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How does weight impact your BAC?

You know, of course, that your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is part of what determines if you're too drunk to drive. It's not the only factor, but anything over the legal limit (0.08%) means that you qualify as intoxicated in the eyes of the law.

That said, BAC is not the same for everyone, and people often do not realize just how many things can influence it. For instance, did you know that gender makes a difference? Men usually have a lower BAC than women after consuming the exact same amount of alcohol. This is even true when the man and woman in question weigh the same amount.

Can I make a liability claim after an injury near a warning sign?

Warning signs are commonly put in place on public or private premises to alert visitors of a possible health and safety risk. They may be placed outside of construction sites or when temporary hazards like wet floors are present.

If you were injured on a private or public premises, you may want to look into the options you have to seek compensation for your injuries, damages and other losses. However, if you injured yourself even though there were warning signs in place, you may wonder if it is still possible to hold the owner of the premises liable.

Understanding the car accident settlement process in Colorado

All states differ when it comes to reporting car accidents and going through the process of settling the damages. In Colorado, you will have the responsibility to report a car accident to the police when it results in any injuries or damages to property. If the other driver is injured, and you are not, you have the responsibility to offer aid or help them to receive medical attention.

Since 2003, Colorado has been an "at-fault" state when it comes to car accident claims. This means that you will need to seek damages from the at-fault driver's insurance provider.

What factors determine whether you will get spousal support?

Divorce is a financially complex process. If you are facing the prospect of ending your marriage and heading out on your own, you probably have serious concerns about your financial future. If you did not work or you earned significantly less than your spouse, you may wonder if you could be eligible for spousal support.

The intent of spousal support, often called alimony, is to offset the economic inequity often brought about by divorce. It is common for a family court to grant the lesser-earning spouse support payments for a specific length of time, sometimes even permanently. Before you agree to a financial settlement or move forward with any decisions that can impact your life, it is in your interests to seek a full understanding of what factors go into a spousal support determination.

Understanding the legal definition of sexual assault

Sexual assault is a criminal act that consists of a violation of another person's rights by forced sexual contact. If you believe that you are a victim of sexual assault, you may want to learn more about how sexual assault is defined in a legal context before taking action.

Actions that are defined as sexual assault should never be tolerated. To protect yourself and get support after an experience of sexual assault, you should consider legal action as well as medical attention for both your physical and mental health.

Divorce after 50 can cause financial hardship

Divorce can take a heavy financial toll on you. But new research finds that the toll is especially hard if you are over 50.

Couples going through “gray divorce” often find themselves at more risk of poverty than couples who stay together, get divorced early in life or remarry.

What are the zero-tolerance DUI laws in Colorado?

No one should drive under the influence of alcohol. Drivers who are legally allowed to consume alcohol, in other words, those aged 21 or over, must not drive when they have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or more.

However, those under the age of 21 are in most cases not legally permitted to consume alcohol, regardless of whether they are intending to get behind the wheel or not. This is one of the reasons why there are zero-tolerance DUI laws for drivers under the age of 21.

How can I show that a premises was dangerous?

If you have been injured on a private premises, whether it is a friend's home or a shopping mall, to make a successful claim for damages you will need to show that the property had dangerous conditions that led to your injuries. This sounds simple, but it can sometimes be challenging to show a clear link between unsafe conditions and the cause of your accident.

You should make sure that you consider whether you are likely to have a viable claim before taking action. You can do this by first understanding how liability is determined when there is an accusation of dangerous conditions.

What are the risks associated with cellphones and driving?

There are now some restrictions pertaining to the use of phones when driving unless you are doing so with the help of hands-free technology. You may be wondering why this is the case, especially if you have recently been involved in a car accident.

In Colorado, it's illegal to use phones for the purpose of text messaging when operating a vehicle, apart from when there is an emergency. This is because there are certain dangers associated with texting and driving. It is important that you make yourself aware of the types of dangers associated with phone use, as you may be able to incorporate this as part of your claim for damages.

Coping with sexual assault in a hospital

Sexual assault is something that most people think of as confined to back alleys, bars, isolated streets at night -- not the supposed safety of a hospital room.

Yet, sexual assault and rape can occur all-too-easily in a hospital setting -- especially when the victim is physically incapacitated or suffering from dementia from age or illness.

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