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Determining Fault In A Car Accident

Fault In A Car Accident

Car accidents are often complex, intense moments in a person’s life and sometimes the real damage doesn’t surface until long after the crash itself. In this case, circumstances are everything and the amount of ‘fault’ for the accident that is determined during investigations determines the amount of money that a driver is liable for after a wreck.

But how is fault determined? Who makes those decisions? Let’s start by discussing a few things first:

Determining Fault For An Accident In Colorado

In many cases, proving fault is key to winning the compensation you are entitled to after an accident in Colorado. Sometimes fault is obvious, but at other times, it can prove to be more difficult. When it’s questionable, there can be confusion around who actually caused the accident and who is legally at fault.

Unless it’s extremely clear that you’re the one responsible for the car accident, it’s important to speak with an experienced car accident lawyer in Westminster. Don’t assume you can’t recover damages if you’re unsure that you’re at fault until you talk to a lawyer!

Every car accident is unique and it’s important to discuss specifics with a qualified attorney to determine liability and fault of your accident.

The state of Colorado is an At-Fault state. What this means is that drivers are allowed to file personal injury claims against the parties at-fault without waiting to reach a specific financial threshold before doing so.

Car accident victims in Colorado are legally entitled to seek compensation in one of three ways after an accident:

  1. By filing a claim with their own insurance company if the at-fault driver is uninsured or underinsured.
  2. Filing a claim against the at-fault driver’s insurance
  3. Filing a personal injury claim against the at-fault driver

Colorado practices the modified comparative negligence legal theory. What this means is that if you’re less than 50% at-fault for the accident, you’re entitled to seek compensation for your injuries. The amount of damages that you’re eligible to receive will be reduced by the percentage of personal responsibility you hold for the accident. If you’re determined to be at least 50% responsible for the accident, however, you’re not allowed to seek compensation at all.

If a jury finds that an injured party was speeding before they were hit by a drunk driver, they may determine that the victim was 10% responsible for the accident, and as such, their own injuries. If the jury determines that the injured party suffered $100,000 worth of damages due to the accident, the victim would only receive $90,000- 10% less than the amount of damages incurred.

The Problem of No-Doubt Liability

Authorities and insurance companies will almost always assign fault to a driver who rear-ends another. This is known as ‘no-doubt liability’; an accident that is almost always a certain driver’s fault. No-doubt liability accidents are extremely difficult to argue against in court and will generally result in a quick settlement for victims. While rear-end accidents are the most common form of no-doubt liability crashes, these aren’t the only form they take. Here’s a few other examples:

  • Backing-up drivers: Drivers who are backing up are typically at-fault for crashes regardless of circumstances.
  • Red Light runners: Drivers who run red lights are usually at-fault in car accidents
  • Left Hand Turns: Drivers making left hand turns in front of drivers going the opposite direction are usually at-fault in car accidents
  • Impaired drivers: Drivers under the influence are usually assigned fault in car accidents.

Drivers who break basic traffic laws or texts while driving increase the chances they will be determined liable in an auto accident.

Take Note: Even though you may have done one of these above items at the time of the crash, your conduct may not be the reason the crash happened. This means that there is a possibility that you’re not considered to be the at-fault driver. This is why it’s crucial to call a lawyer to help you navigate this complex situation and determine liability.

AGG Law Is Here To Help

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident that involves a commercial truck, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries through a legal claim against the responsible parties. AGG Law Firm takes prides in advocating for victims that suffered injuries from  commercial truck accidents and recovering the compensation our clients’ deserve. Contact AGG Law at (720) 708-2988 today for first class legal representation!

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Distracted Driving – The Cause of 26% of Car Accidents in the US

Distracted driving is one of the largest causes of car accidents in the US. Whether it be texting and driving, eating, or using the navigation system, individuals do things to take their focus off the road and thus endanger their lives and the lives of others. If you were in a car accident caused by a distracted driver, contact our experienced car accident lawyers to ensure that justice is served.

What is Distracted Driving?

Distracted driving is doing something while driving that makes you take your attention away from the road. This can be anything from texting or talking on the phone, to eating or using the navigation system. These distractions can cause you to lose focus and take your eyes off the road, endangering yourself and other drivers.

It has been shown that if you take your eyes off the road for only 5 seconds while driving at 55 mph, that is long enough to travel the entire length of a football field. Taking your eyes off the road is not the only way you can be distracted either.

There are three categories of distractions: visual, manual, and cognitive. Physically looking away from the road in front of you falls into the visual category, and this is the most commonly occurring distraction. A manual distraction is when you are using your hand or hands to do something else besides controlling the steering wheel, such as using the navigation system. Cognitive distractions occur when you are not focusing on driving but rather communicating with others or thinking about something else.

Texting while driving is the most common way drivers are distracted. This hits all three distraction categories, and according to a study conducted by The Zebra, it is six times more likely to cause an accident than drunk driving.

Distracted Driving Statistics

According to the US Department of Transportation, distracted driving caused over 1.6 million accidents in 2018, leading to over 500,000 personal injuries and 6,000 deaths. Texting while driving is particularly dangerous, with the same study showing that texting increased the likelihood of crashing by 23 times. Aside from the high cost to people’s lives, distracted driving accidents were responsible for over $125 billion in societal damages.

The Department of Transportation also found that 26% of all motor vehicle accidents were caused by the use of cell phones – a staggering statistic considering 77% of teenagers admitted that they or an adult they know uses their phone while driving.

The Colorado Department of Transportation stated that 43 crashes occur each day due to distracted drivers, and in 2018 alone there were 15,673 accidents. These accidents were not specific to one county, with many occurring in the Westminster, Broomfield or Arvada in Adams County.

What to Do if You are Involved in a Distracted Driving Accident

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver, you may be able to recover damages from the at-fault driver. To prove that the driver was distracted, you can use the initial police report, cell phone records, video footage, and witness testimonies. If those are not available, in some cases an accident reconstruction expert can help you prove that the at-fault driver was distracted while driving.

Our attorneys can help you get the justice you deserve and have years of experience in representing clients in distracted driving cases. They understand the severity of the situation and know that you deserve to be compensated after an accident.

Contact our attorneys at the Denver-based law firm Alhasoon, Glidden, and Glidden to ensure that you get the legal support you deserve to help make you whole after a car accident. Contact us at (720) 487-1050 today to speak to one of our attorneys.

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Tips for Staying Safe Around Busses in Denver and Aurora, CO

Riding a bus in Colorado can be a convenient and cost-effective way to move around. It could be a public transportation bus for those trying to get around a city or a school bus for kids going to school.

How do you stay safe on a bus in Denver and Aurora?

1. Be sure you’re ready to travel alone

Truth is, traveling alone on the bus for the first time can be scary. There are several things to consider like, knowing where your bus stop is, how long the journey will take.

If traveling on the bus alone can be scary for an adult, how about your kid?

The best thing to do will be to do a trial run with your kids before they make their first journey alone. This will give them the confidence they require, and it’ll give you peace of mind.

2. Know the rules of the bus

Every bus has a general set of rules that must be followed. These rules aren’t just there for “jokes”, they are there for everyone’s safety (your child inclusive).

So, do yourself a favor and adhere to the rules, you should also teach your kids to adhere to the rules.

A few of the unsaid rules include:

  • Wait until the bus has come to a total stop before heading towards the door.
  • Make sure you do not leave any personal belongings in the aisle as this could be a trip hazard
  • Try not to communicate with the driver without a good reason (the drivers’ attention should only be called when there’s a serious issue on the ground)
  • There is usually a sign indicating a point towards the front of the bus that you’re not allowed to pass, so do not go beyond this point as you could distract the driver.
  • Always remain 10 feet from the bus to allow the driver to see you.

3. Be careful when walking towards the bus stop

It is advisable to always walk on the sidewalk to the bus stop and if there’s no sidewalk, walk on the left facing traffic. You should also get to the bus stop about 5 minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive

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Pedestrian accidents can be easily avoided. When you get to the bus stop, stay away from the road and avoid playing around while waiting.

4. Do not be in a rush to get on and off the bus

Enter the bus as quietly as you can, there’s no need to be in a rush. Hold the handrail if you feel the need to keep yourself stable while going up and down the stairs.

Once you’re on a bus, go directly to a seat. Do your best to remain seated and remain focused on your surrounding.

While you’re on the bus, always speak quietly on the bus to avoid distracting the bus driver.

When getting off, there’s no need to be in a rush, ensure that the bus has stopped moving before you try to get off the bus.

5. Get a bus accident lawyer

If the worst eventually does happen, make sure you’re prepared to handle it. If you or a loved one has been injured in a bus or public transportation accident due to the negligent act of another, you should hire a bus accident lawyer.

There are people who might be against this advice, but the truth is, the worst really does happen no matter the preventive measure we put in place to prevent it.

It’s better to be prepared than to be caught off guard.

If you or a loved one is in a bus accident in the Aurora or Denver area, contact the law offices of Alhasoon, Glidden & Glidden to speak to our experienced attorneys. Contact us at (720) 487-1050 today for a no obligation consultation.

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Multi-Car Accidents in Colorado

Being involved in a car accident is a difficult experience regardless, but multi-car accidents complicate the situation even further. In these cases, it is more difficult to investigate who is at fault, and often the accidents are more severe. If you are involved in a multi-car accident it is important to work with an experienced attorney to ensure your interests are represented fairly, contact our office today for a free consultation.

What is a Multi-Car Accident?

A multi-car accident is a car accident that involves more than two vehicles. These accidents involve numerous vehicles and, as a result, often cause more damage and serious injuries. An additional complication is the multiple parties that are involved, as this can lead to several different perspectives on what happened.

Emotions can often run high, and it can be difficult to assign fault and legal liability. Most of the time these accidents happen on highways where drivers are moving at high velocities and tend to be the result of a chain reaction. A multi-car crash can also happen if there is already an accident and a distracted driver is not paying attention and compounds the damage of the original accident.

Multi-Car Crash Statistics

The most common cause of multi-vehicle crashes is distracted driving, where the driver is not paying attention to the road. This can be because of texting while driving, eating, or messing with the radio or navigation system. Driving under the influence is also a big reason that multi-vehicle crashes occur, as consuming drugs or alcohol lowers drivers’ reaction times and abilities to accurately perceive road hazards.

Inclement weather is another major cause of multi-car accident, as ice or snow conditions can cause vehicles to lose traction. Visibility can also be reduced when there is bad weather, and this can increase the likelihood of an auto accident.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 46% of car accidents in the US involved multiple vehicles. In Colorado the number is a bit higher, coming in at 49% in 2017.

In April 2019, there was a fiery 28-car pileup in Colorado. Four men were killed, and the vehicles involved ranges from cars and SUVs to 18-wheelers and a 24-passenger vehicle. The driver that caused the accident was driving a flatbed that was carrying lumber, and the accident is still being investigated. Most likely the driver will face serious charges after the investigation is concluded.

The Colorado Department of Transportation also ranks the deadliest counties for accidents, with Adams County topping the list in 2016 at 60 deaths.  

What to Do if You are Involved in a Multi-Car Accident

If you are involved in an auto accident that involves multiple vehicles, it is important to contact an attorney right away to ensure that your interests are fairly represented. Since multi-vehicle crashes result in multiple witnesses and parties being involved, it is more difficult for investigators to accurately determine who or what caused the accident.

If you can, it is recommended to immediately take notes on your perspective of the accident, as investigations can take time and you do not want memories to fade. An accurate record of what happened will be very important for legal proceedings that will follow.

In addition, you should not accept any settlements or offers from other parties without first speaking with an attorney. This will ensure that you are treated fairly and get the compensation you are owed.

If you are in a multi-car accident in Westminster, Broomfield or Arvada in Adams county, CO, whether it be an auto accident or a truck accident, contact the law offices of Alhasoon, Glidden & Glidden to speak to an experienced attorney. Our attorneys can ensure that you receive the proper settlement for your claim through powerful legal representation. Contact us at (720) 487-1050 today to speak to one of our attorneys.

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Driver of Semi In Massive, Deadly Denver Crash To Be Charged With Vehicular Homicide

The driver faces four counts of vehicular homicide after the crash that involved three other semis and 24 other vehicles.

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If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident that involves a commercial truck, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries through a legal claim against the responsible parties. AGG Law Firm takes prides in advocating for victims that suffered injuries from  commercial truck accidents and recovering the compensation our clients’ deserve. Contact AGG Law at (720) 708-4050 today for first class legal representation!