Motorcycle Accident Denver, CO

Involved in a Motorcycle Accident in Colorado?

Drivers of motor vehicles, like motorcycles, have an obligation to exercise reasonable care when sharing the road. Tragically, thousands of motorcyclists are injured or die in Colorado every year due to careless drivers. In 2017, a Colorado Department of Transportation report stated that there were 120,172 total vehicle crashes, 2,386 of which involved motorcycles. Even more tragic, the number of motorcycle fatalities reported in Colorado in 2016 hit a high of 125, up by 15% from the prior year. The experienced motorcycle accident attorneys at Alhasoon, Glidden and Glidden understand how to get you the compensation you deserve if you are involved in a motorcycle accident.

What Are Your Dangers?

As a motorcyclist, you face numerous dangers on the road that automobile drivers don’t typically have to consider. Some of those dangers may include delicate weather conditions, defective products (such as tires or helmets), defective roads and highways, and reckless or negligent automobile drivers. Even with protective gear, many of these constant dangers can lead to serious life-threatening injuries due to the lack of protection a motorcycle offers, some of which include brain trauma, spinal injuries, or the loss of limbs.

Many automobile drivers fail to notice motorcycles because of blind spots or pure carelessness to signal or look before turning. Such mistakes can lead to serious injuries or the tragic loss of life.

If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, you may recover from the at-fault driver’s insurance company for reimbursement of any medical expenses and property damage you incur. Depending on your motorcycle insurance policy, you may also be able to recover from your insurance company for reimbursement of certain medical expenses. BUT, before you speak to the insurance company, contact an experienced motorcycle accident attorney at Alhasoon, Glidden and Glidden to walk you through your insurance policy and the options available to you.

We’re here to help!

There are many causes of motorcycle accidents, most of which involve careless automobile drivers. If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident – no matter what the cause – call the experienced personal injury lawyers at Alhasoon, Glidden and Glidden to speak to an attorney and find out if you are entitled to compensation. Our consultations are free, and we don’t get paid until you win!

If you have lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident due to negligent or reckless conduct, Alhasoon, Glidden and Glidden extends its deepest condolences, and is here to fight for you!

Pedestrian Accident Attorneys

Are You a Victim of a Pedestrian Accident?

Every year, hundreds of Colorado pedestrians are injured and, in some cases, die due to careless or reckless drivers. Denver Public Works reported 416 pedestrian accidents in 2015 – an increase from the incidents reported in the last 4 years. These figures suggest that pedestrians should be even more vigilant than ever when crossing the street. These figures also suggest that drivers should pay extra careful attention when driving through school zones, neighborhoods, or packed and congested streets.

The experienced injury lawyers at Alhasoon, Glidden and Glidden have handled many pedestrian injury cases and know how to investigate your case and evaluate your claim. Although there are many laws in place to protect pedestrians from automobile accidents, drivers still breach their responsibility to exercise reasonable care by exceeding the speed limit, ignoring traffic signs, driving recklessly, or losing control of their vehicle, causing an accident. In such an event, the driver may be held liable for any resulting injuries.

What Should I do if I am Hit by an Automobile?

If you are a pedestrian that has been involved in an accident, keep the following four steps in mind:

First, contact the police to report the accident. It is important to file a police report of the incident as soon as possible, regardless of whether the driver has fled the scene or remained present. You want to be sure to get your side of the story documented right after the accident. It is also important for the police to document who was at fault for the accident, as this can be very important to your case later on. If there are any witnesses, have them volunteer a statement.

Second, exchange contact and insurance information with the driver. You may not feel any pain right after the accident, but it is important that you have the driver’s insurance information in case you need to file a claim for future medical expenses. If the driver has fled the scene, see if any witnesses were present to identify the vehicle make or the license plate. A hit and run is a serious offense and should certainly be reported – such drivers are a danger to people on the road.

Third, seek immediate medical attention to document any injuries or pain. This is important in case any injuries manifest from the accident weeks or months down the road. Be sure to keep all the records, expenses, and a journal of any pain that may have manifested from the accident.

The final step is to contact the experienced attorneys at Alhasoon, Glidden, and Glidden who regularly deal with pedestrian injuries to consult with them on your options. These steps are necessary if you need to later go to court to seek recovery for any damages resulting from the accident.

Get the Care and Attention You Deserve!

Our attorneys have years of experience representing clients in a variety of personal injury cases and investigating pedestrian accidents throughout Colorado. Contact the attorneys at the Denver-based firm of Alhasoon, Glidden, and Glidden to help you fight to recover every dollar you deserve.

If you have lost a loved one unexpectedly in a pedestrian accident to a careless or reckless driver, Alhasoon, Glidden and Glidden extends its deepest condolences, and is here to fight for you!

Uninsured or Underinsured Motorist Coverage

Why You Need Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage

In Colorado, all drivers are required to carry auto insurance by law. However, having auto insurance does not guarantee that you will be compensated for your injuries and damages if you are involved in an auto accident, especially if the other driver is an uninsured or underinsured motorist. On January 1, 2018, Colorado adopted new laws regarding uninsured and underinsured insurance policies. The following describes what you should know about the Uninsured or Underinsured Motorist (UM/UIM) coverage portion of your insurance policy.

What is Uninsured or Underinsured Motorist Coverage?

UM/UIM coverage is a supplemental insurance policy that kicks in when you are involved in an auto accident with someone who does not have insurance coverage, or who has insufficient auto insurance to cover any medical bills or costs of the accident. If the other driver is at-fault for the accident, your insurance company will step in and cover any medical or accident-related expenses that the driver at-fault is unable to cover.

UM/UIM coverage is offered in addition to your primary automobile insurance policy and is not a stand-alone policy. In Colorado, insurance companies are required to provide UM/UIM coverage that equals the limits of your bodily injury liability policy. For example, if your bodily injury liability coverage is $250,000.00, then your UM/UIM will also cover $250,000.00.

Another great advantage of UM/UIM coverage is that such policy covers injuries even if you are a pedestrian, cyclist, or passenger in another vehicle, and the at-fault party does not have insurance or does not have enough insurance to cover your expenses resulting from the accident.

So What’s Changed Since 2008?

The first change to the law is that “setoff” by your insurance company is no longer allowed. Let’s say your injuries and damages total $250,000.00. If your UM/UIM policy covers $200,000, and the underinsured motorist’s insurance only pays up to $50,000.00, then the total compensation of your policy and the other driver’s policy is the combination of both policies, or $250,000.00. The insurance company can no longer setoff the underinsured motorists sum from your policy coverage.

The second change to the law is that you are allowed to purchase more than one policy per household, and “stack” the policies to cover your damages. For example, if you own three insurance policies with UM/UIM coverage of $100,000.00 each, Colorado law will allow you to apply up to $300,000.00 of your UM/UIM coverage towards the expenses resulting from the accident.

How Long Do I Have to File a UM/UIM Claim?

In Colorado, an injured party has three years from the date of the injury to file an UM/UIM claim with their insurance company. If the injured party receives a payment for any of their injuries within three years, the injured party is granted an additional two years to file a claim for underinsured coverage with their insurance company, to cover any additional expenses the injured party may incur in the future as a result of the accident. Any injured party should ensure that underinsured claims are filed before the three years expire to be certain they will receive compensation for their claims.

Contact us if your claim has been denied

If you don’t have UM/UIM you should certainly consider adding it to your policy, as it can provide significant monetary coverage in the event of an accident.

If you have been injured in an automobile, truck, pedestrian/auto, or bicycle accident, contact the experienced Denver attorneys at Alhasoon, Glidden and Glidden for a free consultation to evaluate your case.

Med Pay Coverage for Personal Injury

Why You Should Know What Med Pay Is and Why It Matters

If you’ve never heard of “med pay” in the context of auto insurance, please read carefully, as this supplemental coverage for auto insurance policies provides major benefits if you are ever involved in an auto accident.

Med Pay is short for medical payment coverage and is supplemental insurance coverage that provides a certain level of reimbursement for medical expenses you and any passengers in your vehicle may suffer from because of an auto accident. Med pay provides medical coverage benefits regardless of fault and provides many other additional benefits.

Med pay coverage

Med pay allows you to submit your medical bills under the med pay provisions of your auto insurance policy to be paid directly by your insurance company. Most policies only cover up to $25,000.00 intended to cover immediate medical expenses.

Keep in mind, adding med pay coverage to your existing policy can be as inexpensive as a couple of extra dollars per month and can provide significant benefit if you are injured in an auto accident. Med pay should not be confused with health insurance. Whereas med pay does cover medical bills in most scenarios, health insurance should be your primary insurance policy should you need extensive medical care in connection with an auto accident. It is important to have a health insurance policy for your everyday medical care and not confuse the two types of policies.

Does Med Pay cover multiple vehicles?

No. Med pay is coverage that needs to be purchased for each vehicle. However, med pay does follow the policy holder, so regardless of whether you are involved in an accident as a passenger in another car, you will be covered by your policy. Med pay can also be beneficial for individuals driving for ride-sharing companies, as your med pay coverage can cover your passengers, if and when necessary.

How is Med Pay different than Personal Injury Protection (PIP)?

Med pay and PIP may seem to provide the same coverage, however, they are very distinct policies. Where med pay solely covers medical related expenses, PIP is a more comprehensive policy, and therefore costlier. PIP policies provide coverage for medical expenses, rehabilitative and psychiatric services, as well as documented losses such as lost wages. In “no-fault” states, PIP is mandatory. As of 2003, Colorado is no longer a no-fault state and therefore, PIP coverage is no longer mandatory.

The bottom line

If your auto insurance policy is not already equipped with med pay, consider contacting your auto insurance agent about adding this coverage to your policy. More importantly, if your policy does include med pay, and you’ve recently been injured in an auto accident, contact Alhasoon, Glidden and Glidden top personal injury lawyers in Denver. Request a comprehensive review of your auto coverage and insurance benefits to make sure the insurance companies are paying you what you are owed!

Pedestrian Auto Accident Attorneys

What to Do If You’ve Been Injured in a Pedestrian Auto Accident

Every year thousands of people involved in pedestrian auto accidents are injured, and tens of thousands of people die. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported in 2015 that approximately 70,000 pedestrians were injured by an automobile, and 5,376 pedestrians were killed. Such injuries can be very serious and often life threatening. In 2017, Colorado had 93 pedestrian fatalities.

As the population in Colorado continues to increase, the chances of being injured in a pedestrian auto accident have also increased. All too often, the driver’s conduct is to blame. Most pedestrian auto accidents are caused by distracted drivers using a mobile device, eating, drinking, or several other distractions while driving. Even worse, alcohol is sometimes involved. Here are some things to keep in mind if you become the victim of a pedestrian auto accident.

What to do after a pedestrian auto accident

If you’ve been involved in a pedestrian auto accident, follow these steps:

  1. Contact the police and wait for them to arrive at the scene
  2. If the driver did not flee the accident, exchange contact information, but do not try to discuss or establish fault
  3. Collect contact information from any witnesses that were present during the accident

Next, and most importantly seek immediate medical attention. It is important to remember that even if you do not feel pain immediately after the accident, it often takes some time for injuries to materialize. Seeking immediate medical attention ensures that a qualified medical professional can identify issues before they become worse. Also, waiting to see a doctor after an accident may not work to your favor if you need to go to court to seek compensation from a negligent driver.

Colorado’s Duty of Care

In pedestrian auto accidents, drivers must exercise “reasonable care under the circumstances” when operating a vehicle. This means the driver must obey the customary rules of the road – stopping at stop signs and red lights, signaling before turning, obeying posted signs, yielding to pedestrians crossing cross walks, and obeying the speed limits, among other rules. A driver that fails to follow these rules may have breached their duty of care and may be found liable for negligence.

Can a pedestrian be held liable for a pedestrian auto accident?

Yes. Colorado Tort Law allows the court to find a party contributorily negligent. This means that if a pedestrian was at fault in causing the accident or contributing to their own injuries in some manner, they can be found liable for the percentage of their own negligence and can potentially be barred from recovering. It is important to contact Alhasoon, Glidden & Glidden, LLC immediately following a pedestrian auto accident so we can investigate your case and help gather evidence.

Consult an Attorney

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in an auto pedestrian accident, reach out to an experienced attorney that can help you investigate your case, evaluate your claims, and protect your rights. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and expenses. Contact the experienced lawyers at the AGG Law Firm for a free case consultation today.

Dog Bite Injury

How to Deal with a Dog Bite Injury

Its summer time – the weather is great, people are spending time outside, and the dogs are out to play. This is generally a good thing, but sometimes, dogs can become unpredictable and aggressive, resulting in a dog biting incident. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that about 4.5 million people are bitten each year. Among the victims are typically children under the age of 12. If you or your loved one are victims of a dog bite, we recommend the following steps:

1. Take pictures of the bite

It may not sound like the most important thing in the moment, but you will want to ensure that you take pictures of the dog bite to show the extent of your injuries at the time the bite occurred.

2. Immediately wash out the wound and bind it

If the wound is not extremely large, you will want to make sure you go sanitize it to prevent any infections from forming.

3. If possible, get the dog owner’s contact information

This is important because at the time of the bite, you do not know the extent of the injury. Getting the owner’s contact information will allow you to inquire whether the dog is up to date on all their shots and request such documentation, if necessary. You will also want to know who to contact in case you may need to seek compensation down the road.

Dog bites are typically covered under an auto, homeowners, renters or animal insurance policy. If you need to seek compensation for serious injuries, it is likely that the dog owner will have some type of insurance that will cover the incident. As harmless as a dog bite may seem, this can become a serious matter. Insurance companies pay out hundreds of millions of dollars a year on dog bite claims alone!

4. If the bite is bleeding so much that you cannot stop the flow by binding it, you may need to call 9-1-1 for immediate medical attention.

If the wound or wounds from the dog bite are so severe that the bleeding isn’t stopping from binding the wound, you should seek immediate medical attention to prevent further injury.

5. Schedule an appointment with your doctor to have the bite checked out.

Maybe the injury appears fine at first glance, but you will definitely want a medical professional to check the wound and ensure that no further care is necessary.

Under Colorado law, a dog owner can be held strictly liability for their dog biting someone. This means that even if the owner had no knowledge that their dog is aggressive, or that their dog has a history of biting people, the owner can still be held liability for economic damages – such as medical expenses – resulting from a dog bite. Additionally, if it can be proven that the owner was negligent, or the attack was intentional conduct, you may be able to recover non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering.

Dog bites can be more serious than you might expect. If you have been injured by a dog bite, contact our experienced attorneys at Alhasoon, Glidden & Glidden, LLC for a free consultation by professionals that handle these matters. You may be entitled to compensation.

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Suing for the Wrongful Death of a Loved One

A wrongful death occurs when someone is killed because of the wrongful, careless, or negligent conduct of another party.  Although in some instances, a criminal suit can be brought against the responsible party for the decedent’s death, family members may file a lawsuit in civil court to establish the liability of a company or individual for the death of a loved one.

Examples of when family members of the decedent can file a wrongful death lawsuit include, but are not limited to the following:

– when a criminal action has failed or is not attempted,

– a death is caused by a drunk driver,

– reckless or careless driver,

– deaths cause by dangerous or defective products,

– medical malpractice,

– negligent, careless, or wrongful conduct

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

In Colorado, the Wrongful Death lawsuit is controlled by Colorado statute (CRS 13-21-201), which dictates specifically who can bring a wrongful death lawsuit.  In the first year of the decedent’s death, the surviving spouse has exclusive rights to bring the lawsuit.  After the first year, the surviving spouse or the children of the decedent have standing to bring a wrongful death lawsuit.  If there is no spouse or surviving children, then any of the surviving parents of the decedent may bring a claim. In addition to surviving family members, the individual representative of the decedent’s estate may file a claim for a “survival action” to recover damages for certain losses to the estate.

How Long Do I Have to File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

From the date of death of the decedent, any of the above individuals have two years to file a claim for a wrongful death. You should not wait – consult the experienced wrongful death attorneys at Alhasoon, Glidden and Glidden immediately to discuss your claim, ensuring you provide adequate time to prepare your case.

What Can You Recover?

In Colorado, the law provides that survivors of the decedent can recover economic and noneconomic damages. Monetary damages are assessed by a jury, and if there is no jury, by a judge. The specific damages awarded in a wrongful death suit will depend on the particular facts of the case. The types of damages that survivors can recover for a Wrongful Death lawsuit include, but are not limited to:

– Monetary damages,

– Loss of salary or wages of what the decedent would have earned had he or she been alive,

– The loss of love, companionship, comfort, care, assistance, protection, affection or care suffered by the survivor of the decedent,

– Pain and suffering,

– Lost benefits, such as life and health insurance,

– Funeral and medical bills

Additionally, if the conduct of the responsible party was willful, reckless or wanton, the survivors may also recover punitive damages.

If you have lost a loved one unexpectedly due to negligent or reckless conductAlhasoon, Glidden and Glidden extends its deepest condolences. Wrongful death cases are almost always emotionally difficult for family members and is not a matter our attorneys take lightly.  If your loved one died unnecessarily due to someone’s carelessness conduct, call the best wrongful death attorneys in Denver – Alhasoon, Glidden & Glidden – for a free consultation to ensure that you receive fair compensation for your loss.