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What should you know about quadriplegia?

Quadriplegia is also known as tetraplegia. It's a type of paralysis that results in the total or partial loss of sensation or movement in the limbs. The torso is usually also affected. Paraplegia is similar, but it only affects the waist down, not the arms.

Tetraparesis or quadriparesis, two other terms you may see if you have lost sensation, means that you have muscle weakness affecting all four of your limbs.

3 things to do if you're in a bicycle crash

Bike crashes can happen at almost any time, especially when cyclists ride near the roads. Drivers aren't always prepared to see a cyclist, and a crash between a car and cyclist nearly always ends badly.

What can drivers do to be safer around cyclists? What should cyclists to do be safer around traffic? Here are a few tips that could help:

What to do if you're a cyclist hit by an uninsured driver

Many people do not realize their auto insurance typically extends to any incidents that occur on a bike, too. For example, you may prefer riding your bike to work every day, and you should rest easy by acquiring a comprehensive auto insurance policy that covers any accidents on your bike. This way if you ever end up in an incident where you are hit by a vehicle on your bike, the claims process becomes much simpler. 

Car-bicycle collisions are extremely common in Colorado, and if you end up being a victim of such a crash, then you want to make sure any injuries have coverage. This is especially true if the motorist lacks any insurance whatsoever. Your own policy should help, but you want to follow these steps in the immediate aftermath. 

Can you file a claim for delayed pain?

If you were recently in a car accident and decided not to go to the hospital, you may be one of many who later discovered that you had pain and soreness that you didn't feel at the time. Delayed symptoms of injuries aren't uncommon in car crashes, because the adrenaline your body releases makes it hard for you to feel any pain. Despite that, the reality is that you did get hurt and do need medical care. Do you still have the option?

Yes, you do. If your pain was delayed, make sure you seek out medical care as soon as you can. Some injuries, like whiplash or heavy bruising, may not hurt or cause symptoms initially. Only after several hours or days have passed will you notice any significant signs of injury, like headaches or localized pain.

Marijuana-related fatalities on the rise in Colorado

Colorado has made marijuana legal over the course of the last several years, but with a rise in auto deaths with marijuana as a factor, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) wants to know more about what people think about driving while using the drug.

CDOT is surveying thousands in an attempt to understand public attitudes toward driving while influenced by marijuana. By launching the Cannabis Conversation, CDOT hopes to better identify what it can do to reduce the number of collisions and fatalities taking place by reducing the number of people driving while high on marijuana.

Car and cycle crashes can cause traumatic brain injury

Whether you are driving or cycling through Colorado’s spectacular mountain scenery, a vehicle crash can quickly turn your joy into horror and pain. No matter how careful you are and how defensively you drive and/or cycle, other drivers are not always as careful as you are. If you are unfortunate enough to be hit by one of these negligent drivers, you could suffer severe consequences, including a traumatic brain injury.

A TBI is an injury to your head that causes your brain to dysfunction in some manner. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that nearly 2 million Americans receive a TBI each year, and 14.3 percent of these are the result of a traffic accident. The sobering fact is that you could be one of the 286,000 people who suffer a crash-related TBI annually

Cycling: A danger in spring

Cycling is dangerous if you're not careful about when and where you ride. It's particularly hazardous in times like the spring, fall or winter, when drivers may not expect you to be on the roads.

Most cycling accidents involve a bicycle crashing into a vehicle or another cyclist. Others happen because cyclists lose control or because they get caught up in the bicycle's pedals or moving parts. Fortunately, there are ways you can ride safely, so you can avoid accidents caused by user error.

Hiking, Rock Climbing, Camping and the Colorado Governmental Immunity Act: Who Should Pay When Someone Gets Hurt?

The Colorado Governmental Immunity Act (CGIA), CRS §§24-10-101 et seq., bars lawsuits against Colorado governmental agencies and their employees unless rare circumstances exist. Even when injured victims are allowed to move forward with a lawsuit, damages are limited by statute. There are two schools of thought on the efficacy of the CGIA. One view is that the state provides essential public services that would be disrupted if all lawsuits were allowed to go forward, and the "taxpayers would ultimately bear the fiscal burdens of unlimited liability." The other view is that a denial or reduction of the ability of injured victims to recover monetarily leads to unfair results.

What is a Safe System?

Making it safer for drivers to be on the roads isn't always easy. Trying to take the human error out of the equation is impossible. However, there are some things that could be tried to reduce the number of collisions on the roads. One of those things is creating a safer system for the roads.

The Safe System is essentially the redesign of roadways and walkways. For example, having better sidewalks can keep pedestrians off the roads. Reducing speed limits can reduce the number of high-speed collisions. Having median strips on highways helps prevent head-on collisions. Even replacing intersections could make the roads safer if they're turned into roundabouts.

1 killed, 2 injured in tragic bus crash near Aspen

When you merge onto the highway, it's important to know who has to yield. Sometimes, there's little time for those on the right to enter the highway at speed. Despite that, those entering the highway have to be careful to avoid crashing into someone else.

Likewise, those in traveling lanes should move over to the left, so the people entering the highway don't have to fight for space. Failing to do so can result in a serious collision and confusion as to who's at fault.

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