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Distracted driving still a major problem in Colorado

Although most Colorado residents understand the importance of not driving while distracted it appears there are still many who do not obey the law. When distracted drivers are on Denver area roads, their full attention is not focused on the road and other drivers. This is what causes many car accidents on our state's roads, including some accidents that result in serious injuries.

According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, distracted drivers are causing an average of 40 accidents each day in Colorado. Many drivers are just not willing to put down the phone while they are driving even if they are driving only a short distance. In fact, in 2017 almost 90 percent of Colorado drivers admitted they have driven while distracted in the past week, with 40 percent reading messages on their phone. Over half of drivers have used their cellphone for conversations while driving. In 2016, there were 67 deaths in Colorado due to distracted driving.

Colorado workers are facing more dangerous conditions on the road

Many workers in Colorado need to drive as part of their job. There are many new businesses which rely on their workers to drive. Unfortunately, more and more of these workers are involved in car accidents, some of which are serious, causing significant injuries or even fatalities.

There are many occupations which require their workers to drive. For example, there are a growing number of home health care workers who travel to Colorado residents' homes, along with the conventional driving workers such as truck drivers, police officers and clerical workers. A provider of workers compensation in Colorado, Pinnacol Assurance, has found that around 1,500 Colorado residents file car accident claims because of a work-related accident every year.

Care options for your parents

As the baby boomers move into retirement, it’s common for these older adults to have trouble checking off the chores of daily life, such as cooking, cleaning, using medical equipment and more.

If your parents are struggling, it may be time to consider introducing some help. However, it’s important to keep their safety in mind while weighing out your options.

Police are missing important details in car crashes

Unfortunately, most Denver area residents will be involved in a car crash at least once in their lives. Most of these car accidents are minor fender-benders, but many will be involved in a serious accident as well. The police report that is written regarding a car accident is an important piece of evidence for insurance companies, attorneys, medical providers, and others. A recent report is showing that many of those accident reports are incomplete.

The National Safety Council looked at crash reports from all around the country to see what data is recorded in a car accident. The report shows that none of the states collect the required amount of data by government and traffic safety organizations that they use to examine the real causes of crashes. The government also uses the data to try and figure out solutions to crashes.

Fatal car crash occurs on Thanksgiving Day in Fort Collins

Denver area residents are usually safe and courteous drivers. Unfortunately, accidents still happen, many times because some drivers choose to drive in an unsafe manner. A recent car accident in Fort Collins has claimed the life of two people.

This past Thanksgiving, a father and his daughter were killed in a car crash in Fort Collins. The two were in their vehicle when it was hit by a man driving a stolen pickup truck. The accident occurred at Arctic Fox and Caribou Drives. The driver of the truck has been arrested and may have been involved in a smash and grab at a pawn shop in Fort Collins earlier in the day.

Racing cars kill driver in Colorado Springs

Drivers in Denver understand the need to drive safely. Safe driving means not texting, talking on the phone, speeding, or engaging in other risky behaviors. Unfortunately, not all drivers understand the importance of driving safely and cause car accidents with injuries and even death.

Two people have been arrested following an accident in Colorado Springs. The two were racing each other at more than 70 mph in a 35 mph speed zone in downtown Colorado Springs. The two broadsided another vehicle and the driver died of his injuries. The racing drivers are facing vehicular homicide charges.

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.

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