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Grand Junction And Western Colorado Personal Injury Law Blog

Use caution when you are shopping

Going shopping shouldn't be a threat to your safety or life; however, it is possible that you will face certain hazards while you are there. Stores have a duty to do everything possible, within reason, to keep people who are shopping safe. Here are a few things to think about when you are shopping:

Bacterial hazards exist. These are often very difficult to control. Think about how many people touch the shopping cart handles. If one of those people sneezes into a hand and touches the cart, the germs from that person can spread to others who touch that spot. There are also some risks of bacterial hazards in areas where food is processed, such as the deli.

Keeping kids safe on the walk to school

With school back in session now in Colorado, mornings are a lot more hectic for everyone, whether it's drivers, parents or school kids. Not only is there heavier traffic from buses and school carpools, but for many parents, there's the worry about their children's safety on the walks to and from school.

The frightening part is that this concern is by no means unfounded. One out of every five children killed in traffic accidents in 2015 were pedestrians. Just how at risk are your kids, and how can you help keep them safe?

Was your car accident caused by a tired driver?

At some point in his or her life, every Colorado driver gets behind the wheel of a vehicle while a little tired. However, driving while legitimately fatigued is both dangerous and reckless. Most people fail to see how fatigued driving could lead to a higher chance of a car accident, but it can be quite risky to drive when excessively tired.

A surprising number of people admit to driving while fatigued. A startlingly high number of these drivers also admit to actually falling asleep behind the wheel. Drowsy drivers may demonstrate dangerous behaviors while behind the wheel, even while they are unaware that they are doing so. If you believe that a fatigued driver caused your accident, you could have grounds for a civil claim.

You might be shocked by the impact of a brain injury

The effects of a brain injury are something that can't usually be predicted early on. In some cases, the medical team taking care of the patient can take an educated guess about what is going to happen; however, because of various factors, this isn't always accurate.

There are almost unlimited ways that a brain injury can affect you. The effects you experience are based on the location of the injury and the severity of it. The manner in which your brain heals is another factor that might have an impact.

Did a vehicle defect result in an injury-causing crash?

Having a vehicle often means that you have the ability to travel where you like when you like. When purchasing your car, you may have carried out extensive research in order to ensure that your purchase provided the safety measures and enjoyable features that you preferred. Of course, even after buying your car, you may have discovered a serious issue.

Commonly, vehicles may show problems after use. In some cases, these issues may come about due to standard wear and tear placed on the vehicle after years of travel, but in other cases, car defects could cause certain aspects of the vehicle to malfunction. Unfortunately, when this occurs, you and other individuals could find yourselves at risk for injuries.

Don't settle for less than you deserve after a car crash

The aftermath of a car accident is greater than some people realize. When the crash was serious, you might have to deal with the physical effects of an injury and possibly damage to your vehicle. All of this can make the days and weeks after the accident difficult.

Obviously, you can deal with the insurance companies about the damage to your vehicle and some of the medical costs. But, make sure that you don't fall into the habit of thinking that the insurance company is here to help you. Instead, the insurance company has to protect itself. This means that you might not get the settlement that you actually need.

Drivers can't let distractions take their focus off the road

Distracted drivers can kill or injure people who are on the road with them. It is imperative that any driver gives his or her full attention to the road. Letting anything get in the way of that can prove to be a bad decision.

While many people automatically think about smartphones and texts as the thing that distracts drivers, there are some other factors that can have the same impact. Here are some other activities that all drivers should avoid:

Is a seat belt worth the use?

Many people have differing views on whether to wear a seat belt while inside a vehicle. However, you certainly know that a seat belt can offer protection in the event that a car accident takes place. As a driver, you may need to remind your passengers to buckle up to ensure that they remain as safe as possible while you travel together.

Of course, some people find seat belts uncomfortable or mistakenly believe that they have the potential to cause more harm than good. Nonetheless, seat belt use has its importance, and law also requires individuals to use proper restraints while traveling. Otherwise, fines or other penalties could come about.

Understand the components in a premises liability claim

Premises liability cases come with a lot of points that must be raised in a lawsuit. The exact points are determined by the circumstances of the case, so we can evaluate your case and help you learn about what points we need to cover.

In the previous blog post, we discussed some of the points that led to the court throwing out a lawsuit from victims of the Cinemark movie theater shooting. As you can imagine, this was a horrible blow to the complainants.

Premises liability claims hinge of a host of factors

Premises liability cases are sometimes simple; however, this isn't always the case. One instance in which a case might be complex occurs when the security provided by an establishment is the grounds of the lawsuit.

Businesses have a duty to keep their patrons reasonably safe. This can be done using several methods, including hiring a security company to provide security. Providing adequate lighting in a parking lot and having access controlled spaces can all help to keep to patrons safe.

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