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Distracted Driving, Part 3: Is Technology the Problem or the Answer?

In the previous installments of our series on distracted driving, we examined the dangers involved in texting while driving and some of the other common forms of hazardous distractions, including eating, smoking, and adjusting climate and audio controls and other devices, that account for thousands of accident fatalities every year. Now it’s time to consider a possible solution, courtesy of the major advances that have been made in recent years in auto safety technology. As our cars get smarter, is there a chance they could actually help save us from dumb driving behavior? Granted, it’s a strange question. Many would contend that...

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Distracted Driving, Part 2: Causes and Effects of Distracted Driving

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Multitasking is an inescapable fact of modern life; we grab lunch on the fly, check emails and text messages while teleconferencing, glance at the news while shopping online. But when it comes to operating a motor vehicle, not focusing on the most important task at hand can be disastrous. Every year thousands of fatal traffic accidents are caused by distracted driving. In the first part of our three-part series, we discussed the ways in which texting while driving slows response time and increases the risk of a crash — a risk so great that driver texting is now prohibited by law...

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Distracted Driving, Part 1: How Does Texting and Driving Affect Others?

Texting while driving using cell phone in car

[vc_row triangle_shape="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Study after study of traffic accidents in the United States and elsewhere have identified many different causes but one common theme: carelessness. Although some accidents may be unavoidable — the result of bad weather or poor road conditions, for example — the vast majority are preventable. In fact, the data indicates that human error accounts for more than 90% of all crashes. Some common forms of “human error” include excessive speed and driving while intoxicated. Increasingly, though, another driving behavior is proving to be a significant factor, in part because many drivers don’t realize how dangerous it is. Distracted driving, a...

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How Are Motorcycle Accidents Different from Car Accidents?

Motorcycle Accidents vs Car Accidents

After some late-winter snowstorms, spring is finally at our doorstep. Once the weather warms up, motorcyclists are itching to get out the bikes for the first ride of spring! Before you get the bike out for a quick test ride, be sure to check the weather gear and don’t skip on the full riding gear. Even with the most careful riders, the odds may not be in your favor when it comes to accident stats. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), you are 28 times more likely to die in a motorcycle accident than in a car accident. In...

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What Are the Leading Causes of Fatal Car Accidents?

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According to data gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 37,133 people lost their lives in motor vehicle crashes across the U.S. in 2017. That’s actually a slight decrease in fatalities after two years of sharp increases, but it’s still a disturbing figure — particularly since the majority of those crashes were caused by human error and were entirely preventable. One way to work at reducing the death toll on our nation’s roads is to raise awareness about the underlying causes of fatal accidents. But that can be a more complicated process than it sounds. Although researchers have collected vast amounts...

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10 Most Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

Most common causes of motorcycle accidents

In 2016, motorcyclists were 28 times more likely to die in a crash than those in a closed vehicle. Motorcycle accidents overall are at their highest level since 2008. In Colorado, motorcycle deaths have steadily increased since 2011. It peaked in 2016 with 125 motorcyclist fatalities from crashes involving 2,386 motorcycles, according to the CDOT report. Read below for information regarding the causes and injuries related to motorcycle accidents....

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What Pictures to Take after an Accident?

Taking Pictures of an Accident

In the first painful minutes after a car accident, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. There’s so much that has to be done, seemingly all at the same time: checking with all parties involved for injuries, assessing damage to the vehicles, moving to safety, summoning police, exchanging information and contacting insurance companies. With so much on their plate, it’s not surprising that many drivers forget to take one additional step before leaving the accident scene: taking photos to document what happened. Snapping pix may be the last thing on your mind in the aftermath of a crash, but it can prove tremendously useful...

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FAQs Regarding Medical Liens in Auto Injury Cases

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Nobody likes sticker shock — the moment you discover the true cost of that new car you’re about to buy, complete with extras, dealer charges, and taxes. Unfortunately, people who have been injured in a car accident sometimes experience a form of sticker shock when they discover that something called a medical lien must be paid to health care providers before they can receive their settlement. In order to avoid unpleasant surprises, it’s important to understand what your rights and obligations are when it comes to a medical lien on your settlement. Here are a few frequently asked questions and answers...

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New Report: Food Recalls on The Increase

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The safety of America’s food supply has improved greatly over the past century. The grim picture rendered in Upton Sinclair’s classic 1906 work The Jungle, which exposed atrocious conditions at stockyards and slaughterhouses that produced meat that’s adulterated, spoiled, and poisonous, set in motion a host of new laws and a keen concern about food safety that persists to this day. Modern consumers know that the food supplied to restaurants and grocery stores is subject to intense government oversight and inspection. Yet even with an extensive safety system in place, significant outbreaks of food-borne illnesses continue, as well as large-scale recalls...

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Is Lane Splitting Legal in Colorado?

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Motorists are often urged to “share the road.” That’s generally good advice, especially in congested areas, where many types of vehicles are trying to get somewhere at varying speeds. But there’s one type of road-sharing that’s become a source of controversy, sparking debates about safety and focusing a spotlight on the vulnerability of motorcyclists in car-dominated traffic. It’s called lane splitting. WHAT IS LANE SPLITTING? Also known as “filtering,” “whitelining,” “stripe-riding,” or “lane sharing,” lane splitting is the practice of riding a bicycle or motorcycle between lanes of slow-moving or stopped traffic. It’s a way of maneuvering around congestion by taking advantage of...

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