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Shocking DUI StatisticsThe nightly news is full of horrific stories, recounting tragic events from the day that claimed dozens, hundreds, or maybe even thousands of innocent lives. They sadden us, anger us, and chill us to our core. But what if the news anchor told you that every 30 minutes in the U.S. someone is killed by a drunk driver. That, too, would be saddening, angering, and chilling- and true.
pedestrain-crosswalkAccording to a USA Today article, hit-and-run accidents are up across the nation. Between 2009 and 2011, hit-and-run accidents across the United States rose by more than 13%. Following in the footsteps of Texas, Florida and Arizona—states which have worked to close loopholes and increase penalties associated with hit-and-run accidents—the state of Colorado enacted a law making a hit-and-run crash resulting in serious bodily injury a Class 4 felony. Colorado hit-and-run accident facts include the following:
The Dangers of Texting While DrivingAn official at the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has proposed a ban on all personal electronic device usage while driving, in an effort to fight against distracted driving. The Board reports having collected data that shows distractions from phones and other mobile electronic devices have caused, or at least been a factor in, car accidents which killed 50 people and injured an additional 259 people since 2003. Research conducted in 2013 by AAA shows that hands-free devices are no less distracting for drivers than actually holding a phone to their ear. People mistakenly believe it is safer because their hands are free, however, the real distraction is cognitive, not just the physical act of holding the phone. And, while drivers surveyed agreed that distracted driving is a danger, they also believe bans on all devices would be difficult to regulate. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) asserts that performing visual-manual tasks, including texting and dialing, increases a motorist’s risk of crashing by 3 times. They also report that distracted driving kills thousands of people on U.S. roads every year.

Dangers of Distracted Driving

Distracted driving occurs anytime a driver’s attention is diverted away from the primary task by any other activity. The first distraction that people think of most often might be a cell phone or other electronic device. However, there are many other distractions including, eating, talking with other passengers, changing radio stations, planning your day or daydreaming. Even billboards and other objects outside the vehicle can serve as distractions. Distracted driving occurs commonly in everyday driving and in crashes. In fact, most drivers report sometimes having engaged in distracted driving. Research has revealed that drivers engaged in a secondary task up to one-half of the time while driving, and 34% of drivers self-reported using a cell phone while driving on a somewhat regular basis. NHTSA has discerned that distraction was a factor about 10 percent of all fatal motor vehicle crashes and 18 percent of all crashes causing injury in 2012. Because of the difficulty measuring the extent to which driver distraction is a contributing factor in a crash, it is impossible to know the exact toll. Wireless device records are usually only accessed in instances of death or serious injury, motorists may not admit fault, and police may not always be able to recognize the role of distraction. While methods of reporting are improving, current estimates likely underestimate how frequently distraction causes crashes.

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Denver Personal Injury Attorney, John R. FullerIf you or someone you love has been the victim of a car accident in Denver, Aurora, Lakewood, or anywhere in the State of Colorado, you need an experienced law firm on your side from the very start. Contact the Denver Law Firm of John R. Fuller, P.C. today at 303-597-4500 for a free initial consultation. We can help you claim the money you need to fully recover and protect your rights during the legal process.  
A recent Washington Post story debates the question of how often drinking leads to injury. The study in question looked at those who wind up in the ER and suggests that your odds of injury increase after consuming alcohol, and do so dramatically—at the very least, a single alcoholic beverage effectively doubles your risk of injury. Three drinks, according to the study, increases your risk of injury by five times. It is important to note that the study differentiates between comparative risk and absolute risk. In this case, the study assumes comparative risk—as in how often are those who drink injured as compared to those who do not drink? There is a problem with this methodology.
Drunk drivers injure nearly 300,000 people every year and kill over 10,000 victims. Drunk driving accidents can occur at any time and to anyone – including celebrities. While some celebrities are responsible for horrific DUI accidents, other celebrities are mere victims. In 2014, there were several celebrity DUI accidents, including the following:
  • In late September, 2014, Jennifer Lopez and Leah Remini were in Lopez’s Rolls Royce, stopped at a Malibu traffic light when a pickup truck hit the car from behind. Lopez’s six-year old twins and Remini’s ten-year old daughter were in the backseat. The stars and their children were on the way to a Demi Lovato concert. Neither Lopez nor Remini were seriously injured in the crash; however, Robert John Reitz was later charged with DUI in relation to the crash. Reitz was charged with a misdemeanor for operating a vehicle with a .08 BAC, and if found guilty, he could face six months in jail and $1,000 fine.
  • In January, 2014, MMA Champion, Tito Ortiz smashed his 2012 Porsche near the Santa Monica Blvd and Sepulveda. Ortiz was heading north when he lost control of the Porsche, colliding into the center median strip. Two people were in the car with him, and while all escaped serious injury, Ortiz blew a 0.12% on a breathalyzer test—1.5 times the legal limit. Ortiz—who holds the UFC light heavyweight champion title—had reportedly been partying at the Playboy Mansion prior to the accident. Ortiz easily met the requirement of a $15,000 bond.
  • “Survivor” star, Jessica Kiper was arrested for drunk driving in New Orleans on January 11, 2014. Kiper apparently rear-ended a car in front of a Baton Rouge high school. Once police placed Kiper under arrest and put her in the back of the police car, she reportedly snapped a selfie of herself, sharing it on Instagram. Kiper made the top three on Survivor: Gabon, then was a contestant on Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains. Later, Kiper appeared on Celebrity Rehab, and acted on Gilmore Girls prior to joining the cast of Survivor.
  • Chris Kattan, former comedian on Saturday Night Live was arrested in February 2014, after an accident in Encino, CA. Kattan crashed his car into a Department of Transportation vehicle on the 101 freeway in the San Fernando Valley. The accident occurred just after 1:00 a.m. Kattan was sentenced to a mandatory 12-step program, DUI classes and a number of fines. Kattan was reportedly weaving back and forth across the roadway at relatively slow speeds, then crossed into a closed area, striking the DOT vehicle.
  • In early December, a drunk driver sideswiped actress Megan Fox and actor Brian Austin Green. The couple were on Mulholland Drive, in a Range Rover when another driver struck their vehicle. The driver reportedly had a blood alcohol level of twice the legal limit. There were no serious injuries resulting from the collision.
Although celebrities may differ in many ways, when they are involved in an accident, they must go through the same things as anyone else. Despite their celebrity status, if they were injured through the negligence of another, it is just as important they call an experienced personal injury attorney. The attorney will then protect the rights of the injured celebrity, ensuring they receive an equitable settlement. Unfortunately, when alcohol and drugs are involved in a car accident, police officials are often more preoccupied in the criminal aspects of the crime. As such, you need an attorney on your side that will fight for your rights to receive the compensation you need to recover. Your attorney may need to obtain the BAC results and any other evidence that the negligent driver was impaired at the time of the crash.

Denver Car Accident Lawyer

denver personal injury attorney john fullerIf a drunk driver has injured you or someone you love, contact the Denver Law Firm of John R. Fuller today. He has the knowledge and experience needed to fight aggressively for your rights to maximum compensation after a DUI accident. For a free initial consultation contact the Denver Law Firm of John R. Fuller, P.C. today at 303-597-4500 or through our website at www.nrdevsites.com/fuller-law/contact-us
Sometimes when people experience low impact car accident injuries, where their vehicle sustains little or no damage, they aren’t sure what to do. They are often afraid that their insurance company will deny their injury claim. However, the amount of damage sustained by the vehicle is not necessarily indicative of the severity of injuries sustained by the occupants of the vehicle.
Denver Car Accident Attorney John R. FullerIn September, Lisa Garcia of Longmont and Therese Woodworth of Dacono died in a head-on collision on the 1300 block of 17th Avenue. The twin 3-year-old boys in the backseat sustained minor injuries. An autopsy released this month by the Boulder County Coroner’s Office said that Lisa Garcia had a blood alcohol content of nearly 3x the legal limit when she hit and killed Therese Woodworth. If she had not died in the crash, she would’ve faced vehicular homicide charges.