Operating a motor vehicle is a huge responsibility. SUVs, cars, and trucks weigh thousands of pounds, and when they crash into a motorcycle, bicycle, pedestrian, or automobile, the results are often devastating.
When a driver is impaired by alcohol, their vehicle becomes a deadly weapon. Intoxicated drivers are physically and cognitively incapable of safely operating a motor vehicle and making the best decisions.
A phantom vehicle puts others on the road at risk – it has its headlights off after dark. Headlights are essential for safety from dusk to dawn. In Colorado, drivers are required by law to use their headlights between sunset and sunrise and under any other conditions, including inclement weather or when visibility is limited to less than 1,000 feet. Drivers in phantom vehicles can be cited and fined for a class A traffic infraction.
Amazon is known for its speedy delivery service. As convenient as it is to have an order placed and delivered as quickly as the next day, this benefit comes at a high cost to public safety. Every year, Amazon delivers an average of five billion packages, which translates to over 13.5 million packages daily. With so many Amazon delivery trucks on the road in a hurry to meet their deadlines, we all face an increased risk of accidents and injuries.
As the name implies, dashcams are cameras mounted on the dashboard of your vehicle. They can record footage of the road ahead and, in some cases, record what is happening inside the vehicle. This footage can be a source of critical evidence to help you prove that the other driver was at fault for a car accident. Dashcam footage can be used as evidence in Colorado injury claims.
Auto accidents happen every day in Colorado. Often, more than one party is at least partially at fault. For example, two cars collide in an intersection. One car was turning left. The other was traveling 10 miles per hour over the speed limit. In the past, many states applied the doctrine of contributory negligence to this situation. Under this doctrine, if the party seeking damages was in any way at fault, they were barred from receiving compensation from the other party. Over time, states and courts came to believe that this rule was too punitive and not fair. In order to address this inequity, many states enacted comparative negligence laws.
If you go out to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, take extra care on the roads. March 17 is one of the most dangerous days of the year. Traditionally, St. Paddy’s Day is celebrated with the wearing of the green, corned beef and cabbage, shamrocks, and excessive alcohol consumption. Between parades, pub crawls, and private parties, motorists, pedestrians, and anyone sharing the road is at risk.
Expressive Aphasia is a neurological condition that impairs your speech and communication skills. Caused by damage to the part of the brain that controls language, aphasia makes it difficult or impossible to speak clearly, read, write, or follow conversations.
People who suffer from aphasia find it very frustrating. It’s important for friends and family members to treat them with patience and sensitivity.
Colorado Springs is beautiful in the wintertime. The snow-capped mountains and sparkling city lights are a sight to behold. However, ice and snow can make roads, sidewalks, and parking garages slippery, creating a hazardous environment. According to a recent study, parking garages are the most dangerous places to park your car in the winter. In addition, the study found that most accidents in parking garages occur on the top level, where the ice and snow can build up more and make the surface slick. Take extra care if you must use a parking garage in the winter. Watch your step and look for ice and other hazards because too many negligent drivers don’t.
Crashes that occur in a toll booth lane between vehicles and pedestrians are just as serious as any other crash that happens on the road. They can cause extensive property damage, serious injuries, and be very traumatizing for those involved. Also, as with any other road collision, when a toll booth crash occurs, responsible individuals can be held liable for providing compensation to cover the costs of the accident.
In Colorado, you may encounter different types of animals on the road, including livestock and wild animals. Wild animal accidents often include deer, fox, squirrels, and other animals. In Colorado, wild animal accidents may be more common than you think and are typically not the fault of the driver. This is because the driver may not have been able to leave sufficient space for following traffic if they had to react quickly after hitting the animal.