Colorado set the trend for marijuana legalization. Amid all the viable reasons for doing so, there was an overwhelming concern that the decision would lead to drivers operating their vehicles under the influence of marijuana. Since the drug can have side effects that make it dangerous to be behind the wheel, a rise in auto accidents was a major worry. DUI accidents can cause serious injuries and fatalities and it is important for those who have been involved in a crash to understand what steps to take if marijuana was a factor.
In recent decades, technological advancements have made car drivers and passengers safer than ever. The same can't be said for pedestrians and bicyclists.
On this blog, we often discuss how a personal injury claim can compensate an injured person for their damages. In this post, we will dive into a little more detail about what "damages" means in this context, and how Colorado law differentiates between types of damages.
More than five years ago, Colorado began legalizing sales and recreational use of marijuana. Businesses, lawmakers, law enforcement officers and the public have been trying to figure out how to adjust to the new state of affairs ever since.
Most personal injury cases are based on the legal concept of negligence, and under Colorado law, negligence in car accident cases is relatively straightforward. A driver acts negligently when he or she fails to exercise reasonable care to avoid the risk of injury to others on the road. If their negligence leads to an accident and someone else is injured as a result, the negligent driver can he held liable for the injured person's damages, including medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering.
How can we keep track of statistics about dangerous conduct on the roadways in America, such as instances of distracted driving? After all, at any given time there are millions of vehicles on the roads of Colorado and other states throughout the country. Nevertheless, it is important to keep track of what people are doing in their vehicles as they are driving, oftentimes at high speeds, alongside other people on the roadways.
An auto accident can leave you in terrible shape. Sure, your car may have been damaged, but you've probably also suffered some sort of physical injury. If severe enough, these injuries may have required medical treatment and forced you out of work for some time. As a result, your physical, emotional, and financial health may be less than desirable, leaving you wondering what you can do to not only recover compensation for your damages, but also to get even with the individual who caused your injuries in the first place.
With its scenic views and a nice combination of wide open and curving roadways, Colorado is a great place to ride a motorcycle. Many individuals find this activity to be peaceful and relaxing, but a negligent driver can turn a joyful ride into a living nightmare in a matter of seconds. Since motorcyclists are without the protections afforded to occupants of passenger vehicles, they often suffer serious injuries in accidents. Far too often these injuries can lead to disability and death, which is why those who are affected by a motorcycle accident need to carefully consider their legal options.
It seems like it is becoming more difficult to leave work at the office. While many of us in Alamosa simply want to do the best work we can, which often requires work outside of the office, others are required to be available "after hours." In our digital world much of this work is conducted online. As such, many individuals find themselves checking and answering emails and texts after they have left the office, including while they are driving. This can prove dangerous to all motorists on the road.
Dealing with the aftermath of an auto accident is often challenging. Victims usually must find a way to cope with unexpected and undeserved physical pain and suffering they experienced following the crash. This is in addition to the financial ramifications of the crash, typically manifested in medical expenses and lost wages. Taken as a whole, these damages can be emotionally devastating. Sometimes, car accident victims feel so overwhelmed that they feel paralyzed. This feeling can further jeopardize their future, especially when the accident in question was caused by the negligence of another.