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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.

Mental Health Patient Suffocated

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

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.

Woman Dies on I-25 | Pueblo Personal Injury Lawyer

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

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.

Pueblo Wrongful Death Attorney When a loved one dies because of the negligent actions of someone else, your family is left with mounting bills in addition to grief. Contact a Pueblo wrongful death attorney to discuss your options.

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.

Failure to Report Defective Toy Proves Costly | Colorado Product Liability Attorney

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reported that the toy company, Henry Gordy International, Inc. of Plainfield, N.J, has agreed to a settlement in a failure to report a product safety defect case concerning one of their toys. A toy gun known as the Auto Fire Target Set, included the plastic gun, plastic darts, and a small target. It was determined by the CPSC that the small plastic darts were a serious choking hazard for children. Even more disturbing, however, it was also determined that the Henry Gordy company knew of this potentially deadly risk and failed to report the issue or recall the product. Three deaths had been associated with the toy and the CPSC instantly took action. Henry Gordy agreed to pay the penalty of $1,100,000 but declined ultimate responsibility. Total recall of the product has been issued nationwide.

Has a member of your family been a victim of a defective toy and have questions about who is liable? Contact a Colorado product liability attorney to further discuss your options and legal rights.

Safety commissions such as the CPSC are dedicated to the safety of the public when concerning commercial products. According to CPSC.gov, death and injuries, and even property damage caused from consumer products cost the nation more than 900 billion dollars annually. It is the responsibility of the manufactures, distributors and the retailers to report any defects or potentially harmful aspects of the products to the CPSC immediately.

If you or a loved one have been injured due to the negligence of product liability then you need the professional services of an experienced Pueblo product liability attorney. Making sure you and your loved ones are taken cared for is top priority. Mickey Smith is a quality attorney who will dedicate his time to your product liability case. Understanding your rights and determining who is liable in a defective product case is difficult to make sense of, let the knowledge and experience of Mickey Smith help you in determining your next step. For more information and a FREE CONSULTATION, contact Mickey Smith at (719)544-0062.

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Colorado State Trooper Injured in I-25 Crash – Pueblo Injury Attorney

Monday, December 20th, 2010

According to the Denver Post, a Colorado State Trooper was injured in a multi-vehicle Pueblo crash on I-25 earlier this week. Trooper Kohnlein was busy working on another Pueblo car crash when the multi-vehicle accident occurred. The car was pushed into the officer and he was taken to a Pueblo hospital for treatment. At the time of the accident, the Colorado roads were slick and people were driving too fast for the icy conditions. Unfortunately, this is the second injury to a Colorado state trooper in less than 48 hours.

According to the Colorado State Patrol, the main causes of Colorado car accidents are excessive speed, inattention to driving, and aggressive driving. In particular, drivers in Pueblo and throughout Colorado are urged to use extra caution during the winter months. Snow, sleet, and ice can make normal driving conditions even worse, and cause catastrophic and often fatal Pueblo car accidents.

If you or someone you love is injured in a Pueblo car accident, you need a Pueblo car accident lawyer who will fight for your rights. After your accident, you may be able to obtain financial compensation for your injuries and any damages that resulted from the other person’s negligence. Contact Pueblo car accident lawyer, Mickey W. Smith, immediately for a FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION—(719)544-0062.

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Tips for Teen Drivers – Pueblo Personal Injury Attorney

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

According to an article posted by New First 5, more teens die in Colorado from car crashes than any other cause. In 2009, 38 Colorado teens lost their lives in automobile accidents. The Colorado State Patrol (CPS) wants to save as many teens as possible. The State Patrol encourages “parents to have their teens attend the Alive at 25 training or a driver safety course to help them be more knowledgeable about laws and the impact that poor driving choices will have on them.” The CPS offers the falling tips for teen drivers:

  1. Always wear your seatbelt
  2. Observe and obey posted speed limits
  3. Lower speed according to road conditions
  4. Never drink and drive
  5. Avoid distractions (cell phones, IPODs, radios) and pay attention to the road
  6. Know and observe the graduated driver’s license (GDL) laws

The CPS offers the falling tips for parents of teen drivers:

  1. Educate yourself about GDL laws
  2. Have your teen attend a driver safety course (Alive at 25)
  3. Be a good driving example
  4. Emphasize the importance of making great driving choices
  5. Let your teen know you care about them and want to be their partner in the safe driving process

The last thing a Colorado parent wants to hear is that their teen has been involved in a car accident. Imagine the devastation of hearing that your teen was injured or killed in a car crash. In a moment like that a Pueblo personal injury attorney is invaluable. An attorney can clear through all the legalese that insurance companies send your way and help you make sound decisions based on what is best for you and your family. Mickey W. Smith has years of experience working with families who have been devastated by car accidents. For a free review or your case, call his office today at (719) 544 0062.

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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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No Charges Expected in Pedestrian Accident – Pueblo Personal Injury Attorney

Monday, August 30th, 2010

The Pueblo Chieftain has reported that a man who hit and killed a “woman walking on Interstate 25 early Saturday north of Pueblo likely won’t be cited.” The Colorado State Patrol spokesperson who was interviewed for the report didn’t elaborate on why the man won’t be charged. Both the woman who was hit and the driver were from Colorado Springs.

4,378 people were killed in pedestrian accidents involving automobiles in 2008. According to an article at Walking Info, this averages to around 12 fatalities everyday. Beyond this, there were around 69,000 pedestrian injuries in the same year.

No one who goes for a walk on a sidewalk or near a road expects to be struck by a car. If you or someone you know has been struck by a car and are injured, you need a Colorado Personal Injury Attorney to help you understand your legal options. There are insurance claims that you may be entitled to make and a qualified and experienced attorney can help you with this process. Mickey W. Smith has the skills and experience you need. For a free review of your case call us today at (719) 544-0062.

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