Injuries to Visitors
Travel website TripAdvisor has ranked Colorado #1 in the United States and #2 in the world for Outdoor and Adventure destinations. People come to ski and snowboard the slopes, to go white water rafting in one of the 158 rivers, to ride motorcycles through the Rocky Mountains, often as part of a tour group, and to hike the bluffs here. Colorado’s outdoors have something to offer everyone.
Unfortunately, some people are injured while visiting the state. When that accident is the result of the negligence of another, the injured person should not have to bear the burden. An attorney can help an injured visitor get the compensation they deserve.
Denver Lawyer for Out-of-State Visitors
Jennifer L. Donaldson is a skilled Denver personal injury lawyer who represents people from out of state who have been injured while visiting the Centennial State. An accident caused by another may ruin your vacation, but it should not ruin your finances. Jennifer Donaldson helps those who suffered injury due to the wrongful or negligent actions of others.
Call the Law Office of Jennifer L. Donaldson today at (303) 458-5000 to schedule a free consultation. Jennifer Donaldson is based in Denver, and represents people injured in all areas surrounding.
Colorado Tourist Injury Information Center
- If I am injured on a tour in Colorado, who is responsible?
- Is a hotel, campsite or RV park liable for injuries on the grounds?
- Why should I hire a local lawyer?
- Where can I find more information about tourist injuries in Colorado?
Liability for Accidents Tourists Suffer During Outdoor Activities in Colorado
Many outdoor activities come with some sort of risk. However, many of the injuries people suffer are due to mistakes of others. A key part of seeking compensation will be determining who is liable, or responsible for the damages suffered.
A guide or organizer for a rafting tour, motorcycle tour or hiking tour may not be able to prevent certain injuries. However, they are responsible for taking certain safety precautions, including ensuring that participants are properly trained.
For instance, a motorcycle tour organizer should ensure all the bikers have motorcycle safety training and understand the dynamics of riding in a group, and should take measures to ensure everyone is riding safely. The failure to do so could result in two motorcyclists colliding, or one being run off the road.
Similarly, tour guides who are providing equipment to their guests are responsible for ensuring that the equipment provided is adequate. For instance, a company that conducts white water rafting trips may be liable for head injuries or drowning if helmets and life jackets are not provided.
Companies that rent out recreational equipment are responsible for the equipment being in good working order. A store that rents a skier or snowboarder defective equipment, for instance, may be liable for any injuries caused by that defect.
Hotel, Private Campsite and RV Park Injuries
When you stay at a hotel, campsite or RV park, the proprietors of that establishment have a responsibility for your safety. For instance, negligent security at a hotel could lead to your property being stolen or, worse, you being injured in an assault.
These establishments also have a responsibility to make reasonable inspections for any potential dangers and warn you of them, even mostly outdoor locations. Cracks in the sidewalk or holes in a walking path can result in severe injury and broken bones.
Benefits of Local Counsel
If you are visiting from out of state or out of country and suffer an injury, your attorney must be licensed in Colorado to represent you in court by herself. While your local attorney may be able to represent you via what is called pro hac vice admission, he or she must have a local associate attorney designated, meaning you would have to pay fees for two lawyers.
Additionally, it is important that your attorney know and understand local court rules and procedures.
Your local counsel can represent you in hearings and other matters. It is likely you will not have to return to Colorado for any matter pertaining to an injury.
Colorado Visitor Injury Resources
Travel Research | Colorado Tourism Industry Partners — The Colorado Tourism Office (CTO) works with research firms to compile information on a variety of travel topics. On this section of the website, you can find statistical reports under the research heading on the right side of the page.
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Injury in Colorado 2013 Overview — This report provides data and statistics regarding leading causes of death in Colorado, injury deaths as a percent of all deaths, and injury hospitalization rates over time. You can also learn more about the leading causes of injury hospitalization, emergency department visits related to injury, and injury death and hospitalization rates by age and gender.
Law Office of Jennifer L. Donaldson ǀ Denver Attorney for Tourist Injuries
If you are injured while visiting Colorado due to the negligence of a tour guide, equipment rental company, hotel, private campsite, RV park, or due to the negligent or wrongful actions of anyone, Denver personal injury lawyer Jennifer Donaldson may be able to seek compensation for medical bills, lost work and any other damages you incurred. Call the Law Office of Jennifer L. Donaldson today at (303) 458-5000 or submit an online form to schedule a consultation.
Law Office of Jennifer L. Donaldson proudly represents individuals throughout Colorado, including Denver, Lakewood, Boulder, Wheat Ridge, Arvada, Aurora, Englewood, Littleton, Commerce City, Westminster, Thornton, Centennial, and nearby areas.