Denver Personal Injury News

Avoid A Personal Injury in Denver By Staying Out of Trucks’ Blind Spots


August 9, 2017

Trucks are much heavier and larger than cars, which means they can cause a lot more damage when they collide with other vehicles. As a driver, it’s in your best interests to do everything possible to reduce your risk of getting into an accident with trucks. One way to protect yourself is by never driving in a truck’s blind spot, which is an area that the driver cannot see out of his side or rear view mirrors. Here’s how to avoid a personal injury in Denver by staying out of trucks’ blind spots:

Behind the Truck

The truck driver will not be able to see you if you are driving in the blind spot behind his vehicle. If you’re in this blind spot, it may be difficult to stop in time to avoid a collision when the truck driver applies his brakes. How can you tell when you’re in a blind spot? Look for the truck’s mirrors. If you can see the mirrors—and the truck driver’s reflection in the mirrors—then you are not in his blind spot. The second that you lose sight of the side mirrors, it’s time to slow down and create some more distance between your vehicle and the truck.

Front of the Truck

If you are driving in front of a truck, it’s imperative that you make sure your vehicle is visible so the truck does not rear end you. Because of the height of the truck’s cabin, the truck driver cannot see the road or your vehicle if you are too close to the truck. To avoid a collision, try to leave around 10 car spaces between your vehicle and the truck.

Even if you are not directly in front of a truck, you should follow these tips to stay out of the driver’s blind spot. Truck drivers typically have a blind spot in front of them that covers the lane that they are in and one lane to the right.

Sides of the Truck

There are also blind spots on both sides of the truck. If you find yourself in one of these blind spots, the truck driver may change lanes and collide into you without even seeing your vehicle. Again, it’s important to keep an eye on the truck’s side mirrors. If you cannot see the truck driver in his side mirrors, then he cannot see your vehicle. Keep this in mind if you are driving directly next to a truck or if you are attempting to speed up in order to pass a truck. Learn how to stay out of a truck’s blind spots.

If the truck driver can see you, he is less likely to collide into your vehicle. However, there’s always a chance that a reckless truck driver will cause an accident even when he is completely aware of other vehicles on the road. If you have been injured in a truck accident, you will need legal representation from an experienced personal injury attorney. Call us at 303-321-4878 or contact Mark A. Simon to discuss your right to recover compensation during a free consultation.
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How a Workers Comp Attorney Can Help After the Death of a Loved One


August 2, 2017

Losing a loved one is devastating, especially if your loved one was killed while he was trying to make a living at work. In addition to being overwhelmed with grief, the surviving family members sometimes must worry about making ends meet if the victim was the primary breadwinner of the home. Fortunately, a Denver workers’ compensation attorney may be able to help these families move forward after a tragic loss.

Most people know that workers’ compensation is paid to workers who are injured while on the job, but many people are unaware that it can also be paid to the surviving family members of a victim who is killed at work.

How much can family members recover?

In the state of Colorado, death benefits paid through workers’ compensation are equal to two-thirds of the victim’s average weekly wage. The minimum and maximum amounts will vary every year, but in 2017, the weekly minimum is $234.96 and the weekly maximum is $939.82. How much are workers’ compensation benefits in Colorado?

Who can recover death benefits?

Many people may grieve the loss of a loved one, but only certain individuals are legally permitted to recover death benefits through workers’ compensation. The victim’s spouse is eligible to receive weekly death benefits for the rest of her life unless she decides to remarry, in which case the payments would stop. If the victim had any dependent children at the time of his death, these individuals would also qualify for death benefits. Children who qualify will receive death benefits until they reach the age of 18, or 21 if they are full-time students.

The spouse and children of the victim will automatically be considered dependents, but other members may qualify if they can prove they were partially or completely dependent on the victim. For example, if a victim was taking care of his elderly parents at the time of his death, the parents may qualify for death benefits if they can show that they relied on the victim financially.

If the victim did not have any dependents, the workers’ compensation insurance company may pay a lump sum to the victim’s estate instead of paying death benefits. Regardless of whether the victim had any dependents, the insurance company will also pay up to $7,000 in burial and funeral expenses.

What are the most dangerous industries?

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the construction industry has more annual fatalities than any other industry. OSHA even identified the most common causes of construction deaths, now known as the “fatal four,” which include falling, being struck by an object, electrocution, and being caught in or caught between two objects.

Construction may be the most dangerous industry, but unfortunately, fatalities can happen in any industry. If you have lost a loved one due to a workplace injury, don’t hesitate to seek legal representation from an experienced workers’ compensation attorney. Call us at 303-321-4878 or contact Mark A. Simon to discuss your right to recover compensation during a free consultation
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Denver Auto Accident Attorney Reveals the Safest Cars of 2017


July 26, 2017

Millions of people are injured in car accidents every year, which is why people often prioritize safety above all other features when shopping for a new car. It’s easier than ever to research safety features now that the U.S. News and World Report released their list of the safest cars of the year. According to Denver auto accident attorney Mark A. Simon, these cars could offer you the most protection in the event of a collision. Take a look at some of the cars that made this year’s list:

Chevrolet Volt

The Chevrolet Volt is well known for its energy efficiency, but now it’s time for buyers to recognize this vehicle as one of the safest on the roads. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) has awarded the Volt five star ratings in every single safety category, and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has given this vehicle a Top Safety Pick + rating. Parents will fall in love with the Volt because of its Teen Driver System, which grades teen drivers and issues a report card for parents to review.

Genesis G80

Whereas the Chevrolet Volt is a compact car, the Genesis G80 is more of a luxury mid-size vehicle. This car has also received five star ratings from the NHTSA and a perfect Top Safety Pick + rating from the IIHS. Some of the standard features included on this vehicle are automatic emergency braking, lane change alerts, and a blind spot warning that alerts the driver when another vehicle has entered into a blind spot. These safety features may help you avoid a dangerous collision on the road. Learn more about the safest cars of the year.

Volvo S60

Volvo has always had a reputation of manufacturing safe cars, so it’s no surprise to see the Volvo S60 has made the list. However, not every S60 qualifies for this list. The only Volvo S60 that received the Top Safety Pick + rating from the IIHS is the one equipped with HID headlights.

One safety feature that will definitely prevent accidents is the pedestrian and cyclist detection system. The car will alert the driver when it detects a pedestrian or cyclist approaching the vehicle so the driver knows to stop and wait for him to pass.

Toyota Prius Prime

Although this energy efficient vehicle has not been rated by the NHTSA yet, it still made the U.S. News and World Report list due to its impressive safety features. For instance, it has automatic headlights that can detect lights in the distance and adjust brightness as needed. This means the driver does not need to switch to high beams on a dark, empty road—the car will do it all on its own.

Unfortunately, there’s still a chance that you will be involved in a car accident even if you are in one of these vehicles. If you have been injured in a car accident, you will need legal representation from an experienced personal injury attorney. Call us at 303-321-4878 or contact Mark A. Simon to discuss your right to recover compensation during a free consultation.
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Denver Personal Injury Attorney Discusses Most Dangerous Holidays For Drivers


July 19, 2017

People across the country celebrate the holidays by hitting the road to see friends and family. Unfortunately, the more drivers that are on the road, the more likely it is that car accidents will occur. According to Denver personal injury attorney Mark A. Simon, some holidays are more dangerous than others. Here’s a look at some of the most fatal holidays for drivers:

Memorial Day

Memorial Day celebrations typically begin on Friday and last all the way through the actual holiday on Monday. Sadly, this three-day holiday weekend is one of the most deadliest for drivers. According to the Fatality Analysis Reporting System, there are an average of 312 fatal accidents during this time period every year, and even more accidents that involve nonfatal injuries.

Labor Day

Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer, so many people plan road trips to visit the beach one last time. Most people only travel one to two hours to get to their destination, but they still have to face traffic jams, drunk drivers, and an increased number of cars on the road. Unfortunately, there are an average of 308 fatal car accidents during Labor Day weekend every year. The city that sees the most fatalities is Los Angeles, which is not surprising given the city’s population and proximity to the beach.

Fourth of July

Fourth of July celebrations involve fireworks, American flags, and usually alcohol. Data from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System reveals that there are an average of 307 fatal accidents during Fourth of July weekend every year. According to the National Safety Council, drunk drivers are responsible for many of these fatalities. Read the most dangerous holidays in America.

Easter

Easter is a religious holiday, but many people decide to take advantage of the time off of work to take a road trip to see friends and family. As a result, there are a lot more cars on the road, and more opportunities to get into a serious car accident. There are an average of 280 fatal car accidents during Easter weekend every year.

Thanksgiving

Police officers tend to see a spike in DUI arrests on Thanksgiving Eve, which is the Wednesday night before Thanksgiving. This increase in drunk drivers may explain why Thanksgiving weekend is one of the most fatal times of the year for drivers. There is an average of 258 fatal car accidents every year during this holiday weekend, which is something to keep in mind as you make Thanksgiving plans later this year.

New Year’s

New Year’s has always been considered one of the most dangerous holidays because of the number of people who choose to consume alcohol and celebrate late into the night. On average, there are around 245 fatal car accidents on New Year’s every year.

If you have been injured in a car accident, you will need legal representation from an experienced personal injury attorney. Call us at 303-321-4878 or contact Mark A. Simon to discuss your right to recover compensation during a free consultation.
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Workers’ Compensation in Denver: The Most Dangerous Jobs in Colorado


July 12, 2017

No one should ever have to worry about being injured while at work, but unfortunately, there are an estimated 2.9 million nonfatal workplace injuries every year. Any employee could be in need of workers’ compensation in Denver after being unexpectedly injured while at work, but there are some industries that are more dangerous than others. Learn about employer-reported workplace injuries and illnesses. Here are some of the most dangerous jobs in the state of Colorado:

Loggers

There are dozens of fatalities in the U.S. logging industry every year, and hundreds of other nonfatal injuries. This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise seeing as how these workers must operate dangerous heavy machinery at high altitudes.

Roofers

Speaking of employees that have to work from great heights, roofers are also in one of the most dangerous industries in the state. These workers may suffer a wide range of injuries caused by harsh environmental elements, power tools, or falls. Some injuries—such as a bad sunburn—are minor, but accidents involving power tools or falls could lead to broken bones, spinal cord damage, open wounds, and head trauma.

Agricultural Workers

Farmers and ranchers often put themselves in harm’s way in order to get the job done. These workers must use heavy machinery throughout the day, which can lead to repetitive injuries, muscle strains, or more serious injuries in the event of an accident. Farmers and ranchers also have to work long hours, so their bodies may be more prone to aches and pains after a day at work.

Truck Drivers

At first glance, a truck driver’s job may not seem so dangerous. After all, the other workers on this list are out working with their hands instead of being cooped up in a vehicle all day. But unfortunately, truck drivers often suffer serious injuries while on the job. This is mainly due to the long hours that truck drivers are forced to work in order to meet tight delivery deadlines. Many of the injuries that truck drivers report are caused in accidents with other vehicles on the road.

Electrical Workers

People who install and repair electrical lines are thoroughly trained so they know how to protect themselves while on the job. Unfortunately, this training is not enough to prevent some workers from being injured. These employees may be injured by live wires or by falling when working from high altitudes.

Fishermen

Some people choose to fish to relax and unwind, but being a professional fisherman is no easy feat. Fishermen have to deal with a number of hazards while on the job, including poor weather conditions, malfunctioning parts on the boat, and heavy machinery used to collect and pull in fish.

If you have any questions about whether you are entitled to workers’ compensation after an on-the-job injury, contact attorney Mark A. Simon right away. If you have been injured while at work, call us at 303-321-4878 or contact Mark A. Simon to discuss your right to recover compensation during a free consultation.
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