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Traumatic amputation a real risk in motorcycle accidents

For many Colorado residents, the freedom that riding provides outweighs the risks. Even so, many motorcycle riders keep in mind the fact that they are quite vulnerable to serious injuries if involved in motorcycle accidents. One of the injuries they could suffer is traumatic amputation of a limb.

As the name implies, a traumatic amputation is the loss of a limb in a sudden and violent manner. These don't occur due to a medical condition. Sometimes, the force of a collision is powerful enough to sever a limb, especially for a motorcycle rider who has little protection from other, larger vehicles.

Pedestrian accidents on the rise in Colorado's 2nd largest city

Denver sees its share of traffic fatalities within the city limits each year. Those numbers are always troubling, and some would say that the numbers of pedestrians who lose their lives is particularly troublesome. This is especially true as the number of pedestrian accidents continues to rise in Colorado's second largest city.

A crash that occurred on a recent Wednesday night pushed the number of pedestrian deaths to 44, which is a high that the home of Pikes Peak has not seen since 1986. In fact, in that year, 43 deaths occurred, so this latest accident breaks that record. In fact, the number of pedestrian deaths has risen dramatically in just the past two years.

Begin your truck accident recovery immediately

Here in the wild states that make up the American Southwest and Midwest, long stretches of highway may run hundreds of miles, connecting small communities and major cities, and carving through mountains and plains alike. While these roadways are certainly beautiful to take in, they are also potentially very dangerous, especially when sharing the road with large commercial trucks.

Of course, these large trucks often outnumber the other consumer drivers as they dutifully haul goods from one place to another and keep our systems of commerce flowing. Unfortunately, when large trucks have accidents, the results are often catastrophic.

Does winter weather increase the risk of truck crashes?

It is that time of year again here in Colorado. Winter weather could strike at any time, making the roadways even more dangerous than usual. One concern that many drivers have is the potential increase in accidents due to inclement weather. This concern may be even higher when it comes to the possibility of truck crashes.

Colorado drivers have reason to be concerned. Even in good weather, big rigs lack the maneuverability of smaller vehicles. They simply cannot evade some obstacles and circumstances and certainly cannot stop as quickly. This makes truck's a significant danger when the roads are icy, snow packed or even wet.

Speed plays a major role in many fatal motor vehicle accidents

Media campaigns by Colorado law enforcement agencies and advocacy groups focus on the dangers of texting while driving and drunk driving, as they should. However, one major factor in many fatal motor vehicle accidents does not seem to get the attention it deserves -- speed. The higher the rate of speed, the less control a driver actually has over his or her vehicle, but many people either do not realize that or forget it.

Authorities may never know whether one driver did not know, forgot or just did not care that the speed at which the vehicle was traveling would decrease the amount of control he had over it. That Tuesday night at about 8:40 p.m. police in one Colorado city were called to the scene of a two-vehicle crash in which speed is believed to be the primary contributing factor. Upon arrival at the scene, it was discovered that the man driving at excessive speeds had succumbed to fatal injuries.

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.

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