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Here are the most common causes of truck accidents

Even if you're not comfortable driving in close proximity to large commercial trucks, there's no way around this. These vehicles are everywhere, including the highways and city roads.

Understanding the most common causes of truck accidents can help you avoid trouble. Here are several things truckers often do that lead to an accident:

  • Distracted driving: This can range from talking on a cellphone to reading a map to reaching for a drink or piece of food. Truckers must keep their attention on the road at all times.
  • Drowsy driving: When a trucker spends too many consecutive hours on the road, they're more likely to fall asleep at the wheel. Even if a trucker remains awake, drowsy driving slows reaction time, thus increasing the risk of an accident.
  • Driving under the influence: Alcohol, drugs and prescription medication can all cause a trucker to make poor decisions when behind the wheel.
  • Reckless driving: You've probably come across a trucker who is not following the rules of the road. Common examples include excessive speeding and illegal passing.
  • Lack of training: Trucking companies are expected to provide truckers with all the necessary training on things such as safety and driving technique. If they don't, a trucker may not have the knowledge necessary to prevent an accident.

Drunk driver causes fatal injuries in Colorado crash

Drunk drivers pose a major threat to themselves and other people on the road. Unfortunately, it is often innocent victims and their families who end up suffering the most after a crash involving a drunk driver. Often, fatal injuries result from these incidents, and surviving loved ones must contend with their grief.

It was recently reported that alcohol was a suspected factor in a Colorado crash that resulted in one death. Apparently, a person was driving a vehicle south in the northbound lanes of a roadway. As a result, the wrong-way vehicle crashed into a vehicle traveling north. There were at least two people in the northbound vehicle, and the passenger was thrown from the car during the collision.

Skilled personal injury advocacy available in Colorado

Earlier in November we discussed the types of evidence that can be used to support a personal injury lawsuit following an auto accident. In short, the evidence used, whether direct or circumstantial, must seek to show that the defendant was negligent and that his or her negligence caused the accident and injuries in question. Witness testimony, documentary evidence from sources such as accident investigations and accident scene photos can all be enormously beneficial. So, too, can expert testimony that helps a judge and jury better understand the facts that have been presented in court. For example, an expert may be able to clarify the speed at which a vehicle was traveling prior to impact based on tire marks on the road.

Getting this evidence before a judge and jury may sound easy enough, but it can actually be quite difficult. First of all, you have to learn of its existence and then find it. This can require a significant amount of investigative work. Then, you have to carefully craft your legal arguments so as to avoid objections made by the other side. If it's impossible to avoid objections, then you'll need to know how to adequately respond to them so that a judge will rule in your favor and the evidence can be heard. Lastly, you need to be prepared to counter any arguments made by the defense. If you fail to address this last step, then your evidence may be watered down and carry less weight.

Racing leads to crash, leaves victim with fatal injuries

Some drivers may choose to disregard the safety of others while they are on the roadways. As a result, they may participate in reckless behaviors that can lead to serious accidents. Reckless driving can often lead to crashes that cause innocent victims to suffer fatal injuries.

It was recently reported that a fatal incident in Colorado was caused by reckless behavior. Apparently, a 32-year-old woman and a 26-year-old man were racing on a public street when the woman's vehicle collided with the side of another vehicle. The two racing were reportedly traveling over 70 mph in a 35 mph zone. It was also noted that a child was riding in the car with the woman.

How does alcohol affect one's driving ability?

Drunk driving continues to be a problem nation-wide. While this issue affects Coloradoans, motorists in our state are also put at risk by those who are driving while impaired by legal drugs, whether it be marijuana or legally obtained prescription pain killers. Regardless of the substance used, impairment can significantly affect one's driving ability, which places other motorists at risk of being unexpectedly involved in a serious accident.

This week we're briefly going to look at how alcohol can affect one's driving ability. Although the criminal law system makes it a crime for an individual to drive with a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher, lower BACs can still result in reduced driving capabilities. For example, an individual with a BAC of .02 percent can suffer from reduced visual functioning and multi-tasking ability. Those with a BAC of .05 percent can experience poor judgement, difficulty tracking moving objects and reduced reaction times. All of these deficiencies can contribute to or cause a serious car accident.

Brain injuries cause significant challenges for patients

Brain injuries have a few different ways that they can affect individuals. The way a brain injury appears has a lot to do with the part of the brain that has been injured.

It is common to see three main types of problems: cognitive, physical and emotional. These problems can be triggered by one another, making it very hard for patients to adjust.

Slow-moving vehicles on mountain roads asked to pull over

It was a day like many others on Oct. 18, 2018. Cars and trucks were moving along Highway 370 at a sufficient speed, but one vehicle was making its way at its own pace.

A pickup truck clipped a horse and buggy rig. No human was injured but the Colorado State Patrol reported the horse came away with a slight limp. The pickup driver was cited for careless driving.

Fatal injuries result from Colorado pedestrian accident

Most people know that pedestrians face a number of dangers because they are on foot. While many individuals reach their destinations safely, a considerable number of others end up suffering serious or fatal injuries due to being hit by vehicles. These tragic incidents are far too common and leave many families grieving.

It was recently reported that an accident in Colorado led to the death of one person. The 40-year-old woman was on foot and trying to cross a street at an intersection when she was hit by a vehicle being driven by a 29-year-old woman. It was unclear whether the pedestrian was in a crosswalk at the time of the accident. Though emergency crews took actions to keep the woman alive, the injuries proved fatal, and she was declared dead at the accident site.

What evidence could help prove liability for auto accidents?

When one person's lack of due care causes injury to another person, the injured person may have a claim against the allegedly careless person for negligence. This is the legal principle underlying personal injury suits arising from auto accidents in Colorado. Why are these lawsuits sometimes successful and other times not successful? The result can hinge on the evidence presented. This blog post will explore this issue in a little more detail.

There are two general categories of evidence: direct evidence and circumstantial evidence. Direct evidence is derived from the personal knowledge of a witness. This is often in the form of an eyewitness describing what they perceived. It can also be an expert providing interpretation of a condition in which the witness has expertise. Even a photograph or video can be direct evidence because a witness is usually available who can attest to the fairness and accuracy of the camera placement and operation. Circumstantial evidence, on the other hand, requires a judge or jury to draw an inference based on the evidence that has been produced.

Fatal accident claims life of Colorado pedestrian

A person's day can seem as normal as any other one instant -- and completely life shattering the next. Often, these life-shattering moments come when parties learn that they have lost a loved one due to a fatal accident. From that moment on, they know that their lives will never be the same, and they may have a great deal of upset to address for some time.

One family in Colorado may be trying to come to terms with such news after the recent death of a pedestrian. According to reports, the victim was crossing the street at an intersection when he was hit by a vehicle around 8 p.m. The driver of the vehicle involved apparently remained on the scene, and that person was released after police questioning.

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