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How Do You Determine Who’s Responsible in an Accident at an Intersection?

This is the fifth and final installment of our series regarding intersection safety. Pedestrians include those walking or riding in a wheelchair. Bicycles are categorized as vehicles according to Colorado law and have the same responsibilities as drivers. Both pedestrians and bicyclists are considered as vulnerable in terms of intersection collisions. Too frequently, motorists are speeding or using mobile devices without regard for the potential devastation that they may cause. Here, we will look at how liability or fault is legally determined
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What’s Colorado Doing to Make Intersections Safer for Drivers, Bicyclists, and Pedestrians?

Intersections are points of confluence for motor vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrians. At these junctions, there are more factors that can lead to collisions than at most points across the transportation network. In the U.S., intersections are the site of approximately 25% of roadway fatalities and roughly 50% of injuries. In this segment, we will look at various specific safety measures that agencies in Colorado are taking and also some of what the Federal Highway Administration is referring to as “innovative
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Pedestrians & Bicyclists Are Most Vulnerable Intersection Users

Pedestrians and bicyclists both have substantial vulnerability when encountering motor vehicles on the roadways and must remember to exercise caution. At intersections, most of these collisions occur when motorists or bicycles are turning or when pedestrians are crossing. Local governments are pursuing strategies to heighten intersection safety through better design, implementation of signs and devices to control traffic, and greater educational awareness. The reality is that safety in these situations is best achieved through a comprehensive approach that combines all of
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What Are the Human Factors That Make Intersections so Dangerous?

Colorado experienced a 40% increase in the volume of fatal accidents between 2013 and 2016. The Colorado Department of Transportation Safety explained the three primary factors that contribute to vehicle collisions are the road, the operator, and the car itself. The Federal Highway Administration indicates that 44% of crashes occur at intersections. The majority of vehicle crashes are caused by human error. Here, we will discuss the various human factors that have the largest effect on potential intersection accident involvement. Categories of Human Factors
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What Are the Most Dangerous Intersections in Colorado?

Colorado’s roads continue to be dangerous. In Denver, the volume of fatal traffic accidents has risen every year since 2005. In Colorado in 2015, there were 546 deaths, and these numbers rose to 605 and 630 in 2016 and 2017. This increase is occurring at a time when traffic safety awareness is higher than ever, seat belt use is higher than ever, and vehicles have more standard safety features than ever. In Colorado, fatalities at intersections continue to escalate from 112 in
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What Happens in Colorado If You Have Been in a Car Accident and Are Pregnant?

Julian Gutierrez drifted beyond his lane of travel and struck a car traveling in the opposite direction. Judith Mauricio, the driver of the other car, was severely injured in this head-on collision. Mauricio was also eight months pregnant at the time. After arriving at the hospital, she delivered a still-born baby girl. The Los Angeles Police determined Gutierrez had been operating under the influence and arrested him. Canadian Medical Association Study Donald Redelmeier and a team from the University of Toronto studied the health
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What Happens if a Computer Glitch Causes Your Attorney to Miss a Filing Deadline in Your Lawsuit?

Courts generally operate according to established procedures and use deadlines. For example, if a plaintiff misses a deadline in a personal injury action, the court may dismiss the claim. In the case of Taylor v. HCA-HealthONE LLC (2018), a Colorado appeals court was asked to review a lower court’s dismissal of a medical negligence claim after Taylor failed to comply with rule 4(m) of the Colorado Rules of Civil Procedure titled “The Limit for Service.” The plaintiff had failed to meet the deadline
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What are the Deadlines for a Colorado Personal Injury Claim?

Individuals, businesses, and institutions generally operate best with a structure or framework in place for purposes of organization and efficiency, and the courts are no exception. In the realm of civil actions and proceedings, the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP) are the guidelines that local courts model their own rules of civil procedure from. Courts have an affirmative duty to handle civil litigation in a manner that is fair and without unnecessary costs or delays. In a personal injury
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The Future of Fully Autonomous Vehicles After an Autonomous Car Claims Its First Fatality

On U.S. roadways in 2016 there were an estimated 37,461 accident fatalities, which equates to nearly 750 per state. Many experts feel that autonomous or “driverless” vehicles will one day dramatically reduce the volume of crashes by removing the element of human error. Arizona leaders have encouraged companies such as Uber to conduct testing in the state. Recently, one of these cars struck and killed a pedestrian while operating autonomously with a “backup” driver on board. Uber has temporarily halted its testing in Arizona.
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When Loved Ones Are Killed in Accidents: How Do You Cope?

Losing a loved one can be an extremely traumatic experience. Despite being a natural reality of life, it is likely that feelings of shock, confusion, sadness, and depression may result. A tragedy occurred recently in Weld County when a four-vehicle crash resulted in the death of three family members. Sheila Sinclair was traveling with her six-year-old son and two daughters’ ages three and one at the time of the accident. Sinclair and the two older children were killed in the crash.
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