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Common questions about Colorado car accidents

If you have been in a car accident in the state of Colorado, it is very likely that you will have questions regarding what to do next. Laws on car accidents vary significantly from state to state. Therefore, it is important that you familiarize yourself on the intricacies of the law in Colorado.

The following are some of the most frequently asked questions regarding how to deal with the aftermath of a car accident in the state of Colorado.

The most common reasons for premises liability claims

Unfortunately, thousands of people are injured each year on properties owned by someone else. The damages suffered as a result of the injury on the premises can lead the victim to file a personal injury claim.

Deciding whether to file a personal injury claim can be difficult in the state of Colorado. You may wonder whether you will be successful in your pursuit, and whether the filing will be stressful and traumatic. It is important to understand the situations in which personal injury claims tend to be successful, so you can apply this to your unique case.

Keep an eye out for these insurance company tactics

A car accident can result in devastating financial damage and a long physical recovery from injuries. You pay your auto insurance premium diligently as a safety net when an accident like this happens. The last thing you want to encounter is resistance on the insurance company's end to pay for damages. Now you must navigate recovery while battling against a large company.

Sometimes insurance companies use unfair tactics to avoid paying policyholders. This is known asĀ acting in bad faith. If an insurance company is acting in bad faith, then you may be able to sue the insurance company for refusing to pay the claim under your policy or sue your insurance company for failing to effectively defend you.

Defending yourself against a DUI by claiming necessity

The law is quite simple in the state of Colorado when it comes to drinking and driving. If you are a driver over the age of 21 and your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is measured at .08 percent or higher, you will be subject to a potential DUI conviction.

However, while the law is quite simple, the circumstances of drivers that are accused of violating the law rarely are. There are many potential defenses that drivers can claim in order to have DUI charges dismissed.

How are sexual assault accusations dealt with in Colorado?

In the state of Colorado, any type of sexual assault, including rape, is always considered a crime. This means that any person who is a victim of sexual assault has the right to come forward and hold the perpetrator legally liable.

If you have been raped or you have been affected by sexual assault in the state of Colorado, it is important that you learn about how the law is in place to protect you. By reporting the illegal offense, you will be able to get justice for yourself, and you could potentially prevent other people from being affected by the perpetrator in the future.

Take care in winter weather to avoid car accidents

Whether you're ready or not, the winter driving season is already here -- so it's time to go back over the rules of the road once the ice and snow start coming down.

According to statistics gathered by the Federal Highway Administration (FHA), ice and snow are responsible for auto accidents that cause about 1,300 deaths and 116,800 injuries every year. To avoid becoming part of those statistics, you should:

  1. Go slow -- Speed is your enemy when the roads are covered with snow or ice. Everything you do -- from accelerating while you merge into traffic to braking at a light -- is going to take longer because of the slickness of the roads. Give yourself additional time to accomplish every maneuver.
  2. Exercise caution on bridges -- Bridges and overpasses are inclined to freeze before any other part of the road. Be particularly cautious when you're on them and drop your speed even further.
  3. Anticipate a difficult braking job -- Give yourself at least twice the distance (or more) to brake than you give yourself on warmer days. Avoid pumping your brakes as much as possible. Overusing your brakes on snow can cause you to go into a spin.
  4. Practice defensive driving -- You can't just worry about your own vehicle in the snow. You have to worry about everyone else's driving as well. Stay focused and alert and don't let any distractions -- including your phone and your radio -- get in your way.
  5. Buy snow tires -- Snow tires are designed to give your vehicle a better grip on the road. If you live in a particularly snowy part of the country, consider adding chains to your tires as well. All-season tires just don't cut it in the worst snow.
  6. Check your headlights -- You don't want visibility issues during winter weather. Make sure that your headlights are clean and operational before you head out on the road.

Car accidents rising in states with legal marijuana

Is the legalization of recreational marijuana causing a problem on our nation's highways?

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) thinks so. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) agrees.

Who is liable for a parking lot slip and fall?

The weather is already turning cold and damp -- and it won't be long before ice and snow are on the ground. When that happens, you can be sure that one more thing is soon to follow: slip and fall accidents.

Who is responsible when you fall in a damaged or ice-covered parking lot and end up seriously injured? Is there any way you can recover for your losses if broken bones or a slipped disc in your back puts you out of work for months on end after a fall? Or is it just your bad luck, leaving you to cope with your injuries -- and your financial losses -- on your own?

Sexual harassment at work

Experiencing sexual harassment at work can be terrifying. You might not know what to do next because you are afraid that your job may be on the line. Your employer's reaction to a complaint can be unpredictable; however, it is important to know that you are protected by certain laws.

First, tell the harasser to stop if you feel comfortable enough doing so. Take the following steps if you do not feel comfortable confronting your harasser or if they will not stop after you've confronted him or her.

Don't be afraid to assert your rights in a traffic stop

The biggest threat to your civil rights is simply not being aware of them in the first place. Unless you know your rights, it's difficult to assert them with confidence during a traffic stop -- and you can't expect the police to guide you!

With that in mind, here are the most important rights you need to assert during a traffic stop:

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