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.

Tracy Morgan still recovering from truck accident brain injury

Posted on Monday, December 8th, 2014 at 4:25 pm    

Benedict Morelli, the lawyer of 47-year-old comedian Tracy Morgan, said on November 18 that Morgan is still fighting to overcome a serious brain injury that resulted from a fatal truck accident several months ago, according to the Associated Press.

A truck owned by Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and driven by 35-year-old Jonesboro, Georgia resident Kevin Roper crashed into the back of a limousine carrying Morgan and some of his comedian friends, who were traveling on the New Jersey Turnpike back from a Delaware show in July.

Fellow comedian and friend James “Jimmy Mack” McNair died during the incident while Morgan suffered from broken legs and ribs, on top of the brain injury. Three other comedians were injured.

Morgan’s lawsuit against Wal-Mart began in federal court in Trenton, New Jersey.

The effects of a truck accident can be significant. Unfortunately, these accidents often result from driver error or employer negligence. If you have experienced a personal injury accident in Denver, the attorneys at Hull & Zimmerman P.C., may help you pursue financial compensation from those responsible. Call our offices at (303) 423-1770 today to begin taking action.

Denver city council approved $4.65M award after jail death

Posted on Monday, November 24th, 2014 at 5:53 pm    

The Denver City Council allowed the initial payment of a $4.65 million award that a jury gave to the family of a man named Marvin Booker, a homeless street preacher who was said to have been killed in prison due to circumstances caused by the warden and jail officers, the Associated Press reported on November 4.

The council made the decision on November 3, although the amount is subject to change if the decision is overturned through a post-trial appeal.

Investigations showed that police deputies handcuffed Booker, electrocuted him with a Taser, physically subdued him in a sleeper hold, and pressed their weight against him. All of these actions were allegedly used to subdue Booker, although they were found to be excessive in court.

The attorneys at Hull & Zimmerman P.C., understand the pain that accompanies wrongful death, and we are dedicated to representing victims’ families who believe their loved one suffered unduly. Call our offices in Denver at (303) 423-1770 today to learn about your options for pursuing restitution against those responsible.

First GM trial scheduled January 2016

Posted on Friday, November 7th, 2014 at 2:59 pm    

United States District Judge Jesse Furman in the Southern District of New York in Manhattan set January 11, 2016 as the date for the first trial in consolidated litigation against General Motors in regards to the defective ignition switch that instigated a massive recall this year, Automotive News reported on November 6.

The cases are mostly claims for personal injury as well as wrongful death, plus claims for having the value of their automobiles depreciated due to the defective automotive parts.

Furman said the first trial will be a personal injury or wrongful death case, to be selected soon. Unless GM chooses to settle, they will likely face several trials. These trials will serve to determine to other claimants the likelihood of success through their lawsuits.

If you have suffered in a personal injury accident because of the negligent actions of other people – may they be negligent manufacturers of defective products or reckless motorists on the road – you may acquire legal assistance from our attorneys at Hull & Zimmerman P.C., in Denver. Call our offices today at (303) 423-1770 to schedule an appointment with us as soon as possible.

GM resorts to Facebook to seek out those affected by recall

Posted on Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 at 3:16 pm    

General Motors Co. is using social media platform Facebook to send messages to people who have purchased their vehicles with defective ignition switches, the Daily Mail reported on October 7.

Chief executive officer Mary Barra wrote a personal letter to consumers to get their switches replaced as soon as possible. The letters have made it clear that the inability to repair or replace these faulty ignition switches can definitely lead to injury, or even worse, death. This move was made eight months after the first recall of the 2.36 million vehicles in January of this year.

Despite the recall letters and social media outreach, only around 1.16 million of the 2.36 million affected vehicles have been brought in to dealerships for repairs and/or replacements.

The personal injury attorneys at Hull & Zimmerman P.C., in Denver understand the serious injury that can result from a defective vehicle. If you have experienced an accident due to inherent dangers in the make or design of your vehicle, you may be eligible to pursue financial compensation to cover damages. Call our offices at (303) 423-1770 today to learn how we may advocate for you.

Tacomas recalled for suspension defect

Posted on Friday, October 10th, 2014 at 2:30 pm    

Toyota Motor Corp. has recently issued a recall of its Tacoma pickup model years 2005-2011 due to a defect in the truck’s suspension that could possibly cause a fuel tank leak or lead to break failure, The Washington Post reported on September 30.

The company said they have yet to hear of any accidents or injuries in relation to the problem, although the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has already received 24 complaints regarding this vehicle defect since 2011. Nearly 690,000 vehicles in the U.S. are affected, and the recall includes Tacoma trucks in every state.

The specifics of the recall have not yet been released.

When a product is released onto the market, it is expected that safety standards were upheld to the greatest degree during its creation. When accident and injury occurs, therefore, as a result of a vehicle defect, the manufacturer or designer should be held fully accountable for an expenses and suffering. Call the attorneys at Hull & Zimmerman P.C., today if you have experienced this, and learn how we may pursue the financial compensation you need for recovery.

Lawsuit elicited from fatal ski accident in 2013

Posted on Monday, September 22nd, 2014 at 4:59 pm    

A civil lawsuit has been filed on behalf of 48-year-old Ardmore, Pennsylvania resident Natalie Egleston, who died while skiing last year in the Aspen Mountains in Colorado, according to a September 14 article on the Denver Post.

The lawsuit, which named New York dermatologist Dr. Virginia Chen as the defendant, and which was filed in Pitkin County the second week of September, alleged that Chen failed to check her speed, causing the skiing collision that killed Egleston. Allegedly, Chen was warned to slow down prior to the accident.

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in an accident due to the irresponsible actions of someone else, the attorneys at Hull & Zimmerman P.C., in Denver may be able to help you pursue financial restitution for any associated costs. To learn more about your legal options and how our experienced attorneys may advocate for you, call us at (303) 423-1770 today.

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