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Distracted driving includes more than just texting

Even though the light rail has improved public transportation in and around Denver in recent years, Coloradoans continue to have a love affair with their vehicles. If you commute to work every day, you know there are more cars than ever on metro-area roadways. 

According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, distracted drivers contribute to 43 crashes every single day in the Centennial State. That is an alarmingly high number. While reserving your smartphone only for emergencies is a good way to avoid distracted driving, you must realize that distracted driving includes more than just texting. 

Compensation after an injury is possible with our help

An injury, whether it was sustained on the road or in the workplace, has the potential to seriously derail an accident victim's life. It can cause instability, both financially and physically, and it may take years for someone to recover from the repercussions. During this time, employers, insurance companies and negligent employers may try to come to a financial settlement that does not even begin to cover the long-term impact an accident victim will suffer, but the injured party may accept it because they do not know better.

How to prove someone texting contributed to a car crash

When behind the wheel of a vehicle, your full attention should be on the road. Colorado law states that a person caught texting while driving could get a fine of up to $300, as well as four points on his or her driving record. 

If you ever get in an auto accident, you may have a hunch that the other driver was texting at the time of the collision. It can be tough to prove this to your insurance company because it is your word against the other driver's statement. However, you do have some options to try to see if the other driver's texting contributed to the accident.

The role of discovery in lawsuits

Being injured in a car accident can wreak havoc on the victim's life and the lives of their loved ones. While the victim is trying to recover from their injuries, they are also struggling with medical bills, most likely while taking time off work to recuperate. These costs add up, and when they are caused by someone else's negligence, it might be possible to hold the negligent driver responsible for their role in the crash.

Taking pictures to preserve accident evidence

When dealing with the aftermath of a car accident in the Denver area, many people forget to take action to preserve evidence. It is not enough for victims to contact the authorities, file a police report and seek out medical attention. Though the police and accident investigators may take steps to determine the facts of what transpired, you should not rely on their efforts alone to protect you from a miscarriage of justice should negligent party try to discredit your claim, or if you have underinsured or uninsured motorist issues

One way to protect the evidence and integrity of your claim is to take pictures of the accident scene, only if you can safely do so. Here are some key areas you should try to include. 

Truck drivers need proper training to avoid crashes

Driving down a leveled road is difficult enough, but when mountainous terrain and a heavy vehicle are added to the mix, it can end up as the recipe for a catastrophic truck accident. As Denver reels from the tragic truck accident on I-70 that involved 28 vehicles and caused at least four fatalities, the National Trucking Safety Organization wants people to remember the importance of proper driver training.

Steep grade may have contributed to catastrophic crash

At the end of April, a semitruck hauling lumber plowed into stopped traffic on I-70 in Jefferson County. Anyone who has driven into or out of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains has likely seen the signs warning truck drivers about steep grades. While the accident investigation is not yet complete, there is a good chance that the decline from Floyd Hill to Golden contributed to the catastrophic accident

In the winter, drivers in the Centennial State must exercise extreme caution to avoid an accident on mountain roadways. The danger does not dissipate when the snow melts, though. If you regularly drive on I-70, you must also be aware of the dangers of burned-out brakes. That is, when brakes on semitrucks overheat, they are no longer able to stop the vehicle effectively. Here are some tips for staying safe around 18-wheelers on Colorado’s steep roadways: 

What is the most dangerous job in America?

No one leaves their home in the morning thinking they might get injured on the job, regardless of how dangerous their job is. Even when workers are performing dangerous tasks, they assume they have the proper training and equipment to protect them. Unfortunately, this is not always the case and an unsafe working environment can result in catastrophic injuries that can wreak havoc on the lives of injured workers and their family members.

The relationship between workplace injuries and opioid addiction

It is no secret that the U.S. is going through an opioid epidemic. According to the CDC, the number of overdose deaths from opioids increased six-fold in 2017 in contrast to 1999. Out of all drug overdose fatalities, 68% were from prescription and illegal opioids.

Various demographics use these drugs and acquire them through different means. As an injured worker, one source you need to be aware of is prescription painkillers.

How common are distracted driving accidents?

Although most drivers would think twice before getting behind the wheel of their car intoxicated, they do not offer the same hesitation when texting while driving. As a result, nine people die across the country in distracted driving accidents daily. In Colorado alone, there are 43 auto accidents involving distracted driving daily, most of them causing serious injury or even death.

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