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California Joins Colorado in Law Limiting Motorcycle Accidents

Posted by: Chad Hemmat | Tuesday, August 09, 2016 | 0 Comments

motorcycle crashes and helmats California has always had a few statutes that belie the stereotype that it is dominated by stifling regulations and reduced freedoms. One of those is the long-standing rule that the state highway patrol would not pull over riders who weave in between traffic. The state assembly is looking to change that with legislation that would prohibit so-called lane-splitting. Even though California motorcycles are not often involved in Colorado motorcycle crashes, the change in attitude may be significant. Colorado motorcycle injury accidents could be limited by more stringent regulations, but the state statutes have occupied a middle ground compared to the other 49 states. Riders can ride two abreast and do so without wearing a helmet. However, they remain unable to split lanes which can cause severe accidents when drivers do not see them during heavy traffic or when there is a significant speed differential. Continue Reading...

Compounding Headaches: Uninsured Motorists, Accidents & Statutes of Limitations

Posted by: Chad Hemmat | Friday, July 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

statutes of limitations Everyone is supposed to carry a minimum amount of personal liability protection to help pay for the costs of medical care and lost wages in the case of auto accidents. Unfortunately, even with the $25,000 individual /$50,000 requirement Colorado expects from drivers, this is still not enough to cover many costs involved in a car crash with injuries. Moreover, that doesn't mean that everyone will maintain their insurance policies. That's why a number of insurance carriers offer underinsured and uninsured motorist (UIM/UM) coverage. If only it was that easy. Continue Reading...

Extreme Sports Athletes Could End Summer with Traumatic Brain Injuries

Posted by: Chad Hemmat | Friday, July 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

personal injury treating doctorHelmets aren't cool. It's hard to convince athletes in individual sports, whether it be X Game events like skateboarding or trying to ride on the back of the bull, it's hard for people to get head protection. And Colorado TBI attorneys can attest to the fact that this aversion is leading to a rising trend in both identification and diagnoses of concussion and other brain injuries. So, what to do this summer?

The Problem with Statistics of Traumatic Brain Injuries
There are few sanctioning bodies involved in riding bikes down mountains or taking a shot at riding a wakeboard so it can sometimes be difficult to track injuries because of the lack centralization. Still, a report from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons show that one in ten injuries involved the head and neck. Skateboarders, skiers and snowboarders each have roughly 100,000 injuries per year. Continue Reading...

Can Law Enforcement Curb Driver Neglect and Limit Car Crashes?

Posted by: Chad Hemmat | Wednesday, July 13, 2016 | 0 Comments

personal injury treating doctorHighway hypnosis causes drivers to forget that they are on the road and can lead to devastating consequences. Lack of awareness can also leave many motorists in the lane furthest to the left, even if faster cars are waiting for them to move over. There is one national law, the Uniform Vehicle Code, that talks about keeping to the right when possible. Expect Colorado State Patrol troopers not to make light of the practice:

Left Lane Accident Statistics in Colorado
According to KUSA, nearly 500 crashes were a result of lane violations, nearly as many as those caused by driving under the influence. State law dictates that if people are on a road with a speed limit of at least 65 MPH, they have to stay in the right-hand lane or potentially face a ticket. It's most common among those who are on two-lane roads. Continue Reading...

Denver Truck Accidents Take Lives and Livelihoods

Posted by: Chad Hemmat | Friday, July 08, 2016 | 0 Comments

denver truck crash lawyerTruck drivers don't do well on little rest or in poor conditions. The key difference between them and other motorists is the sheer size of the metal around them. When wrecks do happen, Colorado tractor trailer accidents can have devastating consequences.

Long-Hauler Causes Fatal Consequences
I-70 is a major artery that crosses near Denver but also all the way from Maryland to California. So it's no shock that out-of-state tractor trailers can be involved in wrecks. Less than a month ago, a Californian driver wrecked into three different passenger vehicles outside of Golden. One person was killed and another was airlifted. Continue Reading...

Denver Motorcycle Rider's Bill of Rights and the But, Maybes...

Posted by: Chad Hemmat | Friday, July 01, 2016 | 0 Comments

motorcycle crash colorado The comedian Louis C.K. has a skit that revolves around the nasty truths behind things that most people find sympathetic. So, bikers are still not often at fault for motorcycle accidents in Colorado, but there can be mitigating factors that are under their control. Here are a few of the key factors:

1) Daytime Running Lamps and Helmets: Colorado motorcycle law does not require bikers to have motorcycles with daytime running lights, instead they must be turned on prior to sunset. In addition, riders over the age of 18 do not need to wear a helmet. Continue Reading...

Truck Accident Checklist: Know How to Preserve Your Rights

Posted by: Chad Hemmat | Monday, June 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

trucking-crash-law-firmMost people understand what to do in the case of a car accident: make sure everyone is okay, call for assistance if need be, swap insurance information and if need be, call the police. Colorado truck accidents are a whole other ballgame entirely. Drivers of commercial vehicles are generally covered by their employers' liability policies and not their own. There are some other key differences.

Why Commercial Liability Insurers Are Not Your Friend
Tractor trailers may be slow, but the insurers who have to cover bodily and property damage are not. Semis involved in Colorado truck accidents and throughout the country are not cheap, more than top-end BMWs or other luxury cars. Since they are bigger, they are also more deadly and cause thousands of deaths each year, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Trucking accident fatalities around here, generally speaking, occur predominantly in the suburbs of Denver although they are of course not limited to that area. Continue Reading...

Anderson, Hemmat & McQuinn is Proud to Support Regis Jesuit High School

Posted by: Chad Hemmat | Monday, May 02, 2016 | 0 Comments

Regis Jesuit LARK Fundraiser Anderson, Hemmat & McQuinn is proud to be supporting Regis Jesuit High School once again. Regis Jesuit High School, a Catholic, Jesuit, college preparatory high school serving young men and young women in grades 9-12. Regis is a co-divisional school, offering single-gender instruction by operating as two separate Divisions—the Boys Division and the Girls Division - with opportunities for students to pray, service and socialize together.  Continue Reading...

Distracted Driving is Not Just Using Your Phone While Driving

Posted by: Chad Hemmat | Thursday, April 28, 2016 | 0 Comments

personal injury treating doctorPlease put away your phone while driving. Ok, good job...you've only eliminated 25 percent of distracted driving automobile crashes. Seriously…put down the fries and let's talk.

Stop Combining Burgers and Boulevards

Before the glut of smartphones hit the market, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that four in five accidents were caused by people eating while driving. It makes sense, in fact all five of them. You are using touch, smell and taste for the burger or sandwich in your hand, as well as to wipe off the grease on fingers that should be gripping the wheel instead. Continue Reading...

If a Textalyzer Law Passes, Will it Limit Distracted Driving Accidents?

Posted by: Chad Hemmat | Thursday, April 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

personal injury treating doctorNew York State is considering a first-of-its-kind device that would allow police officers to check motorists' cell phones for evidence of distracted driving prior to a car crash. It would provide law enforcement officers a system developed by the company helping the FBI crack the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone to detect phone use without accessing other information.

"I have often heard there is no such thing as a breathalyzer for distracted driving—so we created one," founder of the nonprofit behind the legislation Ben Lieberman stated. "Respecting drivers' personal privacy, however, is also important, and we are taking meticulous steps to not violate those rights." Continue Reading...

 

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