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What factors increase the potential for pedestrian accidents?

Nearly everywhere you look here in Denver, there are people walking. Such a concentration of people on foot tends to increase the chances of pedestrian accidents. However, there seem to be certain groups who become involved in these accidents more often than others.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 5,376 pedestrians died in crashes across the country in 2015. In fact, the chance of dying in an accident increases by 1.5 times for those on foot versus those in vehicles. In that same year, 129,000 people ended up in emergency rooms with survivable injuries after being involved in a pedestrian crash.

Motorcycle accidents, devastating injuries and monetary losses

All that is between you and the road is your helmet, your clothes and the two wheels beneath you. In many ways, that gives you a sense of freedom as you ride through Colorado's beautiful mountain scenery, but it also puts you at risk for serious injuries. Motorcycle accidents often end up causing devastating injuries, which ultimately lead to high monetary losses during your recovery.

Medical expenses and lost income are usually just the beginning of the damages that you suffer in an accident. As you lay in the hospital or sit at home waiting for your body to mend, you probably start wondering how you are going to afford to support you and your family. Using vacation time and sick time, if you have any, will not last forever. The paychecks could run out before you can return to work. Of course, that assumes that you can return to work at all.

What should I know if I have a metal-on-metal hip implant?

A hip replacement is a huge deal. You know that you will have to be off work for a while, but you likely don't think that the choice to have a replacement could make your life difficult as it often does for people in this situation.

Unfortunately, people who had a metal-on-metal hip implant are finding that the design of these implants is causing some problems. Metal-on-metal do have some of the same problems and risks as other types of hip implants. However, there are some problems that are associated with only these implants.

Has marijuana use contributed to fatal motor vehicle accidents?

Nearly everyone already knows that Colorado is one of three states that permit the recreational use marijuana. In the time since the legalization of recreational marijuana use, accidents, likely including some fatal motor vehicle accidents, have risen approximately 3 percent. A recent study appears to show a causal link between the two variables.

That study did not look specifically at fatal crashes, and it did not find a concrete link between the use of marijuana in the three states in which it is legalized. What the researchers did was compare the number of auto accident claims prior to the date that the drug was legalized in each state to the number after legalization. The data indicated that here in Colorado, the number of crashes has risen approximately 16 percent, which is much higher than the other two states involved.

Teens and serious or fatal motor vehicle accidents

Colorado parents often experience anxiety, pride and trepidation when their teens begin to drive. Teenagers' inexperience behind the wheel, potential distractions and other factors make them vulnerable to serious or fatal motor vehicle accidents. It turns out that teens are easily distracted while driving. In fact, in 2014, approximately 10 percent of all fatal crashes involving a teenage driver also involved a distraction, according to government data.

According to the American Automobile Association Foundation, that percentage is low. AAA conducted an earlier study whose data revealed the actual amount was around four times higher. That study spanned a time frame from Aug. 2007 through July 2013. That same study was updated to add and include data from Aug. 2013 through April 2015.

Baby powder products pose threat to women

Although baby powder has been a product on the market for decades, its potential danger has only been recognized in the last 15 years or so. While the scientific community remains divided on some of the specifics, there is a growing amount of research that indicates some uses of baby powder increase the risk of certain kinds of cancer.

Recently, a jury in Missouri ruled in favor of a woman who claimed that continued use of two products by Johnson & Johnson contributed to her development of ovarian cancer. In the suit, the woman successfully alleged that the company failed to properly disclose that use of the product could lead to increased risk of cancer.

Traumatic brain injuries common result in motorcycle accidents

No matter how experienced you are as a rider, Colorado's roadways pose numerous risks to you. For instance, traumatic brain injuries are a real possibility in motorcycle accidents regardless of whether you wear a helmet. Such an injury could alter the course of your life forever.

Motor vehicle accidents represent the third most common cause of TBI. As a motorcycle rider, your risk is often higher than that of someone in a passenger or commercial vehicle since you are largely unprotected. A helmet may not protect you in a violent impact.

Herniated disc injuries can lead to lots of lost work

Most people, especially those in manual labor trades, experience back pain at some point. However, some back injuries can result in serious mid- and long-term damage, and often result in many days of missed work.

Here in Denver, our spirit of independence can often lead hard working men and women to put off proper medical care and opt for self-medication. Unfortunately, this can lead to long-term harm.

Witnesses can be crucial in fatal motor vehicle accidents

Some crashes are not what they appear to be when Colorado law enforcement officials first arrive at the scene. For this reason, they rely on witnesses to fill in some of the gaps to help them determine what happened and who was at fault. This is especially helpful in fatal motor vehicle accidents where one or more of the people involved are unable to tell their stories.

For instance, a driver involved in an accident that occurred on a recent Thursday night fled the scene. If not for the quick thinking of a witness who followed the vehicle, police may have not found the driver as quickly. Instead, the driver believed responsible for the crash was taken into custody at his home thanks to the witness. Officials got to the driver quickly enough to arrest him not only for the accident, but also on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Avoiding pedestrian accidents on Colorado's college campuses

You tend to see it all on college campuses here in Colorado. Pedestrians, bicyclists, skateboarders and vehicle drivers crisscross those campuses daily. Avoiding pedestrian accidents on campus is the responsibility of everyone.

Drivers need to pay particular attention since they can cause the most harm in a crash. Regardless of whether a pedestrian is in a crosswalk, drivers should be prepared to stop at all times. Never take for granted that someone will be paying attention -- even though he or she should be vigilant. Drives also need to watch their speed. The posted speed limits are not only for the safety of drivers, but also for the safety of pedestrians.

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