A traumatic brain injury (TBI) changes your life immediately. While some injuries last only a short time before recovery, many have lasting effects. A TBI occurs when the head suddenly jolts forward or backward. At that point, the brain moves. If the head hits a surface, the brain may impact the skull. Even if the head only twists quickly, it's possible to suffer brain injuries from sheering as the brain can't keep up with the momentum of the skull.
All methods of transportation have risks, but bicyclists face unique dangers. A report by Denver Public Works shows that each year between 2008 and 2012 averaged 265 bicycle crashes. That only counts the number of accidents that were ultimately reported.
Many drivers are behind the wheel every single day, whether it's for an hour-long commute to work or a quick trip to the grocery store. Because of how often we drive, it can be easy to oversimplify the task of driving.
Bicyclists and motorists share the same rights within Colorado. That means they also have the same responsibilities when it comes to avoiding collisions.
A Fort Collins, Colorado, man was struck and killed while riding his motorcycle in the northern portion of Loveland in the late afternoon on Saturday, Sept. 2. The 36-year-old victim initially survived being struck head-on by a Kia Sportage at 4:53 that afternoon. He was transported to the Medical Center of the Rockies suffering from multiple blunt injuries. Within 24 hours, though, he was dead.
The Colorado State Patrol reports that in the first quarter of this year, arrests for marijuana DUI decreased by about one-third from the number in the same period in 2016. However, state officials caution that this doesn't mean that fewer people are driving while under the influence of the drug, which has been legal for recreational use in our state for three years now.
There are plenty of hazards out on the roads. Drinking and driving often comes to mind, and is certainly dangerous behavior. However, impaired drivers are not the only people you need to watch out for.