Former Insurance Defense Attorney Turned Personal Injury Attorney

Fort Collins, Colorado, Personal Injury Law Blog

Do you need to work with a personal injury attorney?

It is important to know when your case will or will not need a personal injury attorney. Knowing when your case requires a skilled legal attorney is essential, because taking a case that does not to an attorney will only cost you more in the long term.

In "Get It Settled Without A Lawyer" you can learn more about the kinds of cases that benefit from having a skilled attorney on your side, like a complex personal injury case.

Why should drivers avoid all distractions on the road?

People who are driving need to ensure they are doing their part to keep the roads safe. One part of this is avoiding distractions so they can focus on traffic and other vehicles. It's imperative that they block out any potential distractions.

While many people think about cellphones when they are discussing distractions, there are many others that you need to consider. In fact, many things that can distract drivers are commonly done without them realizing they are impacting the safety of those around them.

Are certain car colors safer than others?

When you buy a car, what features are you looking for? For many Boulder County residents, safety is a priority.

There have been many advances in recent years in safety technology. Features like back-up cameras, OnStar roadside assistance and lane-keep warnings can all help make you and your family safer on Colorado highways. But there also is a low-tech option that could potentially keep you from getting in a wreck.

Your old or urban-style helmet may not be as safe as it should be

Trends in protective headgear for cyclists tend to follow what is popular, not necessarily what is most effective at keeping people safe. However, the whole point of wearing a helmet is your safety, and fashion should be in a distant second place as far as important considerations go when buying safety gear.

Given that many of the worst injuries and a significant number of fatalities on bicycles each year involve cyclists who did not have protected head coverings, you may think that any helmet is better than no helmet. While that may be true, if you're going through the effort to put on a helmet, don't you want to maximize the amount of protection it offers you?

Emergency treatment of a traumatic brain injury is a must

Generally, a traumatic brain injury requires immediate medical attention to minimize damage, provide medical stability and improve the likelihood of survival.

Upon presenting at a hospital with a potential traumatic brain injury, your medical team will take steps to stabilize your condition, such as ensuring that you're getting enough oxygen and that your blood pressure is in the normal range.

How to cycle safely on the road

In a perfect cycling world, you'd always have access to a bicycle lane. This gives you peace of mind, as you know you and other cyclists are the only ones who should be traveling in this area.

Unfortunately, there are times when you have no choice but to ride alongside motor vehicles on the road.

What if the other driver doesn’t have insurance coverage?

Despite the fact that it's illegal in the state of Colorado to operate a motor vehicle without insurance, many people take the risk. They assume they'll never get caught, so they drive without insurance as a means of saving money.

If you're involved in an accident with a driver who doesn't have insurance, it's critical to understand your legal rights and the steps you can take to obtain compensation for your injuries and damages.

Negotiating with an insurance company post-accident

In the aftermath of a car accident, it won't be long before you're negotiating with an insurance company. While you think you have a beat on the steps you can take to protect your legal rights, keep in mind that insurance companies have many years of experience settling cases for less than what the victim is owed.

There are a variety of factors to take into consideration when negotiating a final settlement, including the following:

  • The amount of money a jury may award in the case
  • How much money it will take to get the case to trial
  • The risk of taking the case to trial

Hidden brain injuries are common after a car accident

Whether a car accident is a multi-car pileup or just fender-bender, it may still leave the drivers and passengers involved with injuries they don't realize they have. This is particularly true of head injuries, which may happen so quickly that victims don't remember them happening at all. Any sufficient blow to the head can leave a victim with a brain injury, even if there is not bruising, swelling or bleeding from the injury.

Any time that you or someone you love experiences a car accident, whether it seems big or small, it is always wise to seek out a professional medical examination immediately. Many injuries that can occur during car accidents are not painful for hours or days after the accident, and catching them early on can make a victim's recovery less painful, less expensive and may even prevent a serious injury from growing worse.

Can you really settle an injury case without an attorney?

No matter how hard you try to avoid trouble, you're always at risk of injury. For example, you could be sitting at a red light minding your business when another vehicle strikes you from behind.

Regardless of the cause of your accident or the injuries sustained, it's critical to receive immediate medical attention. By doing so, you'll better understand your injuries, timeline for making a recovery and long-term prognosis.

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