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How Long Do I Have to File a Personal Injury Lawsuit in Colorado?

An unexpected accident can cause serious financial hardship. If you are a Colorado resident who suffered injuries due to the actions of a negligent person or entity, you do have the right to collect compensation for the losses you suffered. However, you will need to adhere to the state’s statute of limitations if you choose to pursue a personal injury lawsuit — and if you miss the deadline, the court can dismiss your claim. Why Are Statutes of Limitations Important?
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Who Is At-Fault in a Car Accident Changing Lanes?

In a Colorado car accident, determining who is responsible for a collision is very important. All drivers whose actions cause accidents must pay for the damages of any victims, including other drivers, their passengers, and pedestrians. In some situations, identifying who is at-fault can be a challenge — especially if the accident happened while someone was changing lanes. Either driver could be at fault, or both motorists may share a portion of the liability. Colorado Laws on Lane Changes Colorado
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Colorado Vehicle Safety Inspection Requirements

Vehicle emissions can greatly impact air quality, and many states across the country require vehicles to undergo regular emissions inspections. Colorado is no exception, but state laws about emissions testing can be confusing. Different vehicles are subject to different requirements, and failure to comply with these laws can result in fines and other penalties. Understanding these laws is important to avoiding these extra consequences. Which Vehicles Require Inspections? During a vehicle inspection, the testing center staff will check basic safety
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How to Speed Up Your Personal Injury Claim

The personal injury process can be lengthy — it can take one to two years for the average case to reach a conclusion. If you need compensatory damages to recover from your injuries, waiting this long for a settlement can be tiresome. While every case is different, there are a number of strategies you can use to expedite your personal injury claim. However, it is important to remember that not all cases may benefit from a faster outcome, especially if
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Colorado Car Seat Laws

Motor vehicle accidents can happen to anyone, including children. According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, one out of every 10 injuries Colorado children sustain involves a car crash. Young children are smaller and can easily slide out of traditional seat belts, leaving them vulnerable to serious injury and even death during these collisions. To protect vulnerable kids in these situations, Colorado requires parents to use car seats until their children meet certain requirements. Different Types of
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Is Lane Splitting Legal in Colorado?

Motorcyclists are seriously vulnerable to harm during an accident. Because motorcycles don’t have the outer shell that vehicles have, you can experience broken bones, burns, bruising, head and spinal trauma, and more serious injuries in a collision. Some driving behaviors are more likely to cause accidents than others, including driving while intoxicated, speeding, and, in the case of motorcyclists, lane splitting. What Is Lane Splitting? Lane splitting, also known as whitelining or stripe-riding, is the practice of weaving between lanes
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What Is the Difference Between Compensatory and Punitive Damages?

Have you sustained injuries as a result of someone else’s negligent actions? If so, you may qualify for compensation through a personal injury lawsuit in Colorado civil court. Filing a personal injury claim allows you to collect damages for any financial, physical, or emotional losses you suffered due to the injury. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your accident, you may be eligible for additional compensation, known as punitive damages. What Are Compensatory Damages? After an accident, you may sustain serious
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What Is the Difference Between Personal Injury and Bodily Injury?

Bodily injury and personal injury are two very similar terms, but they actually refer to two very different concepts. A personal injury is a type of legal claim where you must prove a person or entity committed an act of negligence that directly caused your injuries, allowing you to collect compensatory damages. On the other hand, bodily injury refers to specific physical damages you sustained during the accident that you may claim compensation for. Understanding the complexities of personal and
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What Does Uninsured Motorist Insurance Cover in Colorado?

Since Colorado is a fault-based car insurance state, drivers who cause accidents must pay for the damages that other drivers, passengers, and pedestrians experience. All motorists must carry minimum amounts of liability coverage to uphold this financial responsibility, but many drivers do not adhere to these laws. In these situations, uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage (UM/UIM) can provide compensation for injured Colorado drivers. While Colorado does not require motorists to purchase UM/UIM insurance, this optional coverage can help protect your finances following
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What Are the Different Types of Negligence in Colorado?

Negligence occurs when someone, through a certain act or failure to act, fails to uphold his or her duty of care in certain situations. If you are filing a personal injury lawsuit against a person or entity, you will have to prove that the at-fault party acted in negligence at the time of your accident. Colorado has specific laws surrounding different types of negligence, how to prove negligence occurred, and whether or not your case actually constitutes negligence. What Are
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