Archive for the ‘Motor Vehicle Accidents’ Category

Bachus & Schanker Supports Brandon and Paul Foundation

Another successful Wall-Bop Golf Tournament is behind us, and once again we are in awe of the generosity and support of our friends, family, and sponsors.

As in prior years, we were sold out, with people from all over the country traveling to Colorado to join us in a celebration of our boys, Paul and Brandon. The weather cooperated and everyone had a great time; golfers and volunteers alike.

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Back to School Safety Tips

It’s back to school time for Colorado kids. Bachus & Schanker, LLC would like to ensure that you and your kids practice the following back to school health and safety tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics to keep our children safe as they return to their classrooms.

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Sharing Colorado Roads – Motorcycle Safety Tips

More and more motorcycles are on our Colorado roads, and in fact, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), motorcycle registration has jumped from 89,897 in 1994 to 173,873 in 2008. That means that in 14 years the number of motorcycles on our roads has nearly doubled. And with this increase in the number of people who are driving motorcycles comes an increase in the number of fatalities related to motorcycle accidents.

CDOT also advises that last year, 98 passengers and riders were killed in motorcycle accidents in Colorado. This, sadly, is the highest number of reported motorcycle related deaths in Colorado history. Another interesting statistic pointed out by CDOT is that in 2008, motorcycle deaths represent 18 percent of the total 548 traffic deaths in Colorado, but motorcycles only represent 3 percent of the registered vehicles in Colorado.

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Governor Ritter Signs Bill Outlawing Texting While Driving in Colorado

As a personal injury law firm we’ve seen the consequences of crashes caused by drivers who were distracted either texting or talking on their cell phones (or eating, or putting on their make-up or even reading…yes reading, I’ve seen it with my own eyes!), this law seems like a good idea. But, some feel this law doesn’t go far enough.

The new law which takes effect December 1, 2009 makes it illegal to send text messages, tweets and emails while driving. Those younger than 18 are banned from using a cellphone at all while driving. Your first offense will cost you $50, the second offense will cost you $100.

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Some Infant Car Seats May Not Protect as Promised

We all want to do what is best for our children and protect them from any possible harm. As good parents, we do what we can to protect them in case of a car accident by placing them in an infant/child safety seat. But, are we getting all the information to make the right decision?

According a study released in the February issue of the American Journal of Public Health, car accidents are the leading cause of accidental injury or death of children older than one year with more than 500 children under the age of three dying in motor vehicle crashes in 2005. But, the odds of survival increase dramatically, by seventy-five percent, if they were in a child safety seat. The survival rate for older children also improves with a sixty percent increase. So, there’s no doubt child safety seats increase a child’s chance of survival in a motor vehicle accident.

But those child safety seats may not be as safe as we thought.

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Hang Up and Drive! The Dangers of Driving While Talking on a Cell Phone.

Drinking and driving…most of us wouldn’t consider driving while drunk. But, most of us have talked on our cell phones while driving. But, do we really appreciate the ramifications of driving and talking on our phones. A recent study by the AAA Foundation, using driving simulators, suggests that drivers talking on their cell phones exhibit the same behaviors as drunk drivers. They weave, they cut off other drivers, they neglect to stop for pedestrians and they ignore stop signs. They also have significantly impaired reaction time. According to the study, drivers talking on their cells phones are more likely to be involved in a rear-end crash than a drunk driver.
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3,000 Lives Saved – Traffic Deaths Decrease in 2008

While we may not be happy about the hit to our wallets, the good news about higher gas prices is, by choosing to take alternate modes of transportation thereby reducing the numbers of drivers on the road has contributed to a dramatic decrease in the number of accidents in 2008 through October. This downward trend is expected to continue through the end of the year.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) officials say advancements in safety technology that prevents rollovers, an increase in seatbelt usage, major transportation safety program reforms and more drunk driving awareness campaigns, in addition to fewer drivers, has contributed to an almost 10 percent drop in fatalities. This is the lowest rate since the NHTSA began tracking highway auto fatalities since 1966.
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Drunk Driver Hits Close to Home

Working at Bachus & Schanker, I typically find myself on the victim’s side of drunk driving collisions. As we represent plaintiffs in auto collisions (and other personal injury cases), I am well-versed in what happens to drunk defendants, how to set up claims with the various insurance companies, and how to help our clients make their way through the American legal and healthcare systems.

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Hit-and-Run Shocks Nation Part Two: What Would You Do?

Bystanders do nothing after a hit-and-run. A minute and a half clip showing the horrific hit-and-run of Angel Torres that aired on news programs and was attached to online articles has raised a lot of talk of society’s loss of morality.

There are elements that are not known about the aftermath of the hit and run. Did someone try to identify the cars that fled after hitting Torres? Did someone try to go for help? Did people wait around to give statements to the police that might help find the driver that hit Torres? These are things that a short clip cannot show.

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