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Memorial Day: Tips for Driving in the Mountains

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Legal Anatomy of Current Events

We are excited to announce that in November we launched a NEW podcast called “Legal Anatomy of Current Events”!

“Legal Anatomy of Current Events” is a weekly podcast with new episodes every Thursday. In each episode, we will be reviewing a wide range of national topics and the legal issues involved. Life moves fast and our goal with our podcast is to keep you on top of current events and the legal impact they may have in each state and our country.

We are lawyers, experts, and advocates and our mission is to educate you on the law and how these national topics may affect you, delivered in a plain-language explanation of the law. Learn about what’s happening across the most pressing legal issues of our time in a non-political format.

You can find us on iHeart, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Podbean, Google Podcasts, and on the homepage of Steamboat Radio.

If you ever have any questions about any of our episodes, the guest, or the podcast, or if you would like to propose a topic or a guest, please email info@legalanatomy.net

lnjury Legal Hub

Did you know that the “Bell & Pollock – lnjury Legal Hub” podcast is just over a year old with almost 50 podcasts under our belt? We hope you have had a chance to listen and subscribe to our channel.

At Bell & Pollock, we are Colorado lawyers, experts, and advocates and our mission is to educate you on the law so you can be equipped in case of an accident. Our lnjury Legal Hub podcast content is a plain-language explanation of the law and we educate and advocate on your behalf. Since 1984,we have been known as the leading Colorado injury and car accident lawyers among clients and colleagues alike because we are relentless champions for the victims of negligence.

Download, listen, and Subscribe! Learn about what’s happening across a variety of personal injury topics. You can find us on iHeart, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Podbean, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, Player FM, Samsung Music, and on the homepage of Steamboat Radio. Whatever personal injury you encounter, we will represent you and get you the justice you deserve!

Even if you only have questions you can call us – we will speak to you and answer all your questions and give you a Legal Game Plan'”. We offer FREE consultations.

We are here to help. contact us at (303)795-5900 or in the mountains at (970)870-8989. Visit our website at www.championsofthepeople.com

Memorial Day: Tips for Driving in the Mountains

With Memorial Day kicking off Summer, many will be heading to the mountains to enjoy the cooler temperatures & fresh mountain air. However, it is important to remember that driving in the mountains brings several challenges that differ from other regions of Colorado.

Here are a few tips for safely navigating our beautiful mountain roads.

  • Stay focused – While we go to the mountains for the beautiful scenery, that scenery can become a distraction. Don’t let the scenery distract you from staying in your lane.
  • Abide by the right of way – Many mountain roads are narrow and create a tight squeeze for two vehicles trying to pass each other going in opposite directions. Vehicles traveling up have the right of way. Downhill traffic should move over to the side as far as safely possible or back up, if necessary, to allow uphill traffic to pass safely.
  • Keep an eye on the temperature gauge to avoid overheating – While climbing mountain roads, keep an eye on your temperature gauge and maintain it in the cool range. Using your air conditioning makes your engine work harder, especially while climbing. Turning the A/C off can prevent your engine from overheating. If your car has an automatic transmission and is continually shifting into overdrive to maintain speed, shift to a lower gear or reduce your acceleration, and move to the right for a smoother climb.
  • Don’t ride your brakes – When coming down the mountain, downshift to a lower gear and pump your brakes for added slowing if necessary. Riding the brakes creates friction between the brake pads, making them hot. Hot brakes can become less effective, increasing the risk that they may fail to adequately stop your car.
  • Beware of wildlife – Mountains mean wildlife. Watch for animals such as deer and elk on the side of the road, and slow down as you pass by them. Always check for traffic around you and anticipate that an animal on the side of the road may unexpectedly wander or jump out into traffic.

If you or anyone you know has been involved in a motor vehicle collision while in the mountains or anywhere else, contact the experienced auto accident attorneys at Bell & Pollock, P.C.

We also invite you to download a free copy of our latest eBook, Legal Game Plan.

The consequences of car accidents often go far beyond requiring immediate medical treatment. Your property has been damaged. You may have long-term or permanent injuries. Even your ability to hold a job can be affected. You need a Colorado personal injury lawyer that’s ready to advocate for you. Bell & Pollock P.C. Accident & Injury Lawyers can help.

Now a Word from Gary Bell

Auto Legal Talk

By Gary Bell of Bell & Pollock Injury Attorneys

According to the National Traffic Highway Administration (NHTSA), out of the six million car accidents that happen on U.S. roads every year, over 40% of them (2.5 million) are rear-end collisions. Unfortunately, this trend is only rising as hand-held devices continue to distract drivers. The NHTSA reports that drivers are four times more likely to have a serious accident when using a hand-held device while operating a vehicle.

Although most rear-end collisions involve impacts that occur at less than ten mph, they can still cause long-term injuries to the spine, neck, face, brain, and knees. Twenty percent of all people involved in rear-end collisions suffer a whiplash injury. Of those, almost 80 percent experience pain and soreness lasting longer than a week. 50 percent have pain and soreness that lasts more than a year.

There is a common misconception that only high speed, serious collisions result in whiplash-type injuries. In actuality, whiplash is commonly caused by low speed, low impact, rear-end automobile collisions. The causes of whiplash are complex and relate to a range of factors beyond just the force of impact. These factors include the position of the driver or passenger’s head at the time of impact; the person’s seating position, height, and gender; the position of seat and head restraints; and the relative size and weight of the vehicles involved in the accident.

Another misconception about whiplash is that, because it involves soft tissue, whiplash is minor and not all that serious of an injury. However, medical evidence suggests that soft tissue injuries can be serious and can have long-term effects if left untreated. This is why it’s important to be checked out by a doctor if you have been involved in any type of car accident.

On average there is another rear-end collision every eight seconds, which means that by the time you have read this far down there has already been one or two. Don’t let the insurance company convince you that your whiplash is just a minor injury. If you are the unfortunate one or two involved in a rear-end accident, call the experienced personal injury attorneys of Bell and Pollock P.C. to discuss your case.

If you or someone you know is injured due to the negligence of another person, please don’t hesitate to contact the experienced injury attorneys at Bell & Pollock to go over options and establish a Legal Game Plan.™

To Learn Even More . . .

Visit our website to listen to the show on this subject and all of our other radio shows on various legal topics.

You can also get our weekly Injury Podcast called “Injury Legal Hub”. You can download, listen, and Subscribe! Learn about what’s happening across a variety of personal injury topics. You can find us on iHeart, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Podbean, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, Player FM, Samsung Music, and on the homepage of Steamboat Radio. Whatever personal injury you encounter, we will represent you and get you the justice you deserve!

If you have any questions about the topics discussed in today’s newsletter, or questions on other legal issues, give our office a call and one of our attorneys would be happy to talk with you.

More Information

Get more information about your rights and options following an accident by checking out one of our helpful BOOKS: THEY ARE FREE.

  • Don’t Get Hurt Twice in the Same Accident – This enlightening guide dispels some of the most common (and harmful) myths about car crashes, insurance companies, attorneys, and financial recoveries.
  • The Essential Guide to Car Insurance in Colorado – This guide helps all drivers better understand car insurance. If you’ve ever had a question about a claim, dispute or car insurance in general, this is a must-read.
  • Cowards of the Street: Hit & Run – This book uncovers the facts about hit and runs and how to financially recover from these crashes. It also shares about what you can do to protect yourself before and after a hit and run accident occurs.
  • Colorado’s Workers’ Compensation: The Ultimate Guide – This insightful book reveals everything you need to know in order to protect your rights as a worker – and to position a Colorado workers’ compensation claim for success.
  • Legal Game Plan – This educational book helps you better understand insurance company’s hidden game plan…and come up with one on your own!
  • Motorcycle Accidents (or How to Go Full Throttle Against the Insurance Companies) – This informative read will help motorcyclists come up with a plan of action to combat the insurance agencies. If you ride a motorcycle, you need this book.
  • 18 Mistakes You Could Make to Destroy Your Injury Claim – Found within is a precise guide regarding a trove of detailed mistakes one should avoid when pursuing a successful resolution to ones case. This work helps answer questions and details advice to protect oneself from common pitfalls and perils associated with a compensation claim.
  • Distracted Driving and Your Injury Claim  This comprehensive work assists all drivers in understanding the dangers of distracted driving and its relationship to your injury claim.
  • Premises Liability (Landowner Responsibility and Injury Recovery) – This definitive piece renders the details behind the history of the Premises Liability Law in Colorado and highlights examples of responsibility which further offers a practical guide for injured victims.
  • The Essential Guide to Uninsured & Underinsured Motorist Coverage – The newest addition to Bell and Pollock’s booklet collection details everything you need to know about uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage.

Call our office to request copies of our books. THEY ARE FREE. You can also request a copy of any (or all) of these books on our website. You can download a free electronic copy anytime. And be sure to tune in to our weekly radio show to learn more about a variety of legal topics.

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