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Not all motorcycle accidents are the fault of other drivers

A great deal of accidents involving these two-wheeled vehicles result from drivers in other vehicles not seeing them, not paying attention and more. Still more motorcycle accidents result from the actions of their riders. When these drivers have passengers who trust them, they should use the appropriate amount of caution, but that does not always happen. The people who entrusted their lives to them often suffer serious injuries or lose their lives.

According to the Denver Police Department, a passenger on a motorcycle apparently put her trust in the wrong person. Shortly after 11 p.m., the motorcycle slammed into a parked car. The impact was violent enough that the passenger on the vehicle suffered severe injuries to which she succumbed at the scene. The driver survived and was taken to a hospital in the area with unknown injuries.

Pedestrian accidents aren't always fatal, but mostly preventable

Paying attention is vital to a driver's ability to react to unexpected situations and obstacles. It is easy to forget that seconds matter when it comes to avoiding crashes and causing unnecessary injuries and deaths. This is particularly the case in pedestrian accidents where the victims do not enjoy the safety of the cabin of a vehicle. Fortunately, not all pedestrians suffer fatal injuries, but in most cases, their lives never should have been in jeopardy in the first place.

Most accidents that occur here in Colorado or elsewhere are preventable if drivers keep their attention on the road. An unlucky pedestrian found this out the hard way recently after suffering serious injuries. Responding officers report that the victim was legally crossing the road at the time of the crash.

Pillows designed for babies recalled over suffocation risk

New parents usually get a crash course in just how dangerous the world is for infants while preparing for the birth of their child or after they bring their new infant home. The hospital will probably warn you about letting the kids sleep in your bed, while social workers will be quick to tell you that killer couches are a major concern to.

Parents might go out of their way to search for products that will be safe for their children. It's only natural to assume that a product marketed as an infant pillow would be safe for young children. Unfortunately, as with many other products, just because something gets marketed a certain way doesn't mean it is safe to use.

Some hit-and-run bicycle or pedestrian accidents do get solved

When a driver leaves the scene of a crash he or she caused, many unanswered questions remain, especially for families who lose loved ones. Hit-and-run bicycle or pedestrian accidents are no exception whether they take place here in Colorado or elsewhere. Fortunately, with diligent police work, many of the culprits are apprehended, even if they flee to another state.

Back on July 4, a bicyclist lost his life around 6:30 a.m. that day. The driver of the vehicle that struck him fled the scene. Even though police located the vehicle believed to be involved in the tragedy in a nearby apartment complex, the person who drove it on that day was not. Detectives working the case decided to make use of crime stoppers by issuing an alert through that medium on July 9.

Motorcycle riders often pay the price for drivers' recklessness

Every driver owes a duty of reasonable care to others on Colorado's roadways, requiring them to act responsibly, pay attention and otherwise adhere to safety regulations. In some ways, those in passenger vehicles owe an enhanced duty to motorcycle riders who navigate the state's highways, byways and streets at the same speeds, but without the same protections. When reckless drivers fail to do so, these individuals often pay the ultimate price.

Few would disagree that driving through Colorado's passes in the summer months can be a breathtaking experience. Beautiful landscapes run through the mountains with winding roads to get travelers from one side of the state to the other. However, even when the passes are not covered in snow, drivers must remain vigilant of their surroundings.

Alcohol impairment suspected in many motorcycle accidents

Colorado residents who choose another type of transportation other than a passenger vehicle face numerous risks. The low profile of motorcycles means that those in other, larger vehicles could fail to see them on a good day. When one of those drivers is impaired by alcohol, the potential for motorcycle accidents increases dramatically.

On a recent Monday, police took a 55-year-old man into custody on suspicion of drunk driving. Preliminary reports indicate that the driver, who was heading south at the time, initiated a left turn right into the path of two motorcycles heading in the opposite direction. One of the riders was fortunate enough to escape injury even though the motorcycle hit the pickup truck, but the other was not.

Xarelto drug prices start to show up in commercials

Traditionally, drug commercials on TV have not included prices. Companies have simply told consumers what the drugs do and what side effects they can expect, leaving it up to the consumers to go to their doctors and learn more about the costs.

That may be changing, though. A new rule that begins in July of 2019 -- if it doesn't get blocked or overturned -- says that drug companies have to add the prices to their advertisements. This would give consumers more information about what they would pay and what options they have.

Children often suffer due to other people's negligence

Just as other parents around the country do, Colorado parents do what they can to protect their children from harm. Most kids will suffer some sort of injuries as they grow up -- skinned knees, minor cuts and bruises, and perhaps the occasional broken bone from playing too hard. When their children are with them, those parents believe they can keep their children from suffering injuries, especially ones that could change the course of their lives. Sadly, that sometimes proves impossible when the negligence of someone else results in a serious accident.

Some Colorado parents were unable to keep their children from suffering harm at the hands of a reportedly reckless driver on a recent Friday afternoon. As they traveled westbound on Highway 50, the driver of another vehicle decided to speed along the shoulder of the highway and slam into a vehicle occupied by two adults and three children. The impact caused both vehicles to roll over, causing injuries to everyone involved.

Running red lights could end in fatal motor vehicle accidents

Just about everyone, whether they live here in Colorado or somewhere else in the country, has attempted to get through an intersection before the light turns red. Those who made it through the intersection unscathed ought to count themselves lucky because it could have turned out badly. Still others fail to pay attention or are impaired when they do not stop at red lights. No matter what the reason, running red lights can easily end in fatal motor vehicle accidents.

Police say this is what happened recently in a suburb of Denver. At around 2 a.m. on a recent Sunday night, a southbound vehicle occupied by three people entered an intersection on a green light. At the same time, an eastbound vehicle failed to stop at the red light and slammed into the first vehicle.

Couple awarded more than $2 billion for cancer caused by RoundupĀ®

At the heart of most product liability lawsuits is the allegation that a manufacturer failed to warn consumers of the dangers posed by the product. Many of the things consumers buy contain some inherent dangers - risks most people are willing to take as long as manufacturers include warnings and instructions on how to use the product more safely. When they fail to do this, companies expose themselves to serious legal and financial liability.

The best recent example may be landmark rulings in lawsuits against Monsanto, makers of the popular herbicide Roundup. Monsanto, which was purchased in 2018 by pharmaceutical giant Bayer, has been selling Roundup since the mid-1970s and continues to claim that the product is entirely safe "when used as directed." Others disagree, including more than 13,000 plaintiffs who are suing the company, alleging that Roundup exposure causes cancer and other health problems.

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