NTSB suggests lowering drunk driving threshold

As our Denver readers may have heard, the National Transportation Safety Board has urged states to reduce their threshold for drunken driving by nearly half, from .08 percent blood alcohol content to .05.  The .05 standard would match that used in other countries, with the goal of reducing fatal car accidents.

Toyota course to educate teens on dangers of distracted driving

Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of car accidents on our roadways, claiming 3,331 lives in 2011, up from 3,267 in 2010. Distraction comes in various forms, but use of cell phones is perhaps the cause gaining the greatest attention in recent years, undoubtedly because of the flourishing of hand-held

Bill establishes DUI framework for marijuana impaired driving

On Tuesday, the Colorado Senate passed House Bill 1325 by a vote of 24-11, meaning that Governor John Hickenlooper, who will next have the opportunity to sign the bill into law. HB 1325 sets THC blood limits for motorists in Colorado, where recreational use of marijuana was legalized last fall.

Intersection in Aurora leaves infant dead, adult driver injured

On Sunday, two people died in a auto accident in Aurora, one of which was three month old baby.  The accident occurred when a red SUV and a pickup truck collided in an intersection, causing the SUV to crash into a light pole and an abutment.  According to police, that

Small businesses seeking to reduce workers’ compensation costs this year

A recent article in the Denver Business Journal pointed out that small business owners, in the midst of a third consecutive year of workers’ compensation rate increases and a slow economic recovery, are seeking out effective ways to minimize their risk and control costs. As the author points out, this

High Court sides with company in reimbursement case involving victim of underinsured motorist

On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling that helps resolve a conflict among federal courts of appeal on the issue of whether principles of equity, or fairness, should trump a health plan’s terms under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). The case involves a man, an employee

Distracted driving a problem not only on roads, but in skies as well

On Tuesday, the National Transportation Safety Board released the findings of an investigation of a 2011 accident involving a medical helicopter. That crash, which occurred near Mosby, Missouri, resulted in the death of a patient being taken from one hospital to another, a flight nurse, a flight paramedic, and the

Excavator convicted for crash that killed cyclist

Last month, a Boulder County jury convicted Christopher Loven, a dump truck driver of caress driving in connection with the death of a 73-year-old Boulder man who had been riding a bicycle. According to an investigation by the Colorado State Patrol, Loven had been driving a dump truck hauling a

ATA accused of shifting blame to other drivers in car-truck crashes

The Truck Safety Coalition, an advocacy group working to increase safe driving practices in the trucking industry, recently got upset over a report published by the American Trucking Associations. That report, according to the Truck Safety Coalition, essentially attempted to blame car drivers for the majority (80 percent) of car-truck

Colorado Supreme Court upholds decision in favor of insurance company over 1995 crash

Earlier this month, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled in favor of automobile insurer State Farm, holding that underinsured motorist claims may not be brought against the company because of a statute of limitations. The incident that gave rise to the ruling was a car accident that took place back in