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Why GEICO Might Owe You

Posted by: Chad Hemmat | Wednesday, April 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

geico may owe you money The Verdict: On April 13, 2017, a Colorado Federal Jury rendered a verdict finding that GEICO failed to prove that it complied with mandatory insurance laws requiring it to provide customers with a reasonable opportunity to purchase higher levels of Uninsured and Underinsured motorist coverage when purchasing insurance online at www.geico.com. Anderson, Hemmat & McQuinn were the trial lawyers for the prevailing party. What we won for our client requires GEICO to pay the additional insurance benefits for coverages that GEICO failed to offer our client. Continue Reading...

Hickenlooper Expected to Sign Strict New Distracted Driving Law

Posted by: Chad Hemmat | Wednesday, April 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

new distracted driving law It used to be that driving while distracted by your phone, whether it be checking on your messages or texting, could result in a ticket. Yet it would only cost you $50 and a point on your license. The new law ups that penalty significantly.

SB 27 would increase the number of points up to four points per ticket as well as $300 in fines. It received bipartisan support in spite of some Republican concerns as well. Continue Reading...

Colorado Police Out for National Distracted Driving Awareness

Posted by: Chad Hemmat | Monday, April 24, 2017 | 0 Comments

distracted driving month If you just got your taxes filed, congratulations! You're down one headache. If you're someone who still texts in the car, though, get ready for more. You're likely to see flashing reds-and-blues as the Colorado State Patrol and other local law enforcement agencies increase shifts to combat those using devices while driving.

The initiative began with the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and a recent survey by the agency shows that many drivers just don't get it. Before the older folks chime in, know that crashes caused by those OVER the age of 30 constituted more than half of all crashes involving distracted driving. For many youngsters, in fact, the issue is not smartphones but instead learning how to drive with passengers in the vehicle. Continue Reading...

Highlands Ranch Car Crashes Worry Local Law Enforcement

Posted by: Chad Hemmat | Friday, April 07, 2017 | 0 Comments

car crashes Denverites aren't the only ones who seem to have a problem with driving safety. Sheriff's deputies in Highland Ranch are increasing their enforcement efforts. The suburb has seen a four percent increase in 2016 crashes versus the year prior. One cited by a local newspaper involved a rear-end collision leading to injuries when a woman was stopped at a red light. The other driver was reportedly unaware of the traffic signal. Continue Reading...

Utah Law Could Reduce DUI Accident Risks, Increase Arrests

Posted by: Chad Hemmat | Tuesday, March 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

breath-test Blood alcohol content (BAC) is the threshold that affects charges involving drunk driving accidents and in all 50 states, the minimum is .08%. However, a landmark law could change that in neighboring Utah and it is unclear what effect, if any, it will have on Colorado DUI accidents.

The Utah Proposal to Curb DUI Accidents
The .08% national maximum is meant to dissuade people from risking a DUI accident in the first place. It's roughly the amount of two drinks in an hour for a man and somewhat less for a woman. Advocates against the Utah law argue that it would put a chilling effect on tourism and the hospitality industry. Continue Reading...

Colorado Springs - A Microcosm of National Traffic Fatality Concerns

Posted by: Chad Hemmat | Friday, February 03, 2017 | 0 Comments

Colorado Springs Accident A recent article on this blog noted that Colorado auto accidents occur, according to one study of car insurance rates, because of poor driving habits. These are also contributing to the increased rate of traffic fatalities in the state. In Colorado Springs, local first responders are not surprised.

Colorado Springs PD Says Habits Are Worsening
The Colorado Springs Police Department says there are a number of factors influencing the uptick in Colorado car crash deaths from distracted driving to substance use. In 2016, the city reported that the number of traffic fatalities was just one off of an all-time record of 35. Most times, a police lieutenant told one news outlet, they can expect 25 to 30. Continue Reading...

Support a Local Charity of Your Choice this Year at Colorado Gives

Posted by: Chad Hemmat | Monday, December 12, 2016 | 0 Comments

we support colorado gives Anderson, Hemmat & McQuinn loves supporting ColoradoGives.org! Colorado Gives is a web site with simple tools that allow you to search out and directly give to local Colorado charities of your choice.

Learn how to give back to your community by using their "local charity search" or align your giving with your passions by using their "special causes search". For instance you can use their charity database search tool to find non-profits you may want to help out by searching name, city or zip code. You can also use that same search tool to find any number of causes that you may want to donate to. Continue Reading...

Egregious at the Wheel: Colorado Car Crashes Linked to Poor Driving Habits

Posted by: Chad Hemmat | Tuesday, December 06, 2016 | 1 Comments

colorado drivers Unfortunately, even with the latest safety systems like adaptive cruise control and frontal collision detection, Denver-area car crashes with injuries are unlikely to go down in number any time soon. And it's no one's fault but your own…or at least Colorado motorists in general.

Colorado Drivers Get a Ton of Speeding Tickets and DUIs
The Denver Post recently wrote about a study that showed that Colorado ranks in the bottom fifth of states when it comes to speeding tickets, traffic citations and Denver drunk driving incidents as well as those throughout the state. One QuoteWizard employee told the newspaper that Coloradans were worst when it comes to traffic tickets. Continue Reading...

How Many Colorado Car Accidents Could This Subaru Recall Cause?

Posted by: Chad Hemmat | Friday, October 28, 2016 | 0 Comments

airbag car accident lawyer Vehicle recalls are certainly nothing new, but their scope certainly is. Since there are relatively few suppliers, a single component can affect the safety of tens of millions of vehicles across a wide variety of makes. Therefore, an issue with the Chevrolet might affect not just a Buick but also GMC or a Cadillac. One potential issue that might arise comes with the recall issued in May of certain Subaru models including the Legacy, Outback, Impreza and Baja vehicles.

What's the Issue Potentially Causing Colorado Car Accidents?
Cars sold by Subaru for model year 2003 to 2008 have a certain defect that occurs after a "long-term exposure to absolute humidity and temperature cycling". As a result, "inflator rupture may result in metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants resulting in serious injury or death." Continue Reading...

Colorado Car Accident Fatality Rates Are Up Once Again

Posted by: Chad Hemmat | Friday, October 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

nhtsa-stats There are generational shifts in vehicle safety that lead to drastic drops in the rate of both car accidents in Colorado and the United States as a whole. In the past they included seat belts, airbags, anti-lock brakes and so on. More recently, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has focused on the dangers of texting while driving. The problem is that deaths are up, according to the NHTSA.

In a recent report, traffic fatalities are the highest they've been in seven years. It's increased by more than 10 percent, at a time when the number of miles driven has only increased by three percent. It's a disturbing trend, considering that in 2015, fatalities from car accidents in Colorado and throughout the country jumped the highest in one year since 1966, or roughly half a century. Continue Reading...

 

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