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.
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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
The now infamous confrontation between the biker group called "Hollywood Stuntz" and the SUV with a young family inside has generated a national conversation about how bikers and automobiles can and should share the road. The helmet-cam video from one of the bikers that was uploaded onto You-Tube currently has over four million hits. People all over the country, and from all different perspectives--law enforcement, psychiatry, biker enthusiasts--debate how a "stunt" ended up with 2 bikers badly injured, one critically, and the driver of the SUV severely beaten.
We all know that driving while intoxicated is dangerous and illegal. Finally, it seems we are beginning to realize the same about texting while driving - it is now a primary offense in 48 states meaning that you can be pulled over for texting alone. In addition, many states are starting to make penalties for texting while driving similar to those for driving under the influence. The truth is, texting while driving is six times more likely to cause accidents than driving while drunk. Texting while driving can also delay reaction times more than driving while drunk, and increases the chances of an accident by 23 percent.
Binge drinking has become a huge problem, not only on college campuses, but in society at large. Binge drinking is defined by the CDC as 5 or more drinks in a row within two hours by a man, and 4 or more drinks in a row within two hours by a woman. A staggering 90% of all alcohol consumed by those under 21 years old occurs in the form of binge drinking.
On October 4, 2013, an early snowstorm took Colorado by surprise. Many were not ready for the winter season just yet. The wet, heavy snowfall brought down power lines, made roads slick, and wreaked havoc with drivers trying to get places. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) statistics show that 24 percent of car crashes caused by adverse weather conditions occur on snowy, slushy, or icy roads; 15 percent of accidents occur while the snow or sleet is falling; and more than 1,300 people die each year in automobile accidents; 116,000 more people suffer serious personal injury.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) defines fatigue as “mental or physical exertion that impairs performance.” This terse description fails to capture the life-altering consequences of driver fatigue when a car or truck crash causes catastrophic injuries or claims lives – consequences that experienced Denver truck accident attorneys know all too well.
Every Denver motorcycle crash lawyer has dealt with at least one case in which the right gear protected a rider’s life – or the wrong gear resulted in death or life-changing injuries. Choosing the right protective gear can make a significant difference in the outcome of a crash. While you can’t prevent every accident, you can protect yourself to the best of your ability, improving your chances of coming through an accident without suffering fatal harm.
October 23rd, 2013 | Posted by Levine Law, on Accident Attorney
The U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has issued a number of new safety regulations in recent years. Addressing everything from truck and bus driver health to hours of service and maintenance schedules, the new regulations represent a significant outreach on the part of the agency in its attempts to reduce the rate of injuries and deaths suffered in commercial truck and bus accidents each year.
October 16th, 2013 | Posted by Levine Law, on Accident Attorney
Every Denver accident attorney has seen a situation in which, despite a person’s best intentions, their actions cause injury to others. Nowhere are these cases more tragic than when a person who loves and cares for children accidentally causes them harm. One of the easiest ways to injure a child is in an accidental “backover” accident – but these are also some of the easiest accidents to prevent.