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Winter weather can lead to fatal motor vehicle accidents

The days are getting shorter and the temperatures are dropping. Here in Colorado, that means that winter weather will be around for a few months. Now would be a good time for a reminder about driving in it since not being prepared could lead to serious and even fatal motor vehicle accidents.

Of course, if Colorado residents had the option, they would probably stay home by a nice fire with a hot beverage and a good movie when the weather is bad, but most do not have that choice. Instead, they have to make sure that they get to their destinations safely. In order to do so, precautions need to be taken.

How traumatic brain injuries impact your earning potential

You have to work hard to get a job that pays you well for the work you do. The best paying jobs, other than those that involve entertainment or athletics, generally require either years of experience or an expensive education.

When you know what you are passionate about, it makes sense to invest your time, mental effort and finances in college, graduate school, medical school, law school, an apprenticeship or a skilled trade education. You may spend many years developing the skills that help you earn the best possible wage in your field.

2017 was a bad year for fatal motor vehicle accidents in Colorado

For over a decade, the year 2004 held the record for deaths on the roads of Colorado. Sadly, 2017 broke that record with an increase in fatal motor vehicle accidents from the previous year. In fact, since 2014, the percentage of fatalities rose around 29 percent. 

The Colorado Department of Transportation reports that 630 people lost their lives in vehicle crashes in 2017. One of the most alarming rises in numbers happened in auto versus pedestrian accidents. Last year, 93 pedestrians died, which is a dramatic increase from the still high number of 64 in 2015. With an increase of 16 percent from 2016, 197 people died in accidents involving a driver impaired by either drugs or alcohol.

Was truck driver criminally negligent in fatal accident?

A jury will need to answer this question in a case against a truck driver who hit and killed a trooper with the Colorado State Patrol. The fatal accident occurred back in Nov. 2016, and the criminal proceeding is just now going to trial. It will be up to a jury to decide whether prosecutors prove the truck driver's criminal negligence beyond a reasonable doubt.

On that day back in Nov. 2016, the trooper was one of two officers to respond to a motor vehicle accident in the northbound lanes of Interstate 25. As the trooper worked the accident in the shoulder, he had no way of knowing that a truck would soon take his life. Reports indicate that the truck drifted onto the shoulder and slammed into the trooper.

Justice in motorcycle accidents may come slowly in hit-and-runs

Crashes that appear to involve only one vehicle at first may actually involve another vehicle. Further investigation of the scene may provide evidence of a hit-and-run. This happens in at least some of Colorado's motorcycle accidents that are blamed on rider error at first.

Fortunately, there appear to have been witnesses to a recent hit-and-run that seriously injured a motorcycle rider. When police arrived at the scene and saw only the motorcycle, witnesses were there who made it clear that there was another vehicle involved. Reports did not indicate whether any evidence from the vehicle was found at the scene.

Causes of motorcycle accidents and safety tips to remember

Driving a motorcycle on the rustic open roads of Denver is a great thrill for many enthusiasts, as there's something special about the time you spend on your bike. With the exhilaration of operating a motorcycle, however, comes the responsibility to handle your vehicle safely.

There are many causes of motorcycle accidents, and, in many cases, it's a mistake made by another person that puts you in harm's way.

2 fatal motorcycle crashes underscore the safety concerns

Colorado tends to attract people who want to enjoy the great outdoors. This not only applies to tourists, but to those who live here as well. Some use the warmer months to get outdoors on their motorcycles. When they do so, they risk becoming involved in motorcycle crashes, which often result in serious or fatal injuries.

For instance, on July 30, two motorcycle accidents occurred five hours apart in Aurora. Both motorcyclists died, and local authorities took the opportunity to highlight the fact that bikers face significant dangers on the state's roadways. The two crashes involved mistakes made by the riders, but a large number of motorcycle accidents result from negligence on the part of other motorists.

Essure will no longer be available in the US after Dec. 31, 2018

Numerous women across the country, including many here in Colorado, may be happy to hear this news. Essure was already a controversial -- and permanent -- method of birth control after women began suffering from severe complications associated with the device. Bayer, the manufacturer of the device, announced that it was pulling the product from the U.S. market due to a drop in sales, but others say it is due to the ever-increasing number of lawsuits filed against the pharmaceutical giant.

Essure is a device implanted into a woman's fallopian tubes. In order to prevent pregnancy, the device creates substantial scar tissue that effectively sterilizes a woman in whom the device is implanted. Even if it worked as intended, women began experiencing significant and potentially life threatening issues from its use.

It only took jury 8 hours to decide talcum powder harms women

Colorado women may not know that as early as 1971, scientists began alerting people that cervical and ovarian tumors removed from women contained talc. Further research studies are divided regarding whether using talcum powder in the genital area causes ovarian cancer. Even so, numerous juries in courts across the country have held Johnson & Johnson liable for the ovarian cancer suffered by women who say they used the company's Baby Powder for years.

The most recent verdict against the pharmaceutical giant took the jury just eight hours to reach. It held the company liable for a woman's ovarian cancer to the tune of around $550 million in compensatory damages. The jury also assessed punitive damages against the company of $4.14 billion. As part of this and other cases, the victims allege that it is not just talc in the products that causes cancer, but asbestos as well.

Spinal Injuries can take you out of the workplace for good

Spinal injuries remain one of the least understood injuries in public knowledge, especially when it comes to "moderate" spinal injuries. A severe spinal injury is devastating for the victim, but at least this type of injury is a bit easier to understand than moderate or mild instances of spinal trauma.

In a severe cases, the victim is clearly paralyzed and needs constant assistance just to perform basic functions of living. It is easy to understand how such an injury cuts off many opportunities for work immediately. However, with less severe injuries to the spine, it is not always easy to understand what the injury affects and what it does not.

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