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Zip line injuries on the rise in Colorado

Zip lines are popular attractions in Colorado. They offer a thrill to a lot of people that is unparalleled -- but it's supposed to be a safe thrill, not one that leaves participants seriously injured.

According to a 2015 study by the American Journal of Emergency Medicine, zip line injuries have been on the rise for a while. In 1997, there were barely a few hundred injury victims who required emergency room care after a zip line accident. In 2012, emergency rooms saw over 3,600 victims.

Myths about personal injury law

You were injured in an accident and want fair compensation, but don’t think you can afford a high-priced personal injury attorney to handle your case. Attorneys have obtained a stereotype as people who only care about money, and while in some cases that’s true, most attorneys, especially most personal injury attorneys, care about your benefit more than their own.

These attorneys understand that if they focus on your needs and are successful, you’ll boast about their performance, trustworthiness and dedication which will lead to more clients and more business.

Pedestrian-vehicle accidents can happen for many reasons

As a pedestrian, you can't afford to overlook the steps you can take to remain safe. A simple mistake, such as crossing the street at the wrong time, can result in a serious injury or death.

Understanding the most common causes of pedestrian-vehicle accidents will put you in position to avoid trouble in the future. Here are some of the many mistakes a driver can make that can cause an accident:

  • Distracted driving: For example, if a person is texting while they speed toward an intersection, there's a greater chance of striking a pedestrian.
  • Drowsy driving: When a driver is less than 100 percent alert, they'll find it difficult to make the right decisions in a timely manner.
  • Driving under the influence: Alcohol, prescription medication and illegal drugs impair a driver's ability to make safe decisions.
  • Disobeying traffic laws: This can be as simple as running a red light or stop sign, driving in a bicycle lane or failing to use turn signals. All of these things increase the risk of an accident with a pedestrian.
  • Ignoring weather conditions: When the weather takes a turn for the worse, such as heavy rain or snow, it's critical for drivers to alter their approach.

What happens when seat belts aren't safe?

As a mom, you probably make sure your children buckle up when they get in the car. To set a good example and protect yourself from injuries in the event of an accident, you wear yours as well.

You likely understand that over the years, multiple studies have shown that seat belts help save lives. However, that may only hold true as long as automobile manufacturers make and install them correctly before they sell you a vehicle.

How Colorado's felony DUI law may influence your defense strategy

People find themselves facing charges for driving under the influence (DUI) in Colorado for many different reasons. Maybe you thought you were okay to drive, but you got stopped as part of a sobriety checkpoint and the breath test indicated you had had too much to drink. Perhaps law enforcement thought that symptoms of a medical condition were evidence of impaired driving.

Whatever the circumstances, you need to make an informed decision about how you handle the charges. Many people are quick to plead guilty to DUI offenses, believing that if they do so, they can minimize the impact on their life. They want to avoid missing work for court or having people find out about the charges.

Tragic mistake leads to death of teen sisters in auto wreck

Two teenage girls were killed in a terrible accident on a rural Adams County road in Colorado when they ran a stop sign and crashed into a semitruck.

The accident might have been avoided, however, if the police officer who stopped their car just shortly before the wreck had taken the time to make sure that at least one of the girls had a driver's license.

Get legal help if your CDL is in danger over drunk driving

Driving under the influence (DUI) is a serious criminal charge for anybody -- but if you drive a truck, a bus, a limo or any other commercial vehicle that requires you to hold a commercial driver's license (CDL), you stand to lose everything you have if you're convicted.

Colorado's laws are especially fierce against CDL holders. Even if you are in your own vehicle and not on duty when you are pulled over for a traffic violation and accused of being intoxicated, your license can be revoked for a DUI conviction. If you happen to be behind the wheel of your commercial vehicle when it happens, all it takes is a .04 on a Breathalyzer for you to lose your CDL.

Myths linked to drinking and driving

Impaired driving is never a smart decision. You are putting yourself and anyone else you pass on the road at risk when you make this decision. Drinking and driving increases your chance of becoming a statistic, and not the type of statistic one would like to be.

That said, there is a lot of propaganda out there that has misguided the public's perception toward drinking and driving.

Here's why you need a personal injury attorney

Nobody likes to think of themselves as being "litigious." For the most part, the idea that someone is "the kind of person to sue" over an injury is seen as some kind of fault. However, that's what the insurance companies want people to believe.

Victims who suffer serious injuries often have a hard time getting a fair settlement from the insurance companies involved. They may get offered a settlement, but it will seldom accurately reflect the extent of the damages that the victim suffered. The amount the insurance company offers isn't likely to take into account the long-term consequences of a serious injury on your life and the lives of your close family members.

Swerving vehicle causes death of seven motorcyclists

Seven motorcyclists were killed and three were severely injured in New Hampshire on June 21st. The accident was caused by a speeding pick-up truck that veered across the center line and into an oncoming group of motorcyclists.

The cause of the accident is under investigation. It has not been determined if drugs or alcohol were involved. It is unclear if the 23-year-old pick-up truck driver fled the scene after the accident. He did not suffer any life-threatening injuries.

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