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Stringent Texting Bans Could Be Reducing Car Crash Injuries

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

Businessman sending a text message | Stringent Texting Bans Could Be Reducing Car Crash InjuriesThe majority of states across the country now have bans in place on texting and driving. A new study suggests those laws may be averting some serious car crashes.

In states that have implemented relatively stringent texting bans, investigators discovered a direct correlation among fewer hospitalizations due to car accidents and those bans between 2003 and 2010. According to the American Journal of Public Health, hospitalization rates dropped by 7 percent overall in states with bans, compared to states without texting bans. (more…)

Excessive Speed and Head-on Collisions in Colorado

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

front-end wreckExcessive speed may have played a role in a head-on collision, which lead to the death of 2 men. Ryan Gorter, 28, of Boulder, was riding a motorcycle westbound on Larimer Country Road 38E when he crashed head-on with another motorcycle driven by Rick Ross, of Loveland. The head-on collision caused both riders to be thrown from their motorcycles. Ryan Gorter died at the scene of the accident and Rick Ross was taken to a nearby hospital where he later passed away. (more…)

Teenage Girl Faces Charges

Monday, February 18th, 2013

front-end wreckA teenage girl faces charges of careless driving causing injury after a crash on I-25, according to the Pueblo Chieftain. Four teenagers were injured during rush hour when a Mitsubishi Eclipse when two of the kids were thrown out of the car, and a third may have been ejected. The driver was one of two girls and two boys that were riding on I-25, exiting at Ilex, and crashed into a guard rail. Shortly after, a truck also crashed, possible because the driver was watching the first accident. The two girls both suffered significant injuries, and the boys both suffered minor injuries. The two Colorado car wrecks backed up traffic for several miles.
Have you been seriously injured because of the negligence of another driver? Contact a dedicated Pueblo car accident attorney today.
Every year, there are millions of car accidents across the country, resulting in hundreds of thousands of injuries and a very tragic number of deaths. Unfortunately, sometimes the people injured or killed are riding in a car with a friend. It can be very difficult to know what to do when you have been seriously injured because of the negligent behavior of a friend. Sometimes, what you need is to speak with someone who has experience and skill in the field, and can help you understand what the best options is for you. Car accidents sometimes result in the need to make very difficult decisions, but no one should suffer financial difficulty because of an injury that was someone else’s fault, even if that person is a friend.
mickey-officeContact Pueblo car accident attorney Mickey Smith immediately if you have been injured in a car accident. Mickey has helped countless people in and around Pueblo who have been seriously injured through no fault of their own. If another driver’s negligence or recklessness has caused you serious injury, you need to advice and assistance of a Pueblo car accident attorney who can help you recover financial compensation for medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and even pain and suffering. Mickey Smith works on a contingency fee basis, which means that you only pay him after he recovers money for you, and he offers FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION. For more information, call the Pueblo Personal Injury Law Office of Mickey W. Smith today at (719)544-0062.

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.

Over 50% of Teens Text and Drive | Pueblo Distracted Driving Accident Attorney

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Texting and distracted driving statistics

(This graphic used with permission from
Lakewood Ranch car accident attorney Jim Dodson.)

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.

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