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January 2014 Archives

More injuries likely in poor-rated subcompacts

People across Colorado are both eco-conscious and want increased fuel economy in their vehicles. Many people have demanding increased fuel economy and more options in their vehicles over the past decade, and car manufacturers have taken note. In an effort to bring the fuel standards that both the Environmental Protection Agency and consumers are demanding, manufacturers have developed smaller, subcompact cars, with excellent fuel economy.

Colorado car accidents: Bicyclist killed in hit-and-run

Colorado drivers and cyclists are likely aware that they need to learn how to share the road to avoid any tragic accidents. Car accidents involving bicycles can often have tragic consequences. A 46-year-old cyclist was fatally injured recently as he was riding near Windsor. Unfortunately, the driver who struck him fled the scene. If the driver is ever located, the loved ones of the decedent may be able to pursue a wrongful death claim against him or her.

Colorado bill: Jail drunk drivers who cause fatal car accidents

Growing public sentiment against driving drunk or stoned could help the future of a bill intended to increase the mandatory penalties levied against Colorado's impaired drivers. Currently, people who are driving under the influence when they cause fatal car accidents do not necessarily spend any time in jail. Around 24 cases in the previous decade resulted in probation, not jail time, for the offender.

How does subject matter jurisdiction affect my case?

Businesses embroiled in contract disputes may not know (or understand) what subject matter jurisdiction is all about, but they should know that it is an important consideration in whether a court can hear the case before it. If a case is filed in an incorrect court, the defending party may ask the court to dismiss the case for lack of jurisdiction.

What you can avoid by keeping a windshield scraper handy

The next time you think about jumping into your car on a winter morning with only a small viewing space cleared from your windshield, you should think again. The time you think you are saving by letting your defroster clear it for you could lead to a severe accident. Essentially, you may be limiting the things you see, which will prevent you from avoiding them. 

Valuable things that drivers should consider after an accident

If you have been in a car accident before, this post may seem be old hat to you. However, there are tens of thousands of drivers who have not involved in a crash, even though there are thousands of crashes that result in injuries and property damage (along with countless fender benders) in Colorado each year.

The driving public could change with driver-less cars

The newest Cadillac commercial touting the phrase “many great things come from American garages” presents an interesting view on automotive innovation. While General Motors wants consumers to believe that the new CTS is the next great thing to come out of a garage, the next great thing is unfortunately years away.

Distracted drivers could cause more Colorado car accidents

The fact that more car accidents could occur in Colorado due to distracted drivers has been confirmed in a recent real-world study. This is especially true for younger drivers who often talk or text on a cellphone while driving. For other drivers, the study did not confirm a correlation between talking on a phone and driving, although the study made no distinction between hand-held and hands-free devices.

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