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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Avoid Hitting a Deer in Colorado

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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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Survival Action vs Wrongful Death

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Many of us are familiar with the term “wrongful death,” and what it entails in legal proceedings. However, it is not the only course of action if someone’s death was due to the negligence of another. A survival action is another option whereby surviving heirs can seek compensation on behalf of the deceased. It is similar to a wrongful death claim, but with a few key differences. Let’s take a closer look at survival action vs wrongful death, and when to seek legal assistance.  Survival Actions: Preserving the Deceased's Rights A survival action is a legal claim that seeks damages that would...

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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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Maximum Medical Improvement in Personal Injury Cases

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The term “Maximum Medical Improvement” (MMI) is most frequently associated with workman’s compensation cases. However, it also plays an important role in personal injury settlements. It can help assign a value to your medical damages, for example, and help predict future damages incurred in the form of lost wages and ongoing medical treatment. Let’s take a closer look at the concept of MMI and how it can impact a personal injury case.  What is Maximum Medical Improvement?  Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI) refers to the stage in a person's medical treatment where their condition has stabilized to the fullest extent possible. At this...

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E-Bike Laws in Colorado

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Electric bicycles, or “E-Bikes,” have surged in popularity in the last few years. They allow for the scenic views and cardiovascular benefits of a traditional bike, with the convenience and flexibility of a motor. However, these E-bikes are not without risks. It is important to know and adhere to e-bike laws in Colorado in order to avoid a potentially devastating accident.  What is an E-Bike? An E-Bike utilizes an electric motor to assist the rider while pedaling. There are three classes of E-Bike that may be found on Colorado roads: Class I E-Bikes have motors that work only while pedaling and up...

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Does Colorado Have a Good Samaritan Law

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Good Samaritan Laws are a means of protecting citizens who offer emergency first aid from being prosecuted for worsened or new injuries. All 50 states have a basic Good Samaritan law. A majority of states, including Colorado, have also extended their good samaritan laws to offer immunity to individuals who dial 911 to report a drug overdose. Let’s take a look at some examples of when the Colorado good samaritan law might protect an individual, as well as exceptions to the law and how it might affect a personal injury case.  What Does the Good Samaritan Law Say? In general, the Good...

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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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