Car Accidents | Grand Junction Criminal Defense and Personal Injury Blog
When you get into a car as a passenger, you are putting your life in the hands of the driver, as well as in the hands of the other drivers on the road. Sadly, drivers are not always responsible. There are always a few out on the roadways who have been drinking, who want to text their friends, or who just cannot keep their eyes open.
If you have been involved in a serious accident as a passenger, you may be searching for who to hold liable for your injuries. Thankfully, the liable party may be easier to find than you realize.
In a miss-and-run accident, there is no contact between the vehicle that causes the crash and the injured party’s vehicle, and there is no way to identify the at-fault driver. It is very similar to a hit-and run-accident, when the at-fault driver leaves the scene. The main difference is the lack of contact between the two vehicles.
For example, a driver performing an improper lane change could cut you off, forcing you to swerve to avoid hitting that vehicle. While that driver continues on his way, your swerve, made necessary by the other driver’s actions, could result in a collision with another vehicle. By the time the police arrive, the “phantom driver” who caused the accident is long gone, and there is no way to file a claim against that driver’s insurance company.
When you buy a new car or a new car part, you expect the machine to work as is advertised. After all, it is brand new. What could possibly go wrong? Sadly, when it comes to poorly manufactured parts or vehicles, everything could go wrong. From defective brakes to popped tires, that new car could fall apart within months of a purchase and cause a catastrophic accident. When that happens, the party responsible should be held liable for their negligence.
After being involved in a truck accident, you may have experienced just how hostile trucking companies can be when it comes to paying proper compensation. When filing a personal injury claim against a trucking company and their insurance provider, you will need all the evidence you can get. The best tool for obtaining that evidence, however, is sitting within the truck itself.
With massive machines traveling at high speeds all across the country every day, it is no wonder car accidents are so devastating. Whenever these vehicles collide with each other—or with someone less protected, like a cyclist or pedestrian—everyone involved is bound to suffer a serious injury. Thankfully, as car technology advances, the industry finds new ways to help prevent accidents from happening altogether and keep everyone safe when they do occur.
There was once a time when an order taking a week or more to arrive was the standard. These days two-day shipping reigns supreme, thanks, in part, to Amazon and their Prime subscription services. However, as our deliveries have faster and faster turnaround times, our roads become congested with delivery vans, all rushing to get their packages dropped off on time. This demand for fast service has, sadly, led to more dangerous roadways.
No matter how responsibly and defensively you drive, other drivers still make poor and negligent decisions. Unfortunately, driving is a fact of life. We drive to work, to the grocery store, and to the houses of our loved ones. Not driving, for many of us living in Grand Junction, simply isn’t an option. But changing your commute to minimize your risk is. That’s why we’ve put together a list of the most dangerous intersections in Grand Junction, so that we can do our part to help keep people safe while on the roads.
Colorado was the first of ten states and Washington, D.C., to legalize marijuana for recreational use, but it has never been allowed on the road. Under CRS 42-4-1301 of the Colorado Code, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is illegal. It does not matter if the drug is illegal, prescription, over-the-counter, or legal for recreational use, as in the case of marijuana.
It’s no secret that impaired driving puts you at greater risk of being involved in an accident, as your motor skills and reaction times are greatly reduced. Therefore, it is a violation of the law in the State of Colorado to drive with a blood alcohol level in excess of .05% or when your ability to drive is impaired by alcohol, drugs or a combination of both so that you are less able to safely drive – even to the slightest degree.
Being involved in an auto accident is stressful under any circumstances, but even more so when you are out of state, in an unfamiliar area. After the wreck, you may be wondering about your car insurance – are you still covered outside your state of residence, and is your minimum liability coverage adequate?
Peters & Nolan, LLC is your ideal source for high quality legal representation throughout the state of Colorado. Known for being personable and responsive, attorneys Andrew J. Peters and Andrew Nolan are aggressive trial lawyers with an excellent record of trying and settling cases in criminal defense, DUI/DWAI and personal injury.