Dangers of Brake Checking

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Brake checking, a maneuver where a driver suddenly slows down or slams on their brakes to intimidate or retaliate against another driver, is a dangerous behavior that can have severe consequences on the road. While it may seem like a valid form of expressing frustration, brake checking often leads to accidents, injuries, and legal complications.  What is Brake Checking? Brake checking occurs when a driver abruptly slows down or stops their vehicle, typically in response to feeling tailgated, cut off, or otherwise provoked by another driver. This action is often done intentionally as a way to force the trailing vehicle to react...

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How a Pedestrian Accident Attorney Can Help You

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Pedestrian accidents are on the rise, with an estimated 7500 individuals killed on roadways in 2022. This is the highest number of fatalities in more than 40 years. Pedestrians are inherently more vulnerable to severe and potentially fatal injuries, especially with larger vehicles. Keep yourself and your loved ones safe by understanding some of the most common causes of these types of accidents and when to speak to a pedestrian accident attorney.  Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents Distracted Driving One of the leading causes of pedestrian accidents is distracted driving. Drivers engrossed in their phones, adjusting the radio, or attending to other distractions...

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When to Hire a Hotel Injury Lawyer

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Hotels are meant to be a home away from home, providing comfort and convenience to travelers. The owners of these establishments have a duty to protect their guests from potential hazards by properly maintaining them. Unfortunately, this does not always happen, and accidents may occur as a result. A hotel injury lawyer can be a valuable resource should you wish to take legal action against a hotel for negligence. Let’s discuss some common causes of hotel injuries and how an attorney can help.  What Are Some Common Hotel Accidents? Slip and Fall Accidents One of the most prevalent hazards in hotels is the...

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What is Standing to Sue?

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Standing to sue is a legal principle that describes the right of an individual to file a lawsuit against a negligent party. Not everyone is automatically entitled to bring suit, however. Standing to sue is built on three essential elements: injury in fact, causation, and redressability. A plaintiff and his or her attorney must be able to prove each of these elements in order to pursue a settlement in or out of court.  Standing to Sue Elements Injury in Fact The first element of standing to sue is called  "injury in fact." This means that the party bringing the lawsuit must have suffered...

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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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What is an HOS Violation?

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Maintaining safety on the roads is critical, especially where trailer trucks are concerned. Their massive size alone means that a collision can result in significantly worse injuries and property damage than in a normal collision. Operating a commercial truck is, therefore, a serious undertaking. Drivers must adhere to a strict set of rules known as “hours of service (HOS) regulations.” An HOS violation occurs when one or more of these regulations is ignored, potentially leading to serious consequences. Let’s take a look at some of the more common HOS violations and what to do if you are involved in an...

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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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Do You Need an Uber Accident Lawyer?

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Rideshare programs, such as Uber and Lyft, have become wildly popular in the last decade. They offer both job opportunities and, in most cases, a safe and affordable means of transportation. But Uber drivers are human, and just as prone to making mistakes as other drivers. Likewise, they are not immune to the negligence of others on the road. So what happens if you are injured in an accident involving an Uber? Do you need to hire an Uber accident lawyer, or do you go through car insurance? The answer depends on several factors.  What if the Uber Driver Caused the...

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What to Do After a Dirt Bike Accident

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Dirt biking is a popular pastime in Colorado for locals and tourists alike. The state’s natural beauty and an abundance of trails for all skill levels make it one of the top destinations for dirt biking in the country. Like other off-roading vehicles, however, dirt biking is not without risks. Let’s take a look at factors that might contribute to a dirt bike accident, and when you should seek legal advice for your injuries.  Colorado’s Dirt Bike Regulations Dirt bikes fall under the category of “off-highway vehicles,” or OHVs. Other examples of OHVs include three-wheelers, ATVs, surplus military vehicles, and dune buggies....

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Res Ipsa Loquitur in Personal Injury Cases

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Res Ipsa Loquitur (RIL) is a legal doctrine that is invoked in certain situations in a personal injury case. It is predominantly used in cases where direct evidence is lacking in support of an injury. But when, specifically, does res ipsa loquitur apply, and is it enough to win a case on its own? Read our article to find out more.  What is Res Ipsa Loquitur? Res Ipsa Loquitur is Latin for "the thing speaks for itself." Unsurprisingly, it has its roots in Ancient Rome, when it was first put forth in Ciceros’ speech “Pro Milone.” In the speech, he defends his...

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