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The injury rate for recreational skiers and snowboarders is approximately 1.37 per 1,000 skier/snowboarder visits. In Colorado, this translates to about 25,000 injuries, from minor to severe, each ski season. Snowboarders and skiers suffer different types of injuries, but their statistical likelihood of an injury is equivalent. Despite common misconceptions, snowboarders are neither more dangerous nor more likely to be injured than skiers.About 5% of all skiing injuries are due to collisions. The uphill or overtaking skier (or rider) has the...


Damages

On a June morning in 2016, Richard Terlingen came to Denver District Court for a case management conference. He was rolling down the hallway using a sip-and-puff wand to drive his heavy-duty extra-large electric-power wheelchair. He mis-judged the courtroom entrance by an inch or so on the right and bashed into the door frame. Richard cussed softly to himself and backed out. He was a big man in a big wheelchair. Richard Terlingen, age 61, was paralyzed from the neck down. He was a quadriplegic (medical term: “tetraplegic”). He had no movement or...


Colorado Ski Law

Colorado’s "Ski Safety Act," located at Colo. Rev. Stat. Ann. §§ 33-44-101 to -114 provides for skier assumption of inherent dangers, and creates statutory duties for skiers and operators. Skiers, inclusive of sledders and snowboarders, have duties to ski within their abilities, with uphill skiers having a primary duty to avoid collision. Breach of skier duties constitutes negligence.No distinction is drawn between young children and adults in application of the Act, such that the common law, particularly that young children can not commit...


Helmets Save Lives

 


U.S. Pedestrian Deaths on the Rise

According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, 2018 is projected to have been the deadliest in 3 decades for pedestrians in the U.S.  In the first 6 months of 2018, state highway safety offices in all 50 states and D.C. reported pedestrian fatalities. The association estimates that 6,227 pedestrians were killed in motor vehicle accidents in 2018, which is the highest number since 1990. The rise in auto pedestrian deaths comes at a time when all other traffic deaths are on the decline.


Electric Scooter Laws

If you live in the Denver Metro area, it’s impossible to miss the electric scooters that have slowly taken over the city. For 8 months these “toy vehicles,’ have crowded our city sidewalks, causing frustration to many pedestrians. The Electric Mobility Scooters (EMS), have been a hot topic for months and City council voted 13-0 to approve a new law that prohibits electric scooters from being ridden on a sidewalk. The law went into effect the second week of January.


Illegal Left Turn into Cyclist

Our client, RG, a dentist with a three-year old solo practice, was riding his bicycle in Fort Collins. While riding through an intersection, a driver coming the opposite direction made a sudden left in front of him, and hit RG. The impact bent RG’s road bike in half, and broke RG’s ankle and thumb. The thumb fracture rendered RG unable to see patients in his growing practice, which was becoming increasingly profitable every year. Chalat Hatten Koupal & Banker PC was able to overcome the popular presumption that bicyclists are usually at fault for...


High Speed Tractor Trailer Crash Results in Traumatic Brain Injury

A tractor trailer traveling at about 75 mph rear ended our client’s vehicle on I-76 at about 11:30 p.m. Client was driving a 24-foot rental truck with an auto transport rig in tow. The top recommended speed for client’s rig and tow was 45 MPH. The tractor trailer driver alleged that he did not see the tail lights of the truck or of the auto tow. The force of the collision pushed the client’s truck and trailer off of the highway, across the median, across oncoming traffic and into a field. The tractor of the semi came to rest occupying our client’s...


Severe Accident at X-Treme Fun Athletics

On March 12, 2011, Mr. Shram accompanied a friend to the Englewood, CO X-Treme Challenge Arena in order to pick up the friend’s teenage daughter from a birthday party.  The “X-Treme Challenge Arena” was a sports facility used for “American Gladiator” style competitions, birthday parties and teambuilding exercises.  As Mr. Shram was leaving the building via the common-area exit, he was struck suddenly in the face with a large weighted medicine ball. The ball had been thrown or otherwise was launched into the air in connection with an athletic...


Fatal Drunk Driver Accident Settles for Surviving Minor Daughter

This case involved the tragic death of Lilly Duncan.  Ms. Duncan, age 31, was killed by a drunk driver in a head-on collision on I-25 at approximately 11:40 p.m. on May 14, 2011. Ms. Duncan left behind a 12 year old daughter who was orphaned by the accident, having lost her father several years before.  The drunk driver entered I-25 using an off-ramp, and then began driving southbound in the northbound lanes of traffic.  Eventually, the drunk driver collided head-on into Ms. Duncan’s vehicle.