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Booster Seat Blitz

Most parents assume child restraint laws apply only to infant and toddler age groups. Years ago, they did. But, a new Colorado Child Passenger Safety Law now extends car seat or booster seat requirements to all passengers 7-years-old and younger and also maps out requirements for children up to age 16. Previously, Colorado law required only children 5 years of age and younger to ride in car seats or booster seats. But as of Sunday, Aug. 1, safety regulations encompass a much greater number of young people riding in passenger vehicles. According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, car wrecks are the greatest cause of accident injury deaths for children between age 1 and 14. In an attempt to decrease this statistic, the state’s new passenger restraint guidelines address height and weight of child passengers to at least the same extent, if not more so, as the child’s age.

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Keep Texting Off Colorado Highways

The most recent statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show a nationwide increase in the use of hand-held devices while driving. And here in Colorado, stats about texting and car accidents are reported over and over again. Legislators and media outlets have been quoting these numbers since just before and ever since the December 2009 activation of Colorado’s new cell phone laws. Interestingly, drivers in Western states show the greatest increase in this type of distracted driving: up from 0.6 percent of drivers in 2007 to 2.1 percent in 2008. No wonder Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter was eager to sign into law a ban on texting while driving in Colorado. It took just one month for the police to hand out the first ticket under the new law, to a 19-year-old woman who caused a car accident in Aurora, admittedly while texting, on Jan. 3 of this year.

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Safety Recalls

What already qualifies as a really bad year for Toyota seems to be getting worse. And the Japanese car maker’s troubles should serve as an important reminder about vehicle safety and avoiding personal injury. Still reeling from last year’s recalls of more than 8 million vehicles worldwide, Toyota agreed in April to pay $16.4 million, a record amount, over delays in issuing defect warnings about gas pedals that can stick. Now the world’s largest automaker faces scrutiny of steering rods that may be defective.

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Buckle Up, Colorado!

Buckle up for safety!
Seat belts save lives.
You can learn a lot from a dummy. Buckle your safety belt.
Hug your kids at home, but belt ‘em in the car!
Buckle Up, Always
Click It Or Ticket!

The messages are more than catchy ad slogans and statistics prove the point: lives are saved every year because people took the time to fasten their seat belt and those of loved ones.

For the fourth year in a row, the number of deaths from traffic accidents in the United States went down in 2009, according to estimates from the U.S. Department of Transportation. And reported traffic deaths were the lowest in 55 years.

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Safe Driving is Everyone’s Business

The Colorado State Patrol responded to more than 27,000 auto accidents in 2008. Auto accidents in El Paso County, including all of Colorado Springs, accounted for the second highest number of accidents in the state – behind only Jefferson County and Denver. Predictably, the statistics show traffic rush hours are the time when the most auto accidents occur. Obviously, cities with high-volume traffic make for riskier driving. Among the top five causes for wrecks listed in the 2008 Traffic Safety Crash Statistics were “exceeded safe speed,” “inattentive to driving” and “following too closely.”

Safe Driving is Everyone's Business

The Colorado State Patrol responded to more than 27,000 auto accidents in 2008. Auto accidents in El Paso County, including all of Colorado Springs, accounted for the second highest number of accidents in the state – behind only Jefferson County and Denver. Predictably, the statistics show traffic rush hours are the time when the most auto accidents occur. Obviously, cities with high-volume traffic make for riskier driving. Among the top five causes for wrecks listed in the 2008 Traffic Safety Crash Statistics were “exceeded safe speed,” “inattentive to driving” and “following too closely.”

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Welcome to AskGordonNow.com!

We are proud to launch our new website knowing it offers better opportunities to communicate with our hometown Colorado Springs, as well as Alamosa, Pueblo, the Arkansas Valley, Pikes Peak and elsewhere along the Front Range. Please take a look around the site. You’ll get a little history about Gordon and Barkley Heuser, our approach to personal injury law, answers to some basic questions about each area of our practice and opportunities to communicate directly with an attorney. We have a reputation for great service to our clients when we take their cases and we want this site to be an extension of that service. We’ve made sure it’s easy to get around, packed with lots of useful information and plenty of ways to get in touch with us for additional info.