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The rising death toll of smartphones behind the wheel

Let’s face it: Most of us are addicted to our cellphones. We use them to stay in constant communication with friends and family. We endlessly scroll through social media posts. We rely on our GPS apps to get places. We have round-the-clock access to email, news headlines and traffic updates – not to mention Google — at our fingertips.

Animal-vehicle collisions: Will insurance cover your claim?

If you have even been driving on back roads during deer season or traveled through the woods while taking a scenic drive, you have probably have had to dodge an animal or two.  Unfortunately, sometimes a collision is unavoidable and the animal is large enough to cause significant damage or injury to your car or yourself.  Whether you have experienced a crash or a near miss you probably know how shocking and startling these type of accidents can be. With animal-vehicle collision on an upward swing in the state of Colorado, it is more important than ever to know if you are covered. After the initial shock wears off, you may find yourself wondering who will be responsible for covering the costs of injury and repair.

Colorado snowmobile safety

Whether you’re a Colorado native or one of the many welcome visitors our area draws each year, it’s never a bad idea to make sure you’re up to date on the safety regulations for any of our popular winter activities. In this post, we’ll be taking a look at the basics of snowmobile safety, as well as going over the laws that regulate their safe and legal operation. 

The rise in autonomous vehicles and your safety

Currently, there is legislation up for consideration that will make way for autonomous vehicles to operate on a regular basis, and some will not require a driver. Certain large franchises are pushing for the approval of such bills, as it will allow them to reduce shipping costs. Though this could be a win for big business, what does it do for public safety?

Common injuries to professional delivery truck drivers

Delivery drivers beware! As anyone who operates a delivery vehicle for a living surely knows, there are a vast number of opportunities for potential injury to occur while on the job. These can include not only incidents that occur suddenly and sometimes without warning, but also the more long-term types of injuries that can happen over time due to the rigorous and often repetitive nature of this kind of work. Understanding the conditions that factor into many of the most common injuries that afflict professional delivery drivers can go a long way toward helping prevent some of the more avoidable accidents that occur. 

Car accidents are now the number one cause of child deaths

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), car accidents are the leading cause of death for children, ranging from ages 1 to 13 years old. Data compiled by the NHTSA from the year 2015 found that 35% of child passengers who were under 13 and who were not buckled up properly in seat belts, booster seats or child safety seats were killed in car accidents that year. In 59% of those cases, booster or safety seats were in use but were either incorrectly installed or not properly buckled.  These statistics don’t even extend to the inclusion of the thousands of instances in which fatality is avoided, but serious injuries to children who are improperly restrained occurred. 

What types of car accidents are most dangerous?

Every day, more than 15,000 car accidents occur across the nation. This alarming number was based on an average of fifteen years worth of auto accident data, which is collected, compiled and released annually by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). While the wider view provided by this massive amount of data is clearly invaluable, it’s also important sometimes to place the focus on the information that might make an impact a little closer to home.

When a child is injured at school, who pays?

According to studies conducted by states’ departments of insurance, 10 to 25 percent of injuries to children under the age of 14 occur on school property or during school-related activities each year in America. Many injuries, of course, happen to elementary school-aged children, typically at recess or in gym class. Fortunately, very few of the injuries require more than a band-aid and soothing words by the school nurse. Too many, however, are quite serious and often result in trips to the hospital for emergency care. When a serious injury occurs on school property in Colorado, are the parents responsible for paying for medical care, or does the school assume liability for damages?

Colorado’s favorite deadly highway

In case you have any doubts, I-25 running through the Denver area is recognized as one of Colorado’s most dangerous interstates. Through the first three-quarters of 2017, I-25 has been on the nightly news for accidents ranging from rush hour fender-benders to semi-truck oil spills that have closed the highway for more than a day.

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