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Major effects of not-so-minor injuries (Part 2): Concussions

Seemingly minor injuries can have significant ramifications for your overall health and quality of life. In part one of this series, we looked at how whiplash can cause chronic pain and limited mobility, especially if not properly diagnosed and treated. In part two, we’ll examine another common injury with sometimes chronic effects: concussions.

Hit-and-run accidents: Driver flees after striking motorcyclist

Colorado laws require any driver who is involved in an accident to remain at the scene to render aid where necessary. However, some drivers decide to leave accident scenes for various reasons. Hit-and-run accidents can make it challenging for injured victims to recover damages, but not impossible. Police in Denver asked witnesses to a recent accident to come forward with information that might help to identify the at-fault driver.

Reportedly, shortly after 9 p.m. on a recent Friday, a vehicle driver disregarded a stop sign in Denver. After smashing into a motorcyclist, the driver continued on his way without stopping to render aid or wait for law enforcement authorities. The motorcyclist suffered serious injuries, and Metro Denver Crime Stoppers is seeking information about the accident.

The major effects of not-so-minor injuries (Part 1): Whiplash

If you’ve never been in a car accident, consider yourself lucky. The average person will get into three or four accidents during the course of a lifetime, according to insurance industry data. Fortunately, most of those accidents are minor, resulting in only property damage or mild injuries.

Yet even seemingly minor injuries can have major ramifications for your life. In part one of this two-part series, we’ll look at one of the most common accident-related injuries: whiplash.

Accidents involving uninsured drivers: Who pays?

Traffic accidents are stressful. Insurance issues alone can be extremely complicated – all the more so when you’re the victim of a hit-and-run, or when you find out the other driver doesn’t have insurance.

Although Colorado law requires all drivers to carry minimum insurance coverage, many don’t. In fact, roughly one in eight drivers doesn’t have any insurance. And, in the case of hit-and-runs, the perpetrator may never be identified, leaving you empty-handed.

Colorado man faces drug charges after eluding investigators

Facing any criminal charges is a serious matter. When it is drug charges, and there are previous arrests on record, the consequences can be severe if not handled by experienced legal counsel. A 37-year-old Colorado man who was recently arrested may have to face habitual criminal charges.

Reportedly, investigators of the drug task force suspected activities related to illegal drugs at a residence in Mesa County. While the house was under surveillance, the primary suspect and two other individuals drove away. Deputies claim the suspect refused to stop when they tried to pull him over. They say they lost him when he raced away through the traffic. However, the man -- who reportedly also has other outstanding arrest warrants -- was later identified by unmarked officers when he was walking along with two women.

Fatalities in Colorado auto-pedestrian accidents at record high

When commenting on the growing number of traffic fatalities in Colorado Springs, a police officer compared drivers to gamers. He noted that many drivers seem to have video game mentalities on the roadways. However, he observed that they often suffer real-life consequences, without the option to press the reset button. In 2017, there were a record number of fatalities involving pedestrians and cyclists. In auto\-pedestrian accidents, of course, the pedestrians typically have little chance of survival.

Reportedly, the number of traffic deaths remained steady for the six years from 2009 through 2014. Then in 2015, there was a slight decrease, only to start a gradual rise again in 2016 and 2017. In Colorado Springs, 39 lives were lost in traffic accidents last year; 10 were pedestrians, three bicyclists and six motorcyclists.

Violent crimes: 2 Denver residents arrested after home invasion

Colorado residents in the Pilgrim Downs community were ordered by deputies to stay indoors on a recent Wednesday evening. This followed the discovery of a dead body while law enforcement responded to a call about a suspected home invasion. An incident report indicates that police received a call about a possible break-in at approximately 10:30 p.m. Upon checking the residence for burglars, deputies came across the victim's lifeless body, and the possibility of further violent crimes caused the call for the residents to remain inside their homes.

The area was cordoned off, and a search ensued by various law enforcement agencies. The Eagle River Fire Protection District that assisted by providing lights and boom trucks. Deputies say the presence of a tracking dog and officers closing in might have convinced the suspects to give up. Two people from Denver were arrested, a 23-year-old man and a 24-year-old woman. Authorities say they were detained in the Eagle County Jail.

Are Colorado hospitals prepared for a possible flu pandemic?

This year's flu season is likely to be the worst in 15 years. Colorado in particular has been hit hard, with more than 2,000 people hospitalized statewide - three times the usual rate. Nationwide, influenza has claimed the lives of more than 30 children (a number that may be underestimated by as much as half). Baby boomers are also among the most at risk for complications and death.

Although the data shows that hospitalizations across Colorado have been declining since December, we're not out of the woods yet. And the challenges of a tough flu season point to a potentially greater problem down the road: If a universal flu pandemic strikes, will our hospitals be equipped to handle it?

Making sense of Colorado dog bite law

They're often described as humanity's best friends, but not much is friendly about the dogs that bite millions of people per year in the United States. Sure, dog bite incidents vary widely. In many cases, the animal itself isn't so much to blame as its owners are. With average hospital stay costs in excess of $18,000, however, it's clear that someone needs to assume liability for the horrific aftermath that dog bite victims endure.

How does Colorado law provide for dog bite sufferers? Here's what you should know.

3 common causes of car accidents - and how to avoid them

In the aftermath of a car wreck, it's only natural to wonder what you could have done differently. Were you driving too fast? Could more regular vehicle maintenance have saved a life?

Instead of torturing yourself after the fact, you can use these questions to reduce your risk of accidents going forward. Examining the causes of your car accident may also give you the knowledge you need to take effective legal action.

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