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Understanding the injuries associated with whiplash

If you were involved in a car accident, it is very likely that you experienced whiplash upon impact. Whiplash is the most common physical complaint that arises after a car accident, and 83% of all car accident victims suffer from neck stiffness or injury. The severity of whiplash can vary widely depending on the circumstances around the car crash. Additionally, those who suffer from whiplash could also suffer from other conditions.

If you have suffered from whiplash after a car accident, it is important that you understand the additional injuries that are commonly associated with it. Severe whiplash is thought to have an impact on other parts of the body. Understanding the profound impact that whiplash could have had on you could help you to gain the damages you deserve after a car accident in Colorado.

Motorcycle accidents can lead to long-term pain and suffering

Motorcyclists in Colorado are likely thrilled to be able to take to the open roads after the long, cold winter. With the excitement and freedom come the hazards of riding without any of the protective systems and devices offered to motorists. Motorcycle accidents are known to cause severe injuries, but the physical and emotional stress, known as pain and suffering, is different for each victim.

If the negligence of another party caused the injuries, economic damages might be recoverable through the Colorado civil justice system. Economic damages like medical expenses, lost wages and property damage are easy to prove with invoices, sales receipts and statements. However, determining the value of a claim for noneconomic damages is more complicated.

Car accident victims may suffer hidden injuries

A car accident can cause many different injuries to its victims, and some of these are not obvious at first. Often, victims may look themselves over after an accident and think they avoided injuries altogether because they do not see blood or feel any pain, but this is a dangerous assumption.

In reality, many car accident injuries do not cause pain or display symptoms. A victim may not realize they are hurt until hours or even days later, and by that time, the injury has often grown much worse. If you experienced a car accident recently in Colorado, do not wait to feel symptoms before you see a doctor for a full examination. Seeking a full medical examination directly after an accident may help you find and treat injuries before they cause lasting pain or impact your health.

Brain injury symptoms may not appear right away

You get in a car accident in rush hour traffic on the way home from work in Englewood. Another driver tries to merge in even though there is no space. They hit the side of your car and push you into the oncoming traffic lanes. There's nothing you can do to avoid a second collision with another car.

In the accident, your head strikes the side window. No one is riding with you in the car, so you don't know if you really lose consciousness or not. It does feel like everything goes dark for a moment and the world spins, but, the next thing you know, you're getting out of the car to survey the damage and talk to the other drivers.

Criminal law: What constitutes a crime?

There is no simple answer to the question of what constitutes a crime. The criminal justice system includes federal, state and local laws. Federal laws are passed by the U.S. Congress, and apply to people nationwide. State, city and county governing bodies in California pass local laws or ordinances, some of which also denote violations of criminal law. 

Crimes are typically classified as violent or property crimes, but there are also some that fall in neither of these two categories. Any action that causes harm, attempts to harm, threatens to harm or conspires to harm another person could be regarded as violent. This includes the use of force, or threats to use force to commit homicide, robbery or rape. In contrast, property crimes are actions that damage or destroy property, and include stealing or vandalizing property or vehicles.

Highway driving safety tips: Use these to avoid trouble

Driving on the highway is different than driving in the city. Not only are you moving at a higher rate of speed, but you're also more likely to find yourself in close proximity to large commercial vehicles.

There's nothing you can do to control other drivers, but there are safety tips you can follow to help prevent an accident. Here are five to keep in mind every time you find yourself on the highway:

  • Obey the speed limit: It can be a challenge, especially if traffic is moving fast, but obeying the speed limit improves your safety. Also, don't hesitate to slow down if traffic is heavy, you're in a construction zone or there is inclement weather in the area.
  • Leave more space: A safe following distance is a must, as this gives you more time to react if the vehicle in front of yours comes to an abrupt stop. As a general rule of thumb, leave a minimum of three seconds stopping time between you and the vehicle in front of you.
  • Share the road: Being a good driver means sharing the road with others, including passenger vehicles and commercial trucks. Don't cut people off, brake suddenly (unless necessary) or attempt to run another driver off the road.
  • Stay in the right lane: The left lane is for passing, so you shouldn't stay here for an extended period of time.
  • Avoid distractions: From texting to talking with passengers, distractions are everywhere. Avoiding these when driving on the highway is a must, as even a minor distraction can cause a major accident.

Motorcycle accidents can cause life-changing injuries

With the change of the seasons comes weather that is ideal for outdoor activities. Motorcycle owners in Colorado will be keen to get out onto the open roads. In doing so, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reminds riders special skills and exceptional coordination are necessary for the safe operation of motorcycles. Bikers have none of the protection offered to motorists, and the consequences of motorcycle accidents can be life-altering.

Reportedly, traumatic brain injuries and other head trauma cause most of the motorcycle accident-related fatalities. While helmets can protect riders from injuries that penetrate their skulls, they do not prevent the movement of the brain inside the skull. Even without penetration, severe brain damage can occur. According to the Center for Neuro Skills, fractured legs are the most common of all bike-crash injuries that send victims to the hospital. Other common fractures include arms, wrists, shoulders and pelvis.

Did you know the 4th of July is a dangerous day?

Every summer, people flock to parks and their own backyards to celebrate Independence Day. Unfortunately, while it is a fun day full of celebration, it can also be a day of increased danger.

Specifically, those who wind up driving anywhere on the 4th of July or the day before will have a higher risk of getting into a car crash caused by a drunk driver. They are two of the deadliest days on the road each year. There are several factors that contribute to the increased risk, and they are all good reasons to plan ahead for the 4th of July in order to minimize your time on the road, especially late at night after fireworks displays.

Juvenile missteps can lead to damaging criminal record

Many missteps of juveniles in Colorado are not planned crimes. Peer pressure and the need to fit in and be popular lead many teenagers astray and unprepared for the consequences when their actions lead to arrests and convictions. Entering adulthood with already established criminal records can jeopardize college applications, job applications, obtaining credit and rental agreements.

Teens might not realize that some juvenile crimes can be expunged, meaning that they will be removed from their records. The courts allow applications for records to be expunged because lawmakers believe that juveniles can learn valuable lessons through the mistakes they made and outgrow the troubles of their youth. Unlike adult criminal records, juvenile records are not public, and although they are typically sealed, they can be accessed under specific conditions.

How does tire maintenance affect the chance of a car accident?

Unless the low-pressure light on your dashboard comes on, you might not think about your tires very often. Maybe they cross your mind if you hit a pothole or stop too quickly. But once you see that none of your tires are flat, you might just breathe a sigh of relief and keep driving.

Even if your tires appear to be fine, they may be at risk for deflating or blowing out. You can reduce the risk of accidents by knowing what to look for and when to fix a damaged tire.

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