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DON’T SETTLE FOR LESS: RECENT VERDICTS SHOW AZAR FIRM’S COMMITMENT TO CLIENTS Many car wreck cases can be settled without anyone having to go to court. But when there are serious injuries involved, or disputes over who is at fault, or in situations where insurance companies seem determined to avoid paying a fair settlement, a law firm that represents injured people has to be prepared to take the matter to trial. Two recent jury verdicts are good examples of the commitment made by attorneys at Franklin D. Azar & Associates to obtain for our clients the compensation they deserve. In both cases,...

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Need For Speed

ACTIONS YOU NEED TO TAKE RIGHT AWAY AFTER A CAR ACCIDENT Nobody likes to be rushed. And if you’ve just been in a car wreck, possibly caused by a driver who was rushing a bit too much, you may be in no hurry to do anything. But time is a vital consideration in many car wreck scenarios. There are actions you need to take in order to protect your health, preserve your rights, and contain the damage. Dealing with repair shops, paperwork, and insurance companies can be a burden, sure — but procrastination can make an inconvenient situation much worse. Here are...

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Do I Have to Pay Taxes On My Car Accident Settlement?

[vc_row triangle_shape="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text]The question comes up frequently, usually at the end of the process. You’ve been in a car accident. You have managed to reach a settlement with the insurance company of the driver at fault, or you’ve emerged victorious at trial, with a verdict in your favor. Time to put the whole ordeal in the rear-view mirror — but wait. Do you have to pay taxes on the money you’ve just received? As with most tax issues, the simple answer to that simple question is, “It depends.” The types of compensation involved in an auto insurance settlement vary; some aspects are...

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Out of State Auto Accidents

WHAT HAPPENS IF I’M IN A CAR ACCIDENT IN ANOTHER STATE? Car accidents can be traumatic, life-altering events. Even a minor fender-bender, with minor damage and no injuries, can be upsetting and disorienting. All that worry and confusion gets greatly magnified when the accident happens far from home. Car wrecks in another state present a range of challenges, from dealing with car repairs and medical treatment in unfamiliar territory to trying to figure out what laws and insurance regulations apply. Here are some basic guidelines for what to expect if you’re involved in an accident in another state.   STEP ONE: EVALUATING THE SITUATION The...

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Pueblo Jury Awards $337,000 to Cafeteria Worker Injured in Auto Accident

On Thursday, December 19, a Pueblo jury awarded $337,000 to a cafeteria worker for injuries resulting from a traffic accident — more than three times the amount the other side had offered to settle the case before trial.   The verdict came after three days of testimony in the civil case concerning the injuries suffered by Alba Moreno when her vehicle was rear-ended by another motorist in 2016. Ms. Moreno was represented by attorneys Erica Vecchio and Patric J. LeHouillier of Franklin D. Azar & Associates.   Ms. Moreno underwent neck fusion surgery after the crash. State Farm, the insurance company for the at-fault...

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Protecting Yourself from Data Breaches and Identity Thieves

The amount of time Americans spend online — emailing, direct messaging, keeping up with social media, and simply surfing the Internet — keeps going up. According to the latest annual study by the Center for the Digital Future at USC Annenberg, we now spend close to 24 hours a week online, almost double the amount of time expended in 2000. No question about it, instant access to worlds of online data has become an indispensable aspect of modern life. But with all that additional time online comes increased risk of falling prey to hackers, phishers, identity thieves, and other cyberscammers. According...

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Winter Mountain Driving and Colorado’s Traction Law

Even in the best conditions, winter driving takes preparation, patience, and flexibility. And that goes double for driving in Colorado’s mountains, where road and weather conditions can change rapidly and present a series of formidable challenges for even the most seasoned driver, from fog and windy whiteouts to ice storms, slush, and passes closed by avalanches. A new traction law that went into effect this year should help to make mountain driving along the state’s busiest corridor a bit safer. But the law is only effective if people know about and comply with its requirements. Whether you’re heading for the ski...

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Dangers of Drowsy Driving

HOW DANGEROUS IS DROWSY DRIVING? We’ve all been there. The road stretches monotonously ahead, and drowsiness is settling into your bones like a heavy fog. Your eyelids sag. Your head nods. If you don’t do something about it, you’re going to fall asleep at the wheel — and be in for a rude awakening, if you wake up at all. Drowsy driving is both more common and more dangerous than most people realize.  In fact, it may be one of the leading killers on the road, second only to driving drunk. Here’s what you need to know to help stay alert behind...

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Halloween Safety Tips

HALLOWEEN SAFETY TIPS:  SMART MOVES ON AMERICA’S SCARIEST NIGHT With all the costume parties, the roving trick-or-treaters, the monster movie marathons and more, Halloween can be one of the most entertaining nights of the year. What’s not to like about free candy? Yet most people don’t realize that Halloween can also be one of the most hazardous nights of the year. Many cities see a spike in vandalism, theft, and other crimes. Children in dark costumes on poorly lit streets present one kind of challenge, and adults who’ve partied too much before getting behind the wheel present another. Here are some suggestions for...

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Halloween Candy for Toddlers

Sweet! A Guide to Safe Halloween Candy For Toddlers Americans will spend more than $2.5 billion on Halloween candy this year. That’s a lot of sweet stuff — some of it tasty, no doubt, and some of it downright spooky. For parents, trying to screen their kids’ haul and regulate their candy consumption can be a daunting task. Is it safe? Digestible? Even remotely nutritious? Okay, maybe nutrition is too much to hope for. But preparing for a safe and happy Halloween for ghouls and goblins of all ages doesn’t have to be frightening. Here’s a guide to how to not get...

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