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.
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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
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.
The Colorado Skier Safety Act, passed in 1979, has been protecting ski resort owners from lawsuits and soaring insurance costs. The few lawsuits that have moved forward were limited to $250,000 in non-economic damages. The Colorado Ski Safety Act states that skiing is inherently risky, and waivers on season pass holders extend this protection from liability.
November 19th, 2013 | Posted by Levine Law, on Personal Injury
It is that time of year again: the leaves begin to fall, the weather turns a bit chilly, and...football reigns supreme. Many of us look forward to watching our favorite teams hit the fields and impress us with their talents and aggressive hits. But it is those hits, which get harder as players continue to get bigger, that can cause head injuries. Head injuries are particularly devastating because the brain damage caused by a concussion or a momentary black out may take years to show up. For example, Alzheimer's and similar memory-related diseases appear in retired NFL players 19 times the normal rate for men 30-49 years old.
November 15th, 2013 | Posted by Levine Law, on Personal Injury