Colorado Legal Digest – May 2024 Newsletter

May 31, 2024



We are excited to announce the winner of the second annual Design a Frank Azar Billboard Contest! We would like to extend our deepest gratitude to everyone that took the time to conceive, illustrate and submit their design! It was not easy to pick a winner with so many amazing entries from such talented artists! We look forward to seeing Madelyn’s design put up on billboards in Colorado!



Seven Surefire Ways To Save On Gas Seven Surefire Ways To Save On Gas by Frank Azar


As gas prices soar to record highs this summer, many Americans are feeling the pain at the pump when it’s time to refuel. Consumer websites are brimming with suggestions about how to save money on gas, but only a few of those tips can make a substantial difference in your bill. We’ve sorted through a wealth of expert opinions to find the most sensible strategies for making the next fill-up cost less and last longer. Here they are.

Less aggressive driving equals big savings. Changing your driving style can have a much more dramatic impact on fuel economy than most drivers realize. Tests conducted by indicate that if you drive less aggressively — cutting down on speeding, abrupt lane changes, sharp braking, and so on — you can improve your miles-per-gallon average by as much as 35 percent. That’s a lot of cash that’s not being dumped into your fuel tank.

Keep the tire pressure up, the air conditioner use low. Underinflated tires lower fuel economy. So does running the air conditioner. Tires should be inflated to recommended levels, and lowering windows rather than cranking up the AC can boost fuel efficiency by 10 percent or more. In highway driving, the open windows can create drag, so a little air conditioning might still be a good idea in that situation — but does it really need to be on full blast?

Gas up early in the week. A study of gas prices suggests that the cost-per-gallon typically shoots up on Friday and Saturday. The best days to fuel up are Monday and Tuesday.

Avoid short trips. Car engines are designed to perform at their best when properly warmed up. Trips of a few blocks (or worse, just around the corner) play havoc with fuel efficiency. If you can bike or walk for the short errands and save the car for more extended trips, your wallet will thank you. So will your doctor or any loved ones who’ve been urging you to get more exercise.

Seek out discounts. Apps like GasBuddy or its rivals can help you find the cheapest gas prices along your route. Some also offer discount or reward programs that may ease the burden. Grocery store reward cards are another option, as is joining a big-box discount retailer, like Sam’s Club or Costco, where gas prices are substantially less than at the typical convenience store.

Use cruise control when advisable. There are certain situations on the road — wet weather, heavy stop-and-go traffic, mountain driving, rolling hills — for which cruise control isn’t recommended. But it’s well established that setting a reasonable speed and letting the device regulate it on a long, uncluttered highway straightaway is likely to be much more efficient, fuel-wise, than manual operation.

Prioritize fuel economy when shopping for your next car. Even in cheap-gas times, gas-guzzling vehicles were losing their appeal for various reasons; now there are much better options, including hybrids and all-electric vehicles. Do the math on what an investment in a more fuel-efficient car will save you at the pump, and you may be pleasantly surprised.



How to Get a Copy of a Police Report After a Car Accident in Denver How to Get a Copy of a Police Report After a Car Accident in Denver by Frank Azar


You must contact the police department to get a copy of a police report after a car accident in Denver. A copy of the official police report will provide you with accurate details and evidence to support your insurance claim or legal action you pursue through a Denver car accident lawyer.

However, getting a police report after a Denver car accident isn’t simple, short, or straightforward.

Considering document fees, waiting times, and the impact of injuries on your ability to collect evidence, understanding the steps involved can help you seek justice and fair compensation for damages.


What Documents Can You Get After a Car Accident in Denver?


Paper Slip

How and when incident or accident reports in Denver are issued depends on the nature and severity of the incident.

When the accident does not involve a hit-and-run or fatality, drivers may receive a simple paper slip detailing:

  • The date, time, and location of the incident
  • Names and contact information for all parties involved in the accident
  • Vehicle registration details, license plates, and insurance information
  • A brief description of damages or injuries that influenced the decision not to issue a full report.

Though vital to your overall car accident claim, this paper slip is not always enough to cover all the details needed to secure a solid settlement or win your case in court.


Police Report

To support your case for maximum compensation, you’ll need to contact the Denver Police Department and request a full copy of the police report, which includes:

  • A thorough description of the accident and surrounding events
  • Any contributing factors or violations that may have caused or influenced the accident
  • Statements from witnesses, drivers, passengers, and any other individuals involved
  • Photos of the scene, damages to vehicles, and injuries sustained by those involved
  • Reports from responding officers, including their assessment of fault and any citations
  • Vehicle registration, license, and insurance information for all parties involved
  • Diagrams or sketches of the accident scene and any other relevant evidence gathered by officers
  • Blood alcohol and drug test results, if conducted.
  • Any other relevant information gathered or documented by officers at the scene.

This information is crucial, as it provides an official record of the accident and can be used to support your claim or case in court.


Investigation Report

If your car accident in Denver involves a hit and run or fatality, you’ll need additional information only contained in an Investigation Report.

These reports are issued after a thorough investigation by the officer at the scene and contain:

  • Photographs of the accident scene.
  • Witness statements and contact information.
  • A detailed narrative of the incident, including diagrams, measurements, and any relevant traffic laws or violations.
  • Toxicology reports for any drivers suspected to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the accident.
  • Detective reports and any other relevant information that may assist in determining liability.
  • Coroner’s report if there was a fatality.
  • Video footage or surveillance evidence from nearby cameras, if available.

Obtaining an Investigation Report may take longer than a police report, as the process is significantly more extensive.

Furthermore, some information may require filing discovery motions with the court due to privacy or active investigation concerns.


CAD Reports

Denver accident victims can also request CAD (Computer-Aided Dispatch) reports from the Denver Police Department. These are computer-generated logs of all emergency calls received and responded to by the police department, including car accidents.

A report of the CAD may help in:

  • Determining the exact time of the accident
  • Identifying any delays in responding to the call for assistance
  • Confirming that an accident report was filed and entered into the system
  • Providing additional evidence or information not included in other reports.

The complicated process of obtaining these reports highlights the importance of contacting a car accident injury lawyer after a collision in Denver. While you recover from injuries, they can handle the legal aspects of obtaining reports, negotiating with insurance companies, and guiding you through the claims process.



For nearly forty years the attorneys at Franklin D. Azar & Associates have helped thousands of injured people obtain complete and timely compensation for their losses. Our proven track record and expertise in serious injury cases have allowed us to grow into the largest personal injury law firm in Colorado, with offices in Aurora, Boulder, Colorado Springs, Denver, Fort Collins, Glenwood Springs, Grand Junction, Greeley, Lakewood, Littleton, Longmont, Pueblo, and Thornton. If you’ve been injured in a bus, car, rideshare,  truck, or motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Please call the car accident attorneys at FDAzar day or night at 800-716-9032, or contact us here for a free consultation and no-obligation evaluation of your case.



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