Experts Warn There is Not Enough Emphasis on Car Seat Safety

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September is National Child Passenger Safety Month. Video highlights safer installation.

According to the NHTSA, motor vehicle crashes were the leading cause of death for children ages 4 to 14. In 2011, there were 171,000 children age 14 and younger injured in motor vehicle-related crashes. On average, three children age 14 and younger were killed and 469 were injured every day in the United States in motor vehicle crashes. The primary defense against vehicle accident injuries are car seats, but 3 out of 4 are installed incorrectly, again according to NHTSA.

In February 2011, Consumer Reports magazine reported that only two out of twelve child car seats tested by the magazine were recommended, and, that most seats failed miserably even at speeds as low as 35mph. Some seats came out or off of their bases. Some twisted in place. Others folded in half, and one report stated that a test dummy was thrown thirty feet from the impact zone.

Colorado DUI Related Car Accidents Much Higher Over Labor Day Weekend

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13 Coloradans killed in 2012, 138 nationally. 

The Labor Day holiday means a welcome three-day weekend, crowds at big annual events like Taste of Colorado, and unfortunately, a higher risk for DUI related accidents on Colorado’s roads. During the Labor Day weekend of 2012, the Colorado State Patrol reported 1400 arrests for drunk driving. That is more arrests than St. Patrick’s Day and the Memorial Day weekend combined. There were also 13 Labor Day weekend deaths attributable directly to drunk driving, according to the Colorado State Patrol. Nationally, there were 138 deaths over the Labor Day weekend of 2011. These numbers are significant and serve as an important reminder to be especially vigilant this holiday weekend.

This weekend there will be “sobriety checkpoints, saturation patrols, and increased DUI enforcement throughout the state,” as part of the Colorado State Patrol’s “The Heat is On” campaign set up to catch impaired drivers. The effort actually began August 16th, and drivers are taking notice.

Uninsured Motorist Coverage May Protect You in a Hit and Run Bicycle Accident

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But to avoid bicycle crashes, experts warn against riding on Colfax, Lincoln and Broadway.

In 2012, the Westword reported that four of seven most dangerous intersections in Denver were on Broadway and Lincoln. As you may expect, the numbers of accidents rise with heavier traffic and proximity to downtown. Colfax, 11th Ave., and 8th Ave were at the top of the list.

Byron Norris and Phillip Brown have seen that firsthand. Norris, a dispatcher for Speedy Messenger Service, and an avid cyclist says “avoid Broadway. There’s no bike lane and there’s heavy traffic. Some people use the bus lane but you can be ticketed if you’re using it as a bike lane, so you have to merge with three lanes of heavy traffic. Same with Lincoln.” 

Motorcyclist Killed In Hit And Run

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Police are looking for a witness to a hit and run accident that killed a motorcyclist on 8/16 near South Sheridan Boulevard and West Center Avenue in Denver. The driver of the truck was arrested Saturday and is facing charges of hit and run and leaving an accident that resulted in death. 9news.com reports state that the truck pulled out in front of the driver of the motorcycle in an attempt o make a turn and the motorcyclist struck the truck. The driver of the motorcycle, Dana Schaeffer, 47, was transported to the hospital but later died from his injuries.

 

Unfortunately, people die every day because of the negligence of others. You are more likely to be killed riding a motorcycle than you are in a car when involved in an accident. However, the biggest threat to a motorcyclist is not the lack of protection around them, like a car or truck would provide, but the lack of awareness that people have for motorcyclists. Some motorcyclists are killed due to their inexperience and own negligent actions but a majority of motorcycle accidents happen because drivers just simply don’t see them coming.

More Than 500 Homes Have Been Destroyed In The Black Forest Fire

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More than 500 homes have been destroyed, and the cost to fight the Black Forest Fire has exceeded $8.5 million, according to the Denver Post. Investigators are closely examining a small patch of land where the fire is believed to have originated, in hopes of determining how the fire started. While no details are being released, fire fighters do believe that the fire was started by humans. Additionally, they are taking a look at the garage where two people died in the fire, apparently while packing up to evacuate their home. Almost 40,000 people were ordered to leave their homes at one point as the fire consumed and burned over 14,000 acres near Colorado Springs. As the fire is nearly contained, high winds and dry heat have been challenging firefighters efforts to bring the fire to full containment.

Wildfire is one of the things that goes along with the beautiful scenery and mountain environment of Colorado. While fire is a natural and vital part of keeping our forests healthy, as more and more people live in or near forested areas, the danger to human life and homes from the fire season becomes greater and greater. The good news is that the cost in human life of wildfire has been minimal in recent years, the cost in property damage and lost homes has been extremely high. The bad news is that many Denver insurance bad faith lawyers have seen that sometimes when insurance claims reach high dollar values, insurance companies become hesitant to pay out the fair value of those claims. When you pay your premiums in good faith, you deserve to receive the full, fair value of your insurance claim.

Contact the dedicated Denver insurance dispute attorneys at the Gold Law Firm today if your insurance company is trying to avoid making good on your insurance claim. A common tactic of insurance companies is to deny large claims, in the interest of protecting their own bottom line. The Gold Law Firm knows how to protect policyholders, ensuring that you receive the full value of your valid claim. Many Denver personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, which means that you pay your attorney a fee only after he or she successfully recovers financial compensation for you. The insurance company has lawyers fighting hard to protect their bottom line; make sure you have a knowledgeable Denver insurance bad faith attorney fighting just as hard to protect your family. For more information, call the Gold Law Firm at (303)694-4653 today.

About 200,000 General Motors SUVs Have Been Recalled

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About 200,000 General Motors SUVs have been recalled, according to 9 News. The vehicles, model year 2006 and 2007 mid-size SUVs may have a defective switch in the driver’s door to control the power windows and power door locks. The vehicles are Chevy Trailblazers, GMC Envoys, Buick Rainiers, Saab 9-7x, and Isuzu Ascenders. Moisture in the driver’s door may cause a short circuit in the switch, which can lead to overheating and potentially fire. GM is offering a free repair to all owners of the recalled vehicles, and recommends parking the vehicles outdoors until the repair has been made. Similar issues have resulted in recalls by several other auto manufacturers in recent years.

Have you or a loved one been injured in an accident that was caused by a defective motor vehicle? Contact an experienced Denver product liability lawyer immediately to discuss your options.

Every year, there are over 5 million traffic accidents across the United States. These crashes have a wide variety of causes. While the number that are caused by defective tires or auto parts is relatively small, because these failures are completely unexpected, and often happen while the vehicle is in motion, they can be incredibly destructive. In some cases, the people hurt the most in these kinds of accidents are not even in the vehicle. Pedestrians or people in other vehicles may be even more seriously injured. Vehicles that suffer from defective parts may also crash into buildings, causing massive property damage.

Speak with the dedicated Denver defective product attorneys at Hillyard, Wahlberg, Kudla, Sloane & Woodruff, LLP today to discuss your options if you or a loved one have been injured because of a faulty auto part. With many decades of combined experience protecting injured Coloradans, Hillyard, Wahlberg, Kudla, Sloane & Woodruff, LLP can help you evaluate whether there was negligence by the manufacturer of the vehicle, the tires, or an auto part. They fight for the rights of every client, and understand how to recover financial compensation for medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Their dedicated Denver motor vehicle accident lawyers can help protect your family’s rights. For more information, contact an experienced Denver personal injury attorney at Hillyard, Wahlberg, Kudla, Sloane & Woodruff, LLP today.

Walk Signals Will Give More Time For Pedestrain Crossing In Denver

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Walk signals in Denver will soon last longer, giving pedestrians more time to cross streets, according to CBS Denver. The Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, a federal guideline that is used by many federal and state agencies in deigning traffic control devices, has been updated to suggest that pedestrians should be given 3.5 feet per second to cross streets rather than the current 4 feet per second that is the standard. The flashing red hand on a walk signal is designed to last long enough for someone who has already begun to cross the street to get across safely. The amount of time that this signal flashes will be increased. However, since each intersection is a slightly different size, each traffic signal has to be adjusted manually, and the process is expected to take several months to complete.

Have you or a loved one been injured in a pedestrian accident? Speak with a Denver pedestrian accident lawyer today to discuss your options.

The number of pedestrian collisions in traffic has risen dramatically recently, and the city has been looking for ways to alleviate that problem. With the belief that many people are not able to get across streets in the amount of time that is currently allotted by walk signals, the federal guideline increase hopefully will lead to fewer accidents as lights change color with pedestrians still trying to get across the street. Denver personal injury attorneys have seen an increase not only in the number of accidents involving pedestrians, but also in the number of fatalities, and the number of drive-offs by cars.

Speak with a dedicated Boulder car accident attorney immediately if you or a loved one have been seriously injured in a pedestrian accident. If your injuries were caused by the negligent actions of another person, you may be entitled to recover financial compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Many Denver personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, which ensures that you can have access to the civil justice system because you pay a fee only after your lawyer successfully recovers compensation for you. In addition to the physical injury, a pedestrian accident can result in serious financial hardship. No one should have to face that alone. For more information, contact an experienced Denver auto accident lawyer today.

143 pedestrian collisions This Year Alone

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9 News reports on a fatal pedestrian accident near Exposition and Havana. This is one more in what has become a rash of pedestrian accidents in the Denver Metro area this year. The 143 pedestrian collisions worked by the Denver Police Department in the first four months of 2013 represents more than a 20% increase overt the same period of 2012. In an effort to curtail the number of pedestrian accidents across the city, the Mayor, along with the Denver Police Department, Denver Public Schools, and a couple of bicycle safety awareness groups has announced the Heads Up Campaign to reduce the number of accidents. The campaign will include education programs, as well as increased enforcement of pedestrians and cyclists to follow traffic laws.

Have you lost a loved one in a pedestrian accident? Contact a dedicated Denver wrongful death attorney today to discuss your options.

Several thousand pedestrians die in traffic accidents across the country each year. If the numbers in Denver are any indication, that number may even increase this year. Pedestrians and bicyclists are much more likely to be seriously injured in traffic accidents than people riding in cars and trucks. As such, the need for awareness concerning them is much higher. Some drivers who hit pedestrians may face criminal charges, and need to speak with a Denver criminal defense lawyer. The victims of these accidents may be entitled to financial compensation to cover the costs of their injuries.

Speak with a dedicated Denver pedestrian accident lawyer today to discuss your options if you or a loved one have been seriously injured in a traffic accident. Many Denver personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee basis. This minimizes the financial risk to you for seeking justice through the courts, because you will pay a fee to your lawyer only after he or she successfully recovers compensation for you. A Denver car accident lawyer may be able to recover compensation for medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering. The victims of pedestrian accidents often face permanent disability and a dramatically changed life. For more information, speak with a Denver auto accident attorney today.

Distracted Driver Causes 3 Car Crash

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According to CBS Denver, a three car crash at the intersection of Colfax and Pierce in Lakewood was caused by a driver running a red light. The vehicle that ran the red light struck another vehicle in the intersection. The second vehicle rolled, striking a third vehicle. No one was seriously injured, but one witness stepped in when she saw that the driver of the vehicle that rolled was unconscious, with her head between the car frame and the ground. She tried to hold the young driver’s head out of danger while others tried to roll the vehicle back up and out of danger.

Have you or a loved one been seriously injured in a distracted driving accident? Contact an experienced Denver distracted driving accident attorney today to discuss your options.

Each year, several thousand people in the United States are killed in car accidents in which at least one driver was distracted. Many experienced Greeley auto accident attorneys can help your family if you have been involved in a distracted driving crash. There has been a growing problem with the use of electronic devices such as cell phones, GPS devices, and touchscreen sound systems. These devices are difficult to use without taking one’s eyes off the road, and therefore are unsafe to use while driving. However, distracted driving is a problem that has always existed. Sometimes it manifests itself as simply not noticing a red light and driving through it. Or changing lanes on the highway without checking the blind spot. The fact is, a large number of serious car crashes are the result of one driver negligently failing to observe traffic laws, or basic safety.

Speak with an experienced Denver distracted driving accident lawyer today to discuss your options. If your injuries were caused by the reckless or negligent behavior of another driver, you may be entitled to financial compensation for medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Many Denver personal injury attorneys work on a contingent fee basis, which means that you pay a fee only after they successfully recover compensation for you. This makes it so that, even if you have limited means, you can afford an attorney. For more information, contact an experienced Colorado personal injury attorney today.

Compensation For The Wrongfully Convicted

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The governor of Colorado is expected to sign the Compensation for Persons Wrongly Convicted bill, which would provide financial compensation to some people who are wrongly convicted of crimes in Colorado, according to the Denver Post. More than half of the states in the country already have a law providing some kind of compensation to people who spend time in prison for crimes that they didn’t commit. The Colorado bill came about after a man who had spent 16 years in prison for murder was exonerated by DNA evidence, and another man was charged with the crime. The bill would allow the state to financially compensate the man for the time that he lost in prison.

Have you or a loved one been charged with a crime in Colorado? Speak with an experienced Denver criminal defense attorney today to discuss your options.

The fact is, everyone makes mistakes. This includes the police and prosecutors. People are imprisoned for crimes that they did not commit sometimes. This is just another reason why it is so important to have a criminal defense attorney who has the experience and legal skill to protect your rights. Every person charged with a crime in the United States is entitled to representation, no matter how negative any evidence looks. It is easy to read an article in the newspaper and come away thinking that the person in the article is guilty, but the court is held to a higher standard.

Speak with the experienced Denver criminal attorneys at Steven Louth Law Offices today to discuss your options if you or a loved one have been accused of a crime. Whether you made a terrible mistake, or have been accused of a crime that you did not commit, Steven and Zachary Louth are ready to stand with you as you face these charges. Steve is a former Boulder County prosecutor who understands how prosecutors build cases, and he knows how to design the best, strongest possible defense. For more information, speak with a dedicated Denver criminal defense lawyer today.