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AFTER A CAR ACCIDENT: DO I NEED AN ATTORNEY?

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Car crashes can be loud, scary, and even life-altering events. In addition to the trauma of the incident itself, there’s all the paperwork involved in dealing with the police and insurance companies, the hassle of arranging for repairs and alternate transportation, and various other ways that even a “minor” accident can disrupt your routine and plans. And beyond the more mundane aspects of the accident and its aftermath looms a larger question: Should I be talking to a lawyer about what just happened? Of course, not every traffic incident requires the services of an attorney. But it’s a question that should...

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DISTRACTED DRIVING: A RISING HAZARD ON THE ROADS

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Some traffic accidents are probably unavoidable, the result of bad weather, a mechanical failure, or poor road conditions. But the vast majority of mishaps on the road are preventable. Numerous studies of crash causation, conducted in the United States and elsewhere, have concluded that human error accounts for more than ninety percent of all crashes. Some of the most obvious forms of error include excessive speed and driving while intoxicated. Add to that list of risky behavior a bad habit that’s more dangerous than most people realize: Driving While Distracted. According to data compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration,...

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SELF-DRIVING CARS: ARE WE THERE YET?

Some day, and perhaps sooner than we realize, the software in our cars may become so sophisticated, flawless, and easy to use that the morning commute to work will be truly stress-free, accident-free, and even hands-free. But recent reports of setbacks for cars that “drive themselves,” to one degree or another, indicate that motorists still have a long way to go before they can turn over the wheel to a truly autonomous driving system...

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TAKATA AIRBAGS: THE SCANDAL BEHIND THE BIGGEST AUTO RECALL EVER

In the annals of corporate misconduct, few schemes can compare in sheer magnitude to the one that led to the downfall of the Japanese auto parts supplier Takata. Over more than a decade, the company sold a dangerously defective product to auto makers around the world. And when reports of the problem began to surface, Takata executives engaged in a lengthy cover-up, despite increasing reports of injuries and deaths linked to malfunctioning Takata airbags...

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WHY CAR INSURANCE IS SO EXPENSIVE — AND FIVE WAYS TO SAVE MONEY

Sticker shock is no longer limited to shopping for a car. It’s also a common experience when you receive the bill for your auto insurance. Premiums have been going up, up, up in recent years, far exceeding the rate of inflation. Since 2015 rates have gone up 15 percent nationwide, according to the Consumer Price Index, while the prices of other consumer goods increased by only four percent in the same period. According to a new report by The Zebra, an online search service that tracks car insurance rates, the national average annual premium for car insurance is now $1,427,...

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Got Tread? Snow Tires vs. All-Season Tires

With winter rapidly approaching, determining what tires you need for your vehicle is essential. With the right tires, you can help ensure safety for you and your family while on the road. Part of being prepared for the winter season means making sure your car is riding on the right tires for the season. In a city like Denver, snow tires may be a good fit for your vehicle. Snow tires are specially made to make sure they can grip the road, even in cold and snowy conditions. They’re made with a softer compound and contain more rubber than summer tires....

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Attorney Fees: Know what you’re going to pay

Most people know that attorneys can be expensive. The work that they do is diligent and their fees are based on several factors. These factors can include: the attorneys experience, the time spent on your case, their ability and reputation, the degree of difficulty for the case, the results of the case, and other costs involved. Some additional factors include the attorney’s overhead expenses such as rent, utilities, and office equipment. All of these factors may influence how much you’ll pay and listed below are some of the more common fee agreements for attorneys. The first fee agreement is the ‘Contingency...

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Marijuana Law in Colorado: What you need to know

Since the passing of amendment 64 in 2012, adults 21 and over can legally purchase and possess marijuana in the state of Colorado. As long as you are 21 years or older and have a government issued ID, you can purchase marijuana in a variety of forms. There is a limit to how much you can purchase at any given time, however. Since June of 2016, both Colorado residents as well as tourists can purchase up to 28 grams in a single transaction. Before you plan your next trip to Colorado or your local dispensary, there are a few key...

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Will Your Next Car Even Need the Roads?

In the 1970’s everybody thought there would be flying cars by the 2000’s.  Well, that didn’t happen, but, we are finally getting close. Introducing The Transition, the world’s first flying car.  Well actually it’s more of a road drivable plane, but they are pretty similar. The Transition is a plane with two seats and wings that fold up to the sides making it small enough to drive on city roads. It runs on standard automotive gasoline, fits in a single car garage, and converts from plane to car in less than a minute. With a flying range of about 400 miles...

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Eggshell Plaintiff

In the world of personal injury law, there’s a phrase called “eggshell plaintiff”.  What exactly does this mean?  Well, I’m glad you asked!  In many personal injury cases, the injured party had a pre-existing condition, which the collision exacerbated, making the injuries even more severe than they would have been. Let me give you an example: let’s say that in the cold weather, an older woman slipped on black ice on your property.  But just a week before this fall, she had a hip surgery, and this simple fall, which would have otherwise been relatively harmless, left her hip in a...

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