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Commercial truck drivers can't drink and drive in Colorado

You take a risk every time you get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. Chances are, you do you best to reduce those risks by driving safely and following the rules of the road. However, you can't control the bad decisions made by other drivers. People in other vehicles can swerve into your lane, drive too fast or just choose distraction over focusing on safety. Exhausted drivers and drunk drivers can put everyone at risk.

When the person who is taking unnecessary risks is a commercial truck driver, people in passenger vehicles are at increased risk of injury or death. When commercial trucks crash with passenger vehicles, the people in the smaller vehicle are much more likely to end up hurt or killed. That's why drunk or impaired driving when in a commercial vehicle is a serious concern. It could prove fatal for others on the road. Sometimes, however, that doesn't stop a reckless person from getting behind the wheel.

Animal-SUV collision stark reminder of danger on Colorado roads

Constant vigilance is the mantra for all drivers across Colorado.

And as dire as the need is for unwavering attention to be the byword for motorists in urban areas across the state, it is every bit as important that drivers in more remote regions constantly scan the space around them for potential danger.

Car crash-related brain injuries can cause permanent disability

Getting into a serious car crash is a terrifying experience. The loss of control and potential for a fatality can change an individual's perspective. Every day, people end up sustaining severe injuries, like spinal cord injuries, or even dying as a result of a collision. Many people are ecstatic just to be able to walk away from a wreck with minimal injuries.

Unfortunately, many people who seem uninjured can actually end up severely hurt by a car crash. Brain injuries, which are relatively common injuries, can take days or even weeks to fully manifest symptoms. Those symptoms could end up limiting the victim's ability to work or even provide daily self care.

Deadly accident trend disheartens safety regulators

Free will is a trait that is often pointed to as fundamentally distinguishing humans from other species.

As far as safety regulators from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are concerned, people could be doing a lot better job exercising that characteristic when engaging in behind-the-wheel behaviors out on state and national roadways.

Kids and Halloween: Common injuries and how to keep them safe

Halloween is only a few weeks away. You may have gotten your children’s costumes, stocked the pantry with candy and double checked the local trick or treating hours, but have you taken steps to reduce their risk for injury?

Unfortunately, getting injured during Halloween is common. The organization Safe Kids reports that there are twice as many children struck by cars while walking in the street on Halloween than any other day of the year. 

These 3 losses are compensable after a wrongful death

As a young adult who has suffered the loss of both parents in a car crash, you may wonder what you can do to obtain compensation for your loss. The compensation isn't just for you, because it covers funeral costs and other end-of-life needs for your mother and father.

There are many things that happen after the death of a parent. If either of your parents have a will, then that may have information about the estate that has to be divided among family. If you are an only child, you may stand to inherit the entire estate, depending on the will. If your parents don't have a will, it's likely that you will receive the entire estate.

The American workplace: troublesome landscape for older workers?

No, it's not time -- nor would it be fair -- to sound a clarion call of concern for America's comparatively older employees in the workforce. Doing so would certainly be a bit alarmist, as well as potentially discriminatory because, as noted in a recent Denver Post article, "it's dangerous to lump all people in an age group together."

Relevant statistics applicable to the country's progressively aging workforce don't lie, though, and what they starkly reveal is that older workers -- read the baby boomer demographic especially, with age 65 and up being an instructive marker -- are confronting an on-the-job environment that is far more problematic than it is for their younger peers.

Litigating a motor vehicle accident case: What's relevant?

You instinctively surmise that consideration of whether to file a legal claim following a motor vehicle accident most often revolves around a number of things, right?

And your instincts are entirely correct, of course, because that is unquestionably true in most cases. As we note on a personal injury page of the Vance & Larson Law Firm in Alamosa, "Not every accident should result in a claim."

Exhaustion is a common contributor to commercial truck crashes

Getting behind the wheel of a car is generally safe, but occasionally it can become dangerous quickly. While you may make every effort to drive carefully, other vehicles on the road can put you at risk. When another driver makes a mistake, it can result in a serious accident. If that other driver is operating a commercial vehicle, like a semitruck or an eighteen wheeler, the results could be catastrophic. Injuries could be severe, even fatal, for the people in your vehicle. The vehicle itself is liable to end up a complete loss.

There are a number of factors that can contribute to commercial truck accidents. Trucks have big blind spots, make wide turns and can have trouble stopping quickly if something unexpected happens. Sometimes, an attempt to quickly stop could lead a commercial truck to jackknife, skiddng sideways and blocking all lanes of traffic. Other times, a truck driver could simply lose control of the vehicle.

Motorcyclists: an especially vulnerable population

Of course, motorcyclists in Colorado and nationally have rights while behind the wheel.

In fact, they are legally accorded the same protections and prerogatives as are drivers of larger passenger vehicles and outsized commercial rigs.

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