Distracted Walking : Higher Traffic Deaths

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Distracted Walking : Higher Traffic DeathsAccording to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), almost 6,000 pedestrians were killed in 2016 in traffic accidents. Pedestrian deaths shot up 10 percent between 2014 and 2015, more than any other category of traffic-related fatalities, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

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Dangerous Colorado Mountain Roads & Passes

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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…]

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Car Accidents- Can Marijuana be the Blame?

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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…]

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Fatal Change of Lanes Prompts Wrongful Death Suit

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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…]

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After Watching this Video You Will Never Text and Drive

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people and phonesThanks to technology, we are constantly able to communicate with others.  24/7, day or night, in the bathroom, at the gym, or at work –we can be reached thanks to this handy-dandy device we call a smartphone.

Our smart phones help us keep my life in order. We feel the need to be constantly connected with friends and family. And despite the hype, it’s not just teens that experience the temptations of texting and driving–it’s everyone.  Deadly vehicle crashes occur every day because someone merely wanted to respond with a simple “LOL” or “I love you.” [Read more…]

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Drowsy Package Delivering Leads to Disastrous Truck Accidents

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truck crashDrowsiness turns deadly when truck drivers fail to take caution and remain alert while driving.

Lately we have been hearing way too many headlines about devastating truck accidents and the anguish caused by sleep-deprived truck drivers.  In early June, comedian Tracy Morgan’s vehicle was hit by an allegedly tired Wal-Mart truck driver. According to CNN, the driver had not slept for 24 hours prior to the crash.

While Tracy Morgan’s condition has improved, the driving conditions for truck drivers has not. [Read more…]

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Pedestrians: Don’t Fall Victim to Hit and Run Accidents

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You may have read our recent post about the bill approved by the Colorado House of Representatives. You’ll be happy to hear that Gov. John Hickenlooper signed the bill into law June 6.

This law will take effect on July 1, doubling the statute of limitations from five years to 10 years. The government has been taking action in this issue due to the staggering number of hit and run accidents in Colorado. These accidents have left pedestrians and drivers with serious, sometimes fatal, injuries.

Not only is the state government taking action on this statewide issue, but the general public is as well using social media. Using the hashtag #JustStopCO, bystanders are posting images and news about hit-and-run car accidents in Colorado.  [Read more…]

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Interstate 70: The Colorado Danger Zone

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If I had a nickel for every time I heard a sour story about I-70, I would likely be the richest person in Colorado. Running through the Rocky Mountains, this interstate is prone to the effects of avalanches, rockslides, and severe weather conditions, causing major delays and perturbing congestion.

The infamy is not unwarranted. Interstate 70 has a prolific history of road closures, horrific accidents, and falling boulders causing injuries, gridlock traffic, and fatalities affecting people traveling to major Colorado destinations like Denver and Vail. Just recently on the 4th, a pedestrian was killed on the interstate. According to the Vail Daily, this closed the road for three hours.

Commercial semi trucks and slope-bound tourists do not bode well together in this tricky terrain. Accidents are far too frequent. Trucks careen off the road and cars lose control. You cannot go a week without learning the news of an accident on Interstate 70. [Read more…]

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Evenflo Car Seat Safety Buckle Recall

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Car Seat | Colorado Springs, CO | Sears & Associates, P.C.As proud members of the Colorado Springs, Colorado, community, we know that the little ones in your family mean the world to you. Watching them grow up is a true joy (though not without challenges), as you help them learn and develop in your home and neighborhood.

 

With this is mind, the Colorado Springs car accident injury attorneys at Sears & Associates, P.C. want to help you keep your youngsters safe and sound when in your car, van, SUV, or truck. A recent recall of seat buckles in a popular child’s car seat is something we feel you as a parent need to know about.

 

My719Moms.com recently posted an article detailing the recall by Evenflo. Evenflo has recalled its child seat buckles, stating that there is a defect with the product that may make the buckle become stuck in the latched position. This can make it extremely difficult to remove your child from this seat.

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Colorado House Approves Bill to Double Statute of Limitations for Hit-and-Run Fatalities

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Car Accident | Colorado Springs, CO | Sears & Associates, P.C.As experienced Colorado Springs car accident attorneys, we have helped many clients who have had the misfortune of being hit-and-run victims. That’s why a recent vote by the Colorado House of Representatives caught our attention.

 

On May 7, the Colorado House unanimously approved a proposed bill to double the statute of limitations for fatal hit-and-run accidents.

 

According to a recent 9News article, the statute of limitations would be extended to 10 years from the current 5 years if Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper decides to sign it.

 

9News played a large role in sparking the conversation on the current hit-and-run crash statute of limitations by running a series of related reports on 9Wants to Know. Following the series, Denver police acknowledged that there is essentially no way to make an arrest in the hit-and-run case of Laurie Gorham Sherlock in Stapleton because the statute of limitations had run out (the crash occurred in 2010).

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