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Archive for May, 2010

CBS4 is reporting that two semi-truck drivers were killed this afternoon when their tractor trailers smashed head on. The accident happened in Commerce City on Quebec Parkway between 64th and 80th Avenue. According to reports the driver of the southbound semi-truck crossed the center divide and slammed head on into the semi-truck traveling north. Both semi burst into flames. Both drivers were killed. It is unclear if there were any passengers in either truck. According the American Trucking Association commercial trucks represent over nine percent of all registered motor vehicles. There are over three million commercial truck drivers in the United States moving 63 percent of all freight*. Unfortunately Colorado houses the county (Weld) with the highest rate of truck related accidents of any county in the United States*. And in almost 30 percent of all truck/automobile accidents, the truck driver is found to be at fault*.  * Source If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a commercial trucking or big rig accident, you may want to consider speaking to a Denver trucking accident injury attorney. If the accident was the result of the negligence of another, you may be able to recover money for medical bills, lost wages, property damage, and pain and suffering. Contact Denver Colorado lawyer John Fuller for a free commercial trucking accident case evaluation. Call (303) 597-4500 today. Return to our homepage. Bookmark and Share
Governor Bill Ritter signed legislation on Tuesday that requires jail sentances for repeat DUI offenders. The Denver Post is reporting that the new law imposes a minimum ten day sentence for a second DUI and sixty day sentances for each DUI after that. It permits work release programs but does not allow in-home detention if a second DUI occurs within five years of the first. “In Colorado, we were operating a revolving door for drunk drivers,” said Rep. Claire Levy, the House sponsor. “I can’t think of a bigger risk to public safety.” The Denver Post reported in a series of stories last year that some drunken drivers were sentenced to no time in jail on their fourth, fifth and even seventh offenses. The Post also found that sentences for repeat offenders varied widely from court to court and from county to county, and some offenders were spared jail time after they killed people while driving drunk. According to DUI-USA.drinkdriving.org, in Colorado in 2007, 27,969 individuals were arrested for drunk driving. There were a total of 198 fatalities caused in Colorado due to driving under the influence of alcohol. If you have been injured in a drunk driving accident or if you have a loved one who has been injured or killed by a drunk driver, help is available. Fuller Law has helped hundreds of clients get the compensation they deserved following car accidents and can help you get the compensation you deserve. To learn more about your legal options and to receive your free initial consultation, contact attorney John Fuller at Fuller Law today at (303) 597-4500. Return to our Homepage Bookmark and Share
The month of May is Motorcycle safety awareness month. It is a campaign by the NHTSA to remind drivers to be cognizant of motorcycle riders during the busier summer riding months. Riding a motorcycle is a rewarding experience – offering both a sense of freedom as well as unparalleled views of the world around us. Unfortunately, this reward comes with significant risks. According to the NHTSA, there were over 5000 motorcycle riders killed in 2008 and 96,000 injured. In 2009, Colorado accidents claimed the lives of nearly 90 motorcycle riders, accounting for almost 20% of ALL traffic fatalities in the state. When motorcycle accidents do occur, the injuries can be significant. In addition to road rash, riders involved in accidents suffer strained muscles and joints, broken bones, brain injuries, and in some cases paralysis. These injuries can require extensive medical treatment and long recovery periods. The costs associated with these injuries can be tremendous. If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, it is important that you speak with an experienced motorcycle injury attorney. Contact John R. Fuller today at (303) 597-4500 for a free consultation and the help that you deserve after a motorcycle accident. Return to our Homepage Bookmark and Share
The Colorado State Patrol says two police officers were injured in a motorcycle accident while taking a motorcycle training class on Thursday. The crash occurred around 12:30 p.m. yesterday on Westbound C-470 near Ken Caryl. According to 9news.com, officers from the Jefferson County Sherriff’s Department were participating in a weeklong motorcycle training course and had just returned from lunch when the motorcycle accident occurred. Both officers were transported to Swedish medical Center. They are reported to have non life-threatening injuries. It is no secret that motorcycle riding is far more dangerous than riding in a car. Motorcycle riders have very little to protect them from other vehicles and the road other than their clothes, and sometimes a helmet and leather riding gear. Colorado law does not require motorcycle riders to wear a motorcycle helmet, though motorcycle survival rates are higher when the rider is wearing a helmet. If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a motorcycle accident, you may want to consider speaking to a Denver motorcycle injury attorney. If the accident was the result of the negligence of another, you may be able to recover money for medical bills, lost wages, property damage, and pain and suffering. Denver lawyer John Fuller is a motorcycle rider himself. He understands the dangers and how to recover compensation for his motorcycle injury clients. Call him today for a free motorcycle crash case evaluation. (303) 597-4500. Return to our homepage. Bookmark and Share
A small plane tried to take off from Centennial Airport on Monday, only one problem, there was no pilot. According to Denver Channel 7, 73-year-old Richard Steinmier was having trouble starting his Cessna from the cockpit due to a dead battery. He tried to start the plane manually by turning the propeller. The plane started and began to taxi down the runway by itself. Steinmier sustained minor injuries as he tried to climb into the plane as it was moving. The plane traveled about 1,000 feet on its own before flipping over. The pilot was the only person reported to have sustained injuries in the accident. The Denver Post reported earlier this month that a pilot was forced to make an emergency landing outside of Loveland. The engine in the experimental aircraft he was flying exploded in mid-flight causing the aircraft to lose its wings. The pilot was able to land the plane safely and avoid injury. Though plane accidents are rare, they do occur. According to the most recent NTSB statistics, there were 79 general aviation accidents in 2009 resulting in 38 fatalities. Accidents can happen in an instant. Aviation accidents can be very serious for both passengers and people on the ground. When an accident occurs because of the carelessness of another, contact the Colorado personal injury law office of John R. Fuller. Call (303) 597-4500 today to schedule a free consultation and review of your case. Return to our Homepage Bookmark and Share
A Fort Collins couple, who earlier this year appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show, are continuing to raise awareness about the dangers of driving and talking on a cell phone. They have good reason to be concerned. In 2008 their 9-year-old daughter Erica was struck and killed while riding her bike by a woman who was driving and distracted by her cell phone. Erica’s parents, Shelley and Daren Forney, have partnered up with 9News to promote the ‘Great Hang Up Pledge‘ to stop distracted driving. The Forneys have also partnered with other families impacted by car crashes involving distracted drivers to form a new profit called FocusDriven. If you have been injured or someone you love has been killed by a driver texting or talking on their cell phone, consider speaking with a Denver Car Accident Attorney. You may have significant medical bills and property damage. You may also have lost wages as a result of the time you needed for recover from your car accident injuries. If this is the case, consider speaking with Denver car accident attorney John Fuller for legal advice. He can help you navigate confusing liability questions, insurance questions and settlement offers. Call (303) 597-4500 today for a FREE consultation. Return to our website. Bookmark and Share
A Mead woman was injured this morning when her car collided with a school bus. Denver 9News is reporting that the crash happened this morning at about 7:30 a.m. on County Road 7 at Adams Avenue. All sixteen students on the bus and the driver were unhurt. The woman had to be extricated from her car and was taken to the hospital. Her name and condition were not immediately known. According to Car-Accidents.com, There were nearly 6,420,000 auto accidents in the United States in 2005. A staggering 2.9 million people were injured and 42,636 people killed. Roughly 115 people die every day in vehicle crashes in the United States. If you or someone you love is injured in an automobile accident, it is important to contact an experienced Colorado car accident attorney immediately. Call the Denver Injury Law Firm of John R. Fuller today at (303) 597-4500 and receive a free consultation of your case and an explanation of your legal options. Return to our Homepage Bookmark and Share
Traffic was brought to a crawl this morning after a truck traveling on Northbound I-25 hit a guardrail and crashed in Thornton. The Denver Post is reporting that the truck crashed just around 7:50 a.m. near 130th Avenue. One other vehicle was damaged in the crash. According to reports the driver of the other vehicle suffered minor injuries. Truck crashes can be so dangerous because of the size of commercial vehicles, their loads, and the time it takes them to stop when they realize they are in danger. In Colorado it is not uncommon for poor weather conditions to leave roads icy and truckers susceptible to jack-knifing or rolling their loads of the side of the road. If you have been injured in a commercial trucking accident in Denver, chances are you have significant medical bills and property damage. You may also have lost wages as a result of the time you needed for recovery. If this is the case, you may want to consider speaking with a Denver trucking attorney for legal advice. Denver lawyer John Fuller has helped hundreds of vehicle collision clients successfully navigate confusing insurance questions and offers. Call Denver personal injury attorney John Fuller today for a FREE consultation – (303) 597-4500. Return to our website. Bookmark and Share
9news.com ran a story this morning about a teen driver who was nearly killed while texting and driving. While this young woman’s personal story was rather horrifying, the state wide statistics are even more grim. According to the Colorado State Patrol, figures for cell phone related crashes are on the rise. In 2007 there were 264 suspected cell phone related car accidents, resulting in 16 deaths! In 2008 the number of accidents rose to over 280. If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident as the result of someone else texting while driving contact Denver Personal injury Attorney John Fuller today. John has successfully recovered damages for hundreds of car accident clients. You may be able to recover for medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Call 303-597-4500 today for a free consultation. Return to our homepage. Bookmark and Share
A Weld County man has been sentenced to prison for a December crash that killed his friend. The Denver Post is reporting that Bobby Lucero was sentenced to four years in prison for a DUI rollover accident that killed his friend London Burch. Authorities said that Lucero had a blood alcohol level of .177, more than twice the legal limit, when he crashed his Jeep. Burch was partially ejected from the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene. Weld County District Court Judge Thomas Quammen sentenced Lucero Thursday and said he should have learned from his previous 1994 drinking and driving offense. The U.S. Department of Transportation defines alcohol-related deaths as “fatalities that occur in crashes where at least one driver or non-occupant involved in the crash has a positive Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) value.” According to Alcoholalert.com, between 2000 and 2008 there were 5,703 alcohol related fatalities in the state of Colorado. Unlike the average accident, when an accident includes a driver who was legally impaired during the crash, it is almost always immediately obvious who was negligent at the time of the collision. Typically injuries caused by drunk drivers are severe since drunk drivers often fail to apply their brakes prior to a collision as an unimpaired driver would almost defiantly do. If you have been injured in an accident caused by a drunk driver or a loved one was killed because someone decided to drive while ability impaired, it is important to contact a personal injury attorney experienced in defending victims of drunk driving crashes. Call Denver Personal Injury Attorney John Fuller at (303) 597-4500 today for a free consultation. Return to our Homepage Bookmark and Share