Our lawyers at Cook, Bradford & Levy work hard and play hard. This means on the weekends (or on “snow days”) you might find us in Colorado’s mountains, including Summit County. Summit County is home to almost 30,000 permanent residents, a figure that swells during the ski season when visitors and temporary workers move in to the County to mutually enjoy and benefit from the snow. Summit County includes some of Colorado’s finest ski resorts, such as Keystone, Arapahoe Basin, Breckenridge and Copper Mountain. Summit County is a haven for recreation, and it is only an hour and change drive from the Front Range. Unfortunately, careless accidents ranging from ski collisions to car accidents happen in Summit County. Whether you are a local or a visitor, if you get injured because someone else was careless or reckless, we encourage you to reach out to an experienced Summit County accident attorney such Cook, Bradford & Levy, at 303-543-1000.
At Cook, Bradford & Levy we know from experience that Summit County has so much to offer in terms of recreation, from skiing, snowboarding, and Nordic skiing in the Winter months, to rafting, biking (the Peaks Trail is one of our favorites), zip-lining and many other activities in the Summer. All of these activities carry risk, however. An experienced Summit County accident attorney knows that all these recreation options, combined with increasing tourism and traffic, can be a dangerous combination. For instance, we know that crowded slopes increase the risk of ski collision accidents at Summit County’s world class resorts. An experienced Summit County accident attorney also knows that despite strict DUI and DUI-D enforcement by the Summit County Sheriff’s Office, skiing or snowboarding under the influence contributes to the probability that people will be involved in collisions on the slopes, and this does happen in Summit County.
Just like drinking and driving, skiing or snowboarding while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is dangerous behavior that can lead to punitive damages when a collision happens. If you have been injured on the slopes we advise you to reach out as soon as possible to a Summit County ski collision attorney, who knows how to investigate and properly present an insurance claim for your injuries and damages.
Beyond accidents on the slopes, Summit County often experiences a high influx of new residents and vacationers who can be unfamiliar with the area and Colorado road conditions. While care must be exercised under these conditions, an experienced Summit County accident attorney knows that even if you are careful you may find that another driver is not, and car accidents can and do happen with some frequency. This is especially true with areas like Swan Mountain Road and Highway 9 between Frisco and Breckenridge, where sweeping vistas and unfamiliar turns can be hazardous. Along these same lines, in 2016 Summit County had 383 DUI arrests, with an average BAC of .15. Altitude can be a factor in feeling the effects of alcohol, and locals and visitors to Summit County find this out quickly.
If you think you might need a Summit County accident attorney, we encourage you to call Cook, Bradford & Levy at 303-543-1000 for a free consultation about your options. Our lawyers know Summit County.