In Colorado, hit-and-run accidents are growing each year, but you may be surprised at just how bad the problem has become. According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, in 2014, the hit-and-run epidemic reached a 7-year high, claiming 22 lives and injuring more than one person every day in the Denver metro area. And that’s only part of the story. Check out these other staggering hit-and-run statistics:
Getting behind the wheel high on marijuana is apparently a dangerous mix, according to a new study by the Colorado State Patrol which shows more drivers involved in fatal car accidents in Colorado are testing positive for marijuana — and that Colorado has a higher percentage of such drivers testing positive for pot than other states. Last year, the State Patrol reported that troopers issued 5,546 citations for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Of those, 674 — about 12.2 percent — involved suspected marijuana use, either alone or in combination with other intoxicants. For 354 of those citations — about 6.4 percent of the total — marijuana was believed to be the only substance involved.
I remember driving past a middle school and there is a police substation off next to it and I saw a cop car. I was very aware of what was going on around me. Getting ready to cross an intersection, I could see that there was a row of cars trying to turn in front of me and the last car, it looked like he stopped and he decided to shoot out and we had a head on collision. It was really unreal, everything went in slow motion. I remember getting out of the car and smelling smoke and looking up at the light and seeing that it was still green. I realized that I need to get my kids out of the car cause we were right in the intersection so I moved as quick as I could. My kids, there was just a lot of crying and screaming. It made for a very traumatic, traumatic day. My three year old daughter at the time, she was strapped to a gurney and didn’t know what was going on. I couldn’t explain to her and I couldn’t be with her cause I was trying to talk to the police officers and also trying to calm my boys down. So it was just awful. It is one thing to be in a car accident by yourself or with other adults, but to be by yourself with your three small children, I definitely went into “mommy mode.” They were my first concern.
Bachus & Schanker made my life so much easier because I had one point of contact that was my case manager and I wasn’t dealing with an up and down “Ok, well what’s happening now?” I knew I could just call and talk to my case manager and I would get a response. There wasn’t any “Oh, we forgot about this.” I just want to say “Thank You” because I know there is probably a lot more working parts than just what I saw with speaking to my case manager and my attorney. I know there is a lot more going on behind the scenes and a lot more people to thank. I think you guys (Bachus & Schanker) did an excellent job. I really appreciate the ease of completing the settlement. Definitely, if you are in a car accident call Bachus & Schanker because it would have made my life so much easier if I would have just called them from the start. I’m just glad that I called them when I did. Because I probably had been lost and underpaid and had bills to pay without them.
We were driving down I-25, headed home after a long day at a high school reunion and traffic was beginning to slow in our lane and the person behind us wasn’t paying attention and plowed into the back of us at about 65 miles an hour…our whole family was in the van. Immediately after the accident, our safety obviously and my kid’s safety was of utmost concern. The damage to our vehicle was pretty extensive. We knew that we were going to need some help and some representation.
We went with Bachus & Schanker because we have been represented by them in the past and were taken such great care of. Their communication has always been the most important thing to us. They (Bachus & Schanker) were constantly calling us, emailing us, making sure that we knew exactly what was happening every step of the way. We just felt like we may have been the only people that they were representing because of the way that they took care of us. I can pick up the phone at any time and reach someone on the phone, if I need to leave a message they call me back right away. The email communication is also been great and the team talks to each other, so for every step of the way they all know us personally, they know exactly what is going on and it makes you feel like you have been really well taken care of.
From Brian Downing our lawyer to Dustin and Camille and Louie, we just feel that you guys have also really cared for us, our family, and our particular situation that we went through. You (Bachus & Schanker) were invested in us and for that we thank you so much. I would definitely recommend Bachus & Schanker. I love that they have different people to care for your case from step-to-step and that has really helped us create a relationship with the entire firm here. Not only was our lawyer fantastic but everybody on the care team was great as well so we have definitely felt cared for by Bachus & Schanker. We would not have chosen anyone else to represent us but Bachus & Schanker. They are a one of a kind team working for you.
Assume now that we have a 100% the fault of somebody other than you and you have a car crash case and you were injured, what is the value of that case? We have to start with the building blocks of determining value and that is “What are the reasonable medical expenses?” Then we have to say, on top of the reasonable past medical expenses what are the likely reasonable future medical expenses? And then we have to ask the same question about wage loss. What is the wage loss that has been incurred to date and what’s the likely future wage loss? Do I have other out of pocket expenses? That is another part of the building blocks. You add all of those up and that serves as a basis for your claim. You say, O.K. those are called my economic losses now what about non-economic losses? How are those determined?
There are three ways that we calculate the non-economic losses to figure out the value of a case. 1. We have to say,” How bad is the harm? 2. How long did the harm last? 3. How interfering is that harm with what I am trying to accomplish in my life professionally and personally? We can start to build the value of the case by looking at those items. Then we have to say alright, are there caps on damages that might limit my ability to recover? And there are caps, there are caps-government caps on what you can sue a government for and then there’s generalized caps on damages that might impact the value of those non-economic harms.
But starting to gather to look at all of those items and then saying what are juries doing in our marketplace because ultimately the jury is the determiner of value. A judge doesn’t determine value of most of these cases, it is the jury that is determining value so if the jury is determining value what have other juries done in the county where my case is going to be tried? There is a big difference between counties. There is a big difference between having a case in Colorado and having a case in Chicago depending on where you are in Chicago, because juries have different belief systems that impact what happens in those cases. If you add up all those things and say, here are my economic losses, my wage loss, my medical expenses and here I’ve got significant non-economic damages, right? I’ve got damages that are going to last forever causing significant pain or highly interfering but the at-fault driver only has $50,000 of insurance coverage, then we have to talk about a different issue which is not what the value is but what’s the collectible value? So we look at the totality of all those things and together working with our clients we can build what we believe is a reasonable value for the case.
We know that every car undergoes a crash test rating before it is released to the market but what does that tell you about the safety of your vehicle? What do they really measure when performing a crash test? Do they test the impact from all angles? Do they rate based on damage to the car and the person driving it? We set out to answer these questions.
We have created a new infographic that outlines the crash test rating process, including what the ratings do and don’t tell you about the overall safety of your vehicle.
I was going to work on my bike, I was riding on the pedestrian bike path and a driver who was turning into a golf course, the sun had come up, I don’t think she was paying attention to where she was going, but she didn’t look before she turned and she hit me as she turned into the parking lot. I just remember thinking, “uh oh”, you know like this changes everything and I hope nothing is really wrong, and not sure what to do, I guess is the biggest thing that I was really worried about. Putting back together the little pieces of things that would make stuff normal again. Those are the first things I was thinking about. Bachus & Schanker had excellent reviews. I’ve never had to deal with something of this caliber before in my life, so I just wanted to make sure I made the right choice for me and I felt confident after meeting for the first time that is who I wanted to go with. I loved my experience here. I mean everyone in the office I dealt with, naturally several people in the course of ending this whole thing, and everyone was just so straightforward and polite and generous and made it a very strong point that all my questions would be answered anytime I needed something they were back to me in the most timely manner possible, which I appreciated. It was nice to have somebody talk to me as more of a person instead of just a case file which was way cool. It helped make my transition of going through all this much easier. And then, as far as everyone else going, everyone just had a great work ethic and teamwork together so everyone was on board and if one person couldn’t get in touch with you another would or vice-versa. I could always find someone to talk to who would get me an answer or get me in touch with the right person for an answer. I really was worried about getting a lawyer,
I really was. It was something that I don’t know much about, so I wasn’t sure if maybe it would be a bad choice for me or not knowing what was going on maybe agreeing to something that I didn’t fully understand. I made a lotof cautious thoughts like that went through my mind, but everything I could have wanted to be answered was answered immediately, right from the get-go. Having a source I could constantly rely on for contact washuge. This company [Bachus & Schanker] is just…I really appreciate how much effort went into handling my case and making sure it was more personalized. I mean, I got calls saying like “How are you doing physically?” and that had nothing to do with the case, it was just a call to see how it was going. You know that was mind blowing for me. I really think that sometimes you do get in over your head with legal matters and it’s totally appropriate to ask for help in a situation like that. I am really thankful I did from Bachus & Schanker. I’m happy.
It was 44th and Tennyson, I was on a bicycle and a lady opened her car door and I hit the car door threw a flip and immediately after it happened I was in lots of pain I don’t really remember much else, hurt. Don’t talk to the insurance company, let somebody handle it for you for sure, because it’s…they give you a big run-around, it’s not worth it. They were definitely looking out for their own best interest for sure. Sounds like a name you can trust, I have to say, that’s why I went with Bachus & Schanker. Thanks a lot for everything they did. I appreciate it. I don’t see anything you could improve. You are the Best! I would definitely tell them to go to Bachus & Schanker.
I was making a left and she was going straight in the turning lane, and she hit me from the side. Well, I went online and checked with Tom Martino; you were right on top. You [Bachus and Schanker] let me know exactly what was going on every step of the way. It’s an excellentfirm. I would use you again. Thank you Bachus & Schanker.
Going through a car accident is an emotional up and down roller coaster, ride and experience. When you are going through it, it’s amazing to have somebody that’s there, who really can just take care of it. Because in hindsight, I couldn’t have done it myself. I would have gotten taken advantage of by the other side. It’s worth it to get somebody who knows what they are doing and can negotiate on your behalf. Everything that they have done, has been for me and I really appreciate that. When you go through an accident, so many people you find give up on you and you don’t matter anymore to them and that wasn’t the case with Bachus and Schanker. I just feel like they went the extra mile and they were just very nice to work with. Once Kyle personally took over my case, it was handled and my stress went away. Bachus and Schanker will make it so much easier on you, taking stress just off your shoulders and allowing you to live the way a person should be living.
Thank you very much and I am very pleased with the way they handled my case. Nobody else would have handled my case the way that they did. I did my research and I asked around and nobody but nobody ever said anything bad about Bachus and Schanker.
Bachus and Schanker did not give up on me. They just keep pushing through and let me know that we’re on a team and that they are there for me, to support me and help me in any way I need. They are going to get you through it and so that’s why I would say call them, give them a chance to take your case. Go to Bachus and Schanker.