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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.


Judge Awards $18.5 Million to Victim

An Idaho Springs man was awarded $18.5 million for catastrophic injuries he suffered when a driver drunk left a mountain road and slammed into him as he was laying in his driveway, changing the oil in wife's car.


Jury Awards $240,000 in Slip and Fall

A Denver jury awarded $240,418.23 to Ms. Carol Wilson, who slipped and fell in her hotel bathtub at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Denver, formerly the Adams Mark, resulting in a thoracic vertebrae fracture. Ms. Wilson’s bathroom shower was not equipped with a slip-resistant bathmat, a slip-resistant surface or a safety bar.


$1.5M Settlement for Ski Collision Victim at Utah Resort

Law Reporter - $1.5M Settlement for Ski Collision Victim Injured at Utah Resort


Ski Collision at Snowbird Results in $1.5 Million Settlement

Johnny Kotun, age 28, was an expert recreational skier. On March 25, 2007 at 4:00 PM, Kotun was traversing along a lower cat walk across the "Wilbere cutoff" and was headed toward one of the lower parking lots at Snowbird Ski Resort. Defendant, a 16-year-old off-duty junior ski instructor, was descending the cutoff, directly under the Wilbere chair lift. Defendant took a jump off of a transition, and performed a 360. He landed, carved two wide arc turns and collided at high speed into Kotun. Kotun was seen and heard waving his arms and shouting at...


Mother Brings Wrongful Death Claim for Electrocution of Son

Tina Mays brought a lawsuit against Knight Light, Inc. (“Knight Light”) for the wrongful death of her twenty eight year old son, Gerard “Jerry” Mitchell, who was electrocuted when he came into contact with a 277 volt energized circuit. Jerry was unmarried and had no children. He is survived by his mother Tina, and two sisters. Knight Light hired Jerry as an independent contractor to remove existing electrical ballasts in lighting fixtures on the fourth floor of the Texaco Building, and replace them with new, energy efficient ballasts.