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Imagine walking down the street. It's a warm day, and you're careful to look before crossing the street. You have a WALK signal in front of you, and you have taken the time to use a crosswalk.

In most cases, you'll be able to cross the street safely, but in others, you could quickly become a victim of a pedestrian accident. When drivers don't pay attention, are driving drunk or are otherwise preoccupied, they could cause a serious crash.

What should you look for in a rehabilitation facility?

After you've been injured, one of the things you may need is rehabilitation. Before you decide on a particular rehabilitation facility, it's important to know what kinds of rehabilitation the facility specializes in and several other important factors that could influence your care.

For example, if the facility is far away, will you have access to a vehicle or transportation? If you have suffered a serious injury, like a spinal cord injury, you may have to rely on others to get you to your appointments. Consider the distance when choosing a location for rehabilitation.

What level of impairment results in liability for a crash?

In 2016, over 7,000 people were arrested during the "Heat Is On" campaign in Colorado. This campaign had 12 periods during which it ran. This campaign increases overall DUI enforcement, resulting in more stops and arrests. Two-hundred and seventy-two people who were impaired were caught on New Year's last year, a slight reduction from the 396 in 2015. In total, 102 agencies participated in the campaign, with 30 arrests taking place in Aurora and another 17 taking place in Denver.

The campaign's goal is to reduce the risk of impaired drivers on the roads. Impaired drivers are a main cause behind deaths on Colorado's roads, and they create an obstacle that prevents the state from reaching a zero-traffic-death standard.

Are Cell Phones More Distracting to Drivers than Pot?

Many things cause us to drive carelessly. No question about it, many distractions in the car exist like eating fast food, passengers (human or otherwise), putting on makeup, cell phones, music and a host of other creative activities. A driver's mental state can also negatively impact driving behavior.  A few examples include feeling overly tired, angry, emotional or just lacking a plan as to where you're going can cause us to drive carelessly.  Unfortunately, any one of these careless or distracted behaviors may cause someone to swerve, over-correct or drive too slowly or too fast.  While these careless acts rarely result in fatalities, driving while intoxicated often kills.  Drunk driving is the most dangerous careless activity you can engage in as one person is killed every 50 minutes in a drunk driving accident. (NHTSA, 2017) 

Did overloaded cargo cause the big rig to swerve into you?

If an 18-wheeler sideswiped you or forced you off the road, you are probably focused on recovering from your injuries. Once you can think more clearly, you will begin to piece together what you remember of the accident.

The collision likely happened in the blink of an eye, with no indication of trouble until the big rig next to you suddenly swerved out of its lane and into yours. Why did that happen?

4 injuries that remain hidden after an auto accident

There are numerous injuries that come with car accidents, most readily apparent. From whiplash to the mental anguish from such a traumatic event, there are a number of injuries that take weeks to develop

Anyone involved in a major collision needs to see a doctor immediately. If you do not see a doctor and then develop health problems several weeks or months later, it will become harder to get an insurance provider to cover the costs. The reason is that waiting makes it harder to prove these new symptoms relate to the previous auto accident

What laws go into effect in the snow in Colorado?

There are laws in place that require vehicles to have tires with good traction. Known as traction laws, the laws make sure that motorists have enough tread to stop on wet or slick roads.

Traction laws aren't always in place. For instance, in the summer months, there may be no traction law active. However, if it snows, the traction law may be enforced. Under this law, you're asked to use snow tires, tires made for mud and snow or a four-wheel drive vehicle. In any case, your tires must have at least one-eighth inch of tread.

Cyclist suffers critical injuries after collision

Cyclists have as much of a right to be on the roads as anyone else. They are on a vehicle, just like you're behind the wheel of a car. Despite this, drivers sometimes treat cyclists like they're in the way or should not be on the roads. That simply isn't true.

When drivers aren't aware of cyclists or don't pay attention to their surroundings, there's a potential for serious injuries or deaths. That's what happened in this case involving a young cyclist who suffered critical injuries following a collision.

Bicycle accidents: Statistics to keep in mind

You love riding your bike, because there are many different benefits. You can get to work while exercising. You limit your time stuck in traffic. You can store it inside your home and don't have to worry about paying for gas or car insurance.

Yes, there are many benefits to becoming a cyclist, but there are risks, too. There are environmental characteristics that influence the bicycle crashes that take place. In 2015, those factors included the location of the cyclist's route, the lighting conditions, the time of day and the land use. Additionally, the season influences when crashes take place.

Winter driving: A hazard for all on the roads

When winter arrives, it makes the roads dangerous. Between freezing rains and blizzards with high winds, drivers have their work cut out for them. If they're not paying attention or slowing down for the conditions, they could end up putting their lives or the lives of others at risk.

Between 2011 and 2015, there were approximately 800 people on average who were killed in car crashes because of sleet, ice, freezing rain or snow, according to the Auto Insurance Center (AIC) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). As far as states go, Ohio is the deadliest in the data, being home to 420 deaths in just five years.

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