GM’s compensation panel confirms more death, injury claims

Posted on Wednesday, May 6th, 2015 at 6:57 pm    

General Motors’ program to compensate individuals affected by a defective ignition switch in their vehicles has recently approved seven additional death claims, bring the total to 97, according to

The defective ignition switch largely present in Chevrolet Colbalts and Saturn Ions would sometimes cause the  engine to switch off while driving, disabling the brakes, power steering, and airbags. GM recalled 2.6 million vehicles to address the problem.

Officials also approved 16 new injury claims, bringing the approved injury claim to 179. They project that the 669 outstanding claims to be fully reviewed by September 30. GM representatives say that they expect the total payout to be close to $600 million.

Negligent car makers need to be held responsible for releasing dangerous parts onto the market. If you believe you car has failed because of a defective car part, get in touch with the personal injury attorneys at Hull & Zimmerman, P.C., in Denver.  Set up a free consultation with us today by calling our offices at (303) 423-1770.

NHTSA decided rusty brake lines did not warrant another GM recall

Posted on Monday, April 20th, 2015 at 8:06 pm    

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration did not require General Motors to issue a recall to around 2 million pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles due to potentially rusted brake lines, USA Today reported on April 10.

Instead, the federal agency merely asked owners of older SUVs and pickups who reside in cold-weather states to monitor the rust on their brake lines, as salt used on the road for safer driving may lead to detrimental corrosion. This decision came after a four-year investigation into older truck models.

Documents show NHTSA received 3,049 complaints regarding rusty brake lines, of which 2,702 were from states where road salt is frequently used on highways, according to a report from Bloomberg.

The legal team and staff at Hull & Zimmerman P.C. in Denver represent those who have been injured due to a defective or negligently-built vehicle. If you have experienced this, call our offices at (303) 423-1770 today to learn more about pursuing financial compensation from the parties responsible.

Six accidents involving 39 vehicles clog U.S. 36

Posted on Saturday, April 11th, 2015 at 10:39 pm    

Snowy conditions are thought to have contributed to the six accidents that occurred on both directions of U.S. Route 36 on Friday, April 3, according to

Thirty-nine vehicles were involved in total, the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office in Colorado reported. The most extensive crash was the 12-vehicle chain-reaction crash that occurred at around 6:45 a.m., causing the closure of eastbound U.S. 36 at Table Mesa in Boulder near the McCaslin Boulevard exit. Other crashes closed westbound U.S. 36 at Flatirons Crossing in Broomfield; the lanes reopened at around 9 a.m. Eastbound traffic was able to open at around 9:45 a.m. Three people were taken to the hospital to address minor injuries.

Residents must take care to drive to current weather conditions. If you or a loved one has been hurt in an accident which occurred due to the irresponsible actions of others, our attorneys at Hull & Zimmerman, P.C., can inform you of your legal recourse. Learn more by calling our offices at (303) 423-1770 or 1-866-385-3505 today.

Drivers injured in three-vehicle accident

Posted on Monday, April 6th, 2015 at 2:15 pm    

A semi-truck came to rest on top of a pickup truck that subsequently lost its door in a three-vehicle truck accident that happened at around 10 a.m. on March 24 near downtown Denver, CBS Denver reported on March 24.

Sergeant Mark Elliot with the Aurora Police Department said investigations revealed that the driver of a semi-truck headed west along Interstate 70 at Airport Boulevard failed to make proper allowances for traffic congestion, causing his vehicle to crash into the back of a pickup truck.

According to Elliot, the impact was enough to force the pickup truck to hit another semi-truck in front of it.

The driver of the pickup was injured critically, but doctors said he is expected to survive the ordeal, while both semi drivers were hospitalized with minor injuries.

The attorneys at Hull & Zimmerman P.C. offer sound legal advice and aggressive representation to people who have been hurt in personal injury accidents in Denver or other areas in Colorado. Speak with a member of our legal team today by calling our offices at (303) 423-1770.

Low-cost flooring found to have unsafe levels of formaldehyde

Posted on Wednesday, March 18th, 2015 at 6:44 pm    

CBS’ 60 Minutes uncovered evidence that the low-cost Chinese-made laminate flooring products manufactured and sold by Virginia-based hardwood flooring retailer Lumber Liquidators contain a high volume of formaldehyde, a known cancer-causing chemical, according to Green Building Elements.

CBS found through its investigations, as well as those by nonprofit group Global Community Monitor, that Lumber Liquidators’ Chinese-made laminate flooring is unsafe and that the product “may fail to meet health and safety standards.”

Denny Larson, executive director of Global Community Monitor, recently sued the store in a class-action suit for allegedly violating California’s safety standards for formaldehyde in building materials.

Reporters from 60 Minutes said samples of the formaldehyde they tested from the store were at least 13 times greater than the amount allowed by California standards.

The attorneys of Hull & Zimmerman P.C., represent those who have been harmed through the negligent or reckless actions of someone else. Call our Denver offices at (303) 423-1770 today to learn about your legal options for taking action.

Colorado Springs has fourth fatal pedestrian accident of 2015

Posted on Monday, March 9th, 2015 at 3:05 pm    

A recent accident resulting in the death of a pedestrian occurred on February 17 in Colorado Springs, resulting in the fourth such accident in the city this year.

One of the auto-pedestrian accidents happened on Tuesday night on North Academy near Carefree, and resulted in the death of one woman. Driving instructors warned drivers to look out for pedestrians, even if they are crossing illegally. An automobile driver has the ultimate advantage, and pedestrians are entirely vulnerable when hit by a vehicle.

Pedestrians, on the other hand, were encouraged by the same professionals to wear reflective gear at night, stay on the sidewalk whenever possible, and wait for a traffic light to cross the street.

The Denver attorneys of Hull & Zimmerman P.C., advocate for those who have been injured through no fault of their own. If you or a loved one has been hit by a vehicle as a pedestrian, or experienced another situation in which someone else was responsible for your injury, call our offices at (303) 423-1770 today to learn more about your legal options for recourse.

Lance Armstrong cited after girlfriend took the fall for Aspen wreck

Posted on Tuesday, February 10th, 2015 at 4:54 pm    

The girlfriend of 43-year-old professional road racing cyclist Lance Edward Armstrong, 33-year-old Anna Hansen, allegedly lied to the police about her involvement in a vehicular accident by taking blame for the crash when it was actually caused by Armstrong, the Denver Post reported on February 3.

According to a recent police report, Armstrong was the one who drove a sport utility vehicle into two parked vehicles in Aspen after the couple’s night-out at the Aspen Art Museum’s freestyle gala at the St. Regis Aspen Resort on Dec. 28, 2014.

Armstrong was charged with failure to report an accident and exceeding safe speeds.

Failure to report an accident is a misdemeanor that merits punishment of up to 90 days in prison and a monetary fine of between $150 and $300.

The attorneys at Hull & Zimmerman P.C., in Denver are deeply committed to upholding the legal rights of our clients and helping them throughout the resolution of their personal injury cases. Call our offices today at (303) 423-1770 to learn how we may put our experience to work for you.

Guns may outpace auto accidents as greatest killer of young Americans

Posted on Tuesday, January 27th, 2015 at 8:03 pm    

Researchers at the Center for American Progress stated in a recent report that more youths may die from gun violence in 2015 than from automobile accidents, RT reported.

According to the report, 6,201 young people between the ages of 15 and 24 died by gunfire in 2010 while 7,024 people in this age group were killed in automobile accidents in 2010. While rates of auto accidents continue to decrease over the past couple of decades, gun deaths have generally remained the same.

CAP’s report surmised that American children and teenagers are four times more likely to die by gunfire than children and teenagers in Canada, seven times more than their counterparts in Israel, and 65 times more than teenagers in the United Kingdom.

NHTSA’s data, on the other hand, showed that 90 Americans die every day and over 250 are injured every hour due to automobile accidents caused by drunken driving, not wearing a seat belt, among other things, noted NHTSA deputy administrator David Friedman.

The attorneys of Hull & Zimmerman P.C., in Denver are dedicated to advocating on behalf of personal injury victims, including those injured in car accidents or through the fault of someone else. Call our offices at (303) 423-1770 today to discuss your case.

Police officer hit by vehicle while helping stranded motorist

Posted on Friday, January 9th, 2015 at 4:16 pm    

Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Sean Renfro perished on the afternoon of January 3 after he was hit by a vehicle that lost control as he was trying to help redirect traffic following a separate vehicle malfunction on U.S. Route 285, located three miles north of Conifer, Colorado, 9NEWS reported.

Renfro, who had been working for the office for 15 years, was off-duty when he was killed in the accident.

According to the Colorado State Patrol, Renfro and 46-year-old civilian Samuel Yesurantnam got out of their respective vehicles to offer assistance to the driver of a Mitsubishi sport utility vehicle that veered off the roadway at Doubleheader Ranch Road, which was about 8 miles west of C-470 at around 2:40 p.m.

As he was trying to manage the accident, Renfro was hit by a northbound SUV that crossed the highway and was driven by 22-year-old Denver resident Blair Gedhill. Renfro died at the scene of the incident after sustaining mortal injuries.

Two-vehicle accident in Montezuma County kills one

Posted on Monday, December 22nd, 2014 at 2:58 pm    

Emergency medical responders rushed to the site of a head-on collision on County Road G, also known as McElmo Canyon Road, in Montezuma County, Colorado on December 13, the Durango Herald reported.

The accident occurred around 5:30 p.m., and police authorities believe that alcohol and speed were both contributing factors to the fatal crash.

According to preliminary investigations, a 2006 Chrysler Pacifica operated by 26-year-old Ignacio resident Janeen Black was heading west on County Road G when Black lost control and crashed into an eastbound 2012 Nissan Sentra driven by 40-year-old Cortez resident Yvonne Padilla. Both Black’s vehicle and Padilla’s vehicle contained three passengers, according to the Colorado State Patrol.Thirty-six-year-old Gerald Padilla was declared dead at the scene of the accident, while a 19-year-old woman was taken to Southwest Memorial for treatment of her critical injuries.

According to reports, when police arrived, one vehicle had suffered severe fire damage. Charges related to the case are pending.

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