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The Three Kinds of Distracted Drivers

Distracted driving is incredibly dangerous, putting everyone on the road at risk for severe injury or even death. Sadly, despite this risk, many drivers still allow themselves to become distracted from the traffic around them. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are three kinds of distraction that drivers allow to divert their attention from the road.

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Why Do Rideshare Accidents Happen?

Rideshare companies, such as Lyft and Uber, have taken the country by storm over the past decade. Many people have gotten used to being able to push a button on their phones and get a ride, and many others have enjoyed the chance to work as drivers, making a little extra money on the side without having to go into an office. However, like any service involving cars, collisions can and do happen.

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Wrongful Death: Who Can File a Claim in Colorado?

A “wrongful death” is the death of a person that was caused by the wrongful act of another. Wrongful acts include negligence, such as careless driving, or intentionally harmful acts, such as assault and battery. After a person dies in this manner, legal action can be brought against the responsible party in civil court, to compensate the family of the victim. This type of lawsuit is known as a wrongful death claim.

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When Trucking Companies Try to Lowball You

A truck vs. car collision is a tragedy. People can, and often do, lose their lives and loved ones to negligent truckers and their companies. Even worse, many of these trucking companies go out of their way to make sure that the people they victimized get as little compensation as possible. Knowing the most common tricks used by these companies can help you fight back and get the settlement that you deserve.

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Who Is Liable for Your Fixed-Object Collision?

Not all motor vehicle collisions involve two or more vehicles. Some are single-vehicle accidents in which a driver collides with a fixed object. Serious or fatal injuries can occur when a vehicle strikes a tree, a guardrail, construction equipment, or fallen cargo in the road. Motorcyclists and bicyclists are often injured in dooring accidents, when a driver opens a car door directly into the path of an oncoming rider.

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Do Hands-Free Devices Actually Improve Driver Safety?

Talking hands-free while driving may be better than using a hand-held device, but it is not risk-free by any means. Telephone conversations can be deadly distractions for drivers, whether or not those drivers are using their hands. To avoid distracted driving, it is necessary to be not just hands-free but entirely phone-free, as stated by the National Safety Council (NSC).

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Where Are Pedestrians Most at Risk?

As children, we are always taught to check both sides of the road before crossing, but sometimes that simply doesn’t matter. Car drivers have a duty of care towards those on the road, whether they be in another vehicle or on foot. But the sad fact of the world is that there are many drivers who simply do not take this responsibility seriously. Knowing when and where you may be most at risk can help you keep yourself safe.

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Rear-End Collisions Are More Dangerous Than You Think

When most people picture a rear-end collision, they imagine a fender bender. These accidents can potentially cause some minor dents, but nothing more serious than that, or so people think. However, the truth is, rear-end collisions are among the most dangerous kinds of accidents. Not only can they result in a multi-car collision, but they can also cause severe injuries.

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Premises Liability and Gyms: What Are Your Rights?

When you go to the gym, you do so with the understanding that the facility is properly managed and all equipment is safe to use. However, weights and dumbbells could easily break a bone, treadmills can send you flying backward, and any equipment left out on the floor can be a tripping hazard. Sadly, many gyms hide behind liability waivers when someone is injured, although they may not be as full-proof as they appear. Thus, you may be wondering, can you hold a gym liable for your injuries?

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Knowing Your Worth and Getting the Compensation You Deserve

Insurance adjusters may be friendly, but if you are filing a personal injury claim, these people are not your friends. The insurer should pay the amount you need to cover medical bills, property damages, and loss of wages due to your accident, but that isn’t how things work in the real world. An insurance adjuster works to ensure their employer, the insurance company, pays as little as possible on every claim that comes across their desk. They are notorious for denials and delays that leave injured parties feeling overwhelmed and defeated.

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