Does Auto Insurance Cover Car Theft?

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The state of Colorado has seen an alarming increase in the number of car thefts in recent years. In fact, as of 2022, it is the top state in the nation for auto theft, with over 24,000 cars already stolen in the first half of this year. If you or someone you know has been a victim of car theft, you may be wondering what to do next and if your vehicle’s insurance will reimburse you.  Why Is Car Theft on the Rise? The most likely reason that car theft is increasing is because it is more lucrative. Inflation and supply chain...

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Slip and Fall Lawsuit

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In the US, slip and fall accidents result in over 1 million visits to the emergency room annually. Injuries caused by these accidents can be severe, and they account for 85% of all fractures sustained by individuals over age 65. While many slip and fall accidents occur within our own homes, there are plenty of instances when they happen on someone else’s property as a result of negligence. In these cases, you have the right to pursue legal action in the form of a slip and fall lawsuit against the person(s) responsible.  What is Premises Liability? Slip and fall cases typically fall...

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Dog Bite Injuries in Colorado

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In most cases, we don’t deserve dogs. Their loyalty, friendship, and service are something mankind has cherished for centuries. In the US, we love dogs so much that 48 million households have at least one canine companion. Unfortunately, with that many dogs, the incidence of dog bites is also on the rise. The CDC reports about 4.5 million dog bites every year, with over 800,000 bites needing medical care. It is important to know your rights and what steps to take should you or a loved one experience a dog bite.  Colorado Dog Bite Law In Colorado, Revised Statutes §13-21-124 state that...

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Single Car Accident Insurance Claims

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The majority of car accidents involve at least two vehicles. However, there are times when only one car may be involved. These accidents, also called “single-car” accidents, occur for a variety of reasons and can be very difficult to prove on an insurance claim. You will need to take careful steps to document your single-car accident in order to receive compensation for damage to your car or for bodily injury.  What Causes Single Car Accidents? Single-car accidents can be caused by any number of reasons, but one of the leading causes is driver negligence. This can be in the form of distracted...

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Common Colorado Insurance Claims for Fall

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The arrival of Fall brings cooler days and a collective excitement for the upcoming holidays. Unfortunately, the drop in temperature and festive hustle-and-bustle can also result in an increase in certain types of insurance claims. Knowing the most common types of insurance claims filed in the fall can help you protect yourself against seasonal risks.  Top 4 Fall Insurance Claims in Colorado 1. Water Damage Water damage from freezing pipes is one of the most common insurance claims filed in colder weather. Inspect your plumbing system and irrigation system for signs of damage and make repairs as soon as possible. Take steps to...

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How to Get Your Pipes Ready for Winter

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Freezing pipes account for a significant percentage of homeowners insurance claims during the colder months. Preparing pipes for winter ahead of time can help you avoid the inconvenience and expense of repairs.  Are Frozen Pipes Covered by Homeowners Insurance? In many cases, yes, your homeowners insurance should cover the damage (minus your deductible) resulting from burst pipes. This scenario falls under “accidental water damage,” which is generally covered under the dwelling protection component of your policy.  That being said, there are a couple exceptions when your claim may be denied: Damage occurred due to lack of routine maintenance Just as with other areas of the...

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Open Door Motorcycle Accidents in Colorado

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Most of us don’t give much thought to opening our car doors when parked along a road. We might absent-mindedly glance into the side view mirror to check for any oncoming vehicles, then fling open the door and go about our business. But this simple act can have significant consequences for an unseen motorcyclist, who risks injury or even death as a result of the sudden obstacle.  When a motorcyclist crashes into the passenger or driver’s side door of a motor vehicle, it is called an “open door crash.” Open door crashes may also occur when a motorcyclist suddenly swerves to...

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Phantom Vehicle Insurance Claims

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Automobiles that are responsible for causing accidents without making physical contact are known as “phantom” vehicles, and they pose a serious threat. Most drivers will, at some point, find themselves in a situation on the road where they are compelled to make a risky maneuver due to the recklessness of another driver. They may have to suddenly swerve to miss hitting another vehicle, slam on the brakes, or veer quickly to the shoulder in an attempt to avoid an accident.  Sometimes these maneuvers pay off and a serious accident is averted. Other times, the worst happens: a collision still occurs, and...

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7 Unusual Colorado Driving Laws You May Not Know

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Certain traffic laws go without saying: stopping at a red light, yielding to pedestrians, wearing your seatbelt. Other laws may not be as well-known, however, and are frequently violated by drivers as a result. As strange as some of these rules may sound, they are still law in the state of Colorado. You can be held liable and even face jail time if you are found disobeying any of these laws, especially if an accident occurs as a result. Here are the top unusual Colorado driving laws that you may not know.  Lesser Known Traffic Rules in Colorado 1. You Cannot Buy...

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Unfair Claims Practices in Colorado

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The Unfair Claims Practices Act is an important part of Colorado legislation that protects policyholders against deceptive behavior by their insurance company. The act outlines specific tactics that are illegal for insurers to utilize when processing a claim. An insurance denial that occurred while any such action was taking place can indicate a bad faith claim, which is grounds for legal action.  What Insurance Processing Tactics Are Illegal? Unfair insurance practices include any deliberate attempt to delay or deny a claim by means of deception, misrepresentation, or poor communication. The following scenarios are red flags and should be reported.  Frequent “Clerical Errors” Everyone makes...

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