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Reclaiming Life After Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

Many people never anticipate that their lives might be affected by a traumatic brain injury. Most people plan to graduate from high school, go to college, get a job, get married, get a house, have children, get a dog - and the list goes on. When a mild traumatic brain injury occurs as a result of an accident, that normal life may never be the same.

New Laws Enacted Nationwide to Protect Young Athletes from Concussions

We call them concussions - a knock to the head that results in dizziness, blurred vision, or confusion. But doctors call them TBI - Traumatic Brain Injury. And if that term sounds much more serious, it's with good reason: concussions are serious. Much more serious, in fact, than previously thought just a few years ago.

Legalized marijuana's uncertain impact on Colorado road safety

When Colorado made history in 2012 by legalizing the recreational use of marijuana, many opponents of the measure objected on the grounds that it would cause the number of drug-related car accidents in the state to skyrocket. However, in the time since the new law was implemented, something unexpected has happened: Traffic fatalities in Colorado dropped to their lowest levels in over a decade, according to data from the Colorado Department of Transportation.

Federal Study Looks at Marijuana's Effect on Driving Ability

With Colorado leading the way, America's legalized marijuana movement has gained considerable momentum in recent years. As marijuana use for medical and recreational purposes becomes increasingly acceptable and widespread, many traffic safety advocates are rightly concerned about the potential impact that these changes could have on the frequency of drugged-driving accidents. To help shed some light on this murky and controversial issue, federal researchers spent several months observing the effects of marijuana use on driving skills.

Colorado pedestrian accident victims need aggressive advocates

In any collision with a motor vehicle, a Colorado pedestrian can suffer severe injuries or be killed. The range of injuries from pedestrian accidents includes spinal cord, brain injuries and fractures. Despite being at the mercy of motor vehicles, pedestrians are often the ones blamed by insurance companies for the injuries they sustain. They may have to accept settlements that are insufficient compensation for their medical and related costs. Instead of feeling forced into settlements that are not enough for their needs, pedestrian accident victims in Colorado should consider retaining the services of an attorney who will aggressively fight for their rights.

Representing truck accident victims in Colorado

As Colorado drivers can see every day on the state's roads and highways, plenty of commercial trucks haul large volumes of goodsand materials from place to place. Although truck accidents are less common than traffic accidents involving other motor vehicles, when they do occur the results can be devastating, especially at high speeds and when cars and pickup trucks and other small motor vehicles are involved. In many cases, occupants in other vehicles are injured or killed. Some of those who are injured face lifelong challenges in recovering.

Motorcycle accidents can lead to serious injuries

Fatal road accidents can involve all kinds of vehicles from standard passenger vehicles to commercial trucks. Motorcycle accidentscan be particularly devastating due to the serious injuries and deaths that can occur as a result. In fact, motorcyclists are 26 times more likely to die in an accident than someone in a passenger vehicle.

Hit-and-run accidents can pose their own set of challenges

If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident, you are required by Colorado law to remain at the scene of the crash until certain steps are complete. You may be required to exchange information with other people involved in the accident and to report the accident to law enforcement authorities. If there is an injury or death, it is important to call for medical attention. Pedestrian accidents in particular are likely to result in serious injury or death, so collecting information from all involved drivers and witnesses at the scene is critical.

Transportation department tests new idea to stop drunken driving

Drunken driving is a ubiquitous problem everywhere in the country, including Colorado. Every year, thousands of people are injured and killed. In Colorado, the Department of Transportation is trying various approaches to preventingdrunk driving, combining both old and new ideas.

Motorcycle accidents through the eyes of an avid cyclist

Any accident on a motorcycle can leave its rider with a wide variety of serious injuries. Motorcycle accidents can also lead to permanent disabilities andfatalities. Even in cases where riders are harmed, victims are sometimes blamed for causing the accidents by other motorists. Defendants in personal injury lawsuits filed by motorcyclists often have extremely aggressive representation. Our Colorado law firm, however, not only specializes in handling motorcycle accidents, but also has a unique perspective when it comes to such accidents. After all, the person for whom the law firm was named is an avid motorcycle rider himself.

Impaired driving results in serious injuries in Colorado

Since the legalization of recreational marijuana, drugged driving has become a significant safety concern in Colorado. As many Lakewood residents know, driving under the influence of marijuana is illegal in the state. Lawmakers have established a legal limit, and drivers who exceed it can be charged with intoxicated driving. Still, research suggests that the current law and limit may allow many impaired drivers to evade punishment.

Blinded Golfer Assumed Risk in Dismissed Case

Americans love to play sports. But each sport has certain risks of injury, and sometimes it raises legal questions as to which risks a player has assumed. For example, what risks does a golfer assume when stepping out on the course? Golf balls can become missile-like projectiles that cause serious personal injuries

CSA 2010: Increasing Safety Through Improved Trucking Regulations

Because commercial vehicle crashes are still far too common, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has been actively seeking ways to be more proactive about safety monitoring. The result of the agency's efforts is an initiative called Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010.

CSA 2010 Update: Changes to the New Trucking Regulations

For years, federal regulators lacked a proactive approach to preventing truck accidents. This year, with the step-by-step introduction of CSA 2010, or Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010, that is finally changing. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration created CSA 2010 to improve safety regulations for the trucking and motor carrier industry. Prior to CSA 2010, only 2 percent of motor carriers in the U.S. received thorough, onsite compliance reviews.

Defective Vehicle Owners: Understand Your Legal Rights

In recent years, few Americans could have missed such automobile defectnews as the notorious Toyota runaway acceleration problem. However, consumers' options when they suspect defective auto parts or faulty systems in their own vehicles are less well understood. But a few basic strategies can help a car owner seek answers from manufacturers and report deficiencies that could have widespread safety implications.

Rule to Require Back-up Cameras in New Vehicles Would Save Lives

Accidents in which a driver backs up and runs over someone are devastating and far too common. Over 200 people a year are killed in this type of car accident and 17,000 people are injured. Nearly half of the victims who die in these accidents are children, most of them under the age of five.

The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act

With an increasingly global food supply chain comes a greater need for regulation and control over the quality of food imported into, and produced in, the United States. Recent E. coli and salmonella outbreaks in household staples such as peanut butter, eggs and spinach have caused nationwide scares and highlighted how easily a tainted food product can cause personal injury.

Tragic motorcycle crashes in Colorado bring attention to liability issues

More people are enjoying the benefits of riding a motorcycle than ever before. Not only are motorcycles often less expensive to own and operate than cars and trucks, they are also more environmentally friendly than many cars, allow the rider to use the carpool lane and, according to some riders, provide an opportunity to connect with the environment that is not possible while riding in a car.

Uninsured Drivers and Colorado Car Accidents

It is the law in Colorado: every motorist must carry liability coverage that kicks in when he or she causes injury in an auto accident. Even so, according to the Insurance Research Council, 15 percent of Colorado motorists are uninsured, and a great many more drive with woefully inadequate liability coverage limits.

Fighting for justice and the future of drunk driving victims

Drunk drivers often cause the most heinous auto accidents. The more intoxicated the driver, the more likely the chance that unsuspecting Coloradans will suffer serious injuries or lose their lives in an accident. Victims and their families, however, can rely on our Lakewood law firm to fight for justice and ensure that their future is not compromised.

Colorado State Patrol and DOT Offer Tips for Winter Driving and Accident Reporting

Winter driving in Colorado, as in other mountain states, can be treacherous, especially for those unfamiliar with the challenges of cold-weather driving. By failing to recognize and account for dangerous storm conditions and snow and ice on the roadways, drivers place themselves and others in jeopardy of serious injury or death.

One Toke Too Many: Marijuana Use and Denver Car Accidents

"One toke over the line," went the refrain of an enduring rock song from the early 1970s. Interestingly, however, the puff of marijuana smoke referred to in the song occurred in a railroad station - not behind the wheel of a car.Today, in 2012, research evidence is increasingly quantifying the problem of car accidents caused by drivers impaired by marijuana.If you were injured in one of these accidents, or a family member was injured or killed, a Denver car accident attorney can help you pursue just compensation.

NHTSA Postpones Final Rule on Rearview Cameras

For the second time, the release of a final rule that would mandate the installation of rearview cameras in all new vehicles has been delayed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The final safety rule, which was to be announced in late February 2012, is now expected to be released by December 31, 2012.

Colorado Senate Considers Drugged Driving Bill

It is illegal to drive while under the influence of drugs in Colorado. To determine whether a driver is too high to drive, law enforcement currently does not use a test similar to the one used to determine if a driver has had too much to drink, but rather uses a "we know it when we see it" approach by looking for indications of impairment.

Pedestrian accidents lead to serious injuries and deaths in Colorado

Car accidents involving pedestrians can be devastating. Those crossing the road are much more vulnerable than people traveling within vehicles. As a result, the injuries associated with pedestrian accidents can be catastrophic. The National Highway Traffic Safety Association estimates that 5,000 pedestrians are killed in car crashes every year, while over 75,000 are injured.

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