The majority of motorcycle accident fatalities occur because of head injury, yet the state of Colorado only requires that drivers and passengers under the age of 18 wear a DOT approved helmet. Regardless of the law, all Colorado motorcyclists should wear a helmet. Why? By wearing a helmet, you drastically lower your chances of severe injury and/or death. In fact, in 2011, the NHTSA estimated that motorcycle helmets saved over 1600 lives. (more…)
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Excessive 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…)
On August 4, a Ford Explorer collided with a casino bus and then wrecked into a Chevy sedan in Golden at Tunnel 1 on U.S. Highway 6. The crash occurred at approximately 6:00 a.m. after the Ford Explorer crossed over the center lane and into incoming traffic. The driver of the SUV was pronounced dead on the scene, eight of the 40 passengers on the casino bus were hospitalized for injuries, and two passengers in the sedan were also taken to a hospital for minor injuries. The cause of the crash is unknown at this time.
Consider the following head-on collision statistics according to a 2011 report conducted by the Federal Highway Administration:
approximately “20% of roadway departure fatal crashes involve an opposing direction collision”
“75% [of head-on collisions] occur on undivided two-lane roads”
“most head-on crashes result from a motorist making an unintentional maneuver”
Compensation may be needed to pay for medical expenses, rehabilitation, lost wages and emotional pain and suffering. No matter what type of accident you were involved in, a Pueblo personal injury attorney can help navigate you through the entire legal process, so you can focus on more important things—-your recovery. If you or someone you love is injured in an automobile accident, it is important to contact an experienced Pueblo car accident attorney immediately. Call Pueblo Personal Injury Attorney Mickey M. Smith today for a free consultation. (719) 544-0062.
A 37-year-old motorcyclist has died after a crash with a car in Colorado Springs, according to the Gazette. The accident happened late in the evening in Fountain at the intersection of Fontaine Blvd and Fountain Mesa Rd. A Hyundai Accent made a left turn off of Fontaine, in front of a Harley Davidson motorcycle that was traveling the opposite direction on Fontaine. The motorcycle collided with the car in the intersection, and the rider was taken to Memorial Hospital. The rider was wearing a helmet, but died from his injuries. The 20-year-old man who was driving the car was not injured. It is not clear who was at fault in the accident.
Have you lost a loved one in a tragic motorcycle accident? Speak with an experienced Pueblo motorcycle accident attorney as soon as possible to discuss your options.
Each year, about 4,000 motorcyclists are lost in crashes across the country. Everyone who rides is aware of the potential danger. Many motorcycle crashes are single vehicle accidents, involving a rider losing control, often due to excessive speed. However, too often motorcycle accidents are caused by drivers of cars and trucks who simply don’t see the bike. A left turner who cuts off a motorcycle or a lane changer who doesn’t see the bike riding in the other lane are things that every rider knows. It is important for riders to always be aware of the possible dangers that cars present. Of course, it is equally important for the drivers of those cars to be aware of their surroundings, and remember how damaging an accident can be to a motorcyclist.
Speak with experienced Pueblo wrongful death attorney Mickey Smith today to discuss your options if you or a loved one have been seriously injured or killed in a motorcycle accident. Mickey has helped countless Coloradans to protect their rights and recover compensation for injuries caused by the negligent or reckless actions of other people. He understands how difficult it is for an injured motorcyclist to protect his or her rights, and is ready to speak with you about your case. Mickey is a dedicated Pueblo personal injury attorney who may be able to help you recover compensation for medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and more. For more information and a FREE CONSULTATION, call Mickey today at (719)544-0062 or fill out and submit the contact form on this website.
According to The Denver Post, a woman lost control of her vehicle when driving on an icy section of Colorado 115. She was on a snow-covered road in Fremont County when she lost control of her vehicle and slid off the road and into a ravine. She was ejected from the car and pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. She was the only passenger in the vehicle. The woman’s car was the only vehicle involved in the fatal crash.
Have you lost a loved one in a serious car accident? Contact a Pueblo serious car accident attorney to learn about financial compensation that you may be entitled to.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that being ejected from a vehicle is one of the most injurious events that can happen to a person in a crash. In fatal crashes, 75% of passenger car occupants who were totally ejected from the vehicle were killed. The majority of those totally ejected from a vehicle died due to injuries sustained from being ejected. Among passengers over 4-years-old, safety belts saved an estimated 11,889 lives in 2000. There were more than 5.4 million police-reported motor vehicle crashes in the United States in 2010. Twenty-eight percent of those crashes resulted in a life changing injury, and fewer than 1% resulted in a death. In 2010 nearly 60% of fatal crashes involved only one vehicle. A total of 32,885 people lost their lives in motor vehicle crashes in 2010, and another 2 million people were injured. Car accidents are one of the most common ways to die in the United States. Police agencies are always encouraging seat-belt use and that drivers to heed to speed limit signs. Speeding is the most common reason for drivers between 24 and 30 to die in a car accident. Losing control of a vehicle at high speeds can result in many injuries and more frequently death.
If you’ve lost a loved one after being seriously injured in a car accident contact Mickey Smith a Pueblo serious car accident attorney. Loosing a loved one to a negligent driver is hard, there is no way to bring back your loved one and no amount of money can make the loss easier, but seeking justice is necessary. One way to gain justice is to hold the negligent driver responsible and seek financial compensation from them. By doing this you could receive financial compensation that can cover burial costs, and any medical expenses your loved one may have accumulated while in the hospital. No amount of financial compensation will bring back your loved one, but it can help your family recover from the loss. Seeking financial compensation is a good way to reduce debt that surviving family members will have the burden of. If you want to talk to an experienced and compassionate attorney today about your loss contact The Pueblo Personal Injury Law Office of Mickey W. Smith for a FREE CONSULTATION at (719) 544-0062
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 Cheiftain reported a fatal car accident on I-25. The police released information saying that there was a woman crossing the Northbound highway when she was struck by an SUV. The woman who was hit died on the scene. The report indicated that she traveled 50 yards after being struck by the SUV. The driver of the SUV is expected to not be cited for the accident. The driver reported that she was driving the posted speed when the woman came into her lane. The car’s rear and front windshields were broken along with some damage to the hood. The driver remained on scene to aid police. The fatal car-pedestrian collision slowed northbound traffic for a few hours.
Have you been in a car collision in Pueblo? Contacting a Pueblo personal injury lawyer could help you recover financially from the set backs.
In 2009, according to City-Data.com, there were two pedestrians involved in fatal accidents. This is out of 8 fatal accidents that year. In comparison with Denver who in 2009 had a count of 35 fatal accidents. In 2009, Pueblo had 17% the population of Denver, but 23% of fatal car accidents that Denver did. Relative to the population of these cities Pueblo has a higher rate of fatal car accidents.
Have you lost a loved one to a car-pedestrian collision? Contact a Pueblo personal injury lawyer who will help separate financial burden from your grieving process. Loss of a loved one is not only emotionally straining, but it can become a financial stress. By contacting a dedicated Pueblo personal injury lawyer the financial stress can become more bearable. If you want to find out what you may be entitled to after the loss of your loved one don’t hesitate to call The Pueblo Personal injury Law Office of Mickey W. Smith at (719) 544-0062 for a FREE CONSULTATION. A dedicated, experienced personal injury lawyer is just a phone call away.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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