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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

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.

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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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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No Charges Expected in Pedestrian Accident – Pueblo Personal Injury Attorney

Monday, August 30th, 2010

The Pueblo Chieftain has reported that a man who hit and killed a “woman walking on Interstate 25 early Saturday north of Pueblo likely won’t be cited.” The Colorado State Patrol spokesperson who was interviewed for the report didn’t elaborate on why the man won’t be charged. Both the woman who was hit and the driver were from Colorado Springs.

4,378 people were killed in pedestrian accidents involving automobiles in 2008. According to an article at Walking Info, this averages to around 12 fatalities everyday. Beyond this, there were around 69,000 pedestrian injuries in the same year.

No one who goes for a walk on a sidewalk or near a road expects to be struck by a car. If you or someone you know has been struck by a car and are injured, you need a Colorado Personal Injury Attorney to help you understand your legal options. There are insurance claims that you may be entitled to make and a qualified and experienced attorney can help you with this process. Mickey W. Smith has the skills and experience you need. For a free review of your case call us today at (719) 544-0062.

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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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