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How to best take pictures of an auto accident

There is much to do in the immediate aftermath of a car crash. The first thing on your mind should be to seek medical attention. Even if you do not have serious injuries, such as one Colorado pedestrian struck by a vehicle on August 1st, you should still make sure none of your underlying tissues or muscles sustained damage. 

If possible, take photographs of the scene of the accident. You will need to file a personal injury claim with your insurance agency, and having pictures and hard evidence can help expedite the process. However, a couple of blurry photos will not help. You need to know how to photograph a car crash scene effectively to help your claim. 

Pursuing fair compensation after a truck accident

Denver area residents are obviously used to seeing large trucks on the roadways in and around the city, but the sight of an accident that involves a large truck, such as a semi-truck, can be jarring. These types of accidents often involve extensive damage to all of the vehicles involved and, unfortunately, usually fatalities as well.

Truck drivers, like all other drivers on the roads, are not immune from the draw of distractions, like cellphones, eating in the vehicle and even talking to passengers as well. And, like some other drivers, truck drivers might also be intoxicated or drowsy behind the wheel. All of the things that can cause the driver of a regular passenger vehicle to get into a crash can be involved in truck accidents also, but the consequences of a truck accident can be far more devastating.

How a drunk driving accident can impact your life

These days it is pretty much common knowledge that drinking alcohol and driving can cause a devastating impact on a person's life if an accident occurs due to this reckless behavior. Drunk driving is so prevalent and has such a serious impact on American society that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention keeps statistics on just how catastrophic the impact can be.

According to the CDC, nearly 30 people die in America each day due to a car accident that involved an impaired driver. That means that one person dies in our country due to this serious problem about once per hour; more frequently than that, actually. In a recent year - 2016 - of all the traffic accidents that occurred in America, 28 percent involved drinking and driving. The facts are pretty clear: drunk driving, despite decades of public awareness campaigns, still has an expensive and deadly impact on thousands of lives each year.

Moving patients a common cause of injury in health care

Today’s health care workers hold undeniably risky positions, and numerous parts of the job description regularly expose them to illness or injury. While some of the risks today’s health care workers face stem from working near ill and violent patients and violent patient family members or loved ones, others stem from moving patients unable to move themselves.

Per Healthcare Business & Technology, the most significant injury risk faced by modern health care workers comes from moving immobile patients. Moving immobile patients places a strain on health care workers even under the best of conditions, so much so that nurses, alone, suffer about 35,000 back and musculoskeletal injuries annually bad enough to keep them out of work.

What are your employer's obligations for workers' compensation?

Many of our readers in Colorado may have the vague notion that if they are injured on-the-job they have some legal protections in place to help them get through the situation, namely workers' compensation benefits. However, what exactly are your employer's obligations when it comes to workers' compensation?

Well, for starters, in Colorado almost all employers are required to have coverage for workers' compensation. There are some very limited exceptions to this requirement. So, chances are your employer does have workers' compensation coverage, although it would behoove any employee in Colorado to verify whether that is the case for sure. Employers' workers' compensation coverages are intended to protect employees, which almost every worker who receives pay from the employer is presumed to be. The other classification is as an independent contractor, who may not be covered.

Alternate routes may increase your car accident risk

If you live in the Denver-metro area, there is a good chance you experienced some interruptions in your travel plans when a giant fissure opened up on U.S. 36 between Denver and Boulder. The sinkhole closed both lanes of the highway, forcing motorists to drive an alternate route to work, home and elsewhere. 

Taking a different path to your intended destination may be either an adventure or an annoyance. Unfortunately, though, you may have an increased risk of a car accident when driving an alternate route. Here are three reasons car collisions tend to happen in unfamiliar places. 

Exploring legal options for truck accident victims

An unexpected truck accident can devastate the lives of the victims. Because truck accidents can result in catastrophic injuries and damages to truck accident victims, it is important for truck accident victims and their families to be familiar with the legal protections available to them when they have been harmed because a truck driver or trucking company was negligent and a truck was not properly handled or maintained.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that during 2011 alone 3,757 victims were killed and 88,000 victims were injured in large truck accidents. During the same year, 287,000 large trucks were involved in truck accidents throughout the U.S. In Colorado, most people are no strangers to sharing the roadways with large trucks. Because of their size, especially when compared to the average motor vehicle they share the roadway with, truck accidents can result in serious harm to victims.

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.

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