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Hit-and-run collision between pickup and motorcycle kills rider

Motorcyclists in Denver and throughout Colorado know they face major risks when they take to the roads. Still, they enjoy the activity and put their faith in other drivers adhering to the law and making certain they keep an eye on riders to ensure that everyone is safe. Unfortunately, accidents will happen. With the vulnerability of motorcyclists, any wreck can lead to catastrophic injuries and death. Those impacted should remember their rights to seek compensation in a legal filing.

A motorcyclist was killed in a crash with a pickup truck after which the driver of the pickup fled the scene. The accident happened in the late afternoon at approximately 4:35 and occurred at an intersection. The pickup, a 2009 Dodge that was silver/blue, hit the bike and took off. The license plate is known. First responders arrived at the scene and took the rider to the hospital. Initially, the injuries were said to be possibly life-threatening. The rider was later declared dead while at the hospital. There was believed to have been damage to the pickup from the accident.

Do you have to wear a seat belt in Colorado?

With the snowfall comes driving dangers, such as icy roads and lower visibility. Getting into a motor vehicle accident and sustaining an injury is a real risk. One of the safety measures that can decrease the chances of fatality or severe injury in a collision is wearing a seat belt.

Despite this precaution saving lives, many people still choose not to buckle up. There is no federal regulation all states must follow, so what is the law regarding seat belts in Colorado?

Teen fatal auto accident study shows an unexpected danger

Experienced drivers in Denver and throughout Colorado will be concerned when encountering a teen driver. Younger drivers lack the experience to handle all situations and be fully prepared to what they are inevitably going to face on the road. Studies examine the common issues with teens behind the wheel. And, a new one from AAA indicates that teens could be distracted and have a fatal accident not because of a device, but also because of having another teen in the vehicle with them.

The data in the study is from 2016. It states that teens tend to place others in danger when driving. In Colorado alone, there were 50 people who died after a car accident with a teen driver in 2016. A spokesman for AAA says that teen recklessness behind the wheel combines with their lack of experience to create dangerous situations. When there is a teen in the vehicle with them, this is made worse not just for them, but also for others on the road.

How to use a smartphone after an auto accident

Winter is coming to Colorado, and that means you need to pay more attention to your surroundings when behind the wheel. The cold weather and potential snow will make roadways more dangerous, so you need to allow extra time to get to your destinations and drive slowly everywhere you go. 

The snow and icy roadways often lead to an increase in car accidents in Colorado. In the event that you ever find yourself in this situation, you need to realize you probably have a valuable tool right in your pocket. Although you should never use your smartphone while driving, it can come in handy in the immediate aftermath of a collision. 

Study: auto accident stats higher in states with legal marijuana

When there is an auto accident in Colorado, there could be a multitude of reasons for it to have occurred. People who are violating the law when texting and driving, drinking and driving, behaving negligently or recklessly are all ways in which a wreck can happen. Studies are often conducted to assess the causes of a collision. One that is increasingly problematic -- despite the legality of its use -- is when drivers are behind the wheel after having used marijuana. Although it is legal to use, driving under the influence of marijuana is against the law and is dangerous. This should be factored in after a crash.

Our state has been one of the most progressive states in the U.S. when it comes to marijuana, legalizing it for recreational use. However, a new study has shown that states, like Colorado, where its use has been legalized are having an increase in auto accidents. There were two studies, one by the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI), and the other by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). They showed that the four states -- including here -- that have legalized marijuana have had an uptick in accidents.

When a car crash injures your brain

If you become the victim of a Colorado car accident, a traumatic brain injury is one of the most catastrophic injuries you could suffer. Major car crashes involve high impacts, and if that forceful impact causes your head and/or neck to violently jerk forward and backward, your brain will likewise move violently inside your skull. The result can be a brain malfunction or dysfunction called a traumatic brain injury.

Unfortunately, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that car crashes cause over 286,000 TBIs each year.

Woman suffers catastrophic injuries and dies in motorcycle crash

The roads in Denver and throughout Colorado are dangerous for anyone who is using them in a vehicle or as a pedestrian. For motorcyclists, the risks are magnified. Not only is the weather a concern in the state, but there are constant dangers to navigate with other drivers who might be operating their vehicles recklessly, speeding, driving while distracted or do not follow the law in yielding to motorcyclists. When there is an accident, the rider can suffer catastrophic injuries and death when involved in a wreck with a conventional automobile. In the aftermath, those affected must remember the importance of legal assistance to consider a lawsuit.

A collision between an SUV and a motorcycle led to the death of the passenger on the bike. The accident happened in the mid-morning, shortly after 10 a.m. According to the investigation, a 2013 Ford Escape was heading north and was in the left turn lane. As the driver, a 68-year-old woman, made the left, she went directly into the path of the 2001 Harley-Davidson motorcycle that was heading south. The bike crashed into the front of the Ford. The operator of the motorcycle, a 42-year-old man, was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. The female on the back of the motorcycle, 37, was taken to the hospital and died there.

Tips for taking photos of your car accident

Traffic deaths in Colorado have recently risen to their highest levels in over a decade. In 2017, 642 people died in car accidents, which is the highest number since 2004. 

A majority of traffic collisions that occur in the state only result in property damage and minor injuries. Car accidents occur every day, and if one ever happens to you, then you need to take photos of the scene, provided you are in healthy condition. Here is some valuable advice for getting the best pictures possible to help with your eventual claim. 

Workers' compensation and the choice of doctors in Colorado

After being injured on the job, part of the workers' compensation process is the medical examination and the doctors who perform it. The injured worker will often have questions about this part of the process, such as who will select the doctor and if it is possible to change from one doctor to another. These issues and anything else related to workers' compensation require that the employee be fully protected and follow all the rules as necessary to ensure a fair decision is made on the workers' compensation claim. Legal assistance is critical toward the goal of being approved.

When the doctor is selected, the employer will make that choice. However, many employers give the workers the right of approved alternatives to provide medical treatment. This is known as the "designated provider list."

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