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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…)

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.

Motorcyclists Ride for Police | Pueblo Motorcycle Crash Lawyer

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

The 13th annual Blue Thunder Motorcycle Run, honoring the memories of fallen police officers, was held along the front range, according to CBS Denver. The run, which began in honor of Douglas County Deputy Ron King, who was killed in the line of duty in 1999, raised money for Englewood Police officer Jeremy Bitner, who died after being struck by a suspected drunk driver while engaged in a traffic stop in May. Each year, dozens of motorcyclists, many of them law enforcement officers themselves, ride along the front range in an effort to raise money for the families of lost officers, and to increase awareness of the dangers police officers face every day, particularly motorcycle patrol officers. One of the goals of the ride is to attract more riders each year; over 100 participated this year.

Have you lost a loved one in a motorcycle crash? Contact a dedicated Pueblo motorcycle crash lawyer as soon as possible to discuss your options.

Pueblo Motorcycle Accident Attorney Motorcycle accidents can leave catastrophic injuries. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact a dedicated Pueblo motorcycle accident attorney today to discuss your options.

Over 4,500 motorcyclists are killed in traffic accidents every year, based on data reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Motorcycles represent a disproportionately high percentage of traffic fatalities when compared to total vehicle miles driven, which is due to a combination of factors. Certainly, there is no question that when riding a motorcycle, one is both less visible in traffic than a larger car or truck, and more vulnerable to serious injury or death in the event of a crash. It is extremely important for motorcyclists to be aware of their surroundings at all times, but also for drivers of cars and trucks to keep an eye out for smaller vehicles such as motorcycles and bicycles at all times.

If you have lost a loved one in a motorcycle crash, contact a compassionate, dedicated Pueblo motorcycle crash lawyer immediately to discuss your options. Mickey Smith has helped countless people in Pueblo and the surrounding area to recover compensation for medical bills, property damage and loss of wages after serious injury accidents, including fatal crashes. When you have lost a family member, no one can return what you have lost, but if your loved one was taken away from you by another person’s recklessness or negligence, Mickey can help ensure that person takes responsibility for his or her actions. Someone else’s negligence should never cause you financial hardship on top of your grief. For more information and a FREE CASE EVALUATION contact Mickey today at (719)544-0062.

Drunk Driver Kills 3 | Pueblo Wrongful Death Attorney

Monday, April 30th, 2012

DUI Consequences In Colorado

(This graphic used with permission from
Greeley DUI Attorneys Grant, Hoffman & Kamada, PC.)

A tragic car crash that took the lives of three young people in Pueblo may have been related to drinking and driving, according to the Pueblo Chieftain. A pick-up truck driven by a man who police believe was drunk ran a red light at high speed, and hit a compact car, killing three teenage girls inside. The driver of the pick-up was transported to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries, and then booked into jail on multiple charges, including vehicular homicide and driving under the influence. This tragic accident is all the more tragic because it could so easily have been avoided.

One of the best known organizations for educating people about the dangers of drunk driving is Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). According to statistics reported on their website, someone in the United States will be killed by a drunk driver every 50 minutes on average. Someone will be injured in an alcohol-related crash every minute. Furthermore, MADD cites a statistic that between half and three fourths of people convicted of drunk driving will continue to drive on their suspended license. In many cases, the drunk driver who kills innocent people may go to jail, but that jail-time doesn’t help the devastation left behind to the families of the victims.

Losing a loved one is always a terrible and difficult thing, but when someone is taken away from you in a drunk driving accident, the suddenness of the loss often serves to compound and intensify the grief. While no one can bring back your loved one, an experienced Pueblo wrongful death attorney can help manage loss of income and companionship. Mickey Smith is a compassionate attorney who has experience helping the families of victims of wrongful death. While legal action is certainly not the first thing on your mind at such a difficult time, sometimes you need someone to help with the more difficult aspects of the situation. For more information and a FREE CONSULTATION, contact the Law Office of Mickey Smith at (719)544-0062.

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Hit And Run Driver | Pueblo Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer

Friday, December 30th, 2011

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.

12 Year Old Pueblo Boy Killed in Drunk Driving Accident | Pueblo Drunk Driving Attorney

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Top 5 Alcohol-Related Traffic Fatalities By Holiday From The Tafoya Law Firm

(This graphic used with permission from Denver criminal defense attorney Alaurice Tafoya-Modi.)

According to the Pueblo Chieftain, a 12-year-old Pueblo boy was killed in a drunk driving accident that also resulted in other passenger injuries. The 39-year-old Pueblo driver was under the influence of alcohol when she drove off of the road on Interstate 25, about three miles north of Pueblo, Colorado. The truck flipped over about two times before coming to a complete stop in the middle of the highway. Sadly, the young boy was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, and was projected from the vehicle and pronounced dead on the scene. The Pueblo drunk driver was also ejected from the car and suffered major injuries, while the other front seat passenger, who was wearing his seatbelt, was released from the hospital with minor injuries.

Drunk driving is a serious offense that takes thousands of lives every year. While the percentage of drunk driving related accidents has been on the decline in the Colorado area, serious and often fatal drunk driving accidents still occur in the Pueblo area.

If you or a love one has been injured in a drunk driving accident in the Pueblo area a Pueblo drunk driving accident lawyer can help you receive the compensation you deserve. Pueblo drunk driving attorney, Mickey Smith, understands the intricacies surrounding drunk driving accidents in the State of Colorado. As such, he fights aggressively to ensure that the negligent driver is held responsible for the injuries and damages that he or she has caused. Call (719) 544-0062 today for your FREE CONSULTATION.

4 Years in Prison for DUI Crash that Injured an Officer – Pueblo Personal Injury Attorney

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

A Colorado Springs man will spend the next 4 years of his life in prison for his role in a DUI crash the injured police officer, Sgt. Philip LeBeau. LeBeau, who specializes in DUI enforcement, “was catapulted 45 feet off his motorcycle” when Raymound Laracuente, 27, struck the officer while driving drunk. According to a report by 9 News, Laracuente’s “blood-alcohol content was measured at .112 after the crash,” and he had a prior conviction for driving under the influence. LeBeau’s family members wept as they described the impact the injury has had their lives.

According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, an “alcohol-related fatality in Colorado costs $3.6 million: $1.1 million in monetary costs and $2.5 million in quality of life losses.” When it is all said and done, automobile accidents “involving alcohol set the state back an astounding $1.9 billion a year.” To be sure, money is not the only way, or even the best way, to count the costs of the loss of a life. However, it does paint a bigger picture of what these accidents cost not only the family who loses a loved one but the larger community as well.

Luckily, the police officer in the above case did not lose his life. He did, however, sustain life changing injuries. If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident involving someone who was driving under the influence of alcohol, you need to speak to a Pueblo personal injury attorney about your legal options. There may be insurance funds you don’t know about but are entitled to that can help cover the costs of your personal injury. Mickey W. Smith is a qualified and passionate personal injury attorney who can help you find justice. For free review of your case call his office today at (719) 544-0062.

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A Trinidad Man Faces DUI Charges for Rollover Crash – Pueblo Automobile Accident Attorney

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

The Pueblo Chieftain, has reported that a 20-year-old man from Trinidad “has been charged with driving under the influence and vehicular assault” for his role in a July 22 rollover crash. The Trinidad man was behind the wheel of a car that veered off County Road 71.1. There were two passengers in the car, one who sustained serious bodily injuries. The driver, who was driving with a suspended license and wasn’t wearing a seat-belt, was also seriously injured in the crash.

According to car-accidents.com, over 2.9 million people were injured in car accidents in the US in 2005. That is nearly 8000 car accident injuries a day.

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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