We have set up this blog to help those involved in Denver Accidents.
Gregory Legal staff will post stories and useful information you can take with you to your first consultation with a Denver personal injury lawyer.
Institutions have a duty to keep their premises safe. However whether or not they are liable for a slip and fall accident depends on the particular circumstances. Thousands of people are injured every year when they fall as a result of unsafe conditions. One aspect of the equation is determining normal circumstances and realistic maintenance expectations. Not every drop of liquid can be cleaned up immediately, and building materials naturally erode over time. Some things that may seem hazardous are necessary for the operation of the site.
The case laws determining when and what property owners have a duty to take care of is vague. So it may be best to hire a Denver slip and fall attorney. You also have an obligation to look where you are going and be reasonably prudent. Sometimes both parties are to blame and their comparative liability will be balanced to determine fault in a case.
The laws determining personal injury cases can be complicated because of specific definitions of negligence in civil law. Just because you had an accident on an institution's property, does not mean that they are liable for those injuries. In fact, even if a worker injured you, the company may still not be liable if you were in a place you were not supposed to and a prudent worker would not think you were there. Acting unlawfully or carelessly yourself is the surest way to not recover damages in case of an injury.
For example, lets take a case where you were trespassing on a construction site to skateboard on it with your friends and a brick falls on you. If the judge determines that the worker who caused the brick to fall off had no way of knowing that you were there, then he did not have a duty to act prudently to protect you. Even if it was determined that the worker did act negligently in causing the brick to fall, the court might say that you were also comparatively negligent in that you were behaving dangerously by playing on an active construction site. This negligence doctrine can be confusing. It is not the same set of standards that govern criminal laws. If you were involved in an accident that has caused significant injuries, I recommend you see a Denver personal injury lawyer. Usually you can determine in the free consultation if you have a case or not, and what that case might be worth.
Motorcycle accidents are particularly dangerous types of vehicle accidents because the rider has no protection. An accident involving a motorcycle is many times more likely to cause an injury than accidents involving cars or trucks. Not only are motorcyclists more likely to get injured, they also are more likely to be involved in accidents. Motorcycle riders are also less visible than cars. Many drivers ignore anything smaller than a car. Of course many riders also engage in reckless behavior like speeding or lane splitting.
Next we will talk about this reckless behavior. In Denver motorcycle accidents that go to court, the deciding factor in who wins or loses is usually who was behaving recklessly. They call this reckless behavior negligence law. Basically, when you drive on the road, you have a duty to be aware of your surroundings, follow traffic laws and not do anything obviously dangerous. If you cause and accident while behaving recklessly, the other party could sue you in civil court for any injuries or damages sustained in the accident. Not only can the other party recover damages from the accident, but if they were injured and that injury caused them to miss work or suffer other losses, they can sue for those losses as well.