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The Dangers of Daydreaming Behind the Wheel

People usually equate the phrase driving under the influence with drunk driving. Ironically, as the number of fatalities caused by drunk driving is finally decreasing, driving under the influence of technological devices is emerging as a new public safety hazard. However, daydreaming or spacing out might be an even bigger problem.

One analysis of national traffic accident records from 2010 and 2011 shows that distracted driving was responsible for 6,500 traffic accident fatalities, or 10 percent of the total. Other statistics estimate that 16 percent of traffic fatalities and 80 percent of car crashes are caused by distracted driving.

According to police accident reports, the breakdown of deadly inattentive driving habits is as follows:

  • Daydreaming, 62 percent
  • Texting or talking on a cell phone, 12 percent
  • Distracted by something outside the car, 7 percent
  • Distracted by passengers in the car, 5 percent
  • Other (adjusting dials, eating, reaching for objects, smoking), 9 percent

These numbers are difficult to verify, since some people may have reported that they were daydreaming before their crash instead of texting given that this activity is illegal in many states. For instance, Colorado law prohibits all drivers from texting and drivers under the age of 18 cannot use a cell phone at all.

There is no way to make daydreaming while driving illegal, but every driver can make an effort to be more attentive and focused. Limit your use of devices, including voice-activated gadgets. If you must take a phone call, program your GPS device or update your Facebook status, pull over.

Proving that the at-fault driver in a car crash was distracted is not as easy as getting evidence that they were under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Experienced attorneys can help you successfully resolve all types of car accident injury claims.

If you have questions about these issues, contact one of our experienced personal injury attorneys at the law firm of Bell & Pollock P.C. as soon as possible so we can help you formulate your Legal Game Plan.™

From our offices conveniently located in Denver, and Steamboat Springs, our lawyers provide the highest quality legal services to injured people throughout the Denver metro area, Arapahoe County, Routt County and throughout the entire state of Colorado.

Now a Word from Gary Bell

By Gary Bell of Bell & Pollock Injury Attorneys

If you have been injured in a car or truck wreck, there is no question that pain and suffering are some of the most serious harms you have to endure. These are the injuries that affect your quality of life and the very essence of who you are. But, many people do not realize the myriad other ways a serious crash can impact their lives.

The following list, while not exhaustive is designed to give you an idea about some of the different types of damages that may be available to you (in addition to pain and suffering) if you suffer injuries as a result of someone else’s negligence in a motor vehicle wreck:

  • Past, current, and future medical bills
  • Lost wages (past, present, and future) and loss of employment
  • Emotional distress
  • Disfigurement
  • Permanent impairment
  • Property damage
  • Aggravation of a pre-existing injury
  • Funeral expenses
  • Punitive damages
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Injury to peace or happiness
  • Wrongful death
  • Loss of consortium
  • Lifetime limits on activities

As you can see from the list, it is vitally important that you receive a comprehensive evaluation to determine the injuries and harms you have sustained after a motor vehicle wreck.

A different type of damage which can be crucial when attempting to value a claim for damages is loss of household services. Loss of household services is based on the premise that members of a family provide services for the household and those services have monetary value. In a car crash case, the injured person can have his/her household services valued. Studies have revealed that husbands spend about 12 hours per week in household work and wives spend about 42 hours per week in household work. So although you may have not missed any time from your occupation your car crash injuries may prevent you from performing your household services.

Your attorney at Bell and Pollock will use this information to create a Legal Game Plan ™ for you. The Legal Game Plan™ will assist you and your attorney to determine what would constitute a fair and full settlement and jury verdict with respect to the injuries you have suffered.

If you have questions about these issues, or if you’ve been injured in a vehicle accident, contact one of our experienced personal-injury attorneys at the law firm of Bell & Pollock P.C. as soon as possible so we can help you formulate your Legal Game Plan.™

At Bell & Pollock “We Educate & Advocate”

The better educated you are, the better off you’ll be.

Remember, Bell & Pollock airs specialty “injury shows” for injured victims on the following stations, at the following times and days:

  • KBCR 96.9 FM at 8:00 am on Sundays
  • The Boat 1230 AM at 9:00 am on Sundays
  • KEZZ 94.1 FM at 9:00 am on Sundays
  • ESPN 98.9 FM at 8:30 am on Sundays
  • KRDO 105.5 FM at 8:30 am on Sundays
  • KRAI 93.7 FM at 7:00 am on Sundays
  • KRDO 120 AM 105 AM at 8:30 am on Sunday
  • Saturday Specialty Injury Show – The “Champions of the People” Injury show. Denver 60-minute Injury Show: KOA 850 AM at 10 AM, KRDO 1240 AM 105 FM in Colorado Springs at 11:00 AM, KRAI 55 AM in Craig at 8 AM and KBCR 96.9 FM in Steamboat Springs at 8:00 AM.

Bell & Pollock also has a live call-in show on Saturday morning on 630 AM KHOW and on KRDO 1240 AM 105 FM in Colorado Springs and on KEZZ 94.1 FM in Steamboat Springs, and on KRAI 55.0 AM in Craig, Colorado. The show starts at 7:00 AM every Saturday morning.

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For the ninth consecutive year in a row, Bell & Pollock, P.C. has received an award from the Colorado Supreme Court with regard to its pro-bono representation of people in the community. This means that Bell & Pollock, P.C. has dedicated and devoted substantial time each year to helping people with legal work on a pro-bono basis.

Bell & Pollock, P.C. is very pleased with this award and has dedicated a large effort to helping people in the community. Remember that Gary Bell and Brad Pollock do a live call-in radio show at 7:00 am on 630 KHOW AM dial in Denver and it also airs on KRDO 1240 AM 105 FM in Colorado Springs, KRAI 55 AM in Craig and KEZZ 94.1 FM in Steamboat Springs.

It is a call-in show, and people can call in and ask any legal question on any legal subject. Gary Bell and Brad Pollock have been doing this for years and very much enjoy the interchange with the community and helping people who are seeking some form of legal help and answers to their questions.

The Bell Pollock Legal Show! You might want to tune in. Some of the questions and answers are eye opening!

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Here’s Gary Bell & Brad Pollock receiving one of their awards from the Colorado Supreme Court.

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Now for the Fun Stuff!

Mr. Potato Cook

Antonio’s Gourmet Corner:

Zebra-Striped Shortbread Cookies

Ingredients

  • 2⅓ cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1½ tsp. kosher salt, divided
  • ⅓ cup Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 1¼ cups (2½ sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ⅔ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract or paste
  • 1 large egg, beaten to blend
  • ¼ cup sanding sugar (any color)

Preparation

  • Whisk 1⅓ cups flour and ¾ tsp. salt in a medium bowl. Whisk cocoa powder, remaining 1 cup flour, and remaining ¾ tsp. salt in another medium bowl. These are the bases for your chocolate and vanilla doughs.
  • Beat butter, granulated sugar, and powdered sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Add egg yolk and vanilla and beat until smooth. Divide mixture between the 2 bowls of dry ingredients (about 1 cup in each). Scrape vanilla mixture back into stand mixer bowl (save the mixing bowl) and beat on low speed just until combined. Return to reserved bowl. Repeat process with chocolate mixture.
  • Arrange 2 large sheets of parchment paper on a work surface. Dollop one-quarter of chocolate dough in the center of each sheet and pat into rough 6×2″ rectangles. Dollop one-quarter of vanilla dough on top of each chocolate slab and pat into rectangles the same size and shape so that you have 2 layers each. Repeat entire process so you have 4 alternating layers. Tightly press stacked dough into cylinders about 1½” wide and 8″ long, using the parchment to help you. Wrap logs in plastic wrap and chill until very firm, at least 2 hours.
  • Place racks in upper and lower thirds of oven; preheat to 350°. Working one at a time, unwrap dough and brush with egg. Carefully sprinkle surface with sanding sugar and roll logs in sugar to coat well (really press dough into sugar so it sticks). Slice into rounds a generous ¼” thick, rotating after every few cuts to keep slices round. Arrange cookies on parchment-lined baking sheets, spacing 2″ apart. Bake, rotating baking sheets top to bottom and front to back halfway through, until edges are just set, 12–14 minutes. Let cool on baking sheets.
  • Do Ahead: Dough can be made 3 days ahead; keep chilled. Cookies can be baked 5 days ahead; store airtight at room temperature.

Recipe via https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/zebra-striped-shortbread-cookies