Year: 2014

Brake Failure Responsible for Nearly 1/3 of all Trucking Accidents

When a catastrophic trucking accident occurs, causing serious injuries or fatalities, it is critical to determine who is to blame. Yet establishing blame is not easy, and trucking companies and brake manufacturers often have large legal teams on their side who are skilled in deflecting blame and reducing their liabilities. As such, it is important to have an experienced Denver trucking accidents attorney on your side from the moment you are injured.

 

There may be many parties responsible for your accident, including:

 

  • The truck driver

  • The company responsible for loading the truck

  • The trucking company/owner

  • The manufacturer of the brakes

 

 

Trucking companies are in business to make money. They sometimes do this by cutting corners in maintenance and safety. One of their tricks is to skip or delay routine maintenance on brakes, including changing worn brake pads and rotors. They may also misalign the brakes or fail to properly secure the brakes when installing them.

 

 

Another trick that trucking companies employ is to depower the front brakes. They do this to save money on tires and on braking components. By depowering or unhooking the front brakes, trucking companies force truck drivers to use the rear brakes on the trailer only and downshift in order to stop the vehicle completely. In emergencies or on severe downgrades, truck drivers often do not have enough time to downshift appropriately and the result is catastrophic.

 

 

If you believe that your trucking accident was a result of brake failure, it is important to discuss your case with an experienced Denver trucking accident lawyer immediately. Valuable evidence could be lost quickly if you delay. Your attorney will need to complete a thorough investigation of the accident scene and determine if faulty brakes were responsible for your crash. If brake failure was the reason, then your attorney can use specialized forensic experts and crash reconstruction experts to determine if the failure was a result of a defective part or shoddy maintenance.

 

 

Colorado Trucking Accident Attorneys

 

Reisch Law Firm DenverIf you or someone you love is injured in a trucking accident in Westminster, Arvada, Denver, or anywhere in the State of Colorado, it is important to have an experienced attorney on your side. The trucking accident lawyers at Reisch Law Firm will fight the tough fight, so you can focus on your recovery.

 

 

Call the Westminster trucking accident attorneys at Reisch Law Firm today at 1-303-291-0555 for a FREE initial consultation.

 

 

Colorado Woman Trapped in Car for 5 Days—Found Alive!

A Colorado woman has been found alive, after being trapped in her car for at least 5 days. Kristin Hopkins, a single mom of four, was found upside down in her Chevrolet Malibu, after it skidded off a winding mountain road and crashed near Fairplay, Colorado five days earlier. The person who found Hopkins’ car reported that there was a dead body inside; however, when first responders arrived, Hopkins put her hand up against the window and signaled to everyone that she was indeed alive. Once rescued, Hopkins was taken to a nearby hospital where she was treated for serious internal and external injuries, including having both of her feet amputated.

 

Like Kristin Hopkins, every year, thousands of people are involved in devastating and life changing car accidents. The loss of limbs, crushed bones, disfiguration, and brain damage are all common and life-threatening injuries that can occur in the blink of an eye because of a severe accident. The road to recovery can be long and grueling, and physical and occupational therapy is often needed for months and even years as injury victims attempt to recover. Sadly, many accident victims will never recover fully from their injuries—leading to a lifetime of pain, suffering, and disability.

 

 Car accidents don’t always involve colliding with another car, however, and often times, a single-car accident can occur. When this happens, it is natural for police officials, insurance companies, and even accident victims to assume that there is no one to blame for the accident—or worse, that the driver of the car is to blame. This isn’t necessarily the case. There may be a third party responsible for your accident and your injuries. Some of the most common reasons why a single-car accident could occur, include:

 

  • Faulty or defective car parts, such as brakes failing or a defective steering wheel, or airbag system;

  • Poorly maintained roads;

  • Bushes or trees blocking traffic signs or signals;

  • Inadequate shoulder or guardrail;

  • A hit and run accident

 

No matter what the reasoning for your car accident, it is always best to speak with an experienced Denver personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Insurance companies are often reluctant to pay accident victims the maximum compensation—even when they are entitled to it. As a result, they often look to reach settlements quickly and easily; the less money they have to pay the better. Unfortunately, this is usually only a fraction of what accident victims need to recover from serious injuries.

 

 

Compassionate Colorado Personal Injury Attorneys

 Reisch Law Firm DenverIf you or someone you love is injured in a car accident in Westminster, Arvada, Northglenn, Denver, or anywhere in the State of Colorado, you are not alone. The experienced Colorado car accident lawyers at Reisch Law Firm can help you obtain the compensation you need. Call the Colorado injury lawyers at Reisch Law Firm today at 1-303-291-0555 for a Free Consultation.

 

 

The personal injury attorneys at Reisch Law Firm have successfully represented injured individuals and their families in Westminster, Arvada, Boulder, Commerce City, Northglenn, Broomfield, Berkley, Wheat Ridge, Brighton, Thornton, Denver, Lakewood, and throughout the State of Colorado.

 

 

Shopping Cart Injuries on the Rise

 

The study was conducted by the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and they found that there has been a significant rise in shopping cart injuries between 1990 and 2011—even though numerous shopping cart safety standards were implemented in 2004.

How did those injuries occur? 70.4% of the injured children fell from the shopping cart. Shopping cart collisions, tip overs, and limb entrapment also accounted for a large number of injuries each year. Of those children that were injured, an astonishing 78% sustained a head injury of some kind.

 

 

Even though safety standards have improved, shopping cart injuries are rising. This suggests the need for further safety standards to prevent tip overs and falls from occurring. Yet there is no need to wait for regulations and safety standards to be implemented. Parents can ensure their child’s safety by following these simple tips:

 

 

  • Always buckle or secure your child in the shopping cart. If the buckle is broken, get a new cart. Be sure your child is snuggly secured in the straps, much like a car seat.

  • Never allow your child to roam free in the basket of the shopping cart.

  • If possible, have your child sit in the seat that is closest to the ground. There are numerous ones now that come in car and rocket ship shapes and seat the child on ground level.

  • NEVER place an infant seat carrier on the top of the shopping cart. They are not meant to go there and infants have fallen and died from being placed on the top of the shopping cart.

  • If your child is too little to sit in the shopping cart seat properly, consider placing your infant in a front or back pack carrier or leave your child home with another adult if possible.

  • When you bring your shopping cart to the car, secure your children in their car seats before you remove the food from the grocery cart. This way, runaway-shopping carts won’t be running away with your child.

Compassionate Colorado Personal Injury Attorneys

 Reisch Law Firm DenverIf you or someone you love is injured in a car accident in Westminster, Arvada, Northglenn, Denver, or anywhere in the State of Colorado, you are not alone. The experienced Colorado car accident lawyers at Reisch Law Firm can help you obtain the compensation you need. Call the Colorado injury lawyers at Reisch Law Firm today at 1-303-291-0555 for a Free Consultation. 

 

 

The personal injury attorneys at Reisch Law Firm have successfully represented injured individuals and their families in Westminster, Arvada, Boulder, Commerce City, Northglenn, Broomfield, Berkley, Wheat Ridge, Brighton, Thornton, Denver, Lakewood, and throughout the State of Colorado.

 

Motorcycle Helmet Use Continues to Save Lives

Even though it is proven that the motorcycle helmet saves lives, the State of Colorado only requires that riders under the age of 18 wear a DOT approved helmet. According to the NHTSA, 65% of all fatal motorcycle accidents occurred in states without all-rider helmet laws.

Regardless of age, Colorado motorcyclists and their passengers should protect themselves by wearing a helmet at all times. Helmets are estimated to prevent 37 percent of fatalities in motorcycle operators and 41 percent of fatalities in motorcycle passengers.

Possible Head Injuries When Not Wearing Motorcycle Helmet

 

Sadly, many people choose not to wear helmets, and in the unfortunate event of a motorcycle accident, those same individuals could sustain catastrophic and fatal head injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries.
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are common injuries sustained in motorcycle accidents.  TBI is caused by a sudden jolt or blow to the head and is the leading cause of death and disability in people aged 1 to 44.  An estimated 1.5 to 2 million people are diagnosed with Traumatic Brain Injury every year in the United States, and approximately 50,000 of these individuals will die as a result of their injury.
Depending on the severity of the injury, the treatment for TBI may include some rest and medications, or it can involve extensive, emergency surgery.  Symptoms of TBI include, loss of consciousness, disorientation and confusion, memory loss, fatigue, headaches, depressions, seizures, vomiting, visual problems, sleep disturbances, dizziness, and irritability.
The recovery from a traumatic brain injury can be long and grueling.  Victims with moderate to severe TBI will need rehab to relearn previously known skills, such as speech, walking, dressing, and much more.

Legal Representation After Motorcycle Accident in Colorado

 

If you have been injured in a Colorado motorcycle accident, it is important to take the proper steps in retaining legal representation. Insurance companies will try to significantly reduce any compensation rightfully due to you, or dismiss your claim all together. A Colorado personal injury attorney will fight aggressively for you and your rights, to make sure you are not taken advantage of.
Serious injuries sustained in motorcycle accidents, such as traumatic brain injury, can cost thousands of dollars. Medical expenses, including hospitalization, surgeries, rehabilitation, physical and occupational therapy are overwhelmingly high. On top of that, lost wages and the loss of future earnings need to be taken into account.

Contact The Reisch Law Firm

 

At Resich Law Firm, our experienced and skilled Colorado motorcycle accident attorneys will fight aggressively to ensure that you receive the maximum compensation after a catastrophic motorcycle accident.
We offer all potential clients a FREE CONSULTATION. Our lawyers are available 24/7 to handle even the most complex Colorado motorcycle accident cases. From the moment you step into our offices, you will realize that you are not just a number or a case file.
Call the Westminster personal injury attorneys at Reisch Law Firm today at 1-303-291-0555 for a FREE initial consultation or send us an email.

Does Eating While Driving Increase Accident Risk?

Let’s face it; eating while driving is quite common. This is evident by the numerous drive-thru restaurants scattered across America. Whether it’s a burger or a Snickers bar, Americans routinely multi-task in their cars by consuming a variety of meals and snacks on the go. Fast food companies even cater to this by offering “car cups” and handy packaging for easier portability. In fact, over 70% of drivers report routinely eats while driving and another 83% routinely consume beverages.

Eating and Distracted Driving

 

Yet a recent study shows that eating while driving is responsible for 80% of all car accidents and 60% of near-miss car accidents. Distractions, like grabbing for French fries or downing your morning coffee, leads to inattentiveness on the road. This directly leads to catastrophic and deadly car crashes.

The Top Food Culprits

 

Of all the foods you can eat in the car, some are just worst than others. Some of the worst foods to eat in the car include:

  • Soup
  • Tacos
  • Chilidogs
  • Hamburgers
  • Ribs or wings
  • Fried Chicken
  • Jelly Doughnuts
  • Soda
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Coffee

Distracted Driving Kills

 

Whether its food or talking on the cellphone distracted driving leads to more 1600 crashes a day across the United States. These car accidents serious injure numerous passengers and are responsible for up to 9 deaths a day.
In order to avoid Westminster car accidents, drivers are urged to avoid all types of distractions while driving, including eating and drinking. If you go through a drive-thru, consider pulling over at a park to eat your lunch or wait until you get home. If you are passing out food to passengers, pull over into a parking spot after you leave the drive-thru and avoid driving until all passengers are settled.

Contact Colorado Car Crash Lawyers

 

Reisch Law Firm DenverIf you or someone you love is injured by a distracted driver in Westminster, Denver, Aurora or anywhere in the State of Colorado, it is important to know that you have legal options. You may need compensation for injuries, lost wages, pain and suffering, and rehabilitation. If your injuries are severe or life changing, you may even need compensation to pay for future medical expenses and loss of future earnings.
Call the Westminster car accident attorneys at Reisch Law Firm today at 1-303-291-0555 for a FREE Consultation.

 

The personal injury attorneys at Reisch Law Firm have successfully represented injured individuals and their families in Westminster, Arvada, Boulder, Commerce City, Northglenn, Broomfield, Berkley, Wheat Ridge, Brighton, Thornton, Denver, Lakewood, and throughout the State of Colorado.

 

Scott Reisch Nominated Super Lawyer in Colorado!

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Because of the Reisch Law Firm’s meticulous style and dedication to their clients relating all criminal defense and personal injury legal claims, Scott Reisch has been named a Super Lawyer in the Colorado 2014 Edition of Super Lawyers. His compassionate style and exceptional legal skills has earned him this top honor, but not for the first time. Reisch has nominated as Super Lawyer in 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013.

Super Lawyers is a rating service who picks the leading attorneys in over 70 practice areas, from all over the country. In addition, Super Lawyers prints and distributes the Super Lawyers Magazine in all 50 states including Colorado.

If you are facing criminal charges or suffering a personal injury in Colorado – contact the the experienced attorneys at Reisch Law Firm today for a free case evaluation at: (303) 291-0555.

Side Impact Accidents

Side impact accidents

There are numerous reasons side impact accidents occur, but the most common reasons include:

  • Driving recklessly
  • Driving distracted
  • Speeding
  • Improper road conditions
  • Traffic lights not working
  • Hazardous weather conditions
  • Vehicle product defect
  • Aggressive driving

When a side impact accident occurs, one vehicle strikes into the side of another vehicle—often going at a high rate of speed. The side of a vehicle is not able to withstand high impacts, like the front and rear of automobiles. There are no crumple zones, and not all cars come equipped with side airbags to cushion the blow. The results are devastating and passengers are often left with little protection.

Types of Injuries Sustained in Side Impact Accidents
Side impact accidents often cause traumatic injuries that are usually life threatening. Some of these injuries include:

  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Fractures
  • Internal bleeding and organ damage
  • Abrasions and burns
  • Head and neck injuries
  • Paralysis
  • Permanent disfigurement
  • Amputation
  • And more

Side Impact Accidents Require Immediate Legal Help
Immediately after a side impact crash, insurance companies will look to reduce their liabilities by offering a quick settlement to accident victims. Even while you are still hospitalized and the extent of your injuries is not even realized, you may find insurance agents eager to make a deal. Sadly, these initial settlements are nothing more than low-ball offers that are designed to reduce the insurance company’s liability. They do not take into consideration the future disabilities you may be left with and the pain and suffering you and your family will now endure.

Before you reach any agreement with an insurance company, be sure you discuss your case with an experienced Denver car accident attorney immediately. Your attorney will be able to get you maximum compensation and ensure that you have enough money to recover from your serious accident.

Colorado Car Accident Attorneys
If you or someone you love has been injured after an accident in Westminster, Northglenn, Denver, or anywhere in the State of Colorado, you need an experienced personal injury attorney on your side. From the moment you are injured, the lawyers at Reisch Law Firm go to work for you.

Call the Westminster personal injury attorneys at Reisch Law Firm today at 303-291-0555 for a FREE initial consultation.

The personal injury attorneys at Reisch Law Firm have successfully represented injured individuals and their families in Westminster, Arvada, Boulder, Commerce City, Northglenn, Broomfield, Berkley, Wheat Ridge, Brighton, Thornton, Denver, Lakewood, and throughout the State of Colorado.

Mini Cars Fail Testing for Frontal Crash Protection

Mini Cars failChevrolet Spark received the only acceptable rating and good rating in the Institute’s five crash worthiness evaluations, including the small overlap front crash test. No other mini car passed, so by default, the Spark earned the 2014 Top Safety Pick Award.

What is the small overlap front crash test? According to the Institute, “the small overlap front crash test replicates what happens when the front corner of a vehicle collides with another vehicle or object.” When the test is performed, 25% of the minicar’s front end must strike a rigid barrier going approximately 40mph. Why do they do this test? This test bypasses the front-end crush zone and is a telling indicator of how safe the car truly is.

While vehicle manufacturers have found ways to strengthen this area on larger vehicles, minicars do not have the room or size to add structure. This puts them at a major disadvantage—and ultimately, makes them less safe. When a car doesn’t perform well on the overlap front crash test, it means that safety components, such as airbags, can be dislodged in serious accident, causing serious and often fatal injuries.

How bad did mini cars fail this test? Well when the Fiat 500 went through the test, the driver’s side door was torn off at the hinges and the crash test dummy hit is head on the instrument panel, causing serious injuries. To make matters worse, the steering components were pushed so far back into the dummy, that the model sustained serious leg injuries.

Safety is Too Important to Risk
If you were considering a minicar as your next vehicle, you might want to rethink this decision. Safety is too important to risk and serious injuries can occur in the blink of an eye. Larger vehicles may guzzle more gasoline or cost a bit more, but many of them offer safety features and structures that minicars simply can’t compete with. If you are looking to buy that new minicar, consider the Spark—at least it passed the test.

Colorado Car Accident Attorneys
If you or someone you love has been injured after a mini car accident anywhere in the State of Colorado, you need an experienced personal injury attorney on your side. From the moment you are injured, the lawyers at Reisch Law Firm go to work for you.

Call the Westminster personal injury attorneys at Reisch Law Firm today at 303-291-0555 for a FREE initial consultation. The personal injury attorneys at Reisch Law Firm have successfully represented injured individuals and their families in Westminster, Arvada, Boulder, Commerce City, Northglenn, Broomfield, Wheat Ridge, Brighton, Thornton, Denver, Lakewood, and throughout the State of Colorado.

 

Multi-Vehicle Accidents in Denver Require a Unique Law Firm

It is not uncommon for you to be filing a personal injury lawsuit against one driver, while other parties are filing lawsuits against you. The passengers in your own vehicle may be attempting to recover damages from your insurance company—even if you were not to blame for the accident. Even worse, there may be some drivers who are uninsured or underinsured and not able to cover your medical expenses and those of your passengers.

 

When this occurs, you need an experienced Colorado car accident lawyer on your side. Your attorney will need to review all of the details of the accident closely to determine who is to blame for the crash—and the injuries that have resulted. If there are multiple parties to blame, you may be able to collect on each of their insurance policies, thus ensuring that you have enough money to recover.

 

A Westminster car accident attorney may need to review the police report, interview eyewitnesses, employ accident recreation experts, and review damages to establish who is at fault for your accident. Once negligence and fault is established, your attorney will need to negotiate with their insurance companies, while preventing others from filing lawsuits against you. Insurance companies are usually reluctant to pay claims until liability is established. Even once liability is confirmed, they may delay or deny legitimate claims or attempt to place some of the blame for the accident on you. A personal injury lawsuit may be needed to help recover additional damages and compensation and fight uncooperative insurance companies.

 

Colorado Car Accident Attorneys

If you or someone you love was involved in a multi-vehicle accident in Westminster, Northglenn, Denver, or anywhere in the State of Colorado, you need an experienced Westminster car accident law firm on your side.

 

Reisch Law Firm DenverCall the Westminster auto attorneys at Reisch Law Firm today at 1-303-291-0555 for a FREE initial consultation.

The personal injury attorneys at Reisch Law Firm have successfully represented injured individuals and their families in Westminster, Arvada, Boulder, Commerce City, Northglenn, Broomfield, Berkley, Wheat Ridge, Brighton, Thornton, Denver, Lakewood, and throughout the State of Colorado.

Speeding Drivers Continue to Cause Denver Car Accidents

The majority of speeders are young males between the ages of 16 and 24. These drivers are more likely to exhibit road rage symptoms, impatience behind the wheel, and irritation at other drivers. In addition, speeders are often more likely to be thrill seekers and enjoy the feeling of going fast.

The Colorado State Patrol reported that in 2008, speeding drivers caused 5,606 accidents leading to 655 injured victims and 28 fatalities on Colorado roads. This was the number one reason for accidents in the State of Colorado, surpassing drunk driving and inattentive driving.

 

Due to the high speeds at which the majority of speeding accidents occur, injuries are often severe. Occupants inside of the vehicles involved can suffer from traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, fractures, soft tissue injuries, and more. These injuries often require extensive rehabilitation in order to fully recover.

 

Speeding is not only against the law, but it is also dangerous. If you or someone you love is injured in a Denver car crash with a speeding driver, it is important to contact an experienced Denver car crash lawyer immediately. Your car accident attorney will need to review the details of your accident closely to help establish negligence and build your case.

 

At Reisch Law Firm, our Denver car accident lawyers investigate each accident closely. We interview all eyewitnesses, obtain police records and medical records, photograph accident scenes, and employ accident recreation experts whenever necessary. In speeding cases, we may need to obtain recording device information in the vehicles and review the police report to prove that speeding was the cause of the catastrophic accident—and subsequently, your injuries.

 

Colorado Car Accident Attorneys

 

If you or someone you love has been injured after an accident in Westminster, Northglenn, Denver, or anywhere in the State of Colorado, you need an experienced Westminster auto injury lawyer on your side. From the moment you are injured, the lawyers at Reisch Law Firm go to work for you.

 

 

Reisch Law Firm DenverCall an accident attorney in Westminster at the Reisch Law Firm today at 1-303-291-0555 for a FREE initial consultation.

 

 

The personal injury attorneys at Reisch Law Firm have successfully represented injured individuals and their families in Westminster, Arvada, Boulder, Commerce City, Northglenn, Broomfield, Berkley, Wheat Ridge, Brighton, Thornton, Denver, Lakewood, and throughout the State of Colorado.