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Distracted driving causes fatal accidents in Colorado

Though National Distracted Driving Awareness Month is coming to a close, it is important to understand the dangers of distracted driving all year. Numerous car accidents take place because drivers are letting themselves get distracted by various outside factors. While some people may not think that sending a quick text is a big deal, it can become extremely significant when momentary distractions cause fatal accidents.

During this awareness month, several statistics regarding distracted driving were reviewed. In Colorado alone, an average of 43 car accidents take place each day due to distracted driving. Throughout 2018, over 15,600 collisions occurred in the state due to distraction, and of those, 53 had fatal outcomes. Unfortunately, because an estimated 660,000 drivers across America use their phones while behind the wheel, the likelihood of serious or fatal accidents remains high.

Colorado truckers must abide by hours of service regulations

With its wide-open roads, rural Colorado has its fair share of semi-trucks zooming their way across the state. The trained and oftentimes experienced truckers who operate these big rigs should be able to do so safely, especially when they adhere to federal safety regulations. Sadly, though, sometimes truckers don't abide by the rules imposed upon them, which puts other motorists at greater risk of being injured or killed in an auto accident. When this happens, it becomes imperative for victims and their families to look at the applicable safety regulations to better determine if a trucker failed to abide by them, as doing so can serve as strong evidence supporting a personal injury or wrongful death claim.

Perhaps some of the most important trucking regulations are those that pertain to hours of service. According to these regulations, a trucker can only operate his or her vehicle for up to 11 hours after 10 consecutive off-duty hours. The regulations also specify that a trucker cannot drive his or her truck after the 14th hour after going back on shift following the 10-hour rest period. Additionally, a semi-truck can only be in operation if its driver has had an off-duty period or rest break of at least thirty minutes within the last eight hours.

Concussion: From diagnosis to recovery

Striking your head, such as in a motor vehicle accident, requires immediate medical attention. Even if you're not experiencing symptoms right away, you could have a concussion that begins to cause you problems in the hours and days to come.

Upon arriving at the hospital, your doctor will conduct a neurological exam to check the following:

  • Hearing
  • Visions
  • Sensation
  • Strength
  • Reflexes
  • Coordination
  • Balance

Wrongful death: Speeding, impairment factors in fatal crash

Traffic violations can easily lead to serious car accidents. A driver may not think much of traveling over the speed limit or even consuming alcohol before getting behind the wheel, but in reality, these actions could result in someone losing his or her life. In addition to trying to handle the loss, the victim's family may have many decisions to make, such as whether to pursue a wrongful death claim.

One family in Colorado may be exploring this legal option after a recent fatal crash. Apparently, a man was driving a vehicle when he tried to make a left turn. However, an oncoming vehicle was traveling over the speed limit and collided with the man's turning vehicle. It was noted that the speed limit in the area was 30 mph, but it was not mentioned at what speed the oncoming vehicle was moving.

The importance of objections during an auto accident case

Most personal injury lawsuits settle before being litigated in court. Those who can settle often reach a resolution that supports their best interests. Usually this means that an auto accident victim will agree that an offered amount of compensation is appropriate given the time, money and risk associated with taking a case to trial.

However, there are a fair number of cases that do end up going to trial. When this happens, car accident victims need to ensure that they understand the rules of evidence and the trial rules, as well as how to use those rules to their advantage.

Information from fatal accidents can act as evidence

Driving is a dangerous activity no matter how seasoned the person behind the wheel is. Individuals cannot account for how other people on the road will handle their vehicles and hardly know when someone is distracted or impaired. Unfortunately, these and other factors often lead to fatal accidents.

It was recently reported that an accident in Colorado claimed the life of one person. The incident involved a utility truck and a car. Apparently, the truck was attempting to make a left turn onto a roadway when the car collided with it. It was not mentioned which direction the car was traveling. There were at least two people in the car at the time of the incident and apparently only the driver in the utility truck.

Things to consider before accepting an auto accident settlement

Figuring out what to do in the aftermath of a car accident can be an overwhelming process. Those in Colorado who have suffered serious injuries need to focus on recovering their health, including their physical capabilities, and those who lose a loved one to a wreck likely need time to emotionally heal. At the same time, these victims and their families may be facing severe financial hardship. Medical expenses can quickly rack up, and funeral costs and lost wages may make it challenging, if not impossible, to make ends meet.

When the auto accident in question was caused by the negligence of another, then legal action may be justified. But not all personal injury and wrongful death cases wind up being litigated. In fact, a significant number of them end in settlement negotiations. Here, a victim can seek a favorable resolution while avoiding the time and costs associated with taking a case to trial.

Potentially deadly distracted driving is only getting worse

Do you feel like Americans cracked down on distracted driving over the past few years? Maybe you see a lot of PSA-style television commercials and Internet ads. Maybe you see people on Facebook discussing the dangers. Maybe you feel more aware of the risks, personally speaking, than you ever have before.

Maybe you have even seen the legal changes sweeping the country as state after state enacts anti-distracted driving laws, which typically aim at keeping people off of their cellphones behind the wheel.

Rise in pedestrian fatalities may raise wrongful death claims

Many people choose to travel by foot for various reasons. While walking can help cut down on personal expenses associated with driving or having a car, it can also put individuals in danger of suffering serious or fatal injuries in the event of an accident. Unfortunately, with pedestrian fatalities on the rise, there may be more cause for wrongful death claims.

Pedestrians in Colorado and elsewhere face hazards at almost every turn. It was recently reported that pedestrian deaths across the country reached a new high in 2018, which surpassed the previous high in 1990. More than 6,200 people suffered fatal injuries in pedestrian accidents last year, and that number increased by 250 people from 2017. It was noted that a majority of the fatalities occurred at night.

Tips to manage finances after suffering a brain injury

Suffering a brain injury can have long-lasting and wide-ranging effects. For many of these victims in Colorado and elsewhere, their financial health is of paramount concern. They may be rendered permanently disabled, but rehabilitation therapy may prove beneficial. Some are even able to reclaim much of their pre-injury lives and participate in the activities they once loved, but others are not so lucky and end up suffering life-long damages. As we have discussed previously on the blog, brain injuries can also contribute to mental health issues that can end up being debilitating. While these conditions, too, may be treatable, the expenses associated with treating these physical and mental conditions can be extensive, especially when a brain injury sufferer is unable to work.

The Brain Injury Association of America offers some money management tips for these individuals. It suggests creating a tight budget, which may mean getting rid of unnecessary technology, such as cable and expensive data plans, and even selling vehicles that are too expensive. Seeking community resources and conducting rehabilitative therapy at home can also help save money.

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