As a previous claims manager for an insurance company, Scott Krug, now our claims manager, had the opportunity to manage several bodily injury claims arising out of the operation of recreational vehicles. These claims involved ATVs and side-by-sides, which often times resulted in serious injury or death. Western Colorado is an off-road enthusiast's paradise offering a wide variety of riding experiences and terrain. But with it's popularity comes increased risk of injury or death caused by a higher accident incident rate. Given his experience in this field Scott Krug offers the following insight into complicated world of recreational vehcile liability.
Suffering a personal injury can put a damper on your lifestyle; you may no longer be able to work, or you may have to quit doing the things you love due to a disability. A serious, disabling car accident can happen in an instant, with little to no chance for you to escape unharmed. When that happens, you need to know who can be held responsible.
As a driver in a car accident, you're pretty clear on what you have to do and how to seek out compensation for your injuries. What do you do if you're a passenger, though? Passengers are in a unique position because they were hurt in another person's vehicle as well as by being hit by someone else.
Did you know that automobile accidents are the reason behind the majority of personal injury claims in the United States? In fact, in 2012, there were 5,615,000 police-reported car crashes; that number doesn't even include the crashes that weren't reported by victims. In Colorado, if you're involved in a car accident, then you need to seek help from police and be sure to protect your rights with legal support. As a victim, it's vital that you take part in this process so you can help keep the roads safe and seek the compensation you need.
People who get into a car expect to arrive at their final destination safely, and for the most part they do. No matter how carefully someone drives, though, it doesn't make a difference if there are reckless or compromised drivers operating on the same roadway. Auto accidents maim, injure and even kill thousands of people each year, resulting in soaring medical bills, crippling injuries and devastated families.
If you're stopped in Colorado for texting while driving, you may have an easy way out: Claim you were actually playing Candy Crush Saga, Instagramming the sunrise, or creating a Songza station to uplift your morning commute. Although these excuses are facetious and definitely not meant as legal or traffic safety advice, they may be entirely within the realm of current Colorado laws.
Walking across the street might not seem like a big deal for many people. However, pedestrians expose themselves to danger at every intersection they cross, whether or not they realize it. All it takes is one driver to take his or her eyes off of the road for a moment for an accident to occur. Unfortunately, pedestrians are typically the ones who suffer most of the impact of a car-pedestrian accident.
Cyclists face a number of dangers on the road, even though bikers typically have the same rights and responsibilities as drivers. Unfortunately, even cautious, experienced bicyclists can be injured by inattentive motorists. If this is the case, motor vehicle accident victims may be able to recover their losses with a personal injury claim against the at-fault motorist.