Motorcyclists from across the country come to experience Colorado’s open roads and natural beauty every year. Unfortunately, no matter how careful a motorcyclist is when driving on the road, other drivers are always a risk. If you or a loved one have been injured in a motorcycle accident the damages, including medical bills, can be staggering. Colorado does not require motorcyclists to wear a helmet. One of the most frequently asked questions about motorcycle accidents is whether not wearing a helmet will bar or lessen an injured motorcyclist’s right to seek financial compensation.
When addressing this issue it is important to review the four essential elements of a motorcycle claim. Read the rest »
From Rocky Mountain National Park to the Comanche National Grassland, Colorado’s natural beauty is unparalleled. As the temperatures rise, motorcyclists flock to Colorado to ride through the scenery on the many roads that traverse our state. Enjoying the highway on a motorcycle comes with risks, however. According to statistics provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 4,668 motorcyclists were killed in traffic accidents in 2013 alone. Additionally, 88,000 people were injured in a motorcycle accident. Read the rest »
If you knew that this summer was expected to see more traffic deaths than the summer of 2014, would you drive more carefully?
Experts – and experienced Colorado car accident lawyers – hope so. The National Safety Council (NSC) estimates that the summer of 2015 will result in more car accident deaths and serious injuries than the summer of 2014, despite the fact that the number of fatal crashes has been decreasing on U.S. roads for several years. Read the rest »
When an injury suffered in a car crash or other Colorado accident proves fatal, the injured person’s surviving family members may be able to bring a wrongful death claim against the at-fault party with the help of an experienced attorney.
A “wrongful death” is a death caused by the negligence of another person or company. A death resulting from a car accident, a slip and fall, or from using a product with a deadly hidden defect are just a few of the situations that may give rise to a wrongful death claim. Read the rest »
Spring is in full swing in Colorado, which means that adults and children alike are heading out onto the roads to enjoy bicycling. Although Colorado does not require bicyclists to wear helmets, choosing a helmet may significantly reduce the risk of a fatal or severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) in certain accidents.
A study in the New England Journal of Medicine examined 235 case studies of patients admitted to emergency rooms with head injuries following a bicycle crash. It compared these head-injury patients to 433 patients who received emergency room care for other bicycle accident injuries. Read the rest »
Who doesn’t love road trips? There’s nothing more exhilarating than hopping into the car with your friends and setting off on an adventure. Plus, America is made for this. You can travel from coast to coast using our country’s extensive freeway systems and experience all kinds of cultures and landscapes. New sights, sounds, memories – all of these and more are what make road trips great.
However, road trips are also potential friendship breakers. There’s nothing that tests a relationship more than being stuck with someone inside a cramped space for hours on end. Good times can easily turn sour when everyone has a short fuse. Read the rest »
In recent months, General Motors’ trouble with faulty ignition switches that have caused serious car accidents and deaths has made national news. Nonetheless, thousands of GM vehicles remain on the road with dangerously defective ignition switches in place, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
As a result, the NHTSA urges owners of the recalled GM vehicles to get them fixed as soon as possible. A vehicle can be taken to any GM dealership, which will make the repair free of charge. Until the repair can be made, GM recommends that drivers “use only the ignition key with nothing else on the key ring,” according to the NHTSA’s website. Read the rest »
Bicycling safely means making yourself visible, always wearing your helmet, and knowing your route before you leave. But it also means making sure that your bicycle is in good condition and ready to go. Looking over your bicycle before you ride takes only a few minutes, and it can save you from a serious accident or injury.
To double-check your bicycle efficiently and thoroughly, keep in mind the “ABC Quick Check” tips from the League of American Bicyclists:
- Air: First, check your tires for damage. Note the recommended air pressure listed on the side of the tire. Check your air pressure in both tires, and inflate them to the listed pressure if they are low. Read the rest »
The human eye is one of the most delicate organs in the body, yet it is also one of the organs we rely on most heavily. Any number of workplace safety hazards can cause serious damage to one or both eyes, resulting in severe pain, reduced vision, blindness, and other irreversible conditions.
March is Workplace Eye Safety Awareness Month in Colorado and throughout the United States. It’s a good time to learn more about protecting your eyes at work and to practice simple safety habits that can help you keep your vision in its best working order for a long time. Read the rest »
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently began funding a study to learn more about the best ways to prevent fatigue in truck drivers. Fatigue is a major cause of truck accidents in Colorado and nationwide. In the past, the agency has attempted to address fatigue by requiring drivers to limit their total hours on the road per day and to take regular breaks – but the FMCSA and researchers continue to improve these requirements. Read the rest »