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Trucker drivers' hours of service must be recorded in driving log

When Denver residents get behind the wheels of their cars, their ability to drive for as long as they want is generally limited only by their levels of focus and energy. This is not the case for truck drivers, however, who, in most cases, must comply with hours of service limitations. Hours of service driving limits can cut off the number of hours that truck drivers are behind the wheels of their rigs even if they think they feel well enough to continue.

Driving limits are set by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, an agency of the federal government. The limits apply to the drivers of commercial motor vehicles, and commercial motor vehicles are those that are used for business and either weigh more than 10,000 pounds, transport certain numbers of passengers, or that must display hazardous material placards due to the contents of their loads.

Street sweeper collides with SUV in deadly accident

Readers may expect that individuals who drive for a living are more careful and less prone to accidents than everyone else. While this might be true in some cases, all drivers can make life-threatening mistakes and misjudgments when they are behind the wheels of their cars, trucks, or work vehicles. Recently, a tragic accident occurred in Colorado that claimed one life when the driver of a municipal vehicle made a fatal error.

The deadly accident happened near Longmont, and involved a street sweeper and a sport utility vehicle. Law enforcement officials believe that the driver of the street sweeper drove through a red light and collided with the passenger side of the victim's vehicle. The deceased victim was a passenger in that vehicle and reportedly died at the scene of the crash. The driver of the vehicle sustained serious injuries as well.

Most common workplace injuries in the health care industry

Nurses and other health care professionals provide a valuable service to the people of Denver and people all over the country. However, this job is not without its risks. There are certain injuries people working in hospitals are more prone to receiving than others in the workforce.

While everyone hopes never to have to go through a personal injury case, it is vital to prepare. Part of this involves knowing who to turn to in the event a workplace accident occurs. Another part involves knowing what injuries are most common in the industry in order to take proper precautions.

Drinking and driving over the holiday can lead to serious losses

Many Denver residents are able to take time off from work during the Fourth of July week to enjoy the parades and parties that often occur when the nation celebrates its birthday. Unfortunately, some who choose to celebrate Independence Day do so by consuming alcohol and then making the dangerous decision to get behind the wheels of their cars. Drinking and driving is never a good combination, but often occurs with more frequency when holiday-related celebrations are underway.

It is a sad fact that some Colorado residents may end the holiday week as the victims of drunk driving crashes. Even if they are not the direct victims of such devastating collisions, they may have loved ones who are injured or killed by drunk drivers on Denver roads. Those who suffer direct harm from drunk drivers and those who lose family members in drunk driving crashes can often pursue their losses in civil court through different personal injury-based claims.

Types of damages for Colorado car accidents

Car crashes often result in both immediate and long-term harm for those involved, as well as for wider society. According to a 2010 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, medical expenses and productivity losses due to motor vehicle accidents exceeded $99 billion.

While the cost to an individual accident victim is unlikely to number in the billions of dollars, many suffer substantial financial and other losses. Filing a lawsuit is one way to seek legal compensation for economic and other types of harm.

Nurses who use right lifting techniques still can suffer injuries

As we discussed in last week's blog, nurses suffer back injuries at a rate that is much higher than any other occupation. These injuries are extremely debilitating and can mean a nurse is out of work for months or even years. Even with using proper lifting techniques, nurses can still suffer spine injuries requiring them to use workers' compensation insurance.

Back injuries are common among nurses. Those who have had back injuries know how serious they are and how it can be hard to do anything. Nursing schools teach nurses how to lift and move patients, such as keeping their back straight and bending at the knees and hips. But, these lifting techniques are hurting nurses and experts say there is no safe way for a nurse to lift and move patients.

Nursing staff often suffer injuries

Nurses and other staff are often well-loved people that Denver residents encounter while in the hospital or other care facility. These employees work hard to make sure their patients are well cared for. But, health care workers are also injured on the job at a high rate, suffering from a workplace accident or other serious injury.

Thousands of nursing employees across the United States are injured on the job each year. Nursing assistants and orderlies suffer serious back injuries at a rate that is three times higher than construction workers. Nursing assistants injure their musculoskeletal systems more than any other job occupation surveyed. These important staff members suffer so many injuries mainly because of their job of moving patients. Research shows there really isn't any safe way to move patients manually and by not providing the necessary machines to move patients, hospitals and other facilities are putting their nursing assistant workers at risk. Many times, these nursing assistants suffer such severe injuries that they are no longer able to work. Many hospitals have not taken action to protect their nursing staff from these injuries.

Serious hit-and-run accident kills one in Denver

Most Denver area drivers understand that safe driving is incredibly important. But, occasionally, a family is rocked by an unexpected accident. In these cases, it is important to determine who is at fault for an accident and make sure that victims receive the help they deserve.

A tragic accident recently occurred in Denver. A man and woman were walking at Broadway and Ellsworth Avenue when they were hit by a vehicle. The woman was killed and the man was seriously injured. The driver left the scene but has since been arrested and is being investigated for a felony hit-and-run resulting in death.

What might qualify a nurse for worker's comp?

To get worker’s compensation, an injured worker typically has to show that an injury occurred on the job and during the scope of normal work activities. If you are a nurse, you probably understand the many ways in which it is possible to get hurt on the job. Worker’s compensation can help you with issues such as X-rays, surgery and counseling.

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