Colorado has made marijuana legal over the course of the last several years, but with a rise in auto deaths with marijuana as a factor, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) wants to know more about what people think about driving while using the drug.
Whether you are driving or cycling through Colorado's spectacular mountain scenery, a vehicle crash can quickly turn your joy into horror and pain. No matter how careful you are and how defensively you drive and/or cycle, other drivers are not always as careful as you are. If you are unfortunate enough to be hit by one of these negligent drivers, you could suffer severe consequences, including a traumatic brain injury.
Cycling is dangerous if you're not careful about when and where you ride. It's particularly hazardous in times like the spring, fall or winter, when drivers may not expect you to be on the roads.
The Colorado Governmental Immunity Act (CGIA), CRS §§24-10-101 et seq., bars lawsuits against Colorado governmental agencies and their employees unless rare circumstances exist. Even when injured victims are allowed to move forward with a lawsuit, damages are limited by statute. There are two schools of thought on the efficacy of the CGIA. One view is that the state provides essential public services that would be disrupted if all lawsuits were allowed to go forward, and the "taxpayers would ultimately bear the fiscal burdens of unlimited liability." The other view is that a denial or reduction of the ability of injured victims to recover monetarily leads to unfair results.
Making it safer for drivers to be on the roads isn't always easy. Trying to take the human error out of the equation is impossible. However, there are some things that could be tried to reduce the number of collisions on the roads. One of those things is creating a safer system for the roads.
When you merge onto the highway, it's important to know who has to yield. Sometimes, there's little time for those on the right to enter the highway at speed. Despite that, those entering the highway have to be careful to avoid crashing into someone else.
You have suffered serious injuries as a result of another driver's negligence, and there is no doubt that you have a case. In fact, the defendant is offering you quite a bit of money. Should you accept it?