We’ve all seen it at one time or another- the vehicle traveling down the road with a bumper or exhaust pipe tied to the body of the car with a wire, or the pickup truck with an overstuffed bed full of items stacked precariously high, unsecured and bobbing around with every move of the vehicle.
After witnessing events like these, it’s no surprise when you see random debris littering, and sometimes, blocking the road. This debris can be much more than an eyesore, however, it can often cause traffic delays and dangerous car accidents that result in injuries or fatalities.
The American Automobile Association (AAA) recently released a study that indicated there were nearly 200,000 car accidents caused by road debris between 2011 and 2014, resulting in 500 deaths and an additional 39,000 injuries. (more…)
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.
The Pueblo Chieftain reports that according to a survey by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than half of all high school seniors admit to texting or emailing while driving. Amanda Lenhart of the Pew Research Center believes that these results are not surprising and indicates that texting is the most common way that many teens communicate with their peers. The survey did not ask about whether texting is done while the vehicle is in motion or stopped, at traffic lights for example, but the numbers still seem to reveal a rather unsettling trend in unsafe driving habits among teenagers.
Have you been seriously injured in a distracted driving accident? Speak with a dedicated Pueblo distracted driving accident attorney to discuss your options.
Distraction.gov, an official government website for distracted driving, reports that over 3,000 people were killed in crashes involving distracted driving in 2010, with over 400,000 more injured. Of course, there are more forms of distraction on the road than texting and driving, but regardless these numbers are disturbing. 18% of all injury crashes involved distracted driving.
If you have been injured in a distracted driving accident, speak with a veteran Pueblo distracted driving accident attorney immediately to discuss your options. Medical bills can pile up quickly after car accidents, with after-effects of injuries potentially lasting a lifetime. Mickey Smith can help make sure that you don’t have to suffer financial hardship on top of physical injury as medical bills, property damage, and lost wages create a hole that many people are unable to climb out of. For more information and a FREE CONSULTATION contact Mickey today at (719)544-0062.
According to The Chieftain, a single-vehicle rollover accident sent a mother and her daughter to the hospital. The woman, who lives in Lakewood, was driving just south of Pueblo when she swerved to avoid an elk in the road, and ended up rolling her Jeep Liberty. The woman’s one-year-old daughter, who was thrown from the vehicle, was transported to Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs. The driver was taken to St. Anthony’s in Denver. A third passenger was taken to a hospital in Alamosa, but was released. The Colorado State Patrol does not believe that alcohol, drugs, or speeding were factors in the crash, but are looking into whether the child was securely restrained in a child safety seat.
Have you or a loved one been injured in a car crash? Speak with an experienced Pueblo car crash attorney immediately to discuss your options.
Not every car crash happens because a driver acted carelessly or negligently. Sometimes, things just happen: wildlife in the road, extreme weather conditions, and emergency situations are issues that no one can control. However, in many cases, car crashes are the result of one (or more) driver either acting in a way that a reasonable person wouldn’t, or failing to act in a way that a reasonable person would. This is what is meant by negligence. When another driver’s negligence causes serious injury, you can be compensated for the cost of that injury.
If you have been seriously injured by another driver’s negligence, speak with an experienced Pueblo car crash attorney as soon as possible to discuss your options. There can be a lot of complicated factors involved, and some insurance companies will try to maximize profits by avoiding payment of legitimate claims. Mickey Smith has helped countless people who have been victims of car crashes to recover the compensation they needed to get back to normal life. His thorough understanding of the law, as well as the processes of investigation and insurance can help you. For more information and a FREE CONSULTATION, contact Mickey at (719)544-0062 today.
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.
According to 9News.com , a woman who ran a red light at 35th and Tower Road, causing a fatal accident, has been aprehended and charged with several criminal offenses, including vehicular homicide. A woman driving a Dodge Intrepid ran a red light, hitting a Ford F-150 truck, then ran away from the scene. The Ford, whose three passengers were all minors, overturned onto a Saturn SUV. The driver of the Ford was ejected from the car and died at the scene. The two passengers were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the Saturn was not injured. The driver of the Dodge was stopped and arrested just north of the accident site near I-70 and Tower Road. She is believed to have been using drugs prior to the accident.
Have you or a loved one been involved in a drunk driving accident? Contact a Pueblo drunk driving accident lawyer to discuss your options.
Impaired driving is a very serious problem in this country. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 30 individuals are killed by impaired drivers every day. That is about one third of the total number of traffic fatalities, and the real horror lies in the fact that they are so easily preventable. Many government agencies and private organizations are devoted to stopping the problem of impaired driving, but what is really needed is for every driver to truly comprehend the danger involved every single time they get behind the wheel after drinking or using recreational drugs.
If you or a loved one have been involved in a drunk-driving accident, contact a Pueblo drunk-driving accident lawyer today to discuss your options. Mickey Smith has helped numerous families return to a normal life after serious drunk-driving accidents. He has the knowledge and skill to work with the system to ensure that insurance companies pay out on claims, as well as well as the compassion and understanding to help your family deal with the pain of the situation. For more information and a FREE CONSULTATION, contact Mickey Smith at (719)544-0062.
The Gazette has reported that Colorado Springs police “found and cited the driver of a car that flew off a road and into a small creek in north Colorado Springs Tuesday night.” The driver, 23-year-old Derek Pagan, was seen walking away from the crash around 9:30 PM. He was later tracked down by police and cited for several violations including careless driving. It was estimated that his car had skidded 73 feet before launching some 80 feet through the air and landing upside down in a foot and a half of water. Pagan was treated for minor injuries. One officer was quoted to have said, “Pretty incredible for anyone to survive that.”
According to the Colorado State Patrol (CSP), there were 290 fatal automobile accidents in Colorado in 2008. In 46 of these accidents, speed was determined to be a contributing factor. It is imperative that all drivers obey speed limits and safety signs while on Colorado road ways. The consequences of speeding can be deadly. Luckily for the man in the story reported by The Gazette, his careless driving didn’t kill him or someone else.
Have you been injured in an accident or know somebody who has been killed in a Colorado automobile accident? If so, you need to speak to a Pueblo injury attorney about your legal options. Mickey W. Smith has years of experience working on Colorado automobile accident cases, and he will put his knowledge and experience to work for you. Call 719-544-0062 free review of your case.