Posted on Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 at 4:11 pm
With recreational marijuana legalization in two states, and efforts underway in a number more, experts are beginning to look more seriously at the effects marijuana has on driving.
Currently, the results are inconclusive, according to a report compiled by CBS Denver.
THC can cause slowed decision-making, decreased peripheral vision, and lesson the ability to multitask, all of which, of course, are important skills when safely operating a vehicle.
However, some studies show that, unlike individuals impaired by alcohol, marijuana users often know they are impaired and may compensate by driving slowly, providing extra following room, and avoiding risky maneuvers. Though, alcohol and THC seem to drastically increase impairment and negate the exaggerated caution prompted by marijuana use alone.
Some experts say that there is a two or three-fold increase in a likelihood of a car accident; some say there is no increased risk. Some experts say that new or occasional users pose a risk, while habitual users do not.
If you believe that marijuana or other substances affected another individual’s judgment which resulted in a car accident you were involved in, you may qualify for financial compensation to help recoup your losses. Talk about your legal needs with our attorneys of Hull & Zimmerman, P.C. in Denver by calling our offices today at (303) 423-1770 or 1-866-385-3505.
Posted on Friday, September 5th, 2014 at 6:42 pm
A study titled “The Legalization of Marijuana in Colorado: The Impact” revealed that the number of people who died in motor vehicular accidents wherein the driver tested positive for marijuana increased by 100 percent in a five year period, 7NEWS reported on August 19.
The report showed the jump between tests in 2007 that found 39 fatalities related to a driver who tested positive for marijuana and data from 2012 that showed 78 fatalities.
The report was commissioned by the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Program, a drug advocacy group that gives aid to federal and local law enforcement. However, the Executive Director of the Marijuana Industry Group Michael Elliot asserted that the study fails to distinguish whether or not the marijuana itself was the cause of the accident.
If you have experienced a car accident in Denver due to the reckless driving of someone else, the attorneys at Hull & Zimmerman P.C., may help you hold the responsible party financially accountable for your injuries. Call our offices at (720) 377-9631 today to learn more.
Posted on Thursday, July 31st, 2014 at 2:47 pm
Purchasing so-called new tires may not mean you have purchased newly-made tires, KJRH reported on July 13.
According to Frisco resident Marcia Simmons, her Mazda Miata’s new tires were bought from Meadow Creek Tire. The receipt indicated that the tires she bought were new, and this was her understanding. However, when she visited Discount Tire for a routine maintenance checkup in June, she was told that her tires were 11 to 12 years old.
In Colorado, a new way of describing tires seems vaguely deceptive. A ten-year-old tire could be called new if it has never been used. Although the manager of Meadow Creek Tire assured that the tires were in perfectly good condition, many car manufacturers do not recommend using tires after a certain number of years, even if they have not been used before. Regardless of how much they’ve been on the road, rubber is a material that ages and may become unsafe to drive on. Every tire is imprinted with a collection of numbers that match the year and week the tire was produced; it is important to check these number before purchasing “new” tires.
Motor vehicular accidents are one of the most common causes of fatalities in the United States. A defective automotive part, including worn out tires, are often a catalyst to an accident. Seek legal advice and representation from our attorneys at Hull & Zimmerman P.C., by calling (720) 377-9631 if you have been hurt in an accident through no fault of your own.
Posted on Friday, July 25th, 2014 at 10:01 pm
The annual Click It or Ticket nighttime seatbelt education and enforcement campaign in Colorado kicked off this week on Monday, July 21 and will continue through Sunday, July 27.
According to Colorado State Patrol chief, Colonel Scott Hernandez, driving under the influence cases increase and seatbelt use lessens at night, which he noted are unfortunately related in far too many accident cases.
Hernandez added that this awareness campaign serves to crack down on the dangerous practice of not wearing a seatbelt while driving and encourage motorists to avoid making this a habit.
According to a report titled “The Economic and Societal Impact of Motor Vehicle Crashes” by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the fatalities and physical injuries that arise from accidents involving drivers and passengers not wearing seatbelts in the state cost around $14 billion annually in medical care, lost wages, and other injury-related costs.
Being injured in a car accident can hurt an individual in physical, emotional, mental, and even financial ways. If you or someone you love has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, assistance may be available. Learn more by contacting the Denver car accident lawyers of Hull & Zimmerman, P.C., at (720) 377-9631 today.
Posted on Monday, July 7th, 2014 at 1:49 pm
General Motors recalled an additional 8.2 million vehicles over defective ignition switches, bringing the total number of its recalls this year to 29 million vehicles, which decisively surpasses the 22 million vehicles recalled by all automakers in 2013, The Denver Post reported on June 30.
This latest recall consists mostly of older midsize cars, specifically seven vehicles that include the 1997 to 2005 Chevrolet Malibu, the 2004 to 2008 Pontiac Grand Prix, and the 2013 and 2014 Cadillac CTS.
There have been reports of eight injuries, seven crashes, and three fatalities concerning the seven recalled vehicles. In these accidents, the air bags in the vehicles didn’t deploy – a sign that the ignition switch was out of position when the crash happened. However, there are other reasons for airbag deployment failure, and the company could not find direct evidence that the ignition switch was at fault.
Our attorneys at Hull & Zimmerman P.C., in Denver are dedicated to helping clients who have become car accident victims due to the irresponsible actions of other people – whether a negligent driver or a careless manufacturer of automotive parts. Call us today at (720) 377-9631 to discuss your situation.
Posted on Monday, June 23rd, 2014 at 3:39 pm
General Motors CEO Mary Barra said that 15 GM employees were fired and five others suspended over the company’s failure to inform the public about their cars’ defective ignition switches, resulting in the death of at least 12 people in the United States, CBS DFW reported on June 5.
Barra decried the actions of the employees involved and asserted her dedication to fix the internal issues that permitted this mistake to happen. The investigation that led to the company purge was conducted by U.S. Attorney Anton Valukas, who interviewed 230 personnel and conducted a review of 41 million documents. The report, aside from determining the limitations and faults of GM employees that led to the whole fiasco, also included recommendations to prevent future safety violations.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, GM was aware of the problems with their ignition switches as early as 2001. GM will launch a financial compensation scheme for victims of this defect and their families, Barra said.
Our attorneys at Hull & Zimmerman P.C. in Denver handle product liability cases that hold manufacturers of defective products accountable for their negligence. To learn more about your legal options, call our offices today at (720) 377-9631.
Posted on Monday, June 23rd, 2014 at 3:29 pm
In a press conference, General Motors CEO Mary Barra said that the company terminated the necessary employees, and the investigation into the fatal ignition switch problem, headed by U.S. Attorney Anton Valukas, is now officially closed, CBS DFW reported on June 10.
The entire review of the company is nearly finished, but most of the major changes have been made. GM fired 15 of its employees who were found to be negligent in their responsibilities in relation to the ignition switch safety issue. Due to what Barra refers to as a “unique series of mistakes,” this defect was left un-addressed for a decade.
Valukas was hired by GM to investigate this issue and other GM internal systems. To date, GM has recalled a grand total of 15.8 million vehicles in North America. Barra noted that GM’s culture is undergoing a significant change that should prevent lapses in safety standards in the future.
Manufacturers have the responsibility to maintain safe standards for products released into the market, and when a violation of this practice occurs, it is unacceptable. Our attorneys at Hull & Zimmerman P.C. in Denver handle product liability cases that hold manufacturers accountable for their negligent actions. Call our offices today at (720) 377-9631 to discuss your legal options.
Posted on Monday, June 2nd, 2014 at 3:28 pm
Detroit, Michigan-based automaker General Motors Co. recalled a small batch of Pontiac G6 midsize cars because of a faulty brake line system in 2009 but failed to recall approximately 2 million vehicles with the same braking system until May of this year.
According to GM spokesman Adam Adler, the problem with the later model G6s, Chevrolet Auras, and Saturn Malibus was shared with dealers, but not with car owners directly, resulting in a safety problem that GM management failed to look into for years.
The main problem posed by this particular automobile recall is that a vehicle’s brake lights may not light up when the brake pedal is pressed, failing to warn drivers that these vehicles will be slowing down or stopping. Additionally, GM noted that this problem could be connected to a number of other issues, including concerns over cruise control disengaging and the vehicle shifting out of “park” unexpectedly.
Manufacturers have a responsibility to provide safe products to consumers, and to announce any defects or malfunctions in a timely manner in order to ensure consumer safety. If you or someone you know has been injured because of a defective automobile or other product, contact the Denver product liability attorneys of Hull & Zimmerman P.C., by calling (720) 377-9631 today.
Posted on Tuesday, May 27th, 2014 at 3:47 pm
According to Danny Foster, attorney for Colorado fire chief’s wife Adriene Garcia, Garcia likely fled the scene of a car accident that injured two children because of a previous brain injury, CBS Denver reported on May 15.
Aurora fire chief Mike Garcia called 9-1-1 as soon as he learned about the incident. In a statement Foster made to CBS 4, he confirmed that Adriene had a pre-existing brain condition from an accident that occurred several years earlier, thereby explaining why she left after causing the wreck. Police were able to contact Adriene 21 minutes after she left the scene.
Excessive speed or alcohol were not a factor in the accident, police authorities said. Prior to this incident, Garcia possessed a clean driving record.
If you have been the victim of a personal injury accident in Denver and need legal counsel and representation to help claim financial compensation, call our attorneys at Hull & Zimmerman, P.C. by dialing (720) 377-9631 today.
Posted on Tuesday, May 20th, 2014 at 5:32 pm
An investigation by Denver-based CALL7 shed light on several Colorado police officers who were never sent to court after causing several vehicular accidents, thereby maintaining clean driving records.
According to CALL7, over 300 preventable car accidents from 2011 to 2013 had been caused by members of the police department.
A personal injury attorney interviewed by CALL7, Kyle Bacchus, explained that the police department can avoid being held liable for personal injury accidents caused by an officer if the matter is not touched by civilian agencies and is solved internally.
Our highly experienced Denver-area attorneys at Hull & Zimmerman, P.C. represent those involved in incidents like personal injuries and vehicular accidents, among other things. If you need sharp legal representation, call our offices at (720) 377-9631 to see if we may be able to help.