Archive for the ‘Wrongful Death’ Category

Man Has Died After Being Hit By A Car

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

memorialA man who was hit by a car while crossing the street has died, according to 9 News. While police are unsure of who had the right of way, a pedestrian who was apparently in the crosswalk was hit by car in the very early hours of the morning. The driver fled, and the man died at the scene of the accident. Police believe that if the driver had stopped to help, the victim may have been saved. The police recovered trim from the vehicle at the scene, and were able to make an arrest later in the day. They have also taken the car in order to determine whether it matches the damage from the crash.

Have you or a loved one been killed in a car accident? Speak with an experienced Pueblo Colorado wrongful death attorney immediately to discuss your options.

Each year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that over 30,000 people die in traffic accidents. Over 4,000 of those, roughly one fifth of the total, are pedestrians who are struck by cars. Pedestrians are particularly vulnerable in traffic accidents because they have no protection. What is especially tragic is that a great number of these deaths are preventable, occurring as a result of negligence by one or more driver. If failure by one driver to follow the law or basic traffic safety results in the death of another person, that person’s family may be entitled to financial compensation for the loss of companionship that they have suffered.

mickey-officeThe judge and jury will decide the amount of compensation you need based on how much the family lost in support, lost income and inheritance as well as funeral expenses or medical costs. Your Pueblo wrongful death attorney will be there every step of the way—throughout the entire legal process. You are not alone—contact a Colorado personal injury law firm today. Call Pueblo Personal Injury Attorney Mickey M. Smith today for a free consultation. (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

Mental Health Patient Suffocated

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

According to The Denver Channel a patient at the Mental Health Institute in Pueblo was restrained face down and as a result suffocated. The State of Colorado has agreed to pay a large settlement to the family of the patient. The Colorado Department of Health Services is being held responsible for the patient’s wrongful death. The patient was restrained face down and was unable to push himself up and suffocated. This lawsuit has lead to a ban against face-down restraints. The state has determined that there have been a number of preventable deaths due to the policy of face-down restraints. This was one of four incidents that caused death to mental health patients.

Have you lost a loved one due to the negligence of a caregiver contact a Pueblo wrongful death attorney.

Mental Illness Policy.org cites that over 2million people in the United States are mentally ill and don’t receive treatment. Approximately one third of mentally ill people go homeless every year. They also argue that nearly 16% of individuals who are incarcerated in the jail systems are mentally ill and unstable. This is mainly due to the severity of their illness as well as them being low functioning individuals. Mentally ill individuals are more likely to commit suicide, over 5,000 people a year. They are also more likely to perpetrate homicide.

Every state has their own guidelines about how to approach sentencing and treatment of a mentally ill individual. In Colorado law a person can be committed to a mental hospital based on if they are likely to hurt themselves or others. The courts require different allotted time to ‘hold’ patients to a mental hospital based on their evaluation by a psychologist. The state takes responsibility for an individual who is deemed mentally ill and incapable of caring for themselves. So for the safety of that person and the people around them they can be forced into treatment.

 

If you have lost a loved one because of the negligence of a care giver, no one can return that person to you but, no family should have to endure the financial crisis that medical bills can create. Contacting a Pueblo wrongful death attorney can help to ensure that those responsible for your loss are held accountable for their actions. There is no way to comfort the loss of a family member, but by holding a negligent care giver responsible for the death of your family member, you may be saving other families from losing their loved ones. Mickey Smith is a dedicated and compassionate attorney that can help you and your family recover from the financial burden of your loss. Contact an attorney today for a free consultation and to help you recover from the loss of a loved one. Call The Pueblo Personal Injury Law Office of Mickey W. Smith at (719) 544-0062 for a free case evaluation today.

Woman Dies on I-25 | Pueblo Personal Injury Lawyer

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

The Cheiftain reported a fatal car accident on I-25. The police released information saying that there was a woman crossing the Northbound highway when she was struck by an SUV. The woman who was hit died on the scene. The report indicated that she traveled 50 yards after being struck by the SUV. The driver of the SUV is expected to not be cited for the accident. The driver reported that she was driving the posted speed when the woman came into her lane. The car’s rear and front windshields were broken along with some damage to the hood. The driver remained on scene to aid police. The fatal car-pedestrian collision slowed northbound traffic for a few hours.

Have you been in a car collision in Pueblo? Contacting a Pueblo personal injury lawyer could help you recover financially from the set backs.

Pueblo Wrongful Death Attorney When a loved one dies because of the negligent actions of someone else, your family is left with mounting bills in addition to grief. Contact a Pueblo wrongful death attorney to discuss your options.

In 2009, according to City-Data.com, there were two pedestrians involved in fatal accidents. This is out of 8 fatal accidents that year. In comparison with Denver who in 2009 had a count of 35 fatal accidents. In 2009, Pueblo had 17% the population of Denver, but 23% of fatal car accidents that Denver did. Relative to the population of these cities Pueblo has a higher rate of fatal car accidents.

Have you lost a loved one to a car-pedestrian collision? Contact a Pueblo personal injury lawyer who will help separate financial burden from your grieving process. Loss of a loved one is not only emotionally straining, but it can become a financial stress. By contacting a dedicated Pueblo personal injury lawyer the financial stress can become more bearable. If you want to find out what you may be entitled to after the loss of your loved one don’t hesitate to call The Pueblo Personal injury Law Office of Mickey W. Smith at (719) 544-0062 for a FREE CONSULTATION. A dedicated, experienced personal injury lawyer is just a phone call away.

Motorcyclists Ride for Police | Pueblo Motorcycle Crash Lawyer

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

The 13th annual Blue Thunder Motorcycle Run, honoring the memories of fallen police officers, was held along the front range, according to CBS Denver. The run, which began in honor of Douglas County Deputy Ron King, who was killed in the line of duty in 1999, raised money for Englewood Police officer Jeremy Bitner, who died after being struck by a suspected drunk driver while engaged in a traffic stop in May. Each year, dozens of motorcyclists, many of them law enforcement officers themselves, ride along the front range in an effort to raise money for the families of lost officers, and to increase awareness of the dangers police officers face every day, particularly motorcycle patrol officers. One of the goals of the ride is to attract more riders each year; over 100 participated this year.

Have you lost a loved one in a motorcycle crash? Contact a dedicated Pueblo motorcycle crash lawyer as soon as possible to discuss your options.

Pueblo Motorcycle Accident Attorney Motorcycle accidents can leave catastrophic injuries. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact a dedicated Pueblo motorcycle accident attorney today to discuss your options.

Over 4,500 motorcyclists are killed in traffic accidents every year, based on data reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Motorcycles represent a disproportionately high percentage of traffic fatalities when compared to total vehicle miles driven, which is due to a combination of factors. Certainly, there is no question that when riding a motorcycle, one is both less visible in traffic than a larger car or truck, and more vulnerable to serious injury or death in the event of a crash. It is extremely important for motorcyclists to be aware of their surroundings at all times, but also for drivers of cars and trucks to keep an eye out for smaller vehicles such as motorcycles and bicycles at all times.

If you have lost a loved one in a motorcycle crash, contact a compassionate, dedicated Pueblo motorcycle crash lawyer immediately to discuss your options. Mickey Smith has helped countless people in Pueblo and the surrounding area to recover compensation for medical bills, property damage and loss of wages after serious injury accidents, including fatal crashes. When you have lost a family member, no one can return what you have lost, but if your loved one was taken away from you by another person’s recklessness or negligence, Mickey can help ensure that person takes responsibility for his or her actions. Someone else’s negligence should never cause you financial hardship on top of your grief. For more information and a FREE CASE EVALUATION contact Mickey today at (719)544-0062.

Drunk Driver Kills 3 | Pueblo Wrongful Death Attorney

Monday, April 30th, 2012

DUI Consequences In Colorado

(This graphic used with permission from
Greeley DUI Attorneys Grant, Hoffman & Kamada, PC.)

A tragic car crash that took the lives of three young people in Pueblo may have been related to drinking and driving, according to the Pueblo Chieftain. A pick-up truck driven by a man who police believe was drunk ran a red light at high speed, and hit a compact car, killing three teenage girls inside. The driver of the pick-up was transported to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries, and then booked into jail on multiple charges, including vehicular homicide and driving under the influence. This tragic accident is all the more tragic because it could so easily have been avoided.

One of the best known organizations for educating people about the dangers of drunk driving is Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). According to statistics reported on their website, someone in the United States will be killed by a drunk driver every 50 minutes on average. Someone will be injured in an alcohol-related crash every minute. Furthermore, MADD cites a statistic that between half and three fourths of people convicted of drunk driving will continue to drive on their suspended license. In many cases, the drunk driver who kills innocent people may go to jail, but that jail-time doesn’t help the devastation left behind to the families of the victims.

Losing a loved one is always a terrible and difficult thing, but when someone is taken away from you in a drunk driving accident, the suddenness of the loss often serves to compound and intensify the grief. While no one can bring back your loved one, an experienced Pueblo wrongful death attorney can help manage loss of income and companionship. Mickey Smith is a compassionate attorney who has experience helping the families of victims of wrongful death. While legal action is certainly not the first thing on your mind at such a difficult time, sometimes you need someone to help with the more difficult aspects of the situation. For more information and a FREE CONSULTATION, contact the Law Office of Mickey Smith at (719)544-0062.

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Family Awarded $260,000 In Wrongful Death Sentence | Wrongful Death Lawyer

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

According to the Gazette, a former Harvard graduate student from Colorado Springs, has been ordered to pay a $260,000 civil judgement after being convicted of manslaughter in 2003 for fatally stabbing a Cambridge man. His conviction was later overturned and he reached a deal to serve two years in prison after his second trial ended in a hung jury. He was found negligent in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of the victim and ordered to pay $520,000, a judgement later reduced to $260,000.

Have you or someone you know suffered a tragic loss due to the negligence of another? Contact a wrongful death law firm as soon as possible to discuss your options.

Civil actions are very different from criminal charges. In a criminal case, the victim of the crime cannot receive financial compensation from the defendant if the defendant is found guilty. In a civil case, the victim may pursue a separate action against the defendant for financial compensation. In a case such as this, a family who has suffered a tragic loss may choose to pursue compensation to ensure financial security for a child or spouse left behind.

Contact an Attorney for a Free Consultation.

Attorney Mickey W Smith practices law in Pueblo and handles Wrongful Death cases.

Call 719-544-0062 for a free Wrongful Death case consultation or visit his office at:

701 Grand Ave
Pueblo, CO 81003.

Please visit his website at http://www.pueblopersonalinjuryattorney.com/ for more information.

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Failure to Maintain Bridge Results in Mans Death | Pueblo Wrongful Death Lawyer

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Losing a loved one is extremely difficult especially when that loss comes as a result of the negligence of someone else. According to 9 News, the family of a Colorado man is accusing the state of not properly maintaining a bridge that gave way when the man fell and died. The body of George Aldrich Jr. was found under the bridge after a two-week search in Aspen, Colorado. Maroon Creek Bridge is old and had a badly damaged fence around it that was not repaired according to the parents of Aldrich. The family is now suing the Colorado Department of Transportation for failing to properly repair the old bridge and putting the public’s safety at risk. Despite the family’s claim, the deputy coroner has issued a release of the toxicology tests that shows Aldirch had been intoxicated at the time of his death. Further investigation is pending in the case. Even though this incident occurred in Aspen, the state has a responsibility to maintain bridges and other public areas throughout Colorado for the safety of all.

Has a member of your family been killed in an accident due to the negligence of others? Contact a Colorado wrongful death attorney today to further discuss your options and legal rights.

The death of a loved one can leave emotional and mental trauma for family members, in addition to credit debt, medical expenses and child care. Being able to grieve without additional stress is important after the loss of a loved one. While no amount of compensation can replace a loved one, seeking help during this devastating time could help regain some personal security.

If you have a family member that was victimized by wrongful death due to faulty state property and have questions concerning liability, you need to contact a professional Pueblo wrongful death lawyer. Dealing with the death of a loved one is an extremely difficult and confusing time for families. Mickey Smith will commit to your case and has experience dealing with insurance companies to make sure you receive everything you are entitled to. For more information and a FREE CONSULTATION, contact Mickey Smith at (719)544-0062.

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Failure to Report Defective Toy Proves Costly | Colorado Product Liability Attorney

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reported that the toy company, Henry Gordy International, Inc. of Plainfield, N.J, has agreed to a settlement in a failure to report a product safety defect case concerning one of their toys. A toy gun known as the Auto Fire Target Set, included the plastic gun, plastic darts, and a small target. It was determined by the CPSC that the small plastic darts were a serious choking hazard for children. Even more disturbing, however, it was also determined that the Henry Gordy company knew of this potentially deadly risk and failed to report the issue or recall the product. Three deaths had been associated with the toy and the CPSC instantly took action. Henry Gordy agreed to pay the penalty of $1,100,000 but declined ultimate responsibility. Total recall of the product has been issued nationwide.

Has a member of your family been a victim of a defective toy and have questions about who is liable? Contact a Colorado product liability attorney to further discuss your options and legal rights.

Safety commissions such as the CPSC are dedicated to the safety of the public when concerning commercial products. According to CPSC.gov, death and injuries, and even property damage caused from consumer products cost the nation more than 900 billion dollars annually. It is the responsibility of the manufactures, distributors and the retailers to report any defects or potentially harmful aspects of the products to the CPSC immediately.

If you or a loved one have been injured due to the negligence of product liability then you need the professional services of an experienced Pueblo product liability attorney. Making sure you and your loved ones are taken cared for is top priority. Mickey Smith is a quality attorney who will dedicate his time to your product liability case. Understanding your rights and determining who is liable in a defective product case is difficult to make sense of, let the knowledge and experience of Mickey Smith help you in determining your next step. For more information and a FREE CONSULTATION, contact Mickey Smith at (719)544-0062.

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Fatigued Driving Causes Another Fatal Pueblo Car Crash | Pueblo Car Accident Lawyer

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

The fatal Pueblo car accident occurred on Colorado 50 Business when a Dodge Ram pickup truck drifted off of the side of the road and collided with a pole. The 34-year-old, James Patti was heading east of Pueblo when he veered off course and ran into a pole. The Colorado State Patrol believes that Patti may have fallen asleep at the wheel, causing the tragic and fatal accident. According to the Colorado Connection, James Patti died instantly at the scene and there is an investigation to determine exactly what happened during the crash.

Fatigued driving is considered the “silent killer” on the road according to The Week. One in every five fatal car accidents is the result of the driver falling asleep at the wheel. The NHSTA conducted a survey and found that 16.5 percent of fatal accidents involved drowsy drivers. Being tired while driving decreases your sense of awareness and does not allow drivers to react as quickly to unexpected occurrences that happen on the road.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a Pueblo car accident then you need a successful Pueblo car accident lawyer to defend you. Pueblo car accident attorney Mickey Smith will fight to get you the compensation that you and your family deserve. For your FREE CONSULTATION please contact our Pueblo car accident lawyers at 719-544-0062.


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