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Denver Attorneys Serving Cherry Creek, Aurora and Communities Throughout Colorado

July 25, 2019

On April 25th, 2019, a semi-truck being driven by 23-year-old Rogel Lazaro Aguilera-Mederos came barreling down I-70 at speeds that investigators have since determined exceeded 85-MPH. Just past the Colfax exit on the eastbound side of the highway – in a zone marked 45-MPH – Aguilera-Mederos’s semi-truck slammed into stopped traffic, resulting in a pile-up involving 24 cars and four semis. Several were injured. Four lives were lost.

According to his arrest affidavit, Mr. Aguilera-Mederos reported that his brakes failed just before the crash. Sadly, a mechanical inspection to confirm this will not be available. The cab was destroyed by fire after impact. However,...

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May 09, 2019

Hail Pelting Roof in StormSo far, spring has been relatively mellow in the Denver metro area. We’ve had a few storms, some big, but nothing like some of the major storms of Denver’s past. However, with the hail season just beginning, there is still plenty more damage that could be done.

Hail tends to hit Colorado with some regularity between April and September, with June historically seeing the most destructive and dangerous hail storms. In May of 2017, one such hail storm occurred,...

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March 07, 2019

Woman Driving Distracted While Looking at Her DogWe’ve all seen it – maybe some of us are even guilty of it – a dog’s head pops out of the driver-side window. “Can this person see?” We may think. “What happens if that animal loses its balance?” We may begin to ponder. “This is irresponsible!” We may even indignantly proclaim.

And indeed it is irresponsible. But so too is having any unrestrained pet in the car, regardless of its current location in the vehicle.

Pets that can move about the cabin of a vehicle pose a risk to everyone...

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February 08, 2019

For the second time in as many years, Colorado legislators are attempting to ban all handheld cellphone use while driving. Currently, it is not illegal to use a cellphone while driving in Colorado unless a person is “driving recklessly,” a rather arbitrary distinction that may apply to anything from erratic lane changes to unusual stopping and starting patterns, but enforcement relies on drivers endangering others.

Of course, the argument that using a cellphone while driving in and of itself endangers everyone else on the road, but Colorado has chosen...

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January 29, 2019

Denver and surrounding communities got around seven inches of snow on January 28th. The peak of this storm, with strong winds and heavy snow, came at the same time as most people's’ morning commute, causing accidents, back-ups, and headaches for countless drivers.

When falling, snow can make streets slick and driving tricky; but dangerous roads are not the only problem posed by snow. In Denver, warmer days and frigidly cold nights can work in combination to make walkways dangerous for weeks after a storm.

How Long do I Have to Shovel My Sidewalk?


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January 16, 2019

Skiers and snowboarders are not required to wear helmets on the slopes. However, there is a growing push to change the current status and make helmet use mandatory for skiers and snowboarders. Our Denver ski accident attorneys recommend that you consider the significant safety advantages of wearing a helmet while skiing Colorado’s mountains. We also encourage your friends and family members to do the same.

Most Common Ski and Snowboard Injuries

A picture of ski lifts in ColoradoAccording to a study published by the National Institutes of Health, the...

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December 17, 2018

Marijuana and Car Keys as a Reminder to Drive SoberMarijuana use has been cited as one factor in the increase in fatal car accidents across Colorado. Since its legalization, traffic accidents have increased across the state, though marijuana is only one factor in a handful.

In 2017, there were 139 fatal car accidents involving marijuana in our state. 35 of those, accounting for just over 25%, involved a...

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December 05, 2018

Christmas Tree with Caution TapeAccording to the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), more than 86% of Americans decorate their homes for the Holidays each year, many with electric decorations that provide warmth and light during the long nights of December. However, warmth and light can quickly turn into terror and tragedy when defective decorations cause fires.

To help prevent holiday decoration fires, ESFI recommends:

  • Only buying electric decorations...
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November 19, 2018

Winter driving in Colorado poses a number of challenges. Driving cautiously and paying attention is the best way to prevent causing an accident or being the victim of someone else's, but driving carefully around trucks looks a little different than driving carefully around passenger vehicles, making it very important that you understand how to minimize risks for truck accidents when sharing the road with commercial vehicles.

A Semi Truck Driving at Night in the Snow

Slow Your Pace. Increase Your Distance.

When following a semi...

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November 02, 2018

Marking a Ski Accident in Colorado High CountryWhen you or your child sustain an injury on the slopes, it can be difficult to know where to turn for help. Things can become even more complicated when an accident was caused by another skier and not conditions under the control of the resort.

A majority of skiing accidents involve a collision between two or more skiers. Because ski resorts and property management cannot always be held responsible for the actions of their customers, seeking compensation beyond...

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