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Head-on collision leads to serious injuries, one fatality

Many people in the Denver area know that times around certain holidays - such as the recent Independence Day holiday - can be dangerous on the roads. States and municipalities throughout the country carry out public awareness campaigns to get people to recognize the need to drive safely during these times. Unfortunately, we all know that accidents will still occur, and some will result in serious injuries and even fatalities.

That was the case in a recent collision on July 3 in Commerce City. According to reports, the driver and passenger died at the scene when their vehicle crossed the median of Interstate 76 and slammed head-on into a truck. The reports indicate that there were three people in the pickup truck that was struck. All three reportedly suffered serious injuries from the head-on collision and were transported for medical care.

Will workers' compensation cover a car accident?

You may not associate workers' compensation with auto accidents in Colorado, but the two may be intertwined depending on the circumstances. If you were working at the time of your car accident, you could be eligible for workers' compensation benefits.

Applying for workers' comp after a job-related car accident could result in payment for your medical costs and two-thirds of your gross weekly wages. You could receive payment for weeks or months depending on the extent of your injuries.

Bicyclist rights and responsibilities in Colorado

Knowing the rules of the road is important as a bicyclist in Colorado. Yet it is perhaps even more important for drivers to understand what they can and cannot do around bikers. In a collision between a vehicle and a bicycle, the vehicle almost always comes out in better shape.

Colorado's bicycle laws serve to protect the rights of bikers on the state's roadways. Everyone should take the time to read up on bicyclist rights and responsibilities, to better protect these vulnerable road users.

The danger of drunk drivers on the roads in Denver

There have been quite a few news stories over the last several years about the danger of distracted drivers on the roads in Colorado and throughout the country. However, we should not forget about a danger that has been on the roads since the advent of the automobile: drunk drivers.

The danger from distracted drivers is real and is, it seems, getting worse. However, there are still thousands of drunk drivers on the roads in America at any given time. These individuals are putting their own lives and the lives of others at risk. Making the decision to get behind the wheel of a vehicle after consuming alcohol is not only negligent, it is reckless.

Summer can be risky for teen drivers

Few milestones are more important to teenagers than obtaining a driver’s license. If you have a young driver in your family, though, you should know about the dangers of summertime driving. That is, summer months are so risky for young motorists that AAA has identified the days between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day weekend as the 100 deadliest days of the year for teen drivers. 

Even though Denver tends to have mild winters, icy roads can be a challenge for young drivers. Still, summer may present a bigger risk. Why is summer so dangerous for teen motorists? According to experts, there are three primary reasons. 

Recent shooting highlights the risk of workplace violence

Nurses face a much higher rate of workplace violence than other workers. The recent shooting at a Colorado Springs hospital recently highlighted this fact. Thankfully, no nurses or other staff were injured.

According to the Colorado Springs Gazette, there was only one metal detector at the hospital where the shooting took place. It stood at the entrance to the emergency room. The hospital spokesman said the shooter could have easily brought the gun into the building through any of the other unprotected entrances.

Summer months see increase in car crashes

Many may think that Colorado winters, with their ice and snow-slicked roads, are the most dangerous time to be on the road, but this is simply not true. The time between Memorial Day and Labor Day sees the most fatal car accidents, more than any other time of the year. Recent years have seen a 20% increase in fatalities during this time. Thirty-one percent of fatalities that took place in the state in 2017 took place during the 100 days of summer.

Ninety-four percent of crashes are caused by someone else's negligence. Whether a driver is distracted, speeding, or impaired, unsafe actions have the potential to end the lives of other people on the road. The other important factor that ties in to the increase in crashes is the number of vehicles on the road, many of them tourists who are unfamiliar with the mountainous terrain.

It was just a fender-bender, so how could you have TBI?

Let us say your car was struck from behind at low speed when you stopped at a light. There was very little damage, and you felt OK after the accident.

However, a few hours later, you developed a headache and felt a bit dizzy. You went to the doctor promptly, and her traumatic brain injury diagnosis was stunning. How could this happen?

Are teens more likely to become injured at work?

Many Colorado teens are entering the workforce for the first time this summer. Their newfound independence might come at a price, however, as research shows that 54% of workplace injuries affected teens in their first few months on the job. This incidence rate is two to three times higher than that of an average worker in Colorado.

Woman killed by multiple DUI offender

Last week's post discussed the imbalance between the nominal penalties offenders face for causing multiple crashes and the long-term consequences car accident victims have to contend with. Repeat offenders are let off lightly, and a new law is set to change that in Colorado.

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