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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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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Does the Mix of Music and the Slopes Cause Injuries?

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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…]

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Colorado Springs’ Zoo in Top 10

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tigerSummer is winding down and the free time is starting to dry up. You’ve hit the pool and the local park, but have you visited the zoo yet?

With lions and tigers and bears (oh my), Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, located in southwest Colorado Springs, it is certainly one of the best.  According to a recent post on ColoradoSprings.com, this animal paradise landed at number five on Trip Advisor’s list of best zoos in the United States, making it one of the best zoos in the world.  [Read more…]

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Wrongful Death Suit Only a Snapshot of What Sarah Jones Deserves

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railroad tracks When we think of dangerous jobs a few may come to mind– airplane pilot, sailor, officer in the Army; the list goes on. One that doesn’t come to mind as being dangerous is camera assistant.

Sarah Jones probably didn’t either before Feb. 20, when the 27-year-old camera assistant was killed while working on the site of Midnight Rider. The deadly scene of this low budget film was set on a 110-year-old bridge in Georgia.  Sarah was struck and killed by a train–while simply doing her job. [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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It’s a Slippery Slope: Exploring Dangers of Skiing

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What do you think of when you think of skiing? Do you think of the cool air whipping across your face as you speed down the Vail slopes? Do you think of the thrill of conquering a new slope?

Do you contemplate what could happen to you if you had an accident? Probably not.

One second, you could be having the vacation of your life, and the next you could be in an ambulance headed toward the nearest hospital.

Professional freestyle skier Mike Shaw did not think of this risk either. In a recent Vancouver Sun article, Shaw discussed his life threatening ski accident.  While skiing in Keystone Mountain Resort in Colorado, he hit some bad snow and face-planted. He told the Sun that he knew that he was paralyzed as soon as it happened.  [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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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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Five Ways Hiring an Attorney Can Benefit Your Colorado Car Accident Case

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Many people who have been victims of car collisions in Colorado have asked the question whether it is truly necessary to hire a lawyer to represent them.  Even for those persons who want to settle with the insurance company and not go to trial, it is very important to consider consulting with a lawyer in order to discuss the facts and circumstances surrounding your injuries and the nature of your case.  The at-fault driver, through his or her insurance company, will have legal advisors on their side putting you at an immediate disadvantage.  Here are 5 important ways a lawyer can assist you in coping with the aftermath of your collision.

  1. The lawyer will communicate with the insurance companies and lawyers on the other side in order to protect your best interest.  It is never a good idea for a non-lawyer to attempt to communicate with professional insurance company adjusters or insurance defense lawyers as they are trained and schooled in auto collision litigation.
  1. Advising you to refrain from signing anything that could harm your case.  This includes many documents, but particularly statements of facts and proposed settlement offers.

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