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The Impact of Comparative Negligence Laws on Personal Injury Claims in Denver

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 initially starting on every Wednesday and then moving to early 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, and Google Podcasts

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

Driving During the Holidays: How to Stay Safe on the Road?

As the holiday season approaches, it’s reasonable to expect many travelers on the road. Also, in many parts of the country, inclement weather is going to be upon us at the same time. If you think that high gas prices or the like will keep the roads from getting crowded, think again. Some 50-65 million Americans, or more, will be traveling for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and other holidays throughout the autumn and winter.

With more folks on the road – during harsh winter weather, no less – it’s important to be safe rather than sorry. We’ve included some safety tips below to help you do just that.

First, you may find yourself doing more driving than you anticipated. Second, gas prices can fluctuate wildly and quickly. You may even find yourself in a situation where your car breaks down and you end up with a vehicle that is less fuel efficient.

Make sure you have a donut and that it’s not flat or deflated itself. Pick up a mini air compressor that can plug into your dash, as well. Getting a flat in a cold area without cell phone reception could be much more than a slight inconvenience.

Make sure your windows and roof are fully clear of snow and ice each time you drive. You’ll have improved visibility, and you won’t risk impairing others with snow or ice flying off of your car en route.

The Denver car accident attorneys at Bell & Pollock P.C. can confirm that speeding is one of the biggest factors in vehicular accidents.

In fact, speeding increases your chance of an accident by 300%.

Do not text while driving. Use a handless system for any phone calls. Set up your music and navigation before you get on the road. If you feel yourself start to get tired, pull over for a hotel or even just a nap in a safe environment.

Have your mechanic check the fluids, tire pressure, tire treads, and windshield wipers. Also, make sure you have a scraper and an emergency kit in the trunk.

Contact an attorney at Bell & Pollock if you are in an accident.

Sometimes, despite trying to be as safe as possible, an accident will still occur. If you find yourself in an accident while traveling this holiday season, contact a Denver personal injury law firm like Bell & Pollock, P.C. We have the experience, the expertise, the reputation, and the motivation to ensure that you get the best possible outcome, regardless of the circumstances of the accident. Have someone there, on your side, with the knowledge and skills necessary to fight for you.

If you or someone you love was involved in an auto injury in Colorado, give the experts at Bell & Pollock a call today at (303)795-5900 or email us. We are a leading Colorado car accident attorney office in the state, and we will ensure that you have all the options available to you relating to your accident. If you are looking for a Denver lawyer, we’re here to serve you, and we look forward to helping you resolve your case.

Now a Word from Bradley Pollock

Auto Legal Talk

By Bradley pollock of Bell & Pollock Injury Attorneys

The Colorado Supreme Court has held that icy or snowy road conditions don’t create a sudden emergency, which means if you lose control of your vehicle due to winter road conditions and hit another vehicle, or another vehicle hits you, slick roads cannot be used as a defense.

If you lose control of your vehicle and hit another car, you are likely going to be found at fault if you are driving without regard for the road conditions. If someone is following you too closely and cannot stop before rear-ending you because of the snow and ice, the other driver will likely be found at fault for following too close and will be responsible for the accident.

Colorado law also says that no vehicle shall be operated on any highway unless the driver’s vision through windshields/window is normal and unobstructed. If your view is blocked by snow or ice, you’re creating a safety hazard for yourself and those around you.

Colorado law also prohibits drivers from driving at a speed greater than what is “reasonable and prudent under the conditions then existing.” Drivers should be aware of the speed of other vehicles, the traffic conditions, and the condition of the highway. Slick roads make it more difficult to stop, and keeping more space between you and the vehicle in front of you allows you room to safely stop so you don’t slide into the rear of another vehicle. Even though the speed limit posted may be 35, for example, if the roads are slick or icy, you must slow to an appropriate speed, which is likely less than the posted speed limit.

To ensure safe driving during winter weather, follow these safety tips:

  • Keep your vehicle well maintained – check your tires, windshield wipers, antifreeze, etc.
  • Drive slow if the road conditions are dangerous, and be aware of the speed of other vehicles around you
  • Leave plenty of room between you and any vehicles in front of you
  • Accelerate and decelerate slowly to maintain traction and avoid skidding, and take your time slowing for a light or turn
  • Remove all ice and snow from your windows, mirrors, and lights

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.

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.

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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We’re ready and eager to tackle whatever tough personal injury issue you’re dealing with in Denver and all of Colorado. Your case matters here.

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(303) 795-5900

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Bell & Pollock, P.C.

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Denver, CO 80231

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(800) 559-5920

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Steamboat Springs, CO 80487

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