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Find Out What Americans Believe About the Dangers of Texting While Driving

Texting while driving is dangerous; that much is almost universally accepted. But a new survey conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America discovered something interesting – Americans overwhelmingly believe that texting while driving is more dangerous than driving while under the influence of marijuana. Are they right?

An interesting question, especially in a state that has legalized recreational marijuana. According to the survey, 91 percent of Americans believe that driving under the influence of marijuana is dangerous. Eighty-seven percent say that people who drive under the influence of marijuana pose a danger to other people on the road. But only 40 percent of those surveyed said they believed that driving while high contributes to more motor vehicle accidents.

But despite the fact that marijuana can have a detrimental effect on a driver’s motor functions, people reported that they believed distractions were deadlier. Ninety-nine percent of those surveyed said that using social media while driving was more dangerous than driving under the influence of marijuana. Ninety-eight percent said that texting while driving was more dangerous than driving under the influence of marijuana.

Is this belief sound? According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), researchers have not yet been able to definitively tie marijuana use to an increase in car accidents. Does this mean that driving under the influence of marijuana is safe? Given the possible side effects of marijuana, which can include dizziness and slowed reaction time, it is still best to err on the side of caution.

This study does make one thing clear, though – awareness of the dangers of distracted driving is on the rise. Hopefully, knowledge of these dangers can help contribute to a lower rate of accidents caused by texting while driving.

What Caused This Downtown Denver Pedestrian Accident?

A late November pedestrian accident in downtown Denver left three people injured. They were rushed to a local hospital after being struck by a white van near the intersection of 15th and Stout.

According to police, the driver of the van is cooperating with the investigation. It does not appear that he had intentions of violence, nor was he intoxicated. So, what, then, caused this driver to plow into a group of pedestrians? According to him, his foot got stuck on the accelerator of the van.

What Do I Do If I Am Involved in a Pedestrian Accident in Denver?

There are a number of actions you should take in the days and weeks following a pedestrian accident if you are a victim.

  1. First things first, seek immediate medical treatment. The shock and adrenaline of being struck by a vehicle can mask the symptoms of serious injuries. Furthermore, some common pedestrian accident injuries, like traumatic brain injury, do not manifest right away. Medical intervention is necessary to identify all injuries and make sure they do not become worse.
  2. Record every piece of information you can about the accident. Take pictures of your injuries. Write down the time and date of the accident and take down the names and contact information of any witnesses. Collect any physical items that are related to the accident.
  3. If you are contacted by the driver’s insurance company, be brief, cordial, and do not tell them anything besides your name, address and other identifying information. As nice as the insurance representative may seem, these companies have one goal: to minimize the payout the company has to pay for your injuries. Direct the insurance company to your injury attorney. Speaking of…
  4. It is important to discuss your pedestrian accident injury with an attorney who can evaluate and pursue your injury claim.

Our law firm is ready to look over your case in a no-obligation free attorney consultation to help you determine the best course moving forward.

What Should I Do If I’m Hurt While Working at a Construction Site?

Recently, three workers in Denver were hurt while working at a construction site. The incident happened on Brighton Boulevard. The construction workers were injured when a large chain that was being used to move a sewage pipe broke.

After the chain snapped, it hit the workers, which led to their injury. Per the KDVR-TV, the Denver Fire Department was called to the scene. One of the workers had to be retrieved using a ladder truck after tumbling 30 feet. One of the workers took the most punishment from the chain, suffering severe injuries. The other two workers escaped with minor injuries. All three were taken to the hospital after the incident.

Tips for What to Do If You’re Hurt While Working at a Construction Site

If you or someone you love is hurt while working at a construction site, you need to seek immediate medical attention. After that, you should speak with an experienced work injury lawyer. A work accident attorney can analyze your situation, tell you whether you have a personal injury or third party claim, help you file for workers’ compensation benefits and carry the burden of handling your case while you concentrate on healing.

The experienced Denver work injury lawyers at Lampert & Walsh, LLC have been successfully defending the rights of on-the-job injury victims and their families in Colorado for decades. Contact us to schedule a free consultation to discuss your situation today.

Is Texting and Driving Illegal in Colorado?

Per The Denver Post, earlier this year, the laws making texting and driving illegal in Colorado were changed. According to the report in the Post, the law changes will increase the fine for texting while driving from $50 to $300 and also increase the points that a violation will add to a driver’s record from one to four.

Does This Law Change Actually Makes It Easier to Text and Drive in Colorado?

However, while those increases seem to make it look like the state is cracking down harder on drivers who text while behind the wheel, the exact opposite is actually true. Under the new law, instead of texting and driving being illegal, it is simply illegal to text while driving carelessly. This means that you can, unfortunately, text and drive as long as it does not appear that you are driving carelessly while doing so. Is this a good idea? With the number of distracted driving accidents seemingly on the rise, allowing drivers more leeway to text while operating a motor vehicle would seem like a step in the wrong direction.

The experienced Denver personal injury attorneys at Lampert & Walsh, LLC have been successfully fighting for the rights of injury victims and their families in Colorado for decades. Call us today to set up a free consultation to discuss your situation.

Understanding the Basics of Skiing & Snowboarding Accident Lawsuits

Colorado is one of the most popular states for skiing and snowboarding. The Rockies is an ideal location for these winter recreational activities. However, accidents are unfortunately common, leading to serious injury or even death. If you or a loved one has been involved in a skiing or snowboarding accident, it is important to understand the potential legal ramifications.

Ski and snowboard accidents can causes a wide range of injuries, from broken bones to head and spinal injuries. The most common causes of these injuries include:

  • Collisions with other skiers or snowboarders
  • Collisions with trees, fences, signs, etc.
  • Chair lift accidents
  • Inadequate directions from an instructor
  • Equipment failure

If you feel your accident was caused by someone else’s actions, then you may be able to file a lawsuit. Reasons to file a claim include:

  • General negligence. In order to prove negligence, you must show that another party is at fault for your accident. Examples of negligence include another skier or snowboarder acting carelessly, the property you were on was poorly maintained, or your instructor allowed you to ski or snowboard on terrain that was above your skill level.
  • Defective products. If your protective gear or a chair lift is defective, it could lead to an accident. Whether the product defect occurred in design, manufacture or distribution, you may be able to receive compensation from the culpable company.

Skiing and snowboarding are seen as inherently dangerous activities. During a lawsuit, the defendant may use the “assumption of risk” defense, meaning that you should not receive compensation because you were aware of the potential for harm when you chose to participate in these sports. Our experienced personal injury attorneys have extensive experience with these types of cases and can fight against this defense tactic.

These accident cases can be complex, involving many different parties, laws and regulations. Because of this, it is important that you are represented by an attorney who understands the intricacies of the law. At Lampert & Walsh, LLC, we have a reputation for success in getting our clients compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Call us today at 720-893-9903 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation at our Denver office. We work on a contingency fee basis, so you don’t pay legal fees until we obtain a settlement for you.