Posted by: Chad Hemmat | Friday, October 14, 2016 | 0 Comments
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...
Posted by: Chad Hemmat | Tuesday, October 04, 2016 | 0 Comments
imagine a drunk driver missing a stop sign, entering a highway while an innocent motorcyclist going the speed limit, 65 mph, being thrown head first
through the back door and window of the drunks car and living to tell about?
For our client 23 year old Nikolas Brown, he doesn't have to imagine because it happened to him. After a month in the hospital, a liver surgery, a
spleen removal, plates and screws surgically implanted throughout his arm and leg, a trachea hole placed in his neck, 6 lung procedures, and over $600,000
in medical bills later, the case against the drunk driver and her insurance company
starts Tuesday, October 11 in Greeley Colorado at the Weld County Court House. Continue Reading...
Posted by: Chad Hemmat | Thursday, September 29, 2016 | 0 Comments
There are already enough reasons to check your phone, increasing the risk for Colorado car accidents: social media like Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter.
Of course, Pokemon Go is the biggest thing. An augmented reality game, people go around looking to catch virtual reality creatures and it's taken the
world by storm. It's also been taking up amounts of mobile data capacity not seen since streaming services like Hulu, Pandora and Netflix. That's a
problem in Colorado, which is lagging behind some pretty small towns in data speed.
Posted by: Chad Hemmat | Wednesday, September 14, 2016 | 0 Comments
Anderson, Hemmat &
McQuinn is proud to have supported The Fall Classic for another year! What
a great turn-out, thanks again for those who participated. We are pleased to report that the 12th Annual Fall Classic raised over $220,700 for families
of students in need of financial aid. To date, The Fall Classic has raised more than $2.2 million in support of students in need.
Check out some photos from this years event here: 2016 Fall Classic Photos
Posted by: Chad Hemmat | Thursday, September 08, 2016 | 0 Comments
isn't over but it has come to a tragic end for the son of a Kansas lawmaker after an amusement park disaster. It's just one in a series of injuries
this year that have some lawmakers questioning whether or not there are enough regulations in place to protect vacationers. In Colorado, risks may
be higher than in many states, according to some personal injury lawyers.
Water Park Fatality May Be a Result of Weight Limit Concerns.
Kansas State Representative Scott Schwab acknowledged recently that his son Caleb was the victim of an accident at Schlitterbahn Park in Kansas City.
The ride, "Verruckt" which means crazy in German, runs to a height of 168 feet. Schwa's son allegedly was a member of a group that may have been over
maximum weight restrictions for using a tube on the ride. Yet more regulators and legislators have concerns about amusement park as a whole. Continue Reading...
Posted by: Chad Hemmat | Tuesday, August 09, 2016 | 0 Comments
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...
Posted by: Chad Hemmat | Friday, July 29, 2016 | 0 Comments
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...
Posted by: Chad Hemmat | Friday, July 15, 2016 | 0 Comments
Helmets 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...
Posted by: Chad Hemmat | Wednesday, July 13, 2016 | 0 Comments
Highway 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...
Posted by: Chad Hemmat | Friday, July 08, 2016 | 0 Comments
Truck 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...