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University professor dies in collision with tanker truck

There is no doubt that an accident between a vehicle and a bicyclist is devastating for the cyclist. After all, there is nothing to protect the rider from the impact of the collision.

When that vehicle happens to be a large and heavy commercial truck, the injuries suffered by the rider could very well prove to be fatal.

Could this dangerous intersection be a risk for crashes?

Some places on the road are more likely than others to see an accident. Smart drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists know to avoid these areas or keep watch for hazards when passing through them. As the number of cyclists in Colorado increase, awareness of these trouble spots will only increase in importance.

Colorado Springs has seen a disturbing rise in bicycle crashes resulting in death. A woman struck by a car while she rode her bicycle near the Nevada Avenue exit from Interstate 25 highlights one particular danger area. It was not immediately clear if the biker was on the sidewalk or if the driver had made an error in connection with the accident. The site, which may be especially prone to accidents, was closed to traffic for hours while it was investigated and cleared. Hopefully, local authorities will assess the potential dangers of this area to prevent future such incidents from happening in the months and years to come.

Should you let your teenager play football?

The residents of Colorado are, largely, football fans. However, the information that has emerged in recent years about the effects of football injuries on the brain seems to have dampened many people's enthusiasm for the sport.

The number of high school athletes playing football in the state these days is rather telling of the concerns. Since 2006, participation on school teams has declined by 11 percent. Parents seem to be increasingly aware that there is a real danger of trauma-related brain damage to football players, so they're simply keeping their kids out of the game.

Your role caring for a loved one with spinal cord injury

When you have a loved one who has suffered a spinal cord injury, you will undoubtedly struggle with offering care. You will likely want to do all you can to make them as comfortable as possible and help them through their rehabilitation, but you might also worry that what you are doing might further hurt them. It's never easy to care for a loved one so here's what your role will be in this situation.

Your role in caring for a loved one who has suffered a serious injury is critical to their recovery. You will be the focal point of their life from here on out, which means that your stress levels will increase. The most important thing you need to remember is to make time for yourself each day, even if it's just for 20 minutes or so. This will help you regroup and refresh your mind.

New Accident Tech Inspired by Woman Trapped in Car for 6 Days

The story of a Brighton, Colorado woman who survived a car crash from four years ago is helping to improve safety of motor vehicles. The story is being taken by Colorado and put to good use in an effort to make the roads of the state safer for all drivers. The story of her horrific car crash is one that a lot of drivers won't be able to relate to but hope never happens to them.

The woman, Kristin Hopkins, does not have much memory when it comes to the six days she spent trapped in her car following the crash. She spent those six days without water and food. The vehicle was stuck on the side of Red Hill Pass, which is located off Highway 285.

Colorado Springs: Deadliest year ever for car accidents

Located just a couple hours south of Fort Collins lies the city of Colorado Springs. While the town has become well-known in recent years for ushering in high tech and military businesses, there is another statistic the city has grown in: the increasing rise of car accidents. Although there are still a few months left in 2018, a recent news report from KKTV 11 News suggests the city will see the highest number of auto accidents on its roads in recent memory. 

2017 set a previous record for the city for the highest number of fatalities on its roads. In 2017, 39 people lost their lives on the town's roads, and 2018 is already on pace to exceed that record. As of August this year, there have already been 32 fatalities on Colorado Springs' roadways. At this same point last year, there had only been 22 fatalities. 

A look at statistics regarding fatal bicycle accidents

Bicycles have long been a popular mode of transportation in cities throughout Colorado. They have also been popular for daily exercise routines for people of all ages and skill levels. Most people ride their bicycle wearing a helmet in order to protect themselves if involved in an accident. Today, we will take a look at the statistics regarding bike helmet use and fatal accidents.

The most recent statistics available from the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) regarding bicycle helmets were released in 2017 for the year 2015. In 2015, there were 818 bicyclists killed on the roads across the country, which accounts for a 12.2 percent increase from 2014 and the highest increase since 1995. There were also 45,000 bicyclists injured across the country in 2015, which is a decrease by 10 percent from 2014.

Why you need uninsured motorist coverage

When you get behind the wheel to go to work or school, you are in more danger of being involved in an accident than any other time of the day. Driving is a dangerous activity that takes the lives of thousands of people across Colorado every year. All drivers are required to have insurance if they want to drive. Some don't have insurance and it's a risk they take. That's why you need uninsured motorist coverage.

You and the passengers in your car will be covered for various expenses when involved in a crash with an uninsured motorist if you have uninsured motorist coverage. Your policy will cover you for lost wages, pain and suffering and medical expenses. This type of coverage will also ensure you are taken care of should the accident involve a hit-and-run.

How to care for a family member with a traumatic brain injury

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), are devastating for both the victim and the family. These injuries can change a person's life in a matter of moments. It can be tough to recover from a TBI, if the patient will recover at all. The rehabilitation, treatment and other medical care could last for the remainder of their life. Here are some tips for caring for a family member who has a TBI.

If the trauma is serious enough, you could wind up seeing your independent child become a dependent child again and your spouse become like caring for a child. Brain injuries can alter the way the patient thinks, acts and cares for themselves, making it very hard for family members to adjust.

Electronic logging devices can reduce truck's liability

Electronic logging devices have become increasingly common in recent years. This is due to action from Congress requiring any interstate vehicles to have the device readily accessible. This piece of equipment provides the fleet manager with useful information relevant to the driver's habits, such as time spent idling and whether the driver has engaged in any dangerous behavior.

However, ELDs are also useful for limiting the truck driver's liability in the event the big rig ends up in a collision. In the past, the truck driver and company would hold most of the liability because the driver was in control of the more dangerous vehicle. These days, trucking companies can limit their liability by presenting information provided by the electronic logging device to the court to show the truck driver was responsible behind the wheel. 

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