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Pedestrian Killed in Accident Near Highway 50 in Pueblo

Thursday, April 25th, 2019

boy run over by a car | fatal pedestrian accidentPueblo police officials are investigating a fatal pedestrian accident that occurred near Highway 50 in Pueblo in March. The accident occurred at 9:15 pm on Friday, March 22 near Highway 50 and Club Manor Drive. The victim was wheelchair bound and was attempting to cross the street when they were hit by a vehicle. No details have been released following the fatal accident.

Unfortunately, accidents like this occur in Pueblo and across the United States each year. In 2016 alone, 5,987 pedestrians were killed in motor vehicle crashes across the United States according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This accounts for 16% of all traffic fatalities and was a 9% increase from 2015. Pedestrians are often vulnerable on the roads, especially during the evening hours when visibility is limited.

Pedestrians Need Experienced & Aggressive Legal Assistance

Pedestrian accidents are unlike other accidents. They’re often catastrophic and result in lifelong injuries and disabilities. In many cases, the at-fault driver even flees the scene of the crash, further complicating the situation. When this occurs, pedestrian accident victims need someone they can trust in this dark hour.

A pedestrian accident attorney can help you get the money you need to pay for damages and injuries after a crash, including:

  • Current medical bills
  • Future medical bills
  • Rehabilitation
  • Long-term care
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of future earnings
  • Loss of lifestyle
  • Pain and suffering

Pedestrian accident injuries are often complicated and can result in months or even years of surgeries, pain and suffering, and rehabilitation. Accident victims may not ever fully recover, putting more financial stress on their families as they are unable to work or provide for their family in the same ways. During this time, insurance companies will be trying to reduce your claim and pay you as little as possible. Your attorney, however, will be in your corner throughout the legal process, ensuring that your rights are protected and safeguarding your future.

Contact Our Pueblo Pedestrian Accident Attorneys

Pueblo Personal Injury Attorney Mickey SmithIf you or someone you love is injured in a pedestrian accident, it is important to know that you are not alone. Insurance companies are not on your side after an accident – even when they claim to be. Attorney Mickey W. Smith can help you through this difficult time and ensure that you receive maximum compensation for all of your injuries. Without a lawyer on your side, you may not recover the money you need. Call Pueblo attorney Mickey W. Smith, today for a FREE CONSULTATION – (719) 544-0062.

Insomniac Colorado Truck Driver Charged with Vehicular Homicide

Sunday, March 24th, 2019

truck accident | Colorado Truck Driver Charged with Vehicular HomicideA Colorado truck driver has been charged with vehicular homicide after a fatal trucking accident occured in Rapid City, South Dakota. The 53-year-old driver worked for a Denver-based trucking company called Navajo Express. The trucker crossed the median on Interstate 90 and crashed head-on into a Jeep traveling the opposite direction. The driver of the Jeep was killed. After the crash, the driver admitted to using Ambien, a medication for insomnia, two days before the fatal collision occurred.

After the crash, a drug recognition expert assessed the trucker and found that he was impaired by a central nervous-system depressant. While he did admit to taking Ambien two days earlier, there was no solid evidence that he was currently under the influence of Ambien or any other drug during the crash. The judge, however, set his bond at $10,000 and he will return to court for a hearing.

Fatigued Truckers Cause Fatal Crashes

There are more than 15 million commercial trucks on the road every year. These truckers were responsible for more than 12,000 commercial trucking accidents, resulting in 1,654 injuries and 249 deaths over a three year period. Driver error was responsible for 87% of those crashes. Driver error includes distracted driving, inexperienced driving and driving fatigued.

Statistics continue to show that fatigued truck drivers cause serious and fatal accidents. In fact, about one in four truck drivers fall asleep at the wheel every single month. To avoid falling asleep behind the wheel, many truck drivers turn to stimulants to stay awake. A recent sampling of truckers found that 6% of truckers were actively abusing stimulants, such as cocaine or methamphetamines to stay awake. While these stimulants may help them stay awake at first, studies have shown that these drugs can impair the driver’s cognitive and motor functions and can lead to a chronic state of fatigue.

Contact Our Pueblo Trucking Accident Lawyers

Pueblo Personal Injury Law Office of Mickey W. SmithIf you or someone you love has been injured in a trucking accident in Pueblo, Colorado, it is important that you speak to an experienced Pueblo trucking accident attorney immediately. Your attorney will need to investigate all aspects of your case to determine who is truly to blame for your accident and your injuries. During this time, your attorney can protect your rights to compensation and prevent insurance companies from taking advantage of you while you are recovering. Call Pueblo attorney Mickey W. Smith, today for a FREE CONSULTATION – (719) 544-0062. We can help you every step of the way.

 

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…)

Keeping Your Child Warm and Safe in Their Car Seat

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

happy kids in their car seats | Keeping Your Child Warm and Safe in Their Car Seat

Accidents can occur at any time to even the safest driver. If you are involved in a car accident, you want to know that your children are protected as much as possible. That’s why you put them in age appropriate car seats. Yet, in the winter months, keeping your child warm AND safe in their car seat isn’t as easy as you might think, and you may actually be doing something dangerous for your children by leaving them in their comfy coats. (more…)

Unbelted Passengers Can Fatally Injure Others

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

hand buckling seat belt | Unbelted PassengersNew study determines that a seatbelt can save more than just the life of the person wearing it.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has conducted a study in which it was determined that a driver is two times as apt to be killed in an accident if he or she has an unbelted passenger seated behind them- even if the driver is wearing his or her own seatbelt.

Video of the front crash test shows the test dummy in the rear colliding with the back of the driver’s seat forcefully enough to thrust the driver into the steering wheel just as the airbag is deflating after the point of impact at just 35 mph. (more…)

What to do if you’ve TOTALED Your Car?

Monday, February 27th, 2017

You’ve just been in an accident and your car sustained a lot of damage. How do you know if it is totaled? If you’ve totaled your car, can you keep it and fix it? What will the insurance company give you for your totaled car? (more…)

Slip and Fall Accident – The Homeowner’s Responsibilities

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

松葉杖を立てかけるHomeowners- like all property owners- have a duty to keep their homes hazard free for visitors. While some accidents cannot be foreseen, others occur because of negligence. If you are injured in a slip and fall accident in someone’s home, you might be able to file a claim against the homeowner’s insurance or pursue a lawsuit to make a recovery for your injuries.

This concept falls under the general legal term of “Premises Liability,” which says that homeowners must maintain their properties in such a way that will keep guests safe. This includes clearing walkways of snow and ice, and securing floor mats and loose cords. (more…)

The 13 Most Dangerous Intersections in Pueblo

Friday, December 30th, 2016

Pueblo, Colorado Flags - Backlit with Cloud | The 13 Most Dangerous Intersections in PuebloUsing data from 2014, the PPD has put together a list of the most dangerous intersections in Pueblo.

Kathleen Krager, the traffic engineering division manager for the city of Colorado Springs says the information gained from compiling the list is used to identify areas where city traffic engineers can implement modifications to improve driver safety. What concerns her most is the areas that make the list that don’t have a very high traffic volume. (more…)

Falling Poses a Serious Danger for the Elderly

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

Senior couple walking outdoors in springFalling poses a serious danger for the elderly. So much so, that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) are working to increase healthcare provider’s understanding of the dangers of falling. Falls lead to approximately 27,000 fatalities each year, and sadly, most of those at risk are older Americans. The issue has become so troubling, that safety advocated have begun to call the matter a public health issue. (more…)

The Importance of Rest After a Brain Injury

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

X-ray image of the brain computed tomography | Importance of Rest After a Brain Injury

Many advancements have been made recently in the diagnosis and treatment of brain injuries. Despite all these advancements, however, the primary prescription for those suffering a brain injury remains “rest.”

The term “rest” is somewhat of a relative term, meaning different things to different people, and all based on what their idea of an active or full schedule may be. In addition to that, there is a general misconception that merely resting the body is sufficient to recover from a brain injury. When, in actuality, the brain itself needs rest just as much- or more. But just what is required to fully rest the mind and body, so that you can maximize your healing after a brain injury? (more…)