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Car Drivers and Motorcyclists Need to Learn to Share the Road

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019

man riding on a motorcycle running on the road with cars | Car Drivers and Motorcyclists Need to Learn to Share the RoadAccording to the Colorado Department of Transportation, motorcycle crashes are up 32% in Colorado since 2011. In 2018, 103 motorcyclists were killed on Colorado roads. Why? Colorado drivers simply don’t always look out for motorcyclists on the road. In addition, the increase in distracted driving has led to an increase in motorcycle accident deaths in recent years. 

All car drivers and motorcyclists need to learn to share the road, in order to prevent serious accidents from occurring. To help combat the rise in motorcycle crashes, the Colorado Highway Patrol operates the Colorado Motorcycle Operator Safety Training Program across the state. 

In order to stay safe on the road this season, however, it is important to know what you can do to share the road.  (more…)

Pueblo Work Accident at Train Yard Results in Fatality

Saturday, June 29th, 2019

train derailment | Pueblo Work Accident at Train Yard Results in FatalityIn May 2019, Pueblo police were called to a fatal industrial accident near Rocla Concrete in Pueblo. According to accounts, workers were attempting to move train cars when another yard worker became stuck between two train cars. The 27-year-old man died as a result of his injuries. Here’s the story of a Pueblo work accident at train yard results in fatality. 

Work-related accidents like this one occur at an alarming rate in Colorado and across the United States. Fortunately, the vast majority of work-related accidents result in non-fatal injuries. In 2017 alone, there were 2.8 million non-fatal workplace injuries and illnesses reported. One-third of those injuries and illnesses resulted in missed time from work for an average of 8 days. Many of these cases, 51,380 injury cases to be exact, also resulted in hospitalization from injuries ranging from overexertion to falls.  (more…)

Mickey W. Smith – Mediation

Monday, June 10th, 2019

Motorcycle Accident Attorney Mickey SmithIn more than 43 years of law practice, Mickey W. Smith has successfully participated in hundreds of mediations, settlement conferences and jury trials including: (more…)

100 Deadliest Days of Summer are HERE

Tuesday, June 4th, 2019

3 female teenagers riding on a car | 100 Deadliest Days of SummerSummertime is here and with it comes the rush of warm weather, longer days, and more drivers on the road. Whether you’re driving to a vacation or to a family picnic, the summer months are a fun time to spend with family and friends. After all, school is out and so is the sun. Unfortunately, summer also ushers in the “100 Deadliest Days of Summer.” This is the time between Memorial Day and Labor Day and it is the deadliest time of the year for teenage drivers. In fact, nine of the ten deadliest days for teen drivers occur during the summer months. (more…)

How Healthy is Colorado?

Friday, 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%. (more…)

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

Thursday, 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: (more…)

What are a DUI Crash Victim’s Rights?

Wednesday, 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. (more…)

One Concussion can cause Long-Term Structural Brain Damage

Friday, 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.” (more…)

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

Friday, 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? (more…)

Feeling Disoriented after a Car Accident? Seek Help!

Monday, 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. (more…)