DENVER MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT LAW BLOG

The various factors involved in truck accidents

On behalf of The Paul Wilkinson Law Firm, LLC posted in Truck Accidents on Wednesday, August 9, 2017.

Colorado motorists might be surprised to find out that there are many factors that contribute to the rising number of accidents involving big trucks. For example, 70 percent of accidents involving big rigs are actually caused by car drivers. In many of these accidents, whether caused by the car or the truck driver, human error is involved. The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that there are 475,000 accidents involving large trucks each year. As a result of these accidents, there are about 5...

Why motorcyclists are more likely to receive brain injuries

On behalf of The Paul Wilkinson Law Firm, LLC posted in blog on Monday, August 7, 2017.

With the recent increase in motorcycle accidents in Denver, the last thing you or any other rider should be is unprepared. You may already know about the dangers you face when you are on the road with other motorists. But you may not understand why you are at a substantially higher risk for brain injuries if you are in an accident. Take some time to learn how brain injuries from motorcycle accidents can change your life so you can take measures to reduce your risk of receiving them. Under...

Improved economy leads to higher driver death rate

On behalf of The Paul Wilkinson Law Firm, LLC posted in Car Accidents on Monday, July 31, 2017.

Drivers in Colorado and across the U.S. have a slightly increased chance of dying in a car crash involving late-model vehicles, according to a report by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. A main reason for the increase is the improving economy. Using crash data from 2012 through 2015, IIHS calculated the overall driver death rates for 2014 models to be 30 deaths per 1 million registered vehicle years. The organization found that the vehicle with the worst driver fatality rate was the...

3 vehicles given top safety rating by IIHS

On behalf of The Paul Wilkinson Law Firm, LLC posted in Car Accidents on Wednesday, July 12, 2017.

Colorado residents looking to purchase a new vehicle may be interested in one of three cars that were given the highest rating for crashworthiness by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. These vehicles were the Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan, the Lincoln Continental and the Toyota Avalon. Three other vehicles that were tested, including the Tesla Model S, did not qualify to receive this safety rating. The Tesla Model S and the other two vehicles, the Chevy Impala and the Ford Taurus, all ...

Reasons to be wary of buzzed driving

On behalf of The Paul Wilkinson Law Firm, LLC posted in blog on Tuesday, July 11, 2017.

Before becoming completely intoxicated, most people have a feeling known as being “buzzed.” This is when a person can slightly feel the sensation of alcohol but is still mostly in charge of his or her motor functions. In an effort to lower the number of DUI arrests that take place every year in Colorado, it is vital to inform the public of what truly constitutes drunk driving. According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, over 26,000 drivers are arrested every year for driving u...

Most common types of distracted driving

On behalf of The Paul Wilkinson Law Firm, LLC posted in blog on Wednesday, July 5, 2017.

When it comes to automobile accidents, most people assume that drunk or inexperienced drivers cause the most incidents. However, many of these car accident injuries are a result of distracted driving. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that approximately 391,000 people suffered injuries in 2015 as a result of distracted driving. No matter how skilled people think they are at driving, getting distracted even for a second can be dangerous. Here are the most co...

Study finds aggressive driving to be relatively common

On behalf of The Paul Wilkinson Law Firm, LLC posted in Car Accidents on Wednesday, June 28, 2017.

Colorado drivers may be interested to learn that nearly 80 percent of participants in a July 2016 study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety admitted to experiencing road rage at least once in the prior year. According to that same study, about eight million American drivers engaged in extreme road rage activities such as intentionally hitting another vehicle or getting out of a car to confront another motorist. Poor driving, busy traffic and general stress were cited as factors that ma...

New rule takes aim at threat of unqualified truck drivers

On behalf of The Paul Wilkinson Law Firm, LLC posted in Truck Accidents on Tuesday, June 20, 2017.

Inexperienced truck drivers will be seeing some changes to training in Colorado and throughout the United States thanks to a new federal rule. However, it will not go into effect until February 2020. The rule for driver training for commercial driver's license applicants was delayed for five months. The Trump administration imposed regulatory review before approving the rule, which has widespread support from the trucking industry itself. CDL applicants who receive their licenses on or after ...

3 tips to avoid road rage in the heat

On behalf of The Paul Wilkinson Law Firm, LLC posted in blog on Tuesday, June 13, 2017.

Summer means fun road trips, vacations and enjoying the beautiful weather. Unfortunately, it also means traffic and sometimes too much heat. When the Denver roads are full of tourists and the sun is blaring down on you, it can be easy to get agitated and angry. It is all too easy to slip into road rage and get into a dangerous situation during the summer. Do not let these beautiful months get you up in arms. Continue reading for summer safety tips and how to avoid road rage. 1. Be mindful ...

Common causes of today’s motorcycle accidents

On behalf of The Paul Wilkinson Law Firm, LLC posted in blog on Thursday, June 8, 2017.

Whether you’re cruising through Denver’s city streets or making your way up I-70 for a ride into the Rockies, you face unique dangers and hazards on a motorcycle that those driving in passenger vehicles may not. Because there is so little protecting you, should you take a fall, the injuries you may suffer in a motorcycle crash often outweigh those suffered in traditional car crashes in terms of severity. Educating yourself is one of the best methods of increasing motorcycle safety, so as ...