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Understanding the Basics of Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)

Screeching tires, metal crushing on impact and glass shattering are all sounds that easily become ingrained in the memory of accident victims. Traumatic traffic collisions can easily lead to various physical damage, including a person’s brain. The brain is highly vulnerable to consequent pain and suffering experienced by the victim. Loved ones are often most fearful of the recovery process when there has been brain damage.

Understanding a traumatic brain injury (TBI) starts by considering the basics of its classification. There are head injuries, concussions and traumatic brain injuries, the most severe forms of head trauma. A TBI is when a person’s head receives a severe impact disabling normal brain function from occurring. The damage caused to the brain may vary from a temporary state of consciousness to amnesia and/or even a coma.

Fatal accident claims life of woman in Colorado

When a life stops in an instant, most people do not know what to do. Learning the news that a loved one has been involved in a fatal accident can leave many people feeling numb and confused. Sadly, these events often take place, and the days, weeks and months after the incident tend to leave surviving family members struggling.

The family of a woman in Colorado may be experiencing a number of hardships after a recent accident. Details on the incident were few, but reports stated that the woman was hit by a vehicle while she was either riding a bicycle or walking with a bicycle. It was noted that she was apparently near the crosswalk when the accident occurred, which took place at the I-25 on-ramp.

Pueblo man sentenced for fatal crash

In the Spring of 2017, a 28-year-old Pueblo man was charged in a drunk driving crash that killed one person and left two others seriously injured. His blood alcohol level registered at .207, more than twice the legal limit at the time of the crash.

Earlier this year, in a plea agreement, he pled guilty to vehicular homicide and vehicular assault, one count for each of the injured parties. Under the agreement, he would be sentenced to 12 years for the vehicular homicide charge, which is a class 3 felony in the state of Colorado. Each of the vehicular assault charges carried a sentence of 3-6 years in prison.

Fatal incident in Colorado claims life of motorcyclist

Deadly accidents are not uncommon. Car crashes regrettably claim lives every day. In many cases, these tragedies could have been prevented if drivers had not been distracted or otherwise negligent in their operation of their vehicles. Still, the lives lost cannot be brought back, and the victims' surviving family members are left looking for answers and closure.

A fatal accident involving a motorcycle recently took place in Colorado. Reports stated that at approximately 9 a.m., an 80-year-old motorcyclist had been stopped at a red light at an intersection when the driver of an SUV came up behind the motorcycle and did not stop. As a result, the SUV collided with the rear of the smaller vehicle, which caused the man to be thrown off the motorcycle.

You are not alone after a car accident

Every day, countless Colorado residents hit the open road. While the vast majority of these travels go without incident, there are some that unfortunately end in tragedy. Whether serious injury or worse, motor vehicle accidents are a reality for many people. Although these situations can be very difficult to navigate, it's important to remember that you are not alone during these times.

As technology has continued to progress, more and more distractions have been introduced to everyday activities such as driving. From cellphones to music devices, many drivers experience a world of distraction while out on the open road. This, of course, presents a serious danger to everyone travel with these distracted motorists. While it's hopeful that these distractions go without any serious consequence, there are unfortunately many instances that end with damaging accidents.

Study: Increased risk of distracted driving over summer months

Distracted driving can take many forms – texting and driving, using navigations systems while driving, talking to passengers while driving, fiddling with the radio while driving or even thinking of your plans later in the day.

While it can be difficult to measure distracted driving statistics (as many drivers can simply lie about their actions behind the wheel), TrueMotion found that drivers are on average 10 percent more distracted over the summer months (June, July and August) as opposed to other months of the year. This amounts to 15 minutes of distraction for every hour of travel.

Rollover accident may lead to wrongful death claim

Many questions can plague the minds of individuals who have recently lost loved ones. In particular, families may wonder who was at fault for a fatal car accident and what action could be potentially taken to seek recompense. Though their loved ones cannot be brought back, family members facing this type of situation could pursue justice and financial compensation through wrongful death claims.

One family in Colorado may be exploring this type of legal route after a recent crash. Reports stated that the incident involved only a single vehicle. A pickup truck was traveling northbound on Interstate 25 when the driver lost control and veered into the opposite lanes of travel. The truck then overturned. There were two individuals in the pickup at the time of the accident.

Study: Drugged driving on the rise in Colorado, elsewhere

A new study by the Governors Highway Safety Association confirms what many law enforcement officers have long believed: drugged driving is on the rise. Along with that rise comes an increase in motor vehicle crashes that result in injuries and fatalities.

According to USA Today, the GHSA study shows that drugs are being more frequently found in drivers who cause fatal wrecks. The paper says “the findings renew concern that marijuana and opioids are factors for a growing safety crisis on American roadways.”

When trucks and cars collide, the cars usually lose

A fatal accident in Cripple Creek left one person dead earlier this month. The accident involved a semi-truck and a passenger vehicle. Unfortunately, in these situations, the passenger vehicle is likely to incur the most damage.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Highway Loss Data Institute, just under 4,000 individuals were killed in accidents involving large trucks in 2016. Two-thirds of those deaths were occupants of passenger vehicles, while only 17 percent were occupants of large trucks (the remaining 16 percent consisted of pedestrians, motorcycle riders, and bicyclists).

How to avoid hitting animals on the road

Colorado has a preponderance of wildlife: deer, moose, elk, pronghorn, sheep, bear and others, to say nothing of livestock. If you’re driving in this state, you’ll find yourself sharing the road with these creatures at some point. When you do, it’s important to conduct yourself safely so you can avoid a collision. Here are some of the best ways to keep the wildlife unharmed and your car undented.

 

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