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Can some fatal motor vehicle accidents be prevented?

How often do Colorado residents hear about vehicles traveling the wrong-way on a highway or crossing the centerline on a two-lane road? Sometimes, those involved in these dangerous situations manage to get out alive, but often, fatal motor vehicle accidents result that devastate families and communities throughout the country. These accidents may not happen as often as other types of crashes, but when they do, it is often with devastating results. What if it was possible to prevent a head-on collision?

Drivers may only have seconds to make decisions that could save their lives. It may help to already be armed with some information regarding what to do when a vehicle heads straight for them. One of the most important pieces of advice is to never veer to the left of a vehicle headed in the wrong direction. More than likely, any last minute maneuver by that driver would be to get back into his or her lane.

Popular nausea drug Zofran can cause serious health issues

Most people want to believe that prescription medications are safe for use as recommended by doctors. However, even when most people take a drug without any serious issues, other people can have reactions. These could range from allergies to death in severe cases. Some drugs can also cause birth defects if taken during pregnancy. That's why drugs administered to pregnant women undergo much more scrutiny than other medications.

Zofran is a drug that many doctors choose to prescribe to people who suffer with chronic nausea or vomiting. That can include morning sickness during pregnancy. It's important to understand that like most drugs, Zofran carries a risk of side effects and unintended consequences for its users.

Investigating a fatal motor vehicle accident could take time

In some crashes, a thorough review of the scene reveals what happened. However, not all accidents are so easy to dissect in the first hours after they occur. This means that a fatal motor vehicle accident could take time for Colorado law enforcement officials to investigate, during which surviving family members must wait to know what happened to their loved ones.

For instance, Highway 83 here in Colorado became the scene of a recent tragedy. The two vehicles were traveling in opposite directions on the highway shortly before the crash. For an as yet unknown reason, the two vehicles then collided head-on.

Is speeding worth risking fatal motor vehicle accidents?

Just about everyone who has driven a car has done it -- speeding. The posted speed limits indicate the maximum safe speed of a particular roadway, but that does not stop many Colorado drivers from exceeding those limits. For whatever reason, many people will risk being involved in fatal motor vehicle accidents in an attempt to get to their destinations a few seconds faster or to avoid slower traffic.

People speed for a variety of reasons. Most Colorado drivers can understand that being late may make a person decide to push the speedometer past the posted speed limit, but that does not make it safe. Just because a driver is running late does not give him or her the right to put someone else's life at risk. Impaired drivers often end up speeding as well due to a lack of judgment, lowered inhibitions and a false sense of control.

Fatal motor vehicle accidents: 1 dead in Colorado

Otero County was rocked after a single-car accident claimed the life of one teenager and injured another. Colorado State Patrol is still in the process of investigating the accident, which happened on Highway 109. Fatal motor vehicle accidents of this type are sometimes attributed to drug or alcohol use on the part of the driver, but this one is not.

According to the report, around 1 p.m. the afternoon of April 29, an SUV was traveling north on Highway 109 when the 17-year-old female driver appeared to lose control of the vehicle. The SUV left the right side of the road and re-entered it as the driver overcorrected. The car then again left the right side of the road before overturning.

Metal-on-metal hip replacements can be dangerous

Having your hip replaced is a huge deal that requires a lot of thought and planning. One thing that you don't want to happen is that you end up having a problem with the hip after the surgery.

Your surgeon has to determine what type of replacement product is going to be used. This decision has to be made with your lifestyle and other points related to your life in mind.

Serious mistake leads to fatal motor vehicle accident

Most Colorado drivers take steps to be sure they do not make any mistakes while on the road. They pay attention, avoid distraction and make sure they do not get behind the wheel after drinking, but other drivers do not always follow these simple rules that help everyone get to their destinations safely. A driver could easily make a serious mistake that results in a fatal motor vehicle accident.

Recently, a 27-year-old woman mistakenly ended up driving west in the eastbound lanes of U.S. 50. One eastbound vehicle managed to avoid a head-on collision with the wrong-way vehicle, but was still struck in the rear. A second vehicle did not fare as well and was struck head-on by the westbound vehicle.

Victim hopes to reduce pedestrian accidents with awareness

How many times have Colorado residents heard that texting and driving is becoming as dangerous as drinking and driving? This form of distracted driving puts the lives of everyone at risk whether they are operating a motor vehicle, riding a bicycle or walking. Many of the crashes involving this activity result in serious and fatal injuries, especially in pedestrian accidents in which the victim lacks the same protections as those in vehicles.

One Colorado woman who survived an accident as a pedestrian decided to take action when the driver involved, a teenager, admitted to texting at the time. The severity of her injuries cost her months of her life as she suffered through pain and physical therapy. She even spent the first week after the accident in the intensive care unit. She feels fortunate that she survived the accident and kept returning to thoughts of raising awareness of the dangers texting and driving present.

Motorcycle accidents can change riders' lives forever

Riding through Colorado's beautiful mountains and scenery may bring you a sense of peace and joy. You relish the times when you can take to the open road on your motorcycle, but you also know the risks. The chances of you and other riders being severely injured in motorcycle accidents is a very real possibility.

Motorcycle riders often suffer traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and other life-changing injuries. Some riders consider themselves lucky to "only" suffer broken bones, road rash or lacerations, but even they could result in significant impacts on their lives. Every time you get onto your motorcycle, you run the risk of suffering from one or more of these injuries.

Nearly 6,000 pedestrians killed in vehicle collisions in 2017

In recent years, pedestrian deaths caused by vehicles have been on the rise. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), pedestrian deaths went up 9.5 percent in 2015 and 9 percent in 2016. The most recent statistics from 2017 show a similar rate as that of 2016. Overall, these figures indicate that more people in recent years suffered fatal injuries in collisions with vehicles than in years prior to 2015.

Experts and analysts are concerned about this trend. Pedestrian deaths now appear to be at the highest rates in over two decades. For people who regularly walk on sidewalks or streets, there's a serious risk of injury or death when crossing paths with vehicular traffic. Those driving vehicles face serious liability and the potential for injury if they get into an accident with a pedestrian.

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