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Orthopedic injuries are serious and require early treatment

There are many kinds of injuries that may not seem serious on the surface but end up causing you major concern. For example, a sprain might not seem serious at first, but if you keep using it without resting, it could become a problem that requires surgery.

There are dozens of orthopedic injuries that you should look out for on the job. Early treatment is the best way to make sure you don't suffer serious complications from these injuries.

Light up your ride to stay safe with LED lights

If you want to be safe when you're riding your bike, one of the best things you can do is to add lighting. Making yourself visible reduces your risk of getting injured in a crash and helps drivers avoid you on the road. Whether you plan to ride in a rural area or a busy city, having lights on your bike is just one of the ways you can be safer.

Having a light that emits a bright beam is important for cyclists. The brighter the light, the more likely it is you'll be seen and that drivers will think you are inside a larger vehicle. That illusion could help you avoid a collision by making others slow down, pull over or wait for you to pass.

Bicycle dangers to be aware of this fall

As an avid bicyclist, there is no such thing as an off-season when it comes to you and your bike, even in Colorado’s harsh winters. No matter how experienced you are biking in all types of weather, it never hurts to brush up on each season’s hazards.

During the autumn months, inclement weather conditions will often affect your riding experience, particularly when it comes to road surfaces. You will probably encounter frost on the pavement if your favorite riding time is early in the morning. Rain, wind and fog can also contribute to slippery roads and reduced visibility.

Man dies after falling from fire escape in Mile High Stadium

When you go to a stadium or sports arena, you may want to look for an escape route in case anything happens. Sometimes, stadiums are so full that people actually fill up these escape areas, sitting on ladders and railings to see the game.

Unfortunately, that's extremely dangerous, especially if the fire escape is not made in a sturdy manner. That may be the issue that resulted in this man's death. A man fell from the fire escape stairs at Sports Authority Field and passed away after a Denver Broncos game, according to the news, and now his family is seeking compensation from the stadium and others.

Taking precautions can reduce bicycling deaths

Biking accidents in Colorado seem to be occurring more and more frequently, often causing extremely severe injuries and even fatalities. Some choices bikers make may be contributing to their risk of accident and resulting death. While following the rules of the road is of utmost importance for cyclists, taking additional precautions can reduce risk of accidents.

As reported by the Denver Post, while injury or death in a bike crash used to involve largely children many decades ago, currently the average age of a victim of a bike fatality is 45. Biking is no longer just kids’ play, as adults have embraced biking for health reasons, commuting purposes and sports.

How can I avoid accidents this Halloween?

Kids running around at night, with masks on their faces making it hard for them to see, is never a good idea -- but that's what happens on Halloween. Drivers generally know to watch out for kids on Halloween and they will be on high alert, but how do you make sure your kids stay extra safe?

Here are a few tips to keep your kids safe on Halloween:

  • Makes sure that children under 12 years of age trick or treat with adults present. However, you may want to decide on a case-by-case basis whether your kids are ready to trick or treat alone.
  • Teach your kids to keep their eyes on the road and traffic, and to put their cellphones away.
  • Choose costumes with bright and highly visible colors, or equip your kids with reflective tape on their candy bags and outfits.
  • Give your kids glow sticks that will make them more visible.
  • Only visit known houses when trick or treating, and only trick or treat in well-lit communities that have bike paths and sidewalks.
  • Drive slowly and turn on your headlights when operating your vehicle on Halloween.
  • Check all candy for any signs of tampering. It's rare, but scary things have happened where people put dangerous substances or materials in candy.

Why are curved roads dangerous for motorcyclists?

You love the wind in your hair when you ride your motorcycle, but you know that the hazards of having that feeling of freedom could result in life-threatening crashes and injuries. There are many circumstances where having the knowledge to crash in a safer manner can help. For instance, if you lose control, knowing how to fall or slide could help save your life.

One of the major hazards you face on the roads is gravel. When you travel quickly, that gravel could cause you to lose traction and control. This is particularly dangerous on hills and winding roads, where you may not have much room to navigate.

You can pursue a claim if you're a victim of dooring

As a cyclist, the last thing you want to deal with is an accident. You ride your bike to enjoy the weather and to get where you want to go. You don't ride it to open yourself up to injury.

You have rights, just as someone with a vehicle does. You have the right to be on the roads and to have other drivers and cyclists respect your right-of-way. In return, you must follow the traffic laws and be aware of ways to avoid a collision, too.

Driver in fatal hit-and-run crash charged with several offenses

On September 17, a Colorado car accident occurred that left an Uber driver injured and a 37-year-old passenger in the Uber car dead. The collision happened in the Cheesman Park neighborhood of Denver in the early morning hours of Sept. 17.

According to reports, the Uber vehicle and another vehicle had an accident. Afterwards, the 20-year-old driver of the other car allegedly ran away from the scene of the collision. He was reportedly found and arrested a short time later "showing signs of impairment."

What to do after an auto accident in Colorado

Being involved in a car accident is a scary situation no matter how much experience you have as a driver. If you are ever involved in a car accident in Fort Collins, you need to follow the steps outlined in this post so you know exactly what to do so you protect your rights.

First and foremost, you need to move the vehicles to a safer area, if possible. If the vehicles are disabled, put the fourways on and light some flares to warn other motorists. If the vehicles must be left in the roadway, get out of them and safely to the side of the road. Now you can check to see if everyone else is ok.

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