Sears & Associates, P.C.

2 N. Cascade Avenue, Suite 1250
Colorado Springs, CO - Colorado 80903
United States (US)
Phone: (719) 471-1984
Fax: (719) 577-4356

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Sunday Closed

Safest Snowboarding & Ski Helmets — Concussion Safety

The National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) estimates approximately 80 percent of skiers and snowboarders on United States ski slopes used helmets during the 2015-2016 ski season. Although ski helmets do not provide complete protection from head injuries, they do help reduce the severity of the injury. [Read more…]

Mountain Driving Tips: How to Drive Safely to the Slopes

You have your ski resort reservations and lift tickets. You have packed your bags. Now all you have to do is get there.

So, how do you get safely to the SLOPES? 

S: Slow and Steady 

Keep it slow and steady. Driving fast on Colorado mountain roads can be lethal. The roads are steep and winding. Rock slides are a routine occurrence. Many roads do not have guardrails. You may whip around a curve in the road to have your path blocked by a snowplow or by a tractor trailer that is struggling to make it up the incline. [Read more…]

Winter Driving Tips for US 24, I-70, and I-25

Colorado winter weather combined with heavy traffic and tractor trailers on the roads can make driving a challenge, especially on US 24, I-70, and I-25. The weather changes rapidly, roads are subject to closures, and road hazards are frequent. To make sure you stay safe in while driving in Colorado, read through these winter driving tips and share them with your friends and family. [Read more…]

3 Most Common Types of Accidents on I-70

Interstate 70 brings in traffic from the east and west, straight into the heart of Denver. For residents of Colorado Springs, I-70 is your best bet for getting to skier’s paradise in Vail.

This highway sees millions of vehicles each year, and with a large traffic flow comes an influx of accidents. In the first weeks of the new year, we saw the following accidents: [Read more…]

Dangerous Colorado Mountain Roads & Passes

Colorado is home to some of the most beautiful scenic drives in the country. From the mountain ranges to the diverse and colorful foliage, these roadside scenes are a sight to behold. Unfortunately, these roads are also some of the most dangerous in the world to drive.

The inherent dangers on these roads come from a variety of sources. First, the very mountains that give these roads such spectacular views also make them risky to drive on. Rockslides and steep cliffs are common in Colorado. Next, winter weather accumulation makes these roads slippery and tough to maneuver. [Read more…]

Are Colorado Court’s Turning Up the Heat on the Colorado Ski Resorts?

Colorado’s Ski and Safety Act, which outlines responsibilities for skiers and resort operators, was originally designed to protect the small, family owned ski areas from lawsuits and skyrocketing insurance costs.

Now the Act has been used to insulate the multiple multibillion-­dollar corporations and real estate developers who now own nearly all of Colorado’s ski resorts from liability.

As a recent three-­part series in the Denver Post discussed, ski areas have attempted, in the past, to escape liability for inbound avalanches, ski resort employees plowing into 9 year olds and rotted bridges or buildings injuring skiers/snow­boarders.

However, in recent years, Colorado courts have turned up the heat on the Ski industries attempts to avoid liability. [Read more…]

Good, Bad or Ugly?” Obama-Care’s” Impact on Personal Injury Claims In Colorado.

As a personal injury attorney in Colorado, I must ask myself: “How does Obama-Care affect my clients and how does it impact their claims in Colorado?”

It is to that end that this article is written; to help those injured, and seeking justice for their injuries, navigate newly charted waters formed in the wake of “Obama-Care” and understand how this affects them: good, bad or ugly.

In this case, spoiler alert, the “changes” brought about by “Obama-Care” seems to be mostly positive as it relates to those injured by third parties.

“Obama-Care” and the Need For Future Care.

Over the years, many of my clients have had the same questions as their cases near resolution or trial: “What happens in the future if I have a flare up or my symptoms return, what do I do then?  Who will pay for my care in the future if/when my symptoms return?  Will I have to pay for future care out of my own pocket?”

[Read more…]

Car Accidents- Can Marijuana be the Blame?

stop lightIt is no question that marijuana is legal in the state of Colorado. What still seems to be up for debate, though, is marijuana’s influence on driving ability. Does marijuana use increase the chance of a car accident or doesn’t it?

The truth is, we don’t actually know the answer.

The answer to this is unknown due to inconsistent statistics and conflicting reports.  According to a recent article in the Washington Post, we cannot accurately decipher whether marijuana use is the cause of a car accident because tests do not show inebriation, just the metabolites. Metabolites will be in the body for days after someone uses the drug.  [Read more…]

Does the Mix of Music and the Slopes Cause Injuries?

girl with headphonesThere is absolutely nothing like plugging in your headphones, listening to your favorite playlist, and zoning into whatever you are doing. We do this to power through the workday or to get some peace on the early morning commute. Our headphones and our favorite jams get us through those last few miles on the treadmill or sets in the weight room.

Besides our eardrums, what is this music blaring harming? [Read more…]

Fatal Change of Lanes Prompts Wrongful Death Suit

highwayYou may have read our recent blog post about the truck driver’s astounding accident free record. We can only hope that truck drivers traveling through dangerous Colorado areas, like on I-70 through the Vail Pass, have similar safety records. Unfortunately, most aren’t so lucky and do not achieve this. While a perfect track record can’t be expected of all drivers, but we expect that truck drivers will drive especially safe with the knowledge that their minor mistake can create a major accident. [Read more…]