What is Seat Belt Syndrome?

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Seat belts unequivocally save lives. According to research by the National Safety Council, 50 percent of all accident-related deaths may have been prevented simply by wearing a seat belt. While safety belts are essential, they are not without inherent hazards, especially in a bad crash. Seat Belt Syndrome is a collection of injuries that can be sustained as a consequence of seat belts during a car accident. These injuries can range from minor to severe, and they may appear immediately or have a delayed onset. Read our article to learn more about Seat Belt Syndrome and when to speak to...

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When to Accept a First Settlement Offer

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Being involved in a car accident is a distressing experience, and dealing with insurance companies can add another layer of complexity to an already challenging situation. You may be eager to settle so you can pay down bills or just move on from the whole experience. But accepting the first offer from the other party’s insurance carrier is not always in your best interest. You may or may not be aware that you have the right to dispute the amount, and even seek legal assistance if the first offer is unfair. Let’s take a look at when it may be...

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Who is Responsible for Road Debris Damage?

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Car accidents and damage caused by road debris are very common. A 2016 study by AAA found that road debris was a contributing factor in over 50,000 crashes a year. With numbers like that, many of us are bound to be involved in a debris-related accident at some point. But who is responsible for road debris damage to your car? Is it covered by insurance? And what counts as “road debris” in the first place? Keep reading to learn more.  What is Road Debris? Road debris can take many forms, from natural hazards to fallen cargo. It may be already in the...

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Signs of Drunk Driving

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Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a serious and dangerous offense that puts not only the impaired driver at risk but also everyone else on the road. Did you know that certain behaviors and actions can indicate a driver is inebriated? Learning how to spot these signs of drunk driving can help you and your loved ones avoid a potentially life-altering accident.  Common Signs of Drunk Driving The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has developed a handbook of over 100 signs of drunk driving that can be used by law enforcement to predict a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08...

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Accident Reconstruction in Your Personal Injury Claim

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Car accidents happen. In many cases, you exchange insurance information in good faith with the other driver or drivers, and let the adjusters do the rest. In other cases, however, things can get complicated quickly. Liability may not be clear, with both parties asserting their innocence.  In such cases, an accident reconstruction specialist can help clarify matters. These are expert witnesses whose testimony can offer scientific backing to claims of negligence.  What Do Accident Reconstruction Experts Do? Accident reconstruction experts are highly trained professionals with expertise in engineering, physics, and investigation. They specialize in analyzing and reconstructing the circumstances of a car...

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Avoid Hitting a Deer in Colorado

Deer crossing a road in Colorado

Colorado's natural beauty is a wonder to behold, but it also brings with it a unique set of challenges for drivers. One of these challenges is the presence of wildlife, particularly deer and elk. These large animals are abundant in Colorado, and during their migration seasons, they become even more active and unpredictable on the roads. Thousands of accidents are reported annually, either from hitting an animal or swerving to avoid one. Read our tips for avoiding a wildlife collision this migration season.  How to Avoid Hitting a Deer with Your Car Be Aware of Migration Seasons Colorado's deer and elk migrations typically...

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What is a Rollover Accident?

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Rollover car accidents are one of the most deadly forms of crashes. Although statistically rare, they account for nearly 30 percent of traffic fatalities. In 2021 alone, 7,640 people were killed in a rollover accident. Let’s take a closer look at why these types of crashes are so deadly and what you can do to stay safe.  What Counts as a Rollover Accident? An accident is considered a “rollover” when the vehicle tips onto its roof or sides during the crash. Most rollover accidents are preceded by another event, such as an impact with another car or stationary object. However, about ¼...

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Risks of Eating and Drinking in the Car

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In today's fast-paced world, multitasking has become the norm for many individuals. We often find ourselves juggling multiple responsibilities simultaneously, even behind the wheel. One common practice that may seem harmless but can have grave consequences is eating and drinking in the car.  Despite the normalcy associated with this behavior (along with the mixed messages sent by over 200,000 drive-thru restaurants in the US), studies have shown that eating and drinking while driving has similar levels of impairment to texting. Furthermore, the NHTSA estimates that individuals eating while driving are nearly twice as likely to have an accident. Let’s take a...

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Feet on Dashboard Accidents

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When it comes to road safety, we often focus on factors such as speed limits, seat belts, and defensive driving. However, there's one overlooked habit that poses a serious risk to passengers: resting your feet on the dashboard. While it may seem like a comfortable and harmless position during a long drive, the consequences can be severe and even life-altering. Sitting this way in a car accident not only increases the risk of catastrophic injury, it may also affect an insurance claim and/or personal injury settlement amount. Read our article to learn more about feet on dashboard accidents and how...

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Diminished Value in Auto Accident Claims

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When it comes to car accident claims, one concept that is often overlooked is "diminished value." This refers to the reduction in a vehicle's worth after it has been involved in an accident or sustained significant damage. While most of us know that we can file a claim for the cost of repairs and personal injuries sustained in an accident, you may not be aware that you can also file a claim for diminished value to your vehicle. Let’s take a closer look at what diminished value means and how it factors into auto accident claims. What is Diminished Value? Diminished value...

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