Denver Legal Malpractice Blog

What should you know about the dangers of distracted driving?

When most people hear the word "distracted driving" these days, they think of smartphones and people texting while driving. While smartphones are indeed the most serious threat to people being able to pay attention to the road, there are many ways that drivers can get distracted, such as by eating, putting on makeup, talking to passengers, adjusting the radio, daydreaming and engaging in other activities.

Let's take a quick look at some relevant facts that everyone should know about distracted driving according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

  • Sending a text message causes a driver to remove his or her eyes from the road for an average of five seconds. If you're traveling at a speed of 55 mph, you will travel the length of a football field in the span of five seconds. Even worse, if you're texting, it's like doing it when your eyes are closed.
  • Driving requires your full attention. Any auxiliary activity puts you at risk of not seeing where you're going and getting into a collision.
  • Approximately 3,450 people died because of distracted driving in 2016.
  • Teens are the most likely motorists to engage in texting while driving.

Your lawyer must keep any secrets

Clients often feel a bit nervous when they first meet with a lawyer. Naturally, the lawyer instructs them to tell them what happened during the event in question. Many clients feel skeptical or do not want to reveal anything of substance at all.

For instance, imagine that someone accused you of stealing a car. Do you admit to stealing it or not? Should you ever incriminate yourself? Or should that information should stay secret?

Dress right: Know how to dress for court

If you've been spending time in jail awaiting your criminal trial you, probably have two things on your mind: (1) You care more about achieving a not-guilty verdict than your appearance and (2) you're willing to do anything and everything that could give you an advantage during your trial, no matter how small that advantage happens to be.

Interestingly, one of the things you can do to help your case has everything to do with your appearance: It relates to how you dress. Here are a few tips to make sure you look your best during your trial:

Dedicated to seeking the maximum amount of compensation

A catastrophic injury never happens when we expect it -- nevertheless it can change our lives forever. Many Colorado accident victims are left disabled and unable to work for the rest of their lives. When you add the enormous cost of medical care to the difficult reality of being permanently disabled, you have a seriously difficult financial circumstance on your hands.

In many cases, an "accident" is nothing more than that -- a difficult circumstance that isn't anyone's fault. Even though it has had a permanent and difficult effect on the victim's life, the incident cannot be blamed on anyone else. That said, there are circumstances when accidents are directly caused by another party's negligence, unlawful behavior or recklessness. Such instances might involve things like:

  • Medical malpractice
  • Car accidents
  • Drunk driving
  • Faulty and dangerous products
  • Slip and fall events
  • Animal attacks
  • Many other circumstances

Understanding a trial and if it's the right choice for you

If there is a potential that you'll have to go to trial, then you want to know all you can about the process. By understanding what happens, you can make a better judgment on whether you want to take a plea deal or go through the entire trial.

A trial can be good, depending on the specifics of your case. For instance, there is a jury in a trial, which means that there are multiple people who will hear your story and decide if you should be penalized for the crimes you're accused of.

Recognize police misconduct and protect yourself

Police brutality is a form of misconduct. Essentially, it breaks down to unnecessary violence by the authorities. It is illegal, yet there are times when officers face very little in terms of penalties.

Colorado's laws state that police misconduct can be through the use of excessive force, false imprisonment or false or unlawful arrest. Here's a little more information on each of these problems.

A lawyer's lack of communication shows a lack of responsibility

Legal malpractice is a harmful kind of malpractice because it threatens the financial security and rights of victims. People who aren't treated fairly by their attorneys are less likely to win cases and more likely to go without what they should be entitled to.

If you're not sure whether your attorney's actions are correct, it's wise to ask others in the field what they think. What would they do in the same situation, and is your attorney really on your side?

1 hurt, 1 killed within an hour due to dangerous drivers

One of the most dangerous things to be on the road is a cyclist or pedestrian. Both have no protection against the vehicles that may be on the road, meaning that their safety is up to others.

While you can take steps to keep yourself safer, like wearing a helmet or bright colors, accidents may still happen. This is particularly common in high-traffic areas that are close to schools, universities and other populated areas.

Arbitration is one option for cases of legal malpractice

When you turn to an attorney for assistance, you believe they're going to do all they can to help you. Unfortunately, not all attorneys are made equal. You might end up with a bad egg.

If your attorney is dishonest or does not do all they can to appear in court on your behalf, then it is an option to file a legal malpractice case. One option that could help you avoid trial is to go through arbitration.

Violent crime a growing problem in Colorado

If you've been accused of a crime, it may not be surprising to find out that the police are becoming more prominent in daily life due to the rise in violent crime in Colorado.

Violent crime has increased by 27 percent in just three years. For a comparison, look at 2005 and 2017. In 2005, there were 173 murders compared to 220 in 2017. In the last year, murders have increased by six percent.

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