John R. Fuller P.C.

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pot-in-jar-smSince the advent of the motor vehicle, drunk drivers have plagued our streets and highways. But now, a federal report tells us a new threat is becoming increasingly prevalent- drugged driving. Even you may have even driven under the influence of drugs – and not even been aware you were impaired. But what exactly is considered drugged driving, and is drugged driving as dangerous as driving drunk?
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.
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.personalinjuryco.com/contact-us
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.
insurance policyEven when a car accident is relatively cut and dry and liability is clearly established, your ability to recover damages is limited by the ability of the at-fault party’s insurance coverage. While an experienced Denver car accident attorney can help you get the maximum amount of compensation, if the “at fault” driver does not carry insurance or carries very little, your options may be limited. Colorado State Mandatory Car Insurance Requirements All states have a mandatory minimum car insurance requirement. In the State of Colorado, all drivers are required by law to carry auto liability insurance and proof of this insurance. The minimum requirements are:
  • $25,000 per person for bodily injury
  • $50,000 per accident for bodily injury
  • $15,000 property damage liability
All insurers are required to offer Colorado motorists Uninsured/Underinsured motorist coverage. While it can be rejected, most motorists do choose to carry this policy. It will pay you in the event you are involved in an accident with an uninsured or underinsured driver. While most drivers carry coverage in excess of these minimum statutory requirements, there are many drivers that do not carry insurance at all—or who carry below the minimum requirements. Knowing insurance policy limits is extremely important. Your attorney may be able to file a claim against the “at fault” driver’s insurance policy and then tap into your own UM/UIM policy if the other driver doesn’t carry enough insurance coverage to meet your medical expenses. In some cases, your attorney may also be able to file a personal injury lawsuit seeking additional compensation, which may include garnishing wages or attacking the responsible party’s assets. While insurance coverage doesn’t affect the emergency medical care you receive, knowing that you don’t have compensation for your injuries can play a large role in your recovery. Accident victims who don’t have insurance may live in pain, rather than pay for pricey prescription painkillers; they may refuse additional surgeries that could improve their prognosis; or they may avoid attending therapies due to the expense. This can lead to future complications or a chronic level of pain/suffering. Contact an Aurora and Denver Car Accident Attorney If you or someone you love has been injured by another person’s negligence, it is important to retain the services of an experienced Denver accident attorney immediately. At the law offices of John R. Fuller, P.C., we fight aggressively for our injured accident victims and their families. We understand the complications that can arise after a devastating accident and work tirelessly to ensure that you receive the money you need to recover. Contact our Denver car accident attorneys for a free initial consultation to learn how we can help. Call us at 303-597-4500. We’re available 24/7 by phone, fax and e-mail.
 Denver car accident attorney If you are involved in a car accident with one other vehicle, establishing fault is usually a matter of deciding if you or the other driver is to blame for the accident. Occasionally, there may be a third party responsible, such as a government entity or construction road crew. When the accident involves multiple vehicles, however, establishing fault can become increasingly difficult. Multi-vehicle crashes or pileups usually result from a chain reaction. In most multi-vehicle accidents, there may be multiple parties to blame for different components of the accident. You yourself may share some of the blame for the accident or for a portion of the pileup. With so many differing points of view, it can be difficult to establish negligence and know which insurance company to contact. To make matters worse, insurance companies understand these complications and are usually reluctant to reach settlements until the chain of negligence is fully established. To further complicate matters, passengers in varying vehicles may be seeking compensation from all parties responsible or from the driver of the very vehicle they were riding in. As such, you may find yourself seeking compensation from other drivers’ insurance companies and defending yourself from lawsuits at the same time. The complexities that surround multi-vehicle crashes are endless and require a law firm with the resources to fight aggressively for your rights. Insurance companies do not usually reach settlements quickly when there are multiple parties involved and everyone begins pointing fingers at everyone else, in an attempt to reduce their own liabilities. When significant injuries or deaths are involved, the complications become even greater, with much more at stake. Injured accident victims or families who have lost a loved one will need money for medical expenses, lost wages, lost future earnings, pain and suffering, and more. Choosing a lawyer who understands the complications that can arise in a multi-vehicle crash is important to obtaining the compensation you need—and deserve. Contact an Aurora and Denver Car Accident Attorney If you or someone you love has been seriously hurt by another person’s negligence, it is important to retain the services of an experienced Denver car accident attorney immediately. At the law offices of John R. Fuller, P.C., we fight aggressively for our injured accident victims and their families. We understand the complications that can arise after a devastating accident and work tirelessly to ensure that you receive the money you need to recover. Contact our Denver personal injury attorneys for a free initial consultation to learn how we can help. Call us at 303-597-4500. We’re available 24/7 by phone, fax and e-mail.    
denver personal injury attorneyCar and motorcycle accidents often occur at lightening speeds and with little warning. The impact from those crashes can leave victims with crushed and broken hands, arms, legs, and feet. While orthopedic surgeons and physicians are usually able repair the majority of broken bones and limbs, there are times when complications and even infections can interfere with the healing process. When this occurs, it may be necessary to remove the injured extremity in an attempt to save the accident victim’s life. After an amputation, accident victims will need to relearn even basic skills, such as walking, driving, or even dressing themselves. In addition, they may be unable to continue in their chosen profession, and be forced to find new lines of employment. It is important to understand the true costs of limb loss before you agree to a settlement. These costs are not always apparent and future expenses, such as prosthetic devices, must be taken into account. A study conducted by John Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy found that the total lifetime costs of amputation was well over a half million dollars. This included costs such as hospitalizations, prosthetics, rehabilitation, therapies, outpatient doctor visits, and pain medications. It did not, however, take into account lost wages, loss of future earnings, or pain and suffering. Prosthetic Devices are Expensive If you have suffered the loss of a limb, you will need to be fitted for a prosthetic. These artificial hands, arms, and legs can be costly and cost between $5,000 and $50,000 depending on their design and material. In addition, being fitted for a prosthetic means additional rehabilitation to learn how to use the new device. It is important to know that these costs are not a one time only cost either. Prosthetic devices are usually changed out every 3-5 years, and this ongoing cost must be taken into account before reaching an appropriate settlement. Contact an Aurora and Denver Personal Injury Attorney If you or someone in your family has lost a limb due to another person’s negligence, it is important to retain the services of an experienced Denver personal injury attorney immediately. At the law offices of John R. Fuller, P.C., we fight aggressively for our injured accident victims and their families. We understand the complications that can arise after a devastating accident and work tirelessly to ensure that you receive the money you need to recover. Contact our Denver personal injury attorneys for a free initial consultation to learn how we can help. Call us at 303-597-4500. We’re available 24/7 by phone, fax and e-mail.
USA Today has issued a report about weather deaths in the United states. While tornadoes, hurricanes, and floods get the lion’s share of media attention, the majority of weather-related fatalities across the country occur when inclement weather causes car accidents. The Federal Highway Administration (FHA) says that over 7,000 people are killed in weather-related traffic crashes each year. They define a weather-related traffic crash as one that occurs in adverse weather: snow, heavy rain, ice, sleet, etc. Generally speaking, traffic accidents rarely make the news, outside of large, multi-vehicle pileups. Sheldon Drobot of the National Center for Atmospheric Research says that he would like to see a day when the increasingly advanced computer systems that cars have built in could share information, in order to help prevent some of these collisions. Have you or a loved one been seriously injured because of another driver’s carelessness? Speak with an experienced Denver auto accident attorney today to discuss your options. 7,000 fatalities per year due to weather-related traffic accidents is a tragically large number. In fact, it is roughly 20% of the more than 30,000 total traffic fatalities each year. This statistic really highlights the need for every driver to use caution when the weather turns bad. This means slowing down and allowing more following distance in bad conditions. It means allowing more time to get where you’re going. It means not allowing yourself to be in a rush, even if you’re running late. It may mean skipping trips in the car that aren’t necessary. All of these inconveniences are far less of a problem than a serious car accident in which someone is injured, or worse. john-fuller-personal-injury-attorneySpeak to dedicated, experienced Denver auto accident attorney John Fuller today if you or a loved one have been seriously injured in a Colorado car wreck. John has many years of experience helping Coloradans to protect their rights, and recover financial compensation for present AND future medical bills, property damage, and lost wages after being injured by the reckless behavior of others. John works on Colorado personal injury claims on a contingent fee basis, which means that you pay him a fee only after he successfully recovers money for you. Speak with a Denver auto accident attorney you can trust. For more information and a FREE CONSULTATION, contact Fuller Law today at (303)597-4500.