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What to do in the Aftermath of a Truck Accident

Victims of truck accidents in Fort Collins, Colorado are usually emotionally vulnerable and may not know what to do after the incident. To help understand what happens and to get the maximum amount of compensation you deserve, you should engage the services of an experienced personal injury or truck accident attorney in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Truck accidents are usually different from collisions involving motorcycles, cars and SUVs. Not only do they result in more grievous injuries (due to the momentum and weight of the trucks), but they also have a higher rate of fatalities than other kinds of accidents.

Causes of Truck Accidents

The investigation, settlement proceedings and possibly, litigation of truck accident cases are far more difficult to execute owing to the wide range of factors that cause the collision.

These factors can range from texting & driving, distracted driving and DUI to negligent maintenance of the tractor-trailer, a shoddy repair job by a contractor or errors from the truck or parts manufacturer.

Most truck wrecks occur as a result of driver error. Such errors include:

  • Driver fatigue
  • Substance abuse
  • Speeding
  • Reckless driving
  • Records Falsification

However, even rule-compliant and prudent truck drivers can still get into an accident because of vehicle-related errors. Such scenarios are usually a result of

  • Design defects either on the part of the truck or parts manufacturer. The installing of faulty parts such as poorly designed brakes and tires on a semi-truck or 16-wheeler can dramatically increase the chances of an accident.
  • Improper or irregular maintenance on the part of the trucking company
  • Overloading and incorrect weight distribution

What to do in the Aftermath of a Truck Accident

By law, truck drivers and trucking companies are required to follow specific regulations. If the violation of these regulations caused the truck to have a head-on accident or T-bone accident, victims may be entitled to more compensation on their truck accident claim. To ensure proper documentation and chain of evidence, the following steps should be followed in the aftermath of a truck accident

  1. Call the police

It’s essential that an accident report be filed, even where there is little damage on the car and the injuries sustained aren’t fatal or grievous. An accident report is required by law and could become an important piece of evidence during settlement negotiations and litigation.

  • Medical attention

Even when victims think they sustained no injuries, they may suffer from internal hemorrhaging, concussions or other underlying injuries. Health always comes first and it’s advised to seek immediate medical attention. This is the only way to determine the existence and extent of injuries. Furthermore, victims that refuse medical attention endanger their case since the defendant’s counsel typically brings this up during legal proceedings. It’s also more difficult to prove that injuries sustained are a direct result of the truck accident if victims don’t seek immediate medical attention

  • Contact an attorney to handle the case

Truck accident victims should get an attorney as soon as possible after an accident. Evidence can disappear if not properly preserved and interviews with insurance companies and adjusters can damage your case. Hiring an attorney right away can ensure your case is handled properly from the beginning to get the compensation you deserve. Contact the experienced Truck accident attorneys at AGG law firm to see how we can help.

What’s Next?

Due to of all the possible scenarios and contributing factors, determining the party or parties responsible for a truck accident can be quite challenging. Which is why victims and their family members should contact the trusted attorneys at AGG Law Firm.  Our expert personal injury and truck accident attorneys will work with you in Fort Collins, Colorado. We are equipped to handle the unique circumstances of your personal injury case resulting from truck accidents.

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Pedestrian Blame: Are Drivers Always Responsible in Pedestrian Accidents?

In 2016 in the U.S., nearly 6,000 pedestrians lost their lives by being struck by a car. On top of that, close to 129,000 pedestrians suffered injuries.

In many pedestrian accidents, the pedestrian has the right to claim compensation from the driver or their insurance company to pay for medical bills, lost wages, etc. That seems fair since the driver caused the pedestrian potentially life-changing damage.

But is it always the driver’s fault? What about when a driver is driving safely and defensively, and someone jumps out in front of their car? They can’t stop their car on a dime.

Let’s look at how the law in Arvada and Westminster, Colorado treats pedestrian accidents.

Are Drivers Always at Fault for Pedestrian Accidents?

No. Many people mistakenly believe that drivers are always at fault in pedestrian accidents. The law recognizes, however, that pedestrians can do something that makes it impossible for the driver to avoid hitting them. For example, stepping out from between parked cars only a couple feet in front of a moving vehicle.

In some cases, pedestrians can even be held responsible for damages to the driver’s car. If the driver struck another vehicle or damaged property trying to avoid the pedestrian, the pedestrian can be responsible for those damages as well.

Driver’s Duty of Care

Drivers do have a responsibility called the duty of reasonable care. Operating a vehicle is not without risks and drivers are responsible for reducing that risk as much as possible.

Not all circumstances are the same while driving. The duty of care refers to what a reasonable, prudent person would do given the specific circumstances.

For example, a driver going 30-mph in a 30-mph zone is not breaking the law. However, if the driver spots a person walking erratically near the edge of the road, a prudent person would slow down. If they fail to do so, they could be held liable for a resulting pedestrian accident.

How Does the Law Assign Blame?

During a lawsuit for a pedestrian accident, the court and jury will examine the evidence to determine fault. This includes the testimony of the pedestrian, driver, eyewitnesses, expert witnesses, the police report, and more.

Drivers can be held liable for reckless driving, texting and driving or engaging in other types of distracted driving. Pedestrians can be held liable for distractions like talking on their phone or for crossing the street where there is no crosswalk.

Nearly half of fatal pedestrian accidents involve alcohol for either party. About a third of pedestrians killed are legally drunk.

Contributory Negligence

The old way of assigning blame was rather harsh. If an injured party was found to share even a tiny bit of fault for the accident, they could not claim compensation.

There are only five states that still follow this rule. Thankfully, Colorado is not one of them.

Comparative Negligence

The rest of the states use the comparative negligence rule. There are two types of comparative negligence.

The first, used by 13 states, is pure. Each party is assigned a percentage of the blame. Any damages awarded are reduced by the injured party’s share of the blame.

For example, let’s say the court finds that the driver is 60% at fault and the pedestrian shares 40% of the blame. They can claim compensation, but the amount awarded will be reduced by 40% — their share of the blame.

The 33 remaining states (including Colorado) use a modified version of comparative negligence. If the injured party is 50% or more at fault for the accident, they are barred from recovery. If the injured party is less than 50% at fault, then any award is  reduced by their percentage of responsibility.

Proper Representation in Arvada and Westminster

Don’t handle a pedestrian accident case alone. From dealing with insurance companies to filing a lawsuit in court, an experieced attorney can make all the difference in your case and the amount of compensation you recover.

For this reason, you need proper representation. A solid attorney knows how to present the case in the best light, so the insurance company or jury assigns you as little blame as possible.

Contact us here at Alhasoon, Glidden & Glidden Law Firm by calling (720) 487-1050 for a free consultation today!

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Highway 350 serious car accident in Colorado

There was a bad accident south of La Junta on Highway 350. One burned out car was visible on the side of the road, 16 miles south of La Junta, one mile north of Timpas. Injured had already been transported.

Chief Ray Gonzales of Rocky Ford Fire and EMS said four helicopters and the Rocky Ford Fire, EMS were contacted. Bystanders had pulled the people from the automobile before it exploded into flames. Rocky Ford called La Junta, Manzanola and Fowler for mutual aid. Manzanola firefighters helped to put out the grass fire that was started by the automobile burning. Fowler ambulances stood by at Rocky Ford to take calls while the other ambulances were out. La Junta ambulance transported one to Arkansas Valley Medical Center, Rocky Ford transported one and Med Trans transported one to AVRMC.

Care Connect transported one to Parkview in Pueblo and Flight for Life took one to Penrose in Colorado Springs. The other two helicopters took patients from AVRMC where they were stabilized to another trauma center. More information will be available when the Colorado State Patrol issues its news release.

Source: AG Journal Online

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Man killed in car crash on Highway 96 west of Pueblo

Colorado State Patrol is investigating a crash that killed a Pueblo man on Friday.

Troopers say Nissan had been traveling west on Highway 96 when the driver attempted a left-hand curve but failed to make it.

The Nissan first traveled off the right side of the road before going off the road’s left side and rolling three and a half times ejecting the driver.

Police identified the driver as 59-year-old Frank Sandoval who was pronounced dead at the scene.

Sandoval was not wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash.

Source: Fox 21 News

Colorado Springs man survives elk vs. car collision

A Colorado Springs man was driving early in the morning near Moffat when he struck an elk, totaling his car. Fortunately, the man survived.

Saguache County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a car vs. elk accident at approximately 6:30 a.m. They posted the aftermath of the collision on Facebook, showing the smashed front of the man’s sedan.

The Sheriff’s office cautioned drivers to slow down and be aware of animals on the road.

source: KRDO

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Three Things You Can Do To Ruin Your Car Accident Case Compensation and How to Properly Handle It

Roughly 3 million people are injured each year in car accidents in the U.S. What do you do if it happens to you?

The first thing is to seek the medical attention that you need. Once you’re safe, it’s time to enlist the services of an experienced attorney to seek the compensation you deserve.

Many car accidents are caused by someone’s irresponsible behavior. For example, engaging in texting and driving or other types of distracted driving. When you are injured in an accident that someone else causes, they are responsible, and you are entitled to compensation.

You might think that this process may be straightforward. Unfortunately, it is not. Insurance companies pray on unrepresented individuals and often cheat them out of compensation they deserve and are entitled to because they know unrepresented individuals don’t know the law. Do NOT be fooled insurance companies and insurance adjusters are not your friends and they are not willing to pay what you deserve without an attorney.

Let’s look at some mistakes you should avoid when it comes to your car accident compensation case. Then we’ll learn how to handle your case correctly so that you get the recompense you deserve.

1. Ask for Too Little Compensation

The costs of a car accident can add up quickly. The average person doesn’t realize how expensive it can be.

First, there is the cost of repairs to your vehicle. If the car wreck was bad enough, you may even need to buy a new car.

Next, there are medical bills, lost wages from work, pain and suffering, and more. These are all compensable and most people are unaware of what they are entitled to. However, there are a few more types of compensation that you could be eligible for that you may not be aware of. These are:

  • Loss of enjoyment: If your injuries are bad enough you may be unable to continue participating in activities that you enjoy. You can get compensation for that.
  • Loss of consortium: This legal term refers to the companionship enjoyed by a husband and wife. If your injuries leave you unable to enjoy physical intimacy, this is compensable.
  • Punitive damages: In some cases, you may be awarded punitive damages. This amount serves purely to punish the responsible party for actions that led to the accident. This can include reckless driving, drunk driving, etc.

This is not an all-inclusive list. As you can see, there are many things you can get compensation for that you probably never would have thought about. In fact, many clients are often surprised at the amount of compensation they receive when their case is handled by the experienced attorneys at AGG law firm. At AGG law firm we fight to get you the maximum compensation that you deserve. Call today for a free, no obligation consultation.

2. Let the Insurance Company Trick You

Insurance companies are notorious for not wanting to pay proper compensation. It is not beneath them to outright lie to you. They deal with car accident claims all the time and are skilled in avoiding responsibility for them.

It’s not uncommon for them to pressure victims into accepting a low settlement early on to avoid paying what the victim is legally entitled to. Usually, too late, the victim finds out that they were entitled to far more compensation but they signed those rights away by accepting the insurance company’s initial offer. Insurance companies may also deny your claim or put some of the fault on you, where an experienced attorney can challenge this. Further, insurance companies are notorious for undervaluing and undermining your injuries to avoid paying.

This is not an all-inclusive list of the tricks insurance companies play. In order to protect your interests and get the most compensation you deserve, it is important to get an attorney to handle your case as soon as possible as many people make statements that damage their case. Call AGG law firm today to see how we can help.

3. Trying to Handle the Car Accident Case On Your Own

As mentioned in one and two above, those are just a few ways to ruin your case. Although it may appear easy to handle the case on your own, it is not. Insurance companies bank on your inexperience and take advantage of the statements you make, documents you provide, and inexperience with the law and inexperience with insurance companies to pay below what your case is worth. Don’t ruin your case by trying to handle it on your own. Contact AGG law firm today and let us get started on your case right away to ensure your case is handled properly from the beginning to maximize your compensaion.

AGG Law Can Help

What do you do when you don’t want to ruin your car accident case?

Turn to a car accident lawyer who prides themselves on helping people. At AGG Law, in Denver, Colorado, we focus on helping people injured in car wrecks to receive the compensation they deserve with someone by their side who they can trust. Let us be your advocate and we’ll take the stress out of a trying situation by handling everything while you focus on recovering from your injuries. Contact us today at (720) 487-1050 for your free consultation!

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What To Do If You’re A Passenger In A Car Accident

If you have suffered a personal injury in a car accident as a passenger, then you have the right to seek compensation. When you’ve been injured through no fault of your own, you have the right to claim for pain and suffering, medical bills, and even lost wages. However, it’s important to know the full details of your options for seeking compensation, and it’s important to fully understand the facts of your case.

Whether you experienced the auto accident in Arvada, or in Colorado at large, it’s important to make sure you seek the advice of qualified and experienced car accident attorneys. This is vital for ensuring that you are clear on your rights, and what it is that you’re entitled to.

It’s important to remember that when claiming compensation for a car accident that was not your fault, you are entitled to compensation from a car accident insurance policy, and should not be expected to suffer from what is not your fault.

The Driver of Another Vehicle Caused the Car Accident

If you are riding as the passenger in a car when the driver of another vehicle causes an auto accident through their negligence, you have the rights to follow up for compensation from that driver. This can be for any number of reasons, including if the other driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or distracted by talking on a cellphone or not paying attention to the road.

Typically, you would file a claim that seeks recovery of funds from the driver’s insurance coverage. Colorado requires drivers to have a minimum level of liability coverage in case of a car accident, and if the driver has the required coverage, you should be covered up to the policy’s limit.

Colorado State Law & Insurance

Colorado is a “fault” car accident state, so that means that the person who caused the car accident is  liable for any injuries sustained related to the accident. So, this means that the first step to claiming for your injuries is deciding who was at fault for the accident.

The minimum amounts of car insurance in Colorado are as follows:

  • $25,000 per person for bodily injury in an accident caused by the insured driver
  • $50,000 per occurrence for all injured people in an accident caused by the insured driver
  • $15,000 for property damage per accident caused by the insured driver

Filing a Passenger Injury Claim

If you are involved in a car accident as a passenger, it’s important to make sure that you think as quickly as possible. A passenger personal injury claim is dealt with in a similar manner to any other kind of car accident claim.

At the time of the accident, try to get the following information to make your claims processing easier later on.

You want to make sure you have these details for every driver involved in the accident.

  • Name
  • Contact information
  • Insurance company
  • Insurance policy number
  • Description of vehicle

At this point, you may want to reach out to AGG Law Firm an experienced car accident lawyer to help guide you through the rest of the claims process.

Contact an Experienced Arvada Auto Accident Attorney

While you have plenty of rights as a passenger who was involved or experienced personal injury in a car accident, it’s important to consult an expert to make sure you can get adequate compensation for your losses.

To find out more about your options and rights from an experienced and compassionate personal injury lawyer, contact AGG Law Firm today. We can talk you through your rights and entitlements in a friendly and compassionate way, making sure that you get what you’re entitled to.

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Fatal Crash Closes I25 in Brighton, CO

An adult female died at the scene of an early morning accident on Highway 7 east of Interstate 25 Sunday. Four other people were injured, including three who were in critical condition as they were taken by ambulance from the crash site.

All lanes of Highway 7 remained completely closed between Yosemite Street and Quebec Street until 12:25 p.m., almost 11 hours after the accident.

(credit: Facebook/Brighton Fire Rescue)

Brighton Fire Rescue crews were notified of the crash at 1:40 a.m.

(credit: Facebook/Brighton Fire Rescue)

Photos provided by the fire department showed a white box truck with front end damage that came to rest on the shoulder of the highway. Nearby, a dark-colored full-size SUV or pickup truck with its roof torn off, presumably caused by the force of the collision or as a result of firefighters extricating the occupants from it.

The Thornton Police Department, through a press release, said alcohol is suspected as a factor in the crash, and that all those injured were adults – three males and a female.

It is not yet known how many vehicles in total were involved in the incident.

(credit: Twitter/Thornton Police Department)

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Victim identified in fatal pedestrian accident near downtown Colorado Springs

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The deceased pedestrian involved in a collision Sunday in the 2500 block of East Platte Avenue has been identified as 62-year-old Albert McCoy of Colorado Springs, according to a release from CSPD.

Officials say this continues to be an ongoing investigation.

A man was hit and killed by a car early Sunday afternoon east of downtown Colorado Springs near Platte and Boulder Street, police confirmed.

At approximately 12:30 p.m. CSPD received a report of a traffic accident involving a pedestrian and a single vehicle in the 2500 block of East Platte Ave. Officers found an adult male pedestrian dead on the scene. The Major Crash Team responded to the scene and assumed responsibility for the investigation.

The man was elderly, according to a witness. Police have not yet released the victim’s age.

According to officials, the preliminary investigation indicates that a Nissan Leaf traveling westbound in the center lane of Platte Ave. when it struck a pedestrian attempting to cross the street northbound across a raised median. It is not believed that excessive speed or impairment were factors in the crash. 

Officials say this is the 28th traffic fatality this year. At the same time in 2018 there were 33 traffic fatalities.

No charges have been filed at this time. This is an ongoing investigation.

CSPD asks that anyone with information or is a witness to this investigation is asked to call the police department at (719) 444-7000; or if you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers Tip Line at (719) 634-STOP (7867) or 1-800-222-8477.

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Woman reported missing found dead in car crash, police and family confirm

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46-year-old Jennifer Cleland of Colorado Springs, who was reported missing by family members Sunday, has died in a single-vehicle accident, police confirmed Tuesday morning.

At approximately 6:36 a.m. CSPD was notified of a single vehicle crash, located off the roadway in the 1900 block of South Circle Drive, according to a release from the department.

At the scene, officers located a vehicle in the 2100 block of South Circle Drive. Inside the vehicle they found a deceased female. The Major Crash Team responded and assumed responsibility of the investigation.

Upon preliminary investigation, officers determined that a blue Dodge Stratus was traveling northbound on South Circle Drive when it drove off the right-hand shoulder of the road, down an embankment, and hit a tree.

The driver was identified as Jennifer Cleland, who was reported missing Sunday, August 18 by family members after she failed to return home from a shopping trip on Saturday.

It’s unknown at this time if speed or impairment were factors in the crash.