Grand Junction Criminal Defense and Personal Injury Blog

Proving Negligence in a Colorado Wrongful Death Case

By Peters & Nolan, LLC on February 20, 2022

A wrongful death claim can be a painful process for the loved ones of the deceased. Colorado has a very particular set of statutory rules for wrongful death claims. The grief process is extremely difficult. It is not uncommon for family members to choose to seek justice for their loved one. Pursuing a wrongful death claim in Colorado may bring some degree of closure, by holding the liable party accountable for their acts. An adept wrongful death attorney can improve your chances of recovering a settlement after the loss of someone you love.

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Posted in: Personal Injury

Gathering Information After an Automobile Accident

By Peters & Nolan, LLC on February 5, 2022

Navigating the apps within your smart phone or texting while driving is reckless when behind the wheel of a vehicle. If you do get in an accident, your smartphone is the most useful tool you have at your disposal. Taking pictures after an accident will help protect your legal rights and substantiate the evidence for your claim. Photos cannot only show the damage caused, but in some cases the right images can prove how the accident occurred. You should try to take as many pictures as possible after a car accident.

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Posted in: Car Accidents

Who is Most Impacted by Seatbelt Misuse in Colorado?

By Peters & Nolan, LLC on January 10, 2022

Seatbelts are a required safety feature – when used. When a seat belt does not secure a driver or passenger, it can lead to serious or fatal injuries. One segment of the population is the least likely to use seatbelts: Young males aged 20 to 39, as reported by the Colorado State Patrol. In the words of Chief Matthew C. Packard:

“Colorado State Troopers responded to more serious injury and fatality crashes involving improper use or no use of seatbelts with our male drivers between the ages of 20 – 39 than any other group.”

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Posted in: Car Accidents

How to Reduce a Car Crash’s Deadly Impact on Kids

By Peters & Nolan, LLC on January 3, 2022

The death of a child is a parent’s worst nightmare. Unfortunately, child crashes continue to be a leading cause of death for children, as reported by CDOT (Colorado Department of Transportation). The agency reveals that two children under the age of 13 died every day in a recent year due to a vehicle accident. These collisions were the third leading cause of preventable injury for children from newborns to age 14.

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Posted in: Car Accidents

Gathering Information After a Dog Bite

By Peters & Nolan, LLC on December 13, 2021

Being attacked by a dog can be physically painful and emotionally traumatic. If you or a loved one has been bitten, it is important to gather certain information as soon as possible after the incident. Facts about the victim’s injuries, the dog, and the circumstances surrounding the attack can have a bearing on a claim for compensation for dog bite injuries.

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Posted in: Personal Injury

Dram Shop Laws and Social Host Liability in Colorado

By Peters & Nolan, LLC on December 6, 2021

A dram is a unit by which alcohol was measured in colonial times. Dram shops were establishments where alcohol was sold by the drink. Dram shop laws allow people injured by intoxicated customers of establishments that sell alcoholic beverages to recover damages from those establishments under certain circumstances. These laws hold bars, restaurants, and clubs accountable for serving alcohol to underage or visibly intoxicated customers.

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Posted in: Personal Injury

Can I Get Fired in Colorado Just for Being Arrested?

By Peters & Nolan, LLC on November 28, 2021

Unfortunately, in many cases you can be legally fired in Colorado for being arrested, even if you have not been convicted. There are legal exceptions to protect workers in certain situations, such as whistleblower statutes and state and federal anti-discrimination laws, but because Colorado is an “at-will” state, employees hired for an indefinite period can be fired at any time for almost any reason.

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Posted in: Criminal Defense

Why You Should Never Take a Roadside Sobriety Test in Colorado

By Peters & Nolan, LLC on November 15, 2021

A field sobriety tests (FST) consists of three tasks an officer may ask you to perform. This is typically requested after a driver has been pulled over for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI). Drivers in Colorado are under no legal obligation to take an FST, and we strongly recommend that you politely decline any roadside tests by saying, “I would prefer not to.”

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Posted in: Criminal Defense, DUI

Getting Compensation for Your Child’s Injuries

By Peters & Nolan, LLC on October 30, 2021

No one ever wants their child to suffer a serious injury. After such an accident, you may be scared, worried, and angry about what has happened to your child. If the injury occurred due to another person’s negligence, such as a reckless school bus driver or a dog owner, then you may be able to recover compensation for your child through a personal injury claim. However, in order to file a claim, you must first understand the unique legal regulations that govern child injury cases in Colorado.

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Posted in: Personal Injury

DUIs, But With Prescription Medication

By Peters & Nolan, LLC on October 10, 2021

Most drivers falsely believe that driving under the influence (DUI) charges only apply to alcohol use, but Colorado state law says otherwise. Under Colorado Revised Statute § 42-4-1301, drivers can be charged with a DUI for using either alcohol or drugs while operating a motor vehicle, as well as a combination of drugs and alcohol. Sometimes referred to as a DUID, this crime does not just apply to illegal drugs like heroin and cocaine. In fact, it can apply to prescription medication.

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Posted in: Drug Crimes, DUI

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