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.
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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
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.
Historically, sovereign immunity protected federal and state governments and their employees from being sued without their consent. However, in modern times the trend has been toward holding government accountable. For example, the Federal Tort Claims Act waives immunity to suit and liability for some actions. Many states followed this federal lead by enacting state statutes that limited immunity for state government entities and employees. These statutes are known as State Tort Claims Acts.
November 8th, 2013 | Posted by Levine Law, on Personal Injury
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.
If we have children who plan to trick or treat, or we intend to invite trick or treaters onto our property, or even if we are simply sharing the roads with trick or treaters on the big night, we are all participants in Halloween in some way. So how do we minimize liability and maximize fun? Your Denver personal injury lawyer Jordan Levine has some great ideas.
October 28th, 2013 | Posted by Levine Law, on Personal Injury
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
Choosing the right football helmet for young players doesn’t have to cost a fortune. New research shows that more expensive helmets do not protect players from concussions and other brain and neck injuries any more effectively than standard helmets do.
October 20th, 2013 | Posted by Levine Law, on Personal Injury