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Motorcyclist killed in hit and run crash

There are many people who enjoy riding their motorcycle in Colorado. The scenery is spectacular and the freedom a motorcycle brings has an effect on the rider. Most of the time, motorcyclists are able to safely navigate our roads, but, occasionally, a serious motorcycle accident occurs.

A motorcycle rider was killed in a hit and run accident recently in Commerce City. The driver was in a silver and blue Dodge pickup when he hit the motorcyclist at East 72nd Place and Magnolia Street. The motorcyclist was taken to a local hospital where he died. Police are asking anyone with information regarding the accident to contact them.

Nursing Homes Reflect Our Best & Worst

The decision to place a loved one in a nursing home is difficult whether it is brought on by age, illness, or both. It is never an easy decision to make, but people are often comforted by the thought that their loved one will be receiving top-notch care from compassionate nursing staff. 

Unfortunately, that is not always the case. 

Frankenstein vehicles and passenger safety

There are many Denver area residents who have had the opportunity to take a limo for a special event. Whether it be for a birthday or anniversary, wedding, prom, or just because, a limo is often a fun way to transport a group of people. Most of the time people are able to enjoy a limo ride in complete safety, but not all limousine companies do a thorough safety check of their vehicles, which can lead to serious car accidents.

The worst transportation accident in the United States in ten years occurred recently in New York. A driver of a limousine carrying 17 passengers lost control of the vehicle, killing all 17 passengers, the driver, and two pedestrians. It turns out that this incredibly tragic accident could have been prevented. The limo that was in the accident had recently failed a safety inspection, the driver did not hold the proper license to operate the vehicle and even a passenger in the vehicle texted a friend saying she worried about her safety.

Your role in helping to prevent motorcycle collisions

The sight of a motorcycle accident is often enough to make a person cringe and send out some positive thoughts for those affected. Accidents involving motorcycles can result in devastating, catastrophic injuries or death at rates higher than other vehicles on the road in Colorado.

The increased level of danger associated with motorcycles should be enough to convince every driver on the road to take a few added safety precautions to combat this problem. The reality is that while motorcyclists themselves do need to take precautions for their own safety, other drivers can make a major difference in decreasing the rates and likelihood of motorcycle accidents.

Speeding driver kills one in Lakewood

Most Denver area residents will be involved in at least one car accident during their driving career. Luckily, most of these accidents are minor and don't involve serious injuries. But, occasionally a serious car accident occurs that changes a family forever.

A fatal car accident recently occurred in Lakewood. A woman was stopped at a red light when she was rear-ended by another driver. As the result of the impact, her car was pushed into the intersection and three more vehicles were involved in the crash. The woman was taken to a local hospital where she later died. Investigators believe the man who hit her was speeding and was under the influence of alcohol. An investigation is ongoing and charges are pending.

How can a hospital be found negligent?

Most Denver area residents will spend time in a hospital at least once during their lifetime. Patients rely on hospitals to treat them when they are sick, and they expect to receive good, compassionate care. But, occasionally, the unthinkable happens and a patient is injured due to hospital negligence.

There are many reasons why a hospital can be found liable for negligence. One is if an employee hurts a patient by acting incompetently. Many times, nurses, nursing assistants, aids, medical technicians, and support staff are employed by the hospital. If they acted negligently, the hospital can be held accountable. A hospital could also be held negligent if they give privileges to a doctor who is incompetent or dangerous.

Are nursing homes overmedicating residents?

Many Denver area families will need to make the agonizing decision to place their loved one in a nursing home. As the general population gets older, these facilities are necessary for those who can no longer take care of themselves. Many times, nursing homes are places where residents and their families can feel like they are well taken care of. But, occasionally, nursing home abuse occurs, which can be devastating to families.

There are many different forms of nursing home abuse. One form of abuse is giving medication to nursing home residents who do not need it. The FDA estimates that 15,000 nursing home patients die each year because they are given unnecessary medications. Many of these medications are antipsychotic medications that are given to residents to sedate them. Human Rights Watch estimates that 179,000 nursing home residents across the United States receive antipsychotic medications even though they do not have a medical diagnosis that would warrant it. Some say that nursing homes use these drugs to make up for staffing shortages and family members say their loved ones have been sedated and left for hours unattended.

Serious bike accident occurs in Denver

Many Denver area residents understand the importance of driving safely. Many Denver residents also believe in staying healthy, and riding bikes is part of their exercise routine. Bike riding is popular among many residents, not just for exercising, but as a way to get around. Unfortunately, bicycle accidents do occur, and they often result in serious injuries.

A recent bike accident occurred in Denver, which resulted in serious injuries. A bicyclist was hit by a car at the intersection of Lawrence and 24th Street. The bicyclist suffered serious injuries and was taken to a local hospital. Police are still investigating the cause of the accident.

Dockless Scooters: Public Transportation Or Public Nuisance?

If you have seen those dockless scooters whizzing by on Denver streets this summer, you're far from alone. They're seemingly everywhere, bolstered by a Denver Public Works approving permits for five companies this year as part of a pilot program for dockless bikes and scooters. 

The presence of the scooters is great for achieving the city's goal to reduce single-occupant vehicle commute trips by 2030, but is there a dark side to the presence of these seemingly fun vehicles? 

How to stop hydroplaning

In heavy rain, it can be easy for vehicles to begin hydroplaning -- putting many drivers at risk for injury. Especially if you are not accustomed to driving in the rain, it's important to be aware of what to do in in this situation so that you the drivers surrounding you can remain safe.

Read on to learn more about the steps you can take to regain control of a hydroplaning car before it's too late.

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