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TBI symptoms may not appear immediately after a car crash

Roadways in the metro area seem to get more crowded every day. Whether your commute takes you on I-25, I-70, Colorado Boulevard or a different roadway, you must drive defensively to avoid a car wreck. If you collide with another vehicle, though, you may face a long road to recovery. 

All automobile crashes are different, but many of them cause the same types of injuries. While a broken bone or laceration may be easy to detect, some injuries do not show up immediately. In fact, you may not notice the symptoms of a traumatic brain injury until hours or days after a wreck. 

Maximizing workers' compensation requires legal assistance

When Denver residents head to work, the last thing they expect is to be injured on the job and suddenly face the need to receive workers' compensation benefits. Unfortunately, this happens every day across the nation. A workplace accident does not discriminate and can happen to anyone, regardless of what kind of work they do. This is as true for people in dangerous jobs like law enforcement, firefighters and construction workers as it is for those who are employed in jobs that are sedentary and are generally perceived as safe. After a work injury, legal advice is imperative to maximize workers' compensation benefits.

There are many issues that arise after a work injury or a condition that arises because of the work a person was doing. Medical expenses will be a major consideration as the cost can be exorbitant. Lost wages are also a worry because not getting a paycheck makes it impossible to keep up with everyday costs. Workers' compensation is designed to cover these issues. However, there are situations where there is a disagreement as to how injured the worker is and how long they should be off the job. In extreme cases, the employer will deny the worker was injured on the job at all and the case can explode into full-blown conflict. This situation makes it even more vital to have legal help.

Can you file for workers' compensation for mental impairment?

You know that when you sustain an injury you can file a workers' compensation claim to cover the financial loss you experience as a result. Almost all injuries qualify for coverage if they happened at work or while on the job at a different location.

However, what if your injury is mental instead of physical, or a physical injury leads to mental impairment? The good news is that you may be eligible for compensation.

Research shows pedestrian-auto accidents increasing

Pedestrians in Denver, throughout Colorado and across the United States must be on guard to avoid being injured in a collision with a vehicle. The dangers that pedestrians face goes beyond simply being hit in an auto accident. The litany of issues people face after a pedestrian-auto accident are many and can cause substantial disruptions in a person's life if they are injured. Often, however, a pedestrian crash results in injuries so severe that the victim dies. Researchers are proactive in their attempts to identify the source of the problem and formulate solutions. Recently, a new study was released showing that there was been a statistical worsening in pedestrian fatalities.

The Governors Highway Safety Association says that there were, according to its estimates, more than 6,200 pedestrian fatalities across the nation in 2018. That is the most in 28 years. It is also an increase of around 250 from the year before. The numbers are based on the first half of the year and available information. Since 2008, there has been a 41 percent increase in pedestrian deaths overall. These now come to 16 percent of all deaths in traffic crashes.

Auto accident deaths surpass 40,000 in 2018

When drivers in Denver and throughout Colorado head out on the road, they know they will face dangers. Reckless drivers, distracted drivers, drunk drivers, drowsy drivers - all can place people in jeopardy of personal injury and death. However, the risks of the road are statistically worse than they have been in many years.

The National Safety Council released a report showing that, in 2018, there were more than 40,000 fatalities on U.S. roads. This is the third consecutive year that the number has surpassed 40,000. An estimated 4.5 million people were seriously hurt in auto accidents in 2018.

Distracted driving encompasses many bad habits behind the wheel

Distracted driving accidents continue to rise around the country, and Colorado is definitely no exception to that trend. According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, distracted driving caused 605 fatalities throughout the state in 2016.

While that number is startling, it is likely much higher. Underreporting occurs regularly with distracted driving, mostly because people do not want to admit their fault. Aside from cellphones, what qualifies as distracted driving? Take a look at the everyday tasks you may engage in while driving that could cause an accident.

Do you know how to report a workplace injury?

You work hard, and at the end of the day, you want nothing more than to go home and enjoy the evening. However, if you get hurt while at work, everything in your life may change.

Do you know what steps you need to take to report an on-the-job injury? Under Colorado law, reporting any injury, even a minor one, should take place within four working days of the incident. If unsure about what to do next, take a look at how you can go about reporting an injury.

Law enforcement traffic injuries warrant workers' compensation

Law enforcement officers in Denver and throughout Colorado place themselves in harm's way as part of their job. They are the ones who go to the site of an accident to help those in need. In some cases, however, they are involved in an accident themselves as they go about their duties. Like any other job, workplace injuries can cause serious problems in an officer's life. When these accidents happen and an officer is injured on the job, it is important to understand the steps to get workers' compensation benefits.

The dangers inherent to law enforcement were shown in a 24-hour period when three Colorado State Troopers were injured in auto accidents. One accident involved a trooper in the process of investigating another accident. He was taken to the hospital with moderate injuries. In a second accident, a truck spun and crashed into a cruiser. That trooper was also investigating a separate accident.

Research indicates ELD regulations could increase crash risks

Since there are many trucks in Denver and throughout Colorado, it is a natural concern they could cause accidents. A crash with a truck can leave those in smaller, passenger vehicles with severe injuries or even fatalities. Federal regulators are constantly seeking ways to make the roads safer by implementing rules for truckers. One is requiring that all trucks have an electronic logging device installed. While this seemed to be a wise strategy to make the roads safer, a new study indicates that this has not happened and could, in fact, lead to other dangerous behaviors on the part of drivers.

An ELD is meant to ensure that drivers adhere to the hours of service rules. These rules mandate that truck drivers only drive for a certain number of hours before resting. Since drivers tend to grow fatigued, which can place others in jeopardy, it is important to make sure drivers do not flout the rules. For smaller carriers, there was a significant reduction in hours of service violations when ELDs were implemented. Larger carriers were not impacted because they had already installed the ELDs.

An unexpected rear-end collision can cause unseen injuries

Perhaps your vehicle has been hit from behind at some point. If not, keep in mind that such an accident is usually unexpected, and your body is not prepared for impact.

A rear-end crash, even when it happens at a low speed, can cause injuries to the spine, neck and other parts of your body that might not be evident right away.

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