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Cycling risks: What to know about riding risks and kids

You want your child to have fun riding a bike. It's good exercise, and you know that it's healthy for your child to get out of the house. Biking can be dangerous, though, so it's important to think about that and what you can do to mitigate the risks.

In 2013, 98 children between the ages of zero and 19 died from their injuries after being involved in a biking accident. The good news is that the number of deaths has dropped by around 62 percent since the reports from 1999 and 17 percent between 2013 and 2014.

Drowsy driving: More prominent than once believed

Everyone has had a moment behind the wheel when he or she felt too tired to keep driving. Most people decide enough is enough and pull over to the side of the road. They might take a nap or rest for several hours before continuing. Others grab a quick coffee and make sure they're awake and alert before continuing onward.

The American Automobile Association has shown that drowsy driving has become a much larger problem than once expected. According to their data, drowsy driving plays a larger role in the number of crashes that take place across America than the federal statistics show.

What happens if you get hurt on a plane?

You didn't expect to get hurt while traveling, but the fight attendant had other things in mind for you. After pushing you into your seat, you ended up with a laceration. You need stitches, but being thousands of feet up in the air isn't helping you get medical care.

Your situation isn't as uncommon as you may think. Many people end up hurt on planes and then need care that they can only get on the ground.

Never accept cash after an auto accident

A drastic number of people in Colorado lose their lives every year as a result of car accident. In 2016 and 2017, over 600 people died each year as a result of other people's negligence while behind the wheel. 

Many more incidents took place where people merely sustained injuries or property damage. Even in these cases, it is paramount to follow proper protocol. You may find yourself in a situation where you become involved in a collision, and the other driver offers you money upfront to sweep this under the rug. Here are the reasons why you should always say, "No."

What can you do to prevent bike accidents?

When you want to go out for a ride, you need to make sure you're prepared for a bike ride that is safe. By taking steps to prepare yourself, you're in a better position to avoid a crash or injuries.

It's true that many crashes are a result of drivers being unsafe around cyclists, but cyclists can take steps to avoid getting hit as well. Being safe around motor vehicles could help save your life.

1 seriously hurt in crash in Boulder

A driver from Brighton has been accused of a DUI and reckless driving after hitting a student from the University of Colorado. According to the Jan. 17 report, the student, a 20-year-old, had part of his scalp torn off in the crash and suffered serious injuries. The crash involved three vehicles in Boulder on a late Friday night.

The 28-year-old man accused of driving drunk also faces charges including vehicular assault and reckless driving. It's believed that he ran a red light at Foothills Parkway at around 11:56 p.m., and collided with two vehicles before landing on the median. The police reported that he was attempting to get his vehicle off the median when they arrived at the scene.

Why Did Fort Collins See Its Highest Rise in Fatal Car Accidents in Over a Decade?

Why did Fort Collins see its highest rise in fatal car accidents in over a decade?

2017 saw an increased spike in motor vehicle collisions, and it is leaving experts baffled as to why. 14 people died in auto accidents in 2017 which is the most dramatic increase in over a decade.

4 ways to cycle safely in the winter

Even if you ride your bike every day for years, cycling during winter can be challenging. You may find the sight of snowfall as a perfect excuse to avoid hopping on your bike. However, cycling in the winter can come with many benefits. Riding in the cold weather helps you burn more calories, use oxygen more efficiently and make you a more skilled cyclist. 

All it takes is some preparation and learning to safely cycle in the winter. Follow the tips below, and you are sure to be a winter cycling pro in no time.

Broken bones: Get good care and the compensation you need

You were in a serious car accident, and between broken legs and arms, you've been left immobile in the hospital. You aren't sure how serious the injuries are other than being unable to use your extremities.

There are a few things you should know about orthopedic injuries. While broken bones do heal and are sometimes the least dangerous of injuries, they can become life-threatening, too.

Injuries among cyclists increases thanks to popularity

The number of bicycle accidents are on the rise, but there are reasons that you should continue to mount up and ride. You may get in better shape, and you'll help reduce the number of emissions heading into the air. You reduce the number of people on the roads, helping with congestion as well.

Unfortunately, although bicycles have a great number of benefits, riding them can be dangerous. A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association states that injuries among cyclists have increased since 1998, and those 45 years of age or older are getting hurt most.

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