On June 15, 2013, on a rural road near Fort Worth, Texas, a wealthy 16 year old was driving his friends around in his dad's Ford pickup truck. Earlier in the evening, they had stolen some beer from a local Walmart and the 16 year old was driving with three times the legal blood alcohol limit when he plowed into three people helping a young woman whose SUV had broken down. The woman who owned the SUV, plus the three people who had come to her aid, all died. Two of the 16 year old's friends were tossed from the bed of the truck; one is paralyzed and one suffered broken bones and internal injuries. For information on the legal BAL and DUIs, contact your Denver auto accident attorney.
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Winter Storm Boreas hit the roads, skies and everything in between Thanksgiving week. Holiday traffic nearly ground to a halt as snow and ice made travel nearly impossible for millions of people. Barely back to work after the holiday and still reeling from Boreas, Winter Storm Cleon sent temperatures in Texas plummeting 50 degrees in one 24-hour period.
Holiday stress isn't just evident on Black Friday where people compete for the best deals...or in malls where last minute shoppers look hurriedly for that special gift...or at offices and schools where people are trying to tie up work and projects by year's end. Holiday stress shows up on roadways as road rage--on steroids. Combine uber road rage with more crowded roads due to seasonal travelers and party-goers, and uber trouble can result. Your Denver auto accident attorney has some helpful tips for reducing stress and the road rage that can go with it:
In October of this year, 14 sick and elderly patients were abandoned at a Castro Valley, California, assisted living facility. The Department of Social Services had ordered the Valley Manor Community Care Home closed due to deplorable conditions. Notice of closure was placed on the door of the home, and all but three staff members walked out, leaving the patients at the facility before they were transferred to other homes. After three days of trying their best to care for and transfer the abandoned patients, the remaining staff members called 911, and the police and paramedics responded. A criminal investigation is now ongoing.
Almost half of fatal car accidents in large cities like Denver are caused by drunk drivers. As staggering as this fact is, it has been a fact for a long time, despite media campaigns against drunk driving, stiff penalties for DUIs, and extending liability to parents and providers of alcohol. The next biggest contributing factor in fatal car accidents is distracted driving: talking or texting on cell phones, reading, putting on make-up while driving, etc. This is despite the fact that distracted driving laws are in effect Colorado for all drivers, and cell phone use is banned entirely for drivers under 18.
Amazon and the United States Postal Service are combining forces to offer Sunday delivery of packages. At first, the Sunday delivery will be in New York and Los Angeles metropolitan areas; however, by 2014, the Sunday delivery service will be extended to most of the country. The US Postal Service Priority Mail Express already offers Sunday and holiday delivery for a small fee.
Elections on November 5, 2013, showed that a number of other states are now willing to follow in the steps of Colorado and legalize the recreational use of marijuana. But as Coloradans know, legalization has brought with it a large number of issues that have proven to be difficult to resolve. Your Denver automobile attorney can attest that one of those issues was how to decide when someone is driving under the influence when they have been smoking marijuana, not drinking alcohol.
Despite city and state government leaders spending millions of dollars to improve pedestrian and cyclist safety in Denver, the number of auto-pedestrian and auto-cyclist accidents continues to rise. In fact, hit and run cases involving pedestrians--accidents where drivers leave the scene--have nearly quadrupled in the last four years.
December 6th, 2013 | Posted by Levine Law, on Accident Attorney
Teen bullying is seemingly being discussed everywhere--the news, social media, community centers and back yards. In fact, according to the CDC, 1 in 4 middle school students reports having been a victim of bullying. What is not being discussed is how to hold the bullies truly accountable. Teen bullying is done to teens by teens, and therefore can be very difficult to address with traditional legal means.
You may be familiar with the video and the story by now. Two men and a teenage boy were hiking through a State Park in Utah when one of the men pushes hard on a huge boulder until it finally topples from its position. The men laugh, and they high-five each other and the teenager. The man who was not pushing the boulder over was filming the event, and then put it on You-Tube, where it went viral.
November 30th, 2013 | Posted by Levine Law, on Personal Injury