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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.

Factors that contribute to skiing accidents

Now that the ski season has gone into high gear, many residents are organizing their schedules to figure out the perfect time to hit the slopes. Some adults are planning on getting their kids or even themselves skiing lessons to hone their skills or learn new ones.

For tourists and newcomers to the Colorado mountains, skiing on these slopes might seem like a terrifying thought. There have been several stories of skiers getting into serious accidents that result in devastating injuries or death during their trip through the snow. Many of these reported incidents have similarities between them that indicate which types of skiers are more likely to get themselves hurt on the mountains. Every skier should be aware of these common factors before they plan their next trip to avoid making similar mistakes.

Many shopping-related injuries are preventable

Dillon is a well-known location for skiers and snowmobilers to visit since it is centrally located in the midst of different Colorado ski slopes and recreational areas. In the summer, Dillon also has a lot to offer those who want to take advantage of the cooler mountain air.

From time to time, though, tourists and even locals are going to want to take a break from the outdoor activities and perhaps visit one of the many retail stores either in Dillon itself or in one of the other nearby towns.

Skiing season is starting soon

Every winter, thousands of Colorado residents and others from around the country and even world visit this state's many ski slopes.

Especially given that snow has been in the forecast in nearby Denver, people could be wondering exactly when the slopes will be opening up again and if it is possible that they will open early.

Get in shape for skiing to stay safe (and alive) this season

People often say they use different muscles for skiing than they use for other activities. People also say skiing is about having control as you fly down the slopes. You are trying to control your body while gliding down snowy hills and mountains on wax-covered skis, made of material designed to slide and move quickly. To have control under these conditions, you need to be in top physical condition.

So how do we get those muscles ready to be used again after the off-season?

Safety tips for driving through Colorado mountains

According to the Colorado Tourism Office (CTO), visitors to the state continue to break records. In 2016, Colorado drew 82.4 million visitors (statistics from CTO). However, with so many out-of-town visitors, this means more people driving in unfamiliar mountainous areas, which can be dangerous.

Here are a few tips to remember when driving in and around the Colorado Rockies.

How effective are a new car's safety features?

One of the benefits of buying a new car these days is that it is likely to come equipped with some modern safety features that are designed to prevent collisions.

At least according to one study, these features do indeed save lives and also keep people healthy. For instance, blind spot warning features, which inform drivers of a car lingering where the driver could not see it, reportedly will prevent 318,000 motor vehicle accidents each year, saving 274 lives and preventing 89,000 injuries.

Colorado motorcyclist struck by car, driver flees scene

Police in a major city in Colorado or searching for the driver of a sedan who hit a motorcyclist, leaving the motorcyclist with serious injuries.

According to reports, police received word of an accident involving a motorcycle at an intersection. However, by the time police made it to the scene of the accident, the driver of the passenger vehicle involved had left. The motorcyclist had suffered what police described as serious injuries, and rescue workers took the motorcyclist to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Teen traffic deaths up recently in Colorado

Motor vehicle accidents sometimes claim the lives of teens. Unfortunately, statistics point to such tragedies being more common lately here in Colorado.

According to state numbers, 67 teens lost their lives in traffic accidents in the state last year. This was biggest annual total in the last decade.

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