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How to know if you have a brain injury after a collision

When you get behind the wheel of your car to drive in Colorado, you can reasonably expect that other drivers you encounter on the road will obey the law. There's no guarantee, however, that you will arrive safely to your destination, especially if a distracted or intoxicated driver is nearby. Such drivers are menaces and cause thousands of injuries and fatalities every year.

If another vehicle slams into you, whether you're driving or riding as a passenger in another person's vehicle, you might suffer moderate to severe injuries upon impact. Injuries are not always immediately apparent, however, which is why it's a good idea to know how to recognize signs of brain trauma, a condition that doesn't always present symptoms right away.

Colorado intersections are dangerous places

Whether you've been a licensed driver in Colorado for decades or have only obtained a license to drive within the past five years, you have no doubt encountered traffic challenges on the roadway. It's true that the more road trips you take by vehicle, the greater a chance you have of being involved in a collision. By adhering to traffic laws and staying alert and cautious at the wheel, however, it's often possible to avoid auto accidents.

The problem is that no matter how safe or skilled of a driver you happen to be, you cannot control another motorist's actions. Some road locations tend to be more dangerous than others, such as intersections. It pays to be especially cautious whenever you approach a crossroad. It's also a good idea to know how to obtain support in the aftermath of a collision if someone hits you.

Defects in design can lead to legal claims after an injury

Products that you purchase should be safe for you to use as long as you're using them properly. What some people don't realize is that it's possible that a design defect could lead to them suffering an injury. This is a situation that might lead to a legal claim for compensation.

Some products are inherently dangerous despite what the manufacturer does. These are known as unavoidably unsafe products. Many power tools, including saws, fall into this category. Even when this is the type of product you're using, there is still an expectation that you will be able to remain reasonably safe while you use it.

Was a distracted driver the cause of your collision?

Every time you get behind the wheel to drive in Colorado, you understand that you're obligated to adhere to all safety regulations and traffic laws. Sometimes, when you travel, however, you might not be the driver. You could be riding as a passenger in someone's vehicle or traveling on foot as a pedestrian. Other people's driving behavior can have a significant, possibly devastating effect on your life, especially if there's a distracted driver in your vicinity.

It's a lot easier to be a distracted driver than most people realize. A seemingly harmless action, such as eating a hamburger on the go because you don't want to be late for an afternoon meeting that's across town can turn an uneventful road trip into disaster in an instant. The problem is that you have no control over another driver's actions. If a distracted driver hits you, it might result in a severe or even life-threatening injury.

Points to remember when children or the elderly die tragically

A wrongful death lawsuit is meant to help provide surviving family members with compensation for their loved one's tragic death. It seeks to hold the liable party accountable for various damages that occurred because of their actions, which may help those left behind to find closure while handling the practical aspects of their loss.

Because of the nature of some of the damages, the family members of children or elderly individuals who pass away might not be able to receive as much in compensation as if they would for a healthy adult who perished. When a working adult passes away, it's easy for the court to determine what financial earnings are applicable.

How do different weather patterns impact crash risks?

A change in weather has a way to turn what would otherwise be a normal drive into a potentially deadly one. Some of the more dangerous conditions that motorists may have to drive in include dust, fog, snow, ice and rain. We experience some of all of these here in Denver. This may explain why there seems to be an uptick in car accidents when the weather is poor outside.

If there's one thing that rain, dust, snow, fog and ice all have in common, it's that they all affect a motorist's visibility.

Understanding trucking accidents and the law

Commercial trucks are a vital part of this country's economy. They are extremely useful due to the amount of goods they can transport with relative ease. Truck drivers are to be commended for all that they contribute to all of our daily lives.

However, this benefit doesn't mean that commercial trucks on the roadways don't pose a significant amount of risk to other drivers around them. When a regular passenger vehicle gets into a trucking accident, the results can be devastating simply because of the size and weight differences between passenger vehicles and commercial trucks. Civil claims here in Colorado involving commercial trucks may be difficult to navigate. Here are several basic ideas that may help you and your family if you're ever involved in a crash with a truck.

The risks associated with eating behind the wheel

When a Colorado driver is doing anything other than just driving, it can increase the chance of an accident. Distracted driving comes in many forms, and sometimes, it's because of things that may not seem necessarily that dangerous. This includes eating while driving or drinking a beverage while driving. In fact, these things can be quite dangerous.

Many people underestimate the serious nature of eating while driving. After all, most drivers have probably gone through a drive-thru at some point and had their meal on the go. This is quite common, especially in a culture that is fast paced. Eating is actually a form of distracted driving, and like other forms of distraction, it can increase the chance of an accident.

Women Trial Lawyers Network shines spotlight on Penelope L. Clor

There is no greater professional honor than when peers recognize you for outstanding work. The Women Trial Lawyers Network recently featured a spotlight piece on Tomazin, Hillyard & Clor, LLP partner Penelope L. Clor.

The organization noted that because Pennie has a nursing degree and 26 years of experience as an attorney fighting for Colorado clients at trial and in negotiations in personal injury litigation, she understands not only clients' pain and medical issues, but also how to deliver the compensation they need and deserve.

Distracted driving isn't what you think

It is easy to spot a distracted driver when he or she is using a phone. You have probably seen your fair share of drivers with their eyes glued to the screen instead of the road, and you understand how important it is to distance yourself and drive cautiously. But did you know that distracted driving was around long before smartphones hit the market?

Although driving distractions have become almost synonymous with smartphones, they are actually anything that takes a driver's attention away from the task at hand. These behaviors can be hard to spot, too. Unfortunately, this means that you encounter more distracted drivers than you might think.

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