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Safety Tips for your Teen Driver

Here at Boesen Law, we have been analyzing trends regarding motor vehicle collisions. During the 2020 year, not many people were on the roads as compared to 2019 which makes sense due to the yearlong lockdown.  Now that we are slowly entering into our new “normal”, we are realizing that many of our teenage drivers are venturing onto the roads. Here are some tips for parents, as well as teens, in regards to driving safely.

According to the CDC, there are “Eight (8) Danger Zones for Teen Drivers”. These eight zones are the leading causes of teen accidents and injuries. It is important to make sure that you, as the parent, as well as your teen(s) are aware of the eight danger zones. The zones are as follows:

  1. Driver inexperience
  2. Driving with other teen passengers
  3. Nighttime driving
  4. Not using seat belts
  5. Distracted driving
  6. Drowsy driving
  7. Reckless driving
  8. Impaired driving

Now that we are aware of the eight danger zones, here are some specific things you can do as a parent to guide your teenager on the roads. These pieces of advice come from the CDC website regarding teen driving. We will attach the link at the bottom of this article for your convenience. Here are a few tidbits that we find helpful.0000000

1. Practice often with your teen

  • Teens lack driving experience and so the more practice and exposure your teen gets on the roads, the better. Make sure to practice in all sorts of weather and traffic conditions. 

2. Discuss your rules on the road with your teen

  • These rules should be in writing so your teen is aware of your expectations and limits. The CDC created a “Parent-Teen Driving Agreement” that lays out expectations in an easy-to-read manner. 

3. Require your teen to wear their seat belt ALWAYS

  • No matter if they are the driver or passenger, make clear to your teen that they should always be wearing their seatbelt. According to teendriversource.org, a study in 2019 reported that 43% of high school students nationwide said they did not always wear a seatbelt during the span of a month. Wearing your seatbelt is the simplest way to prevent injuries and death resulting from a car accident. 
  • Teens are always watching. Be a good role model and always buckle up. Your safety is just as important as theirs. 

A Teen’s Guide to Driving

Driving is such an exhilarating new experience; however, there are some things that you, as the teen, need to be aware of for your safety and others. We have collected advice from the CDC’s website regarding teen driving and are sharing the information with you. We are a law firm that specializes in car accidents and we would rather you remain safe and not visiting us! Here are a few things to keep in mind when you are on the road.

1. ALWAYS buckle in your seat belt

  • Your safety is our top priority. Wearing your seatbelt has been proven to reduce injuries and even death when in a car accident by nearly half. It is also law to wear your seatbelt and being pulled over for not wearing it is a pretty hefty ticket. Remember to click it or ticket. 

2. Do not drink any alcoholic beverages or use any drugs before getting behind the wheel

  • This is an important rule for everyone but especially for teens as you are only barely starting to drive. Being under the influence of any kind is also illegal and imposes great risks to yourself and others on the road.

3. Put all distractions away

  • Whether it be your phone or even the radio, please set distractions aside. If you have to make a call or send a text, pull off on the side of the road safely and then do so. We promise, that text, Snapchat, tweets, can wait. 

4. Get to know the vehicle you are driving

  • Even if this is a car you don’t usually drive, examine everything you possibly can on the car. Make sure you know where important features of the car are located like the window wipers, the hazard lights, etc. Adjust the mirrors and steering wheel to your liking and drive safely!

Now that you are aware of some tidbits of advice, be safe and have fun out there!

Accidents happen and we want to keep you and your family safe. At Boesen Law, we have formulated a pamphlet that we recommend you, and everyone who drives, keep in the glovebox. The pamphlet helps gather the information one would need in case of an accident. Feel free to download the pamphlet HERE and give us a call at (303) 999-9999 if you or someone you know is in a car accident. 

Safe driving out there, Colorado!

https://www.cdc.gov/injury/features/teen-drivers/index.html#:~:text=Restrict%20your%20teen’s%20nighttime%20driving,the%20road%20with%20your%20teen.

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Winter is Coming: Slip and Fall Safety Tips

[:en]Fall is upon us (and soon officially Winter) in Colorado, bringing all the snow and cold weather with it. During these months, getting around the state can be tricky. Drivers have to adapt to changing conditions on the roads, and budget more time for getting around. Even walking around can present its own set of challenges, especially the possibility of a slip and fall.

Whether it’s trudging through snow or watching out for that patch of ice on the ground, it’s important to have some tips in mind when you are out and about on foot this time of year. 

  1. Take it Slow – Be sure to slow down and make sure you are paying attention to where you are placing your steps. 
  2. Wear Appropriate Shoes – Wear shoes that have good traction or that are slip-resistant to help keep you upright. 
  3. Keep Your Hands Free – Try to keep items out of your hands as it can impede your balance and your ability to catch yourself. 
  4. Take the Easy Way – Try to take the flattest route possible, and avoid curbs that can be built up with snow and ice on them, making them slippery. 
  5. Car Support – Be cautious when getting in and out of your vehicle and use it for balance or extra support if you need to. 
  6. Be Aware Indoors – Ice and snow are magnets for creating wet floors indoors. Be sure to look out for wet floor signs and walk slowly to help keep your footing. 

Injured in a Slip and Fall or Other Accident? 

If you or someone you know has been injured in a slip and fall incident, or other accident through no fault of your own, contact our team at (303)-999-9999 or (303)-835-9342 to schedule a free consultation. Click here to view our practice area page on personal injury for more information. [:]

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Summer Grilling Safety Tips

[:en]A fun summertime activity many people enjoy is turning on the grill and cooking outside. Whether you enjoy grilled meat or veggies, it’s easy to create tasty dishes using a grill. Despite the convenience of using a grill, serious injuries can occur if the grill is not used properly. Below are some safety tips to think about before getting ready to cook:

Outdoors and Away from Buildings/Homes

Make sure while you are grilling, you are doing so outdoors and a safe distance away from homes and/or other buildings. Check to make sure there are no low hanging branches or brush that could potentially catch fire and injure yourself and/or others. 

Stable Surface

Make sure the grill is on a flat stable surface to prevent it from tipping over while in use. 

Pay Attention

Make sure your focus is on the task at hand, and don’t leave the grill unattended. Keep children and pets a safe distance away from the grill while it is in use. 

Wear Appropriate Clothing

Just like with branches or brush, clothing can also easily catch fire if you are not careful. Make sure your shirt sleeves etc. are not hanging over the grill while you are grilling. Don’t wear clothing and/or accessories that are flammable when using the grill. 

Be Prepared In Case of An Emergency

Have a fire extinguisher or other alternatives like baking soda if it’s a grease fire on hand in case a fire does break out and you need to put it out quickly.

Injured from a Grill?

If you or a loved one has suffered injuries as a result of a grilling accident through the actions of others contact our team at (303)-999-9999 or (303)-835-9342 to schedule a free consultation. Click here to view our practice area page on personal injury for more information. 

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River Safety: Are You Prepared?

[:en]A favorite summer activity for many individuals is river rafting or tubing. Flying down the river can be an exhilarating feeling, or relax as you simply float on down the on a lazy river. However, with the added rain this season, rivers in Colorado have been rising at a swift rate. This can lead to serious injury and/or death if the proper precautions are not taken beforehand. 

Is the River Safe? 

Do not raft or tube in rivers where the height is nearly at the top of the bank, or overflowing. Furthermore check the rate of the current, if it’s moving too fast you could be swept downstream in an accident. You may also visit https://waterdata.usgs.gov/co/nwis/rt to read on current water data for Colorado.

Wear a Life Vest/Helmet

Make sure you are wearing a life vest and a helmet to protect you from injury in case you fall out of your raft/tube. Even if you consider yourself to be a strong swimmer, take the extra step and wear a life vest or personal flotation device for extra protection if you find yourself in the river – you could end up being swept downstream faster than you think. 

Use the Buddy System

Never attempt these activities alone. Go with a professional guide or have at least one other individual there to help you in case of an emergency. Ensure that you tell a friend of family member your expected return date, and if you are with a guide, listen carefully to the safety guidelines and to your guide’s instructions.

No Drugs or Alcohol

Do not engage in these activities under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. These substances can impair and reduce your thinking and reaction time if an incident occurs. 

Injured in a River Rafting/Tubing Accident?

If you or a loved one has suffered injuries from a river rafting or tubing incident as a result of the actions of other individuals contact our team at (303)-999-9999 or (303)-835-9342 to schedule a free consultation. Click here to view our personal injury practice area page for more information. [:]

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It’s Lit: Firework Safety Tips

[:en]Independence Day is almost upon us and people are getting ready to celebrate. Whether that’s firing up the grill and having a cookout, attending a parade, or just spending quality time with family and friends. One important highlight of our nation’s holiday is our love of fireworks. While fireworks can produce beautiful and colorful displays, it is important to make sure you are practicing safe firework handling.

Keep Children and Yourself at a Safe Distance

Kids can get excited by the noise and colors that fireworks produce and may want to be as close as possible to the fireworks. However there is a possibility for burns and/or other injuries by being too close to a firework. Make sure there is enough distance between you and the fireworks.

Do Not Touch Fireworks that Do Not Go Off

Once in a while, you may get what is known as a “dud” where even when the firework is lit, it does not do anything. If this happens, do not pick up the firework. There is a possibility that the firework could still go off, and severely injure you or others in the process.

Do Not Hold Fireworks that are Lit

Just like with the tip above it is extremely dangerous to hold fireworks that are lit. There is an extreme risk of bodily injury and/or harm to you or others around you. When lighting fireworks, light them quickly and then move away to a safe distance. 

Injured by Fireworks?

If you or a loved one has been injured by a firework as a result of other’s actions, contact our team at (303)-999-9999 or (303)-835-9342 to schedule a free consultation. Click here to view our practice area page on personal injury here for more information. [:]

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Bike Safety Tips for Spring Riding

[:en]Spring is on the horizon (Bomb Cyclone of snow aside) and with the warmer weather, many people will be looking to other modes of transportation to get to work rather than just driving. Case in point: more bicyclists on the road and the potential for more accidents. Here are some things to keep in mind to help minimize the chance of an accident occurring.

Be Aware

While it seems cliche, having an awareness of your surroundings can help prevent you from getting in an accident. Not using headphones to listen to music/talk on the phone, scanning the road ahead for potential obstacles are all important in keeping yourself safe.

Wear proper equipment (ie: Helmet)

Using safety equipment like a helmet can protect your head from a more serious injury if you do end up in an accident. If you are biking at night, wearing reflective clothing or using reflective equipment can help you be visible to other traffic on the road.

Injured in a bike accident?

If you or a loved one have been injured in a bike accident, contact our office at (303)-999-9999 or (303)-835-9342 to schedule a free consultation and speak with one of our experienced attorneys. Please also visit our website here for additional information.

These tips were adapted from the AAA website[:]

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Winter Driving Tips

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A report from NOAA claims there is currently a 95% chance that a powerful El Nino storm will impact us throughout the winter 2015-2016 and will gradually diminish through spring 2016.

We’d like to share some Winter Driving Tips and Tricks for what Meteorologists across Colorado are predicting to be a heavier-than-normal snow season.

  1. Make sure you have a solid insurance policy. You may want to consider purchasing UM/UIM insurance. If you aren’t sure what UM/UIM insurance is, click here for more information.
  1. Be prepared in case of an emergency. This includes having a winter safety kit in your car. You should also have something to write with. At Boesen Law, we recommend carrying our “Auto Accident Kit” in your glove box. Click Here for your free printable copy.
  1. Winterize your automobile. Edmunds.com recommends some of the following tips:
  1. Get snow tires for more cautious driving
  2. Check your tire pressure
  3. Maintain/Replace windshield wipers
  4. Upgrade windshield wiper fluid to one with de-icing components
  5. Check your car battery. The cold can deplete the power up to 50%
  6. Make sure Antifreeze is 50% water and 50% coolant
  7. Ensure heating and defrost systems are working correctly
  1. Practice cautious driving. You should keep a safe distance between cars in winter conditions. Keeping a safe distance between yourself and other cars may prevent sudden braking which can cause an accident. Another safety tip is to drive at a steady pace and avoid sudden speed increases. Winter weather can cause black ice which is nearly impossible to detect but by going at a cautious speed, you may avoid causing an accident.

Should you be involved in an accident during winter weather, you may experience difficulty receiving help through emergency services due to an “Accident Alert”. During an Accident Alert, weather conditions can cause a large volume of accidents. According to Colorado.gov, Troopers or Police Officers will only respond if the following conditions exist:

  1. Vehicles are disabled due to damage
  2. Accident involves a fatality or an injury requiring medical attention
  3. Alcohol and or drugs are involved
  4. Accident is an alleged hit and run
  5. There is damage to property, other than wildlife (example – highway sign, traffic sign)
  6. Any property damage accident in which the reporting party is not or has not had contact with the other driver(s)

If the accident doesn’t meet the above guidelines you must exchange information with the other driver such as their full name, driver’s license number, insurance policy information, and their phone number. Document photos of the scene, your car, and the other driver’s car.

It’s also highly recommended you file an accident report online or at a local police station where the accident occurred. You may also need to call your own Auto Insurance Company to notify them of the accident.

Lastly, you should also seek a physician’s medical evaluation after any crash. There are many times when someone has been injured in a crash and doesn’t feel pain until down the road. An evaluation from a physician can provide you with critical documentation in the unfortunate circumstance that you are injured and need legal assistance.

For any questions about these Winter Driving Tips or to speak to a Colorado Snow Accident Lawyer at Boesen Law, call us at 303-999-9999 or email us at [email protected]. Remember, the consultation is always free.

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Un informe de NOAA afirma que actualmente hay un 95% de posibilidades de que una tormenta poderosa de El Niño nos impacte durante el invierno 2015-2016 y disminuirá gradualmente hasta la primavera de 2016.

Nos gustaría compartir algunos consejos y trucos de conducción de invierno para lo que los meteorólogos en todo Colorado predicen que es una temporada de nieve más pesada de lo normal.

  1. Asegúrese de tener una póliza de seguro sólida. Es posible que desee considerar la compra de un seguro UM / UIM. Si no está seguro de qué es el seguro UM / UIM, click here para obtener más información.
  1. Esté preparado en caso de una emergencia. Esto incluye tener un kit de seguridad para el invierno en su automóvil. También deberías tener algo para escribir. En Boesen Law, recomendamos llevar nuestro “Kit de accidentes para automóviles” en su guantera. Haga clic aquí para su copia imprimible gratis.
  1. Winterize su automóvil. Edmunds.com recomienda algunos de los siguientes consejos:
  1. Obtenga neumáticos para la nieve para una conducción más cautelosa
  2. Verifica la presión de tus neumáticos
  3. Mantener / Reemplazar limpiaparabrisas
  4. Actualice el fluido del limpiaparabrisas a uno con componentes de descongelación
  5. Revisa la batería de tu auto. El frío puede reducir la potencia hasta en un 50%
  6. Asegúrese de que el anticongelante contenga 50% de agua y 50% de refrigerante
  7. Asegúrese de que los sistemas de calefacción y descongelación funcionen correctamente
  1. Practica una conducción prudente. Debes mantener una distancia segura entre los autos en condiciones invernales. Mantener una distancia segura entre usted y otros autos puede evitar el frenado repentino que puede causar un accidente. Otro consejo de seguridad es conducir a un ritmo constante y evitar aumentos repentinos de velocidad. El clima invernal puede causar hielo negro que es casi imposible de detectar, pero yendo a una velocidad prudente, puede evitar causar un accidente.

Si se ve involucrado en un accidente durante el clima invernal, puede experimentar dificultades para recibir ayuda a través de los servicios de emergencia debido a una “Alerta de Accidente”. Durante una alerta de accidente, las condiciones climáticas pueden causar un gran volumen de accidentes. De acuerdo a Colorado.gov, Los policías o policías solo responderán si existen las siguientes condiciones:

  1. Los vehículos están deshabilitados debido a daños
  2. Accidente involucra una fatalidad o una lesión que requiera atención médica
  3. Alcohol y / o drogas están involucradas
  4. Accidente es un supuesto golpe y fuga
  5. Hay daños a la propiedad, aparte de la vida silvestre (ejemplo: señal de tráfico, señal de tráfico)
  6. Cualquier accidente de daños a la propiedad en el que la parte que informa no esté o no haya tenido contacto con el otro conductor (s)

Si el accidente no cumple con las pautas anteriores, debe intercambiar información con el otro conductor, como su nombre completo, número de licencia de conducir, información de la póliza de seguro y su número de teléfono. Documente las fotos de la escena, su automóvil y el del otro conductor.

También es muy recomendable que presente un informe de accidente en línea o en una estación de policía local donde ocurrió el accidente. También es posible que deba llamar a su propia compañía de seguros de automóviles para notificarles del accidente.

Por último, también debe buscar una evaluación médica de un médico después de cualquier accidente. En muchas ocasiones, alguien resultó herido en un choque y no siente dolor hasta el final. Una evaluación de un médico puede proporcionarle documentación crítica en la desafortunada circunstancia de que está lesionado y necesita asistencia legal.

Para cualquier pregunta sobre estos Consejos de conducción de invierno o para hablar con un abogado de Colorado Snow Accident en Boesen Law, llámenos al 303-999-9999 o envíenos un correo electrónico a [email protected]. Recuerde, la consulta es siempre gratis.

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