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When can you sue a ski resort for an injury?

If you're going to be spending time on the ski slopes over the holidays, you hope that you and your family will return home without any broken bones or more severe injuries. What if you don't? Are you responsible for your injuries or are there cases in which you can hold a ski resort or other property liable? The short answer is, "It depends."

Ski resorts have a responsibility to keep their property as safe and hazard-free as reasonably possible. That includes keeping the ski lifts functioning properly. Many ski resort injuries occur before people even make it onto the slopes. A fall from a ski lift making its way up or down a mountain can be serious and even fatal. If someone suffers an injury because the resort failed to keep a lift properly maintained or to repair a malfunction, it could potentially be held liable.

Truckers abusing drugs and alcohol at alarming rates

Colorado’s mountain roads and unpredictable weather patterns can make driving difficult for anyone, but the drivers of heavy commercial trucks have an especially difficult job on their hands. The size and weight of today’s semitrucks make them a danger to passenger vehicles even under the best of circumstances, but when truckers abuse drugs or alcohol before getting behind the wheel, they place everyone on the road at risk.

Unfortunately, the American Addiction Centers report that many of today’s truck drivers are abusing substances while on the job, which can impact numerous areas of driver performance, including alertness, attentiveness and judgment, among others.

Brain injury treatment changing for kids

There are new guidelines in place to help better diagnose children with brain injuries, according to a Nov. 8 report. Previously, doctors would order rest after a child suffered a concussion, but that's changing today. New guidelines change how children will be treated in the future.

The new guidelines were developed by the co-director of the Center for Brain Injury Recovery, which is located at the Kennedy Krieger Institute.

More bicyclists are dying on our roadways than ever

One might expect that with improvements in road safety across the nation and improved bike helmet use bicyclist deaths would have decreased compared to 12 years ago. However, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that the roadways are killing more cyclists in the present than they were in the past.

Bicycle accident statistics from 2006 to 2015

How to defend against ”dooring accidents” as a bicyclist

Dooring accidents happen when a passenger or driver in a parked automobile opens his or her door without looking to see if the way is clear. If a bicyclist happens to be passing at an inopportune moment, opening a door like this could result in catastrophic and fatal injuries. Regardless of whether the door simply clips the cyclist or causes the cyclist to ride directly into it, you can imagine how terrible an incident like this can be.

Automobile drivers and passengers may be financially liable in the wake of a dooring accident tragedy, but it's certainly preferred to avoid these accidents in the first place. Here's what safety-conscious bicyclists can do to prevent getting doored:

  • Give parked cars plenty of clearance: If you're riding along the side of the road where parked vehicles are present, you should always put three to four feet of space between yourself and the parked vehicles. If it's impossible to leave this kind of room, then you should get off your bike and walk until the way is clear, or enter the roadway and ride in traffic as if you're a car. Both of these options are better than putting your life at risk.
  • Scan for heads: Cyclists should also scan ahead to see if there are any occupants in the parked vehicles along the road. If a head can be seen, that person might soon be getting out of the vehicle without warning, so make sure you give that vehicle a lot of space. Even if you can't see any heads, be careful because a short person might not be visible on the other side of the seat.

Are you following these 3 car accident avoidance strategies?

Imagine that you're driving your children to school one morning. You're late, stressed and the last thing on your mind is the need to drive safely. You've been driving this route so many times, in fact, that you've become complacent and are taking your safety for granted. This is one of the biggest mistakes any driver can make.

The inherent dangers of driving a car create the need to be vigilant about safety at all times. Here are three vital safety tips that drivers often forget:

How often are work zones a factor in car accidents?

Colorado’s population continues to undergo explosive growth, and with an influx of new residents comes an increase in road construction to accommodate them. In other words, if it seems as if road construction exists around every corner, it is because the state’s roadways are constantly in need of expansion and repair, but the work zones used to create and repair infrastructure can, at times, prove highly dangerous.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration notes that work zone crashes are on the rise across Colorado and the nation. So much so, in fact, that the number of crashes that occurred within work zones climbed 43 percent from 2013 to 2015, with more than 96,600 crashes taking place in the nation’s work zones in 2015 alone.

Fort Collins drivers — watch out for trick-or-treaters

If you're a Fort Collins parent, chances are good that your kids are all caught up in the Halloween hype. Whether you're selecting the perfect costume, carving the winning jack-o'-lantern or plotting the best trick-or-treat route, the excitement of this autumn holiday is in the air.

The following suggestions for Halloween fun may be helpful when planning this year's festivities.

Helmets make everyone take more risks

A bike helmet is a critical piece of safety equipment, and it can protect you in an accident. It can lower the odds of a serious head injury.

However, it is important to understand that the helmet may also increase the odds that you will get in that accident in the first place. It could cause you to take more risks. Two different studies have shown how this works.

What Colorado drivers need to know about Codes 15 and 16

Colorado has some of the most stunning mountains in the world. During the winter, those mountains can make for treacherous driving. Colorado's Interstate 70 has been named among the most dangerous roads in the country.

If you don't have the proper vehicle -- and the appropriate equipment on your vehicle -- you're putting yourself and others on the road in serious danger. You're also running the risk of getting stuck and keeping others on the road from getting where they need to go.

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