Sears and Associates Sponsors Tierra Plan/CP Racing

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We are excited to announce that Sears and Associates, P.C. is a 2017 sponsor of the Tierra Plan/CP Racing bike racing team that encourages competitive cycling in the Colorado Springs region. With a team of eight members, the group of elite riders focuses on participating in a combination of local, regional, and national events.

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Colorado Springs Bike Master Plan

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Bicycle AccidentColorado Springs held an open house on May 3, 2017, to solicit input from the public on its Bike Master Plan. The event took place in the Downtown Penrose Library on North Cascade Avenue. A couple hundred people reportedly showed up to the event, where they could walk around to different poster boards to learn about the goals and strategies that comprise the plan.
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Types of Bicycle Accidents

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Colorado bicycle riders face a significant risk of sustaining serious injuries on the road. Motorists often do not see riders, due to distracted driving, failure to observe the distance between the vehicle and the bicycle closely, or impairment.

Colorado is more protective of its bike riders than many other states and adopted the Colorado Bicycle Safety Act (CBSA) to improve bicyclists’ interactions with motor vehicles. Even still, accidents happen all too often. In fact, bicycle accidents have increased each year since 2013, reports the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT).
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5 Things Truck Drivers Do That Lead to Serious Injury

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Because truck drivers are professional drivers who receive special training and must carry a special license, one would reasonably expect them to drive cautiously and follow all traffic laws to prevent accidents. After all, even at relatively slow speeds, collisions with semi-trucks can be fatal for passenger car drivers.

Unfortunately, not all truck drivers drive in a reasonable manner. They often engage in careless or downright reckless behaviors that put others on the road at serious risk of injury and death. The following are five things that truck drivers do that cause severe accidents, and what you can do to protect yourself from them.

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

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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…]

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3 Most Common Types of Accidents on I-70

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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…]

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

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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…]

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

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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?”

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