Archive for the ‘Motor Vehicle Accident’ Category

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.

 

Understanding Speed Limits

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

Pueblo Car Accident Lawyer Mickey W. Smith

25 mph Sign against blue sky | Pueblo Car Accident LawyerSpeed limits have actually been around even longer than cars have. In fact, 200 years before the automobile was invented, Newport, Rhode Island banned galloping horses on main roads to prevent injuries to pedestrians. In Boston, travel for horse-drawn carriages was limited to “foot pace” on Sundays in an effort to safeguard those walking to and from church.

With the advent of gasoline engines, automobiles could travel as fast as 13 mph. That was 1885- today’s vehicles are capable of traveling many times faster than that. And sadly, it is speeding that is blamed for as many as one out of every three deadly car accidents. (more…)

Surgeons are Most Likely Professionals to Cause Car Accidents

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

trafficAccording to an analysis of 2 million insurance claims, surgeons and general practitioners are tops on the list of drivers most likely to cause a car accident. In fact, the top ten list of most accident-prone drivers includes an alarming number of healthcare professionals. (more…)

Allstate and Insurance Disputes

Friday, March 21st, 2014

Insurance disputesIf you are a member of Allstate, you may believe that you are protected by one of the nation’s largest insurance companies. After all, their slogan promises: “You are in good hands with Allstate”. Yet after a tragic accident, nothing could be farther from the truth. Allstate’s policy is to protect their shareholders—not their policyholders and they go to extraordinary lengths to do so. (more…)

Use Extra Caution When Driving in Winter Weather

Friday, January 24th, 2014

trafficThis winter has already been brutal, and Colorado has seen plenty of snow, ice, and freezing rain. This wintery weather mix can be particularly dangerous for anyone who needs to drive on Colorado roads. While the best way to avoid catastrophic and deadly Colorado car accidents is to stay indoors during bad weather, there are times when individuals are forced to hit the roads. If you are driving in winter weather this season, here are several important safety tips to keep in mind. (more…)

What are the Symptoms of Whiplash?

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

car-accident-contactWhat are the Symptoms of Whiplash?

 

 

  • I was injured in a rear end accident in Pueblo, Colorado; my neck hurts, is it whiplash?

  • I was hit from behind and now I can’t turn my neck, could I have whiplash?

  • My mom was injured in a car crash and now she has stiffness in her neck; could she have whiplash? (more…)

Questions to ask when hiring a trucking accident lawyer

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

 

truck-accidentRoad accidents that involve trucks are some of the most deadly accidents. If you or someone you know has been involved in a crash involving a truck, you need to get help from a truck accident attorney. This is because trucks are complex machines and some of the massive tractor-trailers that you see travelling on the roads are often equipped with advanced onboard computer systems. Although they are needed to transport goods and products from one place to another, they do pose a significant safety concern to other people on the roads. (more…)

Collision on U.S. Highway 6, One dead and Ten Injured

Monday, August 19th, 2013

 

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”

 

Have you or someone you know been injured in a car accident. Contact a Colorado personal injury attorney to ask questions and discuss your options.

mickey-officeCompensation 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 Rollover Accident On I-25 Resulted In Three Serious Injuries

Monday, April 29th, 2013

 

A rollover accident on I-25 resulted in three serious injuries, according to the Pueblo Chieftain. The accident, a single vehicle rollover south of Pueblo resulted in the highway being closed for a time on a Monday morning. An SUV driven by a 21 year old man went off the road while heading north. The driver over-corrected, and rolled the vehicle. His two passengers were thrown from the truck. Both passengers were seriously injured, and transported to different local hospitals for treatment. It is not immediately clear why the driver veered off the road, or whether drugs or alcohol may have played a part in the crash.

Have you or a loved one been seriously injured in a car accident? Speak with an experienced Pueblo auto accident attorney today to discuss your options.

It seems that there are as many different causes of car accidents as there are crashes. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, there are over 5 million car accident every year in the United States. Most of them are exactly what they sound like: accidents. Additionally, most of them don’t result in anyone being seriously injured. However, the ones that do result in serious injuries, or the over 30,000 each year that result in fatalities, can be extremely expensive, on top of the physical and emotional pain that they cause. Medical bills can rack up quickly, especially if medical care is needed for years into the future for massive injuries such as traumatic brain injury.

mickey-officeContact dedicated Pueblo auto accident attorney Mickey Smith today if you or a loved one have been seriously injured in a Colorado car wreck. Mickey has been helping Coloradans for many years, and has both the legal skills and experience that you need if you have been injured by the negligent actions of another driver. No one should have to face financial hardship on top of physical injury because of someone else’s carelessness, and Mickey Smith is a Pueblo auto accident attorney who cares. For more information and a FREE CASE EVALUATION, contact Mickey today at (719)544-0062.