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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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Deadly Teen Car Accident Sparks Dangerous Wildfire | Pueblo Car Accident Attorney

Saturday, April 30th, 2011

As reported recently in the Pueblo Chieftain, a 15-year-old Vilas girl was killed in a car accident in Baca County on April 9th, 2011. The single-vehicle crash ejected the girl, who died later at Swedish Hospital in Denver; the 17-year-old male driver was uninjured.

The car crash, in which excessive speed was said to be a factor, occurred on Baca County Road M about 7 miles east of U.S. 287, when the vehicle left the road and rolled over into a field. The accident started a 2000-acre wildfire northeast of Campo, which was later contained. Authorities indicated that charges are pending against the teen driver, including a citation for speeding.

According to accident statistics compiled by the Colorado State Patrol (CSP), during 2008, the latest year for which accurate crash data are available, excessive speed was a factor in approximately 20% of the more than 27,000 vehicle accidents statewide that year. As suggested by this tragic accident, teens and speeding can be a particularly deadly combination.

When an accident happens in the Pueblo area, it’s important to seek the help of an experienced Pueblo car accident attorney. Experienced Pueblo car accident lawyer, Mickey Smith, can discuss all of your legal options available to you, ensure that the responsible parties are held accountable for their actions, and win the monetary compensation and other long-term help to which you are entitled. Contact Mickey Smith today at 719-544-0062 today to schedule your free consultation.

Tips for Teen Drivers – Pueblo Personal Injury Attorney

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

According to an article posted by New First 5, more teens die in Colorado from car crashes than any other cause. In 2009, 38 Colorado teens lost their lives in automobile accidents. The Colorado State Patrol (CPS) wants to save as many teens as possible. The State Patrol encourages “parents to have their teens attend the Alive at 25 training or a driver safety course to help them be more knowledgeable about laws and the impact that poor driving choices will have on them.” The CPS offers the falling tips for teen drivers:

  1. Always wear your seatbelt
  2. Observe and obey posted speed limits
  3. Lower speed according to road conditions
  4. Never drink and drive
  5. Avoid distractions (cell phones, IPODs, radios) and pay attention to the road
  6. Know and observe the graduated driver’s license (GDL) laws

The CPS offers the falling tips for parents of teen drivers:

  1. Educate yourself about GDL laws
  2. Have your teen attend a driver safety course (Alive at 25)
  3. Be a good driving example
  4. Emphasize the importance of making great driving choices
  5. Let your teen know you care about them and want to be their partner in the safe driving process

The last thing a Colorado parent wants to hear is that their teen has been involved in a car accident. Imagine the devastation of hearing that your teen was injured or killed in a car crash. In a moment like that a Pueblo personal injury attorney is invaluable. An attorney can clear through all the legalese that insurance companies send your way and help you make sound decisions based on what is best for you and your family. Mickey W. Smith has years of experience working with families who have been devastated by car accidents. For a free review or your case, call his office today at (719) 544 0062.

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Crash Claims Two Victims – Colorado Personal Injury Attorney

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

A second persona has died following a rollover accident in Lakewood yesterday. 9News is reporting that a female victim was pronounced dead at the scene and the second victim (a 40-year-old woman) was transported to St. Anthony Central Hospital where she died last night from her injuries. The fatal crash happened at about 2p.m. Monday near C-470 and West Alameda Parkway. The victims were in a Ford Explorer that apparently struck another vehicle before careening off the highway and rolling several times down an embankment.

According to Car-Accidents.com, There were nearly 6,420,000 auto accidents in the United States in 2005. A staggering 2.9 million people were injured and 42,636 people killed. Roughly 115 people die every day in vehicle crashes in the United States.

If someone you love has been injured or killed in an automobile accident, it is important to contact an experienced Pueblo personal injury attorney immediately. Compensation 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. Call the Pueblo Personal Injury Law Office of Mickey M. Smith today at(719) 544-0062 for a free consultation.

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Trucker Pleads Guilty in Fatal Crash – Pueblo Personal Injury Attorney

Friday, September 24th, 2010

A trucker from Texas has pleaded guilty in causing the deaths of two women during a 2009 snow storm. According to 7News, Richard Widmier pleaded guilty to two counts of vehicular homicide on Wednesday in state court. Widmier was driving his tractor trailer eastbound on I-70 when it slammed into the back of a Jeep Liberty killing both women inside almost instantly. Investigators said that the Jeep was traveling in the far right lane at about 15 miles an hour due to white out conditions. Witness statements and accident reconstruction indicated that the tractor trailer was traveling between 56 and 63 miles an hour at the time of the collision.

When a large truck and a passenger vehicle collide, the results can be devastating. According to the “Large Truck Crash Causation” study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, when a passenger vehicle is in an accident with a tractor trailer, semi truck or an 18 wheel truck, the smaller vehicle’s passengers are more likely to be seriously injured or killed than those in the truck. The study reviewed 120,000 large truck accidents that occurred from April 2001 to December 2003. The study involved 241,000 total vehicles where injuries directly resulted from the accident finding that 44,097 crashes resulted in incapacitating injuries.

If someone you love has been injured or killed in an automobile accident, it is important to contact an experienced Pueblo personal injury attorney immediately. Compensation 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. Call the Pueblo Personal Injury Law Office of Mickey M. Smith today at (719) 544-0062 for a free consultation.

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Scooter Accident Kills One – Pueblo Personal Injury Attorney

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

A 52-year-old man died Tuesday when the scooter he was riding rear-ended an SUV. The Denver Post is reporting that the fatal accident happened around 4:20 p.m. in the 900 block of East 4th Street in Pueblo. The victim was driving his scooter when he was unable to slow down and lost control of the scooter. The scoter went down and slid about 30 feet into the back of an SUV. The man, who was not wearing a helmet, was taken to the hospital where he died a short time later.

According to the Colorado State Patrol, in 2008, 548 people in Colorado were killed in motor vehicle involved crashes. Of the 548 fatalities, 42 were pedestrians, 83 were motorcyclists and 56 were semi-truck involved.

If you or someone you love is injured in an automobile accident, it is important to contact an experienced Pueblo car accident attorney immediately. Compensation 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. Call the Pueblo Personal Injury Law Office of Mickey M. Smith today at (719) 544-0062 for a free consultation.

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Three-year-old Struck and Killed – Pueblo Personal Injury Attorney

Friday, August 20th, 2010

A three-year-old Pueblo boy was killed Thursday afternoon when he was struck by a truck. According to the Denver Post, the incident happened about 2 p.m. at the Pueblo Power Wash. The three-year-old was playing with a five-year-old near the vacuum in front of a carwash bay. A man pulled his truck into the bay striking the three-year-old. The driver of the truck said that he saw the older boy but did not see the younger boy. The child was rushed to the hospital but died a short time later.

The loss of 4,378 lives in pedestrian/motor vehicle crashes in 2008 is an awful statistic. That amounts to twelve deaths everyday of the year. According to WalkingInfo.org, there were 69,000 reported pedestrian injuries in 2008, nearly one every 8 minutes. In the state of Colorado alone, 44 pedestrians lost their lives.

If someone you love has been injured or killed in an automobile accident, it is important to contact an experienced Pueblo car accident attorney immediately. Compensation 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. Call the Pueblo Personal Injury Law Office of Mickey M. Smith today at (719) 544-0062 for a free consultation.

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3 Killed and 2 Seriously Injured in Rollover Accident – Pueblo Personal Injury Attorney

Monday, August 16th, 2010

3 people were killed and 2 others seriously injured in a rollover accident in Capulin early this morning. The Colorado State Patrol believe drugs and alcohol played a role in the accident and are still trying to sort out the details. According to The Pueblo Chieftain, no one in the truck was wearing a seat belt when it “swerved to avoid an unidentified pedestrian in the road, hit a stone fence, rolled and struck a utility pole and two parked cars before stopping on the porch of a house.” The State Patrol are not sure who was driving at the time and do not know the present conditions of the two female teens who were hospitalized.

According to a statistical report by Alcohol Alert, 202 people were killed in alcohol related crashes in the state of Colorado in 2008. These fatalities accounted for 37% of all car crash deaths in the state that year.

If someone you know has been injured or killed in an automobile accident involving alcohol, you need an experienced and knowledgeable Pueblo Personal Injury Attorney to review your case. An attorney at the offices of Mickey W. Smith can assist you throughout the legal process. Contact us today at (719) 544-0062 for a free consultation and review of your case.

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Trash Truck Driver Cited for Motorcycle Accident – Pueblo Personal Injury Lawyer

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

The driver of a trash truck has been cited by Pueblo police for “careless driving causing bodily injury” after the driver pulled out in front of a motorcycle causing the motorcycle to collide into the truck. According to The Pueblo Chieftain, the motorcyclist, who was not wearing a helmet, was taken to Parkview Medical Center “suffering serious bodily injury and a broken jaw.”

The article mentioned above was quick to point out that the motorcyclist was not wearing a helmet. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly 96,000 people were injured in motorcycle accidents in the US in 2008. Many of these injuries involved serious head and brain injuries, which were the result of riders failing to wear helmets. Head and brain injuries can leave a person with months of recovery and sometimes a lifetime’s worth of side effects. It is important for riders to realize the dangers of riding without a helmet and to take proper precautions whenever going for a ride.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a motorcycle accident, it is important to obtain an experienced Pueblo Motorcycle Accident Attorney to review your case. An attorney at the offices of Mickey W. Smith can assist you throughout the legal process. Contact us today at (719) 544-0062 for a free consultation and review of your case.

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Fowler Man Leads Troopers on Car Chase – Pueblo Car Accident Attorney

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

A Fowler man has been arrested after leading State Troopers on a car chase. According to a report in The Pueblo Chieftain, the man was suspected of driving under the influence and faces charges including fleeing the scene of an accident, DUI, alluding police, and “disregarding traffic control devices.” After Troopers called off the chase for fear of risking other motorists, the man parked his beat-up truck in the parking lot of the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo, walked into the lobby, and asked for help. The man was taken by ambulance to the Parkview Medical Center for evaluations and then to the Pueblo County Jail.

Nearly half of all car crash fatalities in Colorado over the last decade have involved alcohol. According to alcoholalert.com, between 2000 and 2008 there were close to 6,000 traffic fatalities in the state and nearly 2,300 of those involved alcohol.

Luckily, no one was injured in the incident above. This of course is not always the case when it comes to car accidents. If you or someone you love has been injured in a Pueblo area automobile accident, it is important to contact an experienced Pueblo Car Accident Attorney immediately. Call the Pueblo injury law firm of Mickey W. Smith today at (719) 544-0062 and receive a free consultation and review of your case.

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