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Here’s What You Need to Know if You Get Injured in Denver

Denver is one of the most popular destinations for vacationers and business travelers in the United States—and with good reason. The Mile High City has a lot to offer, from its world-class restaurants to its easy access to the Rocky Mountains.

For people who are getting ready to travel to Denver, there is a lot you need to know. Besides learning about the city and all it has to offer, this includes some basic information to help you stay safe. If you are unfortunate enough to be injured during your travels, there are some important facts you will want to know about protecting your legal rights as well. 

Being Involved in an Accident as an Out-of-State Driver

Whether you rent a car or rely on taxis or rideshare vehicles, there is always a risk that you will be involved in an accident on the road. Hopefully, this won’t happen, but you should consult with a local attorney if it does.

Tips for Staying Safe

Here are our tips for staying safe while driving in and around Denver:

  • Check the weather before you go. The weather can change suddenly in Denver, especially during the winter months. Additionally, if you are heading into the Rocky Mountains, the weather at your destination could be very different from the weather downtown.
  • Check your vehicle. While there isn’t a lot you can do to check your rental vehicle, you can make sure the lights work and the tires are in good shape. If there is a chance that you will encounter snow or ice, you should go to the store and buy some basic emergency supplies just like you keep (or should keep) in your car at home.
  • Focus on the road. When driving on unfamiliar roads, it is especially important to pay attention to the task at hand. Set your GPS directions before you leave, and leave your phone alone.
  • Watch Out for Distracted and Impaired Drivers. Unfortunately, Denver has its fair share of unsafe drivers. Even though you are on vacation or traveling for business, you are not immune to being involved in a collision. If you approach a vehicle and it appears that the driver may be distracted, drunk or high, leave plenty of buffer room and only pass when it is safe to do so.

What to Do if You Get Injured

If you get injured in a vehicle collision while visiting Denver, you should handle your situation just as you would at home. This means remaining at the scene and calling 911. Additionally, you should seek medical treatment locally. There are many excellent doctors in the Denver area, and it can be dangerous to travel with certain types of injuries.

Safety Risks at Hotels and Rental Houses in Denver

When you rent a hotel room or house for your stay in Denver, you assume that the premises will be safe and well maintained. While this should be the case, some property owners and managers, unfortunately, don’t do enough to protect their visitors and guests.

Tips for Staying Safe

Here are our tips for staying safe at your hotel or rental house:

  • Walk, don’t run. There are plenty of places to run in Denver, but a hotel lobby isn’t one of them. Hotel hallways with lots of doors and unfamiliar houses can be dangerous places to run as well. While these are reminders travelers should give their kids, adults need to behave responsibly as well.
  • Keep your hotel room or house locked. It is always a good idea to keep your hotel room or rental house locked when you are traveling. If you have access to a safe, store your valuables in the safe if you can’t take them with you.
  • Try to be on the lookout for potential safety hazards. Puddles, torn carpeting, and other safety hazards can lead to painful slip-and-fall and trip-and-fall accidents. While you won’t be able to spot all potential hazards, it is important to try to avoid any that you can.
  • Follow the rules. Elevators have capacity limits for a reason; and, if a section of a hotel or rental house is off-limits, there is probably a reason why. Rather than putting yourself in a potentially dangerous situation, follow the rules and focus on enjoying all that Denver has to offer.

What to Do if You Get Injured

If you get injured at a hotel or rental house, you should notify the property owner promptly. Provide a detailed explanation of how you got hurt; and, if the property owner asks you to sign a report, only do so if the information is entirely accurate. Seek medical treatment for your injuries at the nearest hospital, and contact a local lawyer to get help protecting your legal rights.

Safety Risks at Other Establishments and Venues in Denver

When you visit Denver, we encourage you to get out and see as much as possible. If you do, you will see why Denver is among the fastest-growing cities in the United States. But, you will need to be mindful of your surroundings and be especially careful during the winter months.

Tips for Staying Safe

Here are our tips for staying safe while exploring Denver and the surrounding areas:

  • Be wary of snow or ice. Walking on snow or ice can be dangerous. Denver can see winter weather about seven months out of the year, and slipping and falling is a very real possibility.
  • Be wary of drunk patrons or guests. Some people are going to have too much to drink. This is a reality in any city you visit. If you encounter someone who has drunk to excess, give him or her some room and continue on your way.
  • Do not drink to excess. In this same vein, it is important not to put yourself at risk by drinking to excess in a public establishment. If you end up consuming more than your body can handle, be sure to get a safe ride back to your hotel or rental house.
  • Try to avoid potential hazards. Just as you should try to avoid potential hazards in your hotel or rental house, you should do your best to avoid potential hazards out in public as well. Again, it won’t be possible to protect yourself from everything, but being aware of your surroundings can help to mitigate your risk of injury.

What to Do if You Get Injured

Here too, you should report your injury to the property or business owner (if you can do so), and you should seek medical and legal advice right away. If you took any photos at the establishment or venue—whether before or after you got injured—be sure to keep them to show your attorney.

Staying Safe While Skiing, Snowboarding and Doing Other Outdoor Activities

If you are like many people, you plan to use Denver as your basecamp for visiting the Rocky Mountains, or you are hoping to sneak in a few hours on the slopes while you are in town on business. When you go skiing, snowboarding, or hiking, there are some important safety considerations you will want to keep in mind.

Tips for Staying Safe

Here are our tips for staying safe when you go to enjoy the outdoors:

  • Check the weather. In Denver and out in the Rocky Mountains, we can get a lot of snow. If you are going to be spending any amount of time outdoors, check the weather and make sure you have the clothing and equipment you will need to stay safe and warm.
  • Stay within your limits. When skiing, snowboarding, or exploring the backcountry, stay within your limits. Visiting a new location is not the time to push yourself.
  • Tell someone where you’re going. Tell a friend, co-worker or family member where you are going and what time you plan to be back. This way, if something unexpected happens, you will have someone who can initiate a search on your behalf.
  • Take supplies. Just in case you end up being out longer than you expected, be sure to take plenty of supplies. Along with food and water, this includes basic emergency supplies such as a flashlight, fire starter, and emergency blanket.

What to Do if You Get Injured

If you have cell phone reception, you should call for help from your location. If you have an emergency beacon or other means of communication, utilize this if you cannot make contact with your phone. For accidents occurring at ski resorts and other businesses, try to file an incident report if you are physically able to do so, but prioritize obtaining prompt medical treatment for your injuries.  

You May Need a Denver-Based Attorney to Help After an Accident

If you are injured while visiting Denver, you will need to contact a local attorney—not an attorney in your home state. Your attorney will be able to represent you remotely, and there is only a very small chance that you will have to travel back to Denver for your case. However, if this comes up, it won’t happen until well into the future, and you will be able to work with your attorney to make arrangements well in advance.

We hope you stay safe and enjoy your time in Denver. But, if you happen to get injured, we will be more than happy to help. You can contact us online or call us 24/7 at 303-333-8000.