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松葉杖を立てかけるWhat is the value of your personal injury claim? For those who have been involved in a personal injury case, it is an understandable thing to wonder. Indeed, determining how much specific injuries are worth is a crucial aspect of a claim. It can also be the most difficult aspect of the claim to determine. The negligent party in an accident—or that person’s insurance company—may pay for medical expenses, lost income, permanent physical disability, disfigurement, loss of family, educational or social experiences, emotional damages and damaged property, depending on the circumstances surrounding the accident.
The businessman using mobile smart phone while driving the carWhile most of us tend to think teens are the biggest texting offenders on the roadways, the surprising results of a recent study found middle-aged drivers have a high rate of collisions due to the use of their cell phones while driving. These results show that very few drivers really have a clear understanding of the risks associated with distracted driving. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported driver distraction was the primary cause of at least 18 percent of all auto crashes in 2012, with more than 3,300 people killed as a result. It is widely believed those numbers were actually much higher in 2012 because many of those who crash as a result of distracted driving do not admit that fact. Three years later, in 2015, the numbers are estimated to be as high as 30 percent or more.
5 Most Common Driving DiversionsAccording to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over one thousand people are injured every day in car accidents on U.S. highways. Contributing significantly to that number are distracted drivers. In fact, it is estimated that 10 people die each day in accidents caused by distracted drivers.
Car on teh roadThe Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) regularly tests and rates passenger vehicles on their ability to keep occupants safe during a crash. The Institute’s most recent testing has spotlighted five vehicles for outstanding safety in crashes. IIHS now bestows a Top Safety Pick Plus rating on vehicles that are equipped with accident prevention systems. These vehicles are able to sense an imminent collision and apply the brakes automatically. IIHS President Adrian Lund notes that vehicles capable of avoiding collisions without a human response offer the greatest possibilities for reducing accidents. One such vehicle made this list. The four other vehicles in this list were awarded the rating of Top Safety Pick. These models received excellent marks in crash safety, however, the absence of the ‘Plus’ in their rating indicates they do not possess crash prevention technology. Read on to learn more about five of the safest vehicles on the road today.

Audi A6

With a list price from $46,200 to $70,900, the 2016 Audi A6 midsize luxury sedan received the top “good” rating on all IIHS crash tests. Even on the small overlap test, which simulates hitting a tree or pole with the front corner of your vehicle, the engineers praised the A6 for protecting its test dummy driver. Although some of it is optional, the crash prevention technology on the A6 includes automatic braking and adaptive cruise control that maintains a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front of you by using radar.

Chevrolet Trax

Introduced just this year by GM, the Trax is part of the newest group of very small subcompact SUVs. It lists from $20,120 to $26,530 and also received the “good” mark on al IIHS crash tests. The engineers applauded the knee airbag for preventing leg and foot injuries, and the side airbag for protecting the driver’s head in a side collision. The standard rearview camera helps avoid accidents while backing up. Further Reading: Snow Tire Study Bill Signed by Colorado Governor

Buick Encore

Akin to the Chevrolet Trax from GM and listing from $24,065 to $30,935, the Encore received all top ratings in IIHS crash tests. Engineers were pleased with the way the front and side curtain airbags worked together to protect the test dummy during the small overlap front test.

Kia Sorento

With a list price from $24,900 to $43,100, this midsize SUV was completely redesigned for 2016. The Sorento, too, scored a top-rated “good” on all IIHS tests. Its roof strength was especially impressive, scoring highly on the rollover test in which the roof is required to withstand four times the vehicle’s weight before crumbling.

Nissan Sentra

The only compact car on the list, the Sentra lists from $16,480 to $20,760. Like the others, it earned top ratings across the board on crash tests. In particular, the engineers noted that the side airbags protected the heads of both the driver and front passenger in the side crash test.

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Denver Personal Injury Attorney John Fuller and his staffWhen another driver’s recklessness causes your injury, you need an experienced Denver personal injury attorney on your side. 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 obtain the money you need to pay for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.  
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.
Close-up car accidentRecent studies have pointed to an increase in the number of drivers involved in deadly car crashes in Colorado who test positive for marijuana. Furthermore, they indicate Colorado has a higher percentage of such drivers testing positive for THC than other states even when the studies are controlled for other variables. Additionally, studies show that perceptions about the risk of marijuana use have been reduced across all age groups as the industry booms in the state.
2010-06-21-jgm-fayettejpg-2551b35f741068d1_largeBeing involved in a car accident can be a nerve-rattling experience. Chances are, you didn’t even see it coming, and now you’re sitting in your wrecked car, scared, and perhaps injured. You need to take a deep breath and try to think clearly, because what you do immediately following a car accident can greatly affect the amount of compensation you will be able to collect later to help cover costs you weren’t anticipating. To maximize your recovery, avoid these common mistakes Denver drivers make after a car accident:  
  1. Failing to Notify the Police: Call the Denver police immediately following a car accident and stay on the scene so that all damage and injuries can be properly documented. A police report is invaluable to your attorney when establishing liability and can help you obtain the compensation you need quicker.
  1. Admitting Fault: Never apologize or make any admission of responsibility for the accident. Regardless of whose fault it is, you can damage your potential case by admitting fault. Even a simple “I’m Sorry” can be twisted to show that you admitted fault for the crash.
  1. Failing to Seek Medical Attention: Never tell the other driver that you are ok. Ride in the ambulance to the emergency room if injuries are obvious. Otherwise, visit your personal physician after leaving the scene of the accident. Numerous injuries take hours or even days to become fully apparent. Even then, the full extent of your injuries may not be realized for weeks.
  1. Failing to Exchange Information with Others Involved: Collect names, phone numbers, and addresses of everyone involved. Even the makes, models, and license plate numbers of their vehicles will be invaluable. If there are eyewitnesses, be sure to obtain their contact information as well. Your attorney may wish to interview them for your case.
  1. Failing to Alert Your Insurance Company in a Timely Manner: Again, even if the accident was not your fault, your insurer needs to be made aware that you were involved, so they can assist you with filing a claim according to their guidelines.
  1. Failing to Collect Evidence and Maintain Good Records: A picture is worth a thousand words at the scene of an accident. Photograph all damage and the surrounding area, if possible. Keep these pictures and every document you receive pertaining to the accident and your injuries in one file.
  1. Signing Away Your Rights: Consult a Denver car accident attorney before signing a medical records authorization, which could be used by the insurance company to deny or reduce your claim. Make no mistake about it; insurance companies are looking for a reason to reduce your claim. They may claim that your injury was pre-existing or that you are not as injured as you claim.
  1. Accepting a Quick Settlement: You only get one chance to collect compensation. Don’t let the insurance company strong-arm you into accepting any money before consulting a Denver car accident attorney. Research has shown that individuals who retain a lawyer receive nearly 40% more compensation than those who do not.
  1. Using Social Media Sites: Insurance adjusters can spy on you through Facebook and other sites. If you post something that contradicts your injury claim, it can be used against you. Never post on Facebook or a social media site without first consulting your attorney. Your attorney will be able to tell you how best to proceed and what to avoid on social media sites.
  1. Failing to Contact a Denver Car Accident Attorney: A Denver car accident attorney can help you with all of these important steps and, statistically, increase your recovery 3.5 times more than going it alone. Your attorney can help negotiate with insurance companies while you recover from your accident.
  Contact Denver Car Accident Lawyers john-fuller-personal-injury-attorneyIf you have been injured in a car accident, contact Denver car accident lawyer John R. Fuller today. Our Denver personal injury attorneys can help you obtain the maximum compensation for your injuries. Our Colorado personal injury law firm has the experience to know when our clients are being treated fairly and will respond accordingly. Contact us today at 303-597-4500 for a free initial consultation.