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Young man dies while snowboarding on Colorado slope

A young man, who was only 20, died on the slope of a Colorado ski resort while he was snowboarding.

According to a report issued by the company that runs the resort, the man tried to do a jump on his snowboard and apparently landed on his head, causing a severe and ultimately fatal injury.

Statistics on distracted driving in Colorado

Distracted driving continues to be a major problem both in the Dillon area and throughout the rest of Colorado.

According to recent statistics from the state's Department of Transportation, distracted driving is to blame for 40 motor vehicle accidents a day in the state on average.

Motorcycle accidents usually end in injury, death

There are many things that are certain about a motorcycle accident. They happen for a variety of reasons that are related to the human operators of those vehicles involved, the design of the motorcycle itself and issues with the environment.

The one thing that the vast majority of motorcycle accidents do have in common is that the motorcyclist either gets significantly hurt or dies. In fact, in four out of five motorcycle accidents that get reported, the motorcyclist has suffered a severe or fatal injury.

Tips for safely starting your kids out on the ski slopes

Perhaps you look forward to winter all year-round in anticipation of ski season and are excited to finally share that feeling with your child. Or perhaps you are a tourist heading to Colorado for the first time and you want your child to have a great experience. Either way, skiing and snowboarding are great ways to enjoy the cold weather, stay fit and get you and your family outside. As you plan for your child’s first foray onto the slopes, keep these safety tips in mind:

Negligence is key to most personal injury cases

This blog has discussed how the law behind personal injury plays out in a variety of contexts. As one may be able to tell just by reading prior posts, there are relatively few injuries where the party responsible for an accident set out to hurt someone. In most cases, whether on the ski slopes, on the roads, in a store or business, or somewhere else, it was the careless or thoughtless behavior of another person that caused a severe injury.

It bears repeating, though, that a Colorado resident need not be a bad person or out to hurt anybody in order to be held legally responsible to pay compensation to his or her victim.

Colorado principal recovering from snowboarding accident

A principal of an elementary school in the Denver area continues to recover from a snowboarding accident that left her paralyzed from the waist down several months ago. Her recovery has been quite remarkable in that she was able to return to work, at least part time, after her accident. Since that time, she has even been able to return to her skiing through a specialized program that allows people with spinal cord injuries to enjoy the slopes.

Thanks to the support of an organization, she was also able to have her home adapted for her special needs as she continues to recover from her injury, an injury which, despite her optimism, admittedly changed her life. While her recovery has in many respects been inspiring, there is no doubt that it has been a long, difficult road for her. There is also no doubt that it involved a lot of expense, not all of which would be covered by insurance payments.

What can I do if my insurer won't cooperate?

A previous post on this blog talked how our law office helps sporting and outdoor businesses in the Dillon area, as well as in other parts of the Northern Rockies, protect themselves from lawsuits and other claims by those who get hurt while engaging in outdoor activities.

Despite a business's best efforts, accidents are going to happen from time to time. Moreover, as a result of these accidents, a person will occasionally try to hold the business financially responsible. In short, a business can do everything in its power to have a safe operation and still get sued.

Helping outdoor enthusiasts stay in business

Even those who are not from Colorado can probably guess that those who live here and who visit generally love the outdoors. With its mountains, forests and bodies of water, Colorado has plenty of things to do both during skiing season and during the offseason.

This presents important opportunities for people to make a living in the world of outdoor sporting. In addition to this state's many ski slopes, there are lots of businesses that offer horseback riding, rafting and other activities. Additionally, there is a completely separate business for those who supply order adventurers with their apparel and equipment.

Are you at risk of being in a car accident this winter?

Just because it's winter it doesn't mean you won't be hitting the road to visit family or friends. The last thing you want to have happen is to be in an accident.

This time of year, when the weather can easily include snow, ice and bitter cold temperatures, you should take a little time to review some driving safety tips that can improve your chances of making it back home safe and sound.

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