Speed of a vehicle is a big factor for reasons cars roll-over.

mickey-officeIf you have been involved in an accident that was not your fault and caused you or a loved one serious injuries there is no time to waste. Mickey Smith is a dedicated Pueblo personal injury lawyer who can help you recover from the financial setbacks of a car accident immediately. Many times after a car crash insurance companies will delay or even deny covering financial costs of your injuries, medical bills or even property damage. Don’t let this happen to you. By contacting a Pueblo personal injury lawyer today you don’t have to stand alone in an insurance dispute. As a dedicated and experienced personal injury attorney Mickey Smith can help get your family the financial compensation that you deserve. Call today for a free case evaluation at (719) 544-0062.

Fatal Accident on Colorado 115

Monday, December 10th, 2012

According to The Denver Post, a woman lost control of her vehicle when driving on an icy section of Colorado 115. She was on a snow-covered road in Fremont County when she lost control of her vehicle and slid off the road and into a ravine.  She was ejected from the car and pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. She was the only passenger in the vehicle. The woman’s car was the only vehicle involved in the fatal crash.

Have you lost a loved one in a serious car accident? Contact a Pueblo serious car accident attorney to learn about financial compensation that you may be entitled to.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that being ejected from a vehicle is one of the most injurious events that can happen to a person in a crash. In fatal crashes, 75% of passenger car occupants who were totally ejected from the vehicle were killed. The majority of those totally ejected from a vehicle died due to injuries sustained from being ejected. Among passengers over 4-years-old, safety belts saved an estimated 11,889 lives in 2000. There were more than 5.4 million police-reported motor vehicle crashes in the United States in 2010. Twenty-eight percent of those crashes resulted in a life changing injury, and fewer than 1% resulted in a death. In 2010 nearly 60% of fatal crashes involved only one vehicle. A total of 32,885 people lost their lives in motor vehicle crashes in 2010, and another 2 million people were injured. Car accidents are one of the most common ways to die in the United States. Police agencies are always encouraging seat-belt use and that drivers to heed to speed limit signs. Speeding is the most common reason for drivers between 24 and 30 to die in a car accident. Losing control of a vehicle at high speeds can result in many injuries and more frequently death.

If you’ve lost a loved one after being seriously injured in a car accident contact Mickey Smith a Pueblo serious car accident attorney. Loosing a loved one to a negligent driver is hard, there is no way to bring back your loved one and no amount of money can make the loss easier, but seeking justice is necessary. One way to gain justice is to hold the negligent driver responsible and seek financial compensation from them. By doing this you could receive financial compensation that can cover burial costs, and any medical expenses your loved one may have accumulated while in the hospital. No amount of financial compensation will bring back your loved one, but it can help your family recover from the loss.  Seeking financial compensation is a good way to reduce debt that surviving family members will have the burden of. If you want to talk to an experienced and compassionate attorney today about your loss contact The Pueblo Personal Injury Law Office of Mickey W. Smith for a FREE CONSULTATION at (719) 544-0062