The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently proposed new regulations aimed at improving passenger survival when a commercial bus rolls over. Rollover accidents are one of the most deadly types of vehicle crash, as many experienced Colorado bus accident attorneys have seen.
The proposed standards would require new buses to pass certain safety tests. When the bus rolls over, for instance, the roof and sides must not collapse so far that they crush passengers. Equipment attached to the roof, like overhead luggage racks, must not come loose from the roof when the bus rolls. And emergency exits must stay closed during a rollover, but remain operable so that passengers can escape a bus after a crash. Read the rest »
A child was seriously injured after a three-car crash at a Colorado Springs intersection. Fox 21 News reports that the injury crash occurred at the intersection of Astrozon Boulevard and Academy Boulevard. Police said a PT Cruiser was heading south on Academy when its driver ran a red light at Astrozon. The PT Cruiser hit a Dodge Dakota which in turn slammed into a Ford truck. A 6-year-old passenger in the PT Cruiser was injured. His 22-year-old aunt was the driver. Officials say alcohol and drugs may have been factors in this crash. Criminal charges may also be filed.
Street intersection crashes often result in major injuries or even fatalities. Some of the common causes of such accidents include: Read the rest »
A 77-year-old woman suffered critical injuries in a car crash, according to a report in The Gazette. Police say, a vehicle traveling northbound on Powers Boulevard attempted to make a left turn onto westbound Stetson Hills Boulevard, when it collided with another car. The driver of the northbound car, a 77-year-old woman, was listed in critical condition. The driver of the second vehicle suffered relatively minor injuries, officials said. The investigation is ongoing.
In a car crash involving two vehicles at a street intersection, a number of questions must be asked and answered to arrive at the truth. Did one of the vehicles make an illegal turn? Did one of the drivers fail to yield the right of way? Was speed, alcohol, or distracted driving a factor in the collision? Read the rest »
A Pioneer Elementary School student was struck and injured by a driver near the school. According to a Fox 21 news report, the incident occurred at the intersection of Beechwood Court and Woodland Hills Drive. Police say the student was struck by a Jeep Liberty.
The student was transported to an area hospital, but the severity of the injuries is not known. The investigation is ongoing.
School zones can be extremely dangerous for all pedestrians. There are several tips both children and motorists can and should take in order to prevent tragic collisions: Read the rest »
A rollover crash on Highway 9 claimed the life of a passenger, KKTV News reports. Colorado State Patrol officials say the driver, a 43-year-old man, overcorrected when he drifted off the right side of the road. This caused the vehicle to spin out of control, cross over into oncoming lanes of traffic and roll over. The front passenger, a 37-year-old woman, was thrown from the vehicle. She was transported to an area hospital where she died. The driver and two children who were in the back seat were also airlifted to area hospitals. The driver is reported to be in fair condition. An investigation is ongoing.
Rollover crashes are often deadly because of the intensity with which they occur. There are several ways to prevent these types of tragic crashes: Read the rest »
Colorado Springs personal injury lawyers understand that the failure on the part of motorists to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians in crosswalks is one of the major causes of deadly pedestrian accidents. Under Colorado law, pedestrians are legitimate users of the roadway. To ensure that their right to cross the road is protected, the Colorado Department of Transportation chooses where to provide marked crosswalks and where to leave a location unmarked. If you are attempting to cross the road, you have the right-of-way at marked crosswalks and intersections. Having the right-of-way in a marked crosswalk does not, however, ensure your safety.
According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, marked crosswalks are often more dangerous than unmarked crosswalks because pedestrians expect motorists to stop for them in a marked crosswalk. They are especially hazardous on busy roadways with elevated speed limits. Therefore, to avoid being struck by a car, you should not only obey the law, but also use caution when crossing the street. Read the rest »
Within a 14-hour period on the same road, two Calhan students were killed and a third was critically injured. According to a news report in The Gazette, the two crashes occurred on Funk Road east of Calhan Highway about 35 miles northeast of Colorado Springs. The first crash occurred when a 16-year-old boy lost control of a 1994 Saturn. The vehicle spun before colliding with a fence and rolling over. The driver was critically injured and his 14-year-old sister was pronounced dead at the scene.
The second fatal accident occurred when a 16-year-old girl lost control of a 1997 Chrysler. Her vehicle went off the side of the road, rolled twice and hit a fence. She was ejected from her vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. Read the rest »
If you have been injured in a Colorado Springs car accident, you will have to deal with insurance adjusters. It is important to remember that anything you tell an insurance adjuster can be used against you. The insurance company is not your friend. It is the objective of insurance companies to protect their bottom line by denying your claim. Remember, they are a business and need to make a profit. Making sure you get fair compensation for your losses is not their first priority. Therefore, it is in your best interest to have a basic understanding of how to deal with insurance companies if you have just been involved in an auto accident.
It is advisable to prepare yourself before calling your insurance company. Have in front of you information about the accident. Write down when and where the crash occurred. Have the details about those who were involved in the accident and their insurance providers, and about any witnesses of the accident. It is also useful to have any medical bills in front of you that you may have incurred since the crash. Read the rest »
Two drivers were injured in a Colorado Springs car accident that may have involved a street race. According to a KRDO news report, the crash happened near Academy Boulevard and Austin Bluffs Parkway in Colorado Springs. Officials say the driver of a red sedan hit a Jeep sending both of the vehicles into the backyard of a home. The vehicles rolled over and the Jeep ended up on its roof. The two drivers sustained injuries that are not considered life threatening. Officials are searching for the driver of a Mustang who may have been racing the driver of the sedan before the crash.
Speed contests and exhibitions on public streets are illegal in Colorado. Under Colorado Statute 42-4-1105: “It is unlawful for a person to knowingly engage in a speed contest on a highway.” Speeding and reckless motorists can be held accountable for the damages they cause. Read the rest »
If you have lost an immediate family member because of a negligent or willful act by another, it may be possible to pursue financial compensation for your loss. Colorado’s Wrongful Death Act allows certain family members to file a lawsuit after their loved one has been killed as the result of someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing.
In general, Colorado laws regarding wrongful death primarily serve to protect those who were economically dependent on the deceased. During the first year after death, a spouse has exclusive rights to file a wrongful death action to receive financial compensation for his or her loss. During the second year after the fatal incident, the spouse and heirs of the deceased are allowed to bring a wrongful death action. Heirs protected under Colorado law include children and grandchildren. Siblings, however, cannot typically bring wrongful death lawsuits. When there is no surviving spouse or children, the parents of the deceased may bring a claim. Read the rest »