Posted by: Chad Hemmat | Wednesday, April 26, 2017 | 0 Comments
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...
Posted by: Chad Hemmat | Wednesday, April 26, 2017 | 0 Comments
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...
Posted by: Chad Hemmat | Monday, April 24, 2017 | 0 Comments
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...
Posted by: Chad Hemmat | Friday, April 07, 2017 | 0 Comments
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...
Posted by: Chad Hemmat | Tuesday, March 28, 2017 | 0 Comments
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...
Posted by: Chad Hemmat | Friday, February 03, 2017 | 0 Comments
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...
Posted by: Chad Hemmat | Monday, December 12, 2016 | 0 Comments
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...
Posted by: Chad Hemmat | Tuesday, December 06, 2016 | 1 Comments
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...
Posted by: Chad Hemmat | Friday, October 28, 2016 | 0 Comments
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...
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...