When a passenger sustains an injury during a car accident, they are entitled to compensation for medical expenses and related damages. In some cases, a claim can be filed with the responsible driver’s insurance company. In others, a personal injury attorney may be needed to determine who is liable and pursue compensation through legal action as well.
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November 3 – 11 is Drowsy Driving Prevention Week. During this time, it’s a good idea to consider your own driving habits to make sure you are doing everything possible to keep yourself – and everyone you share the road with – safe.
Research conducted by the National Sleep Foundation found 20% of participants willing to admit to falling asleep behind the wheel within the past 12 months. An alarming 40% admitted to having fallen asleep behind the wheel at least once during their driving career.
There are approximately 5.7 million people living in Colorado. 60% of the state’s residents live along the Front Range and account for a bulk of the approximately 4.2 million licensed drivers.
On April 25th, 2019, a semi-truck being driven by 23-year-old Rogel Lazaro Aguilera-Mederos came barreling down I-70 at speeds that investigators have since determined exceeded 85-MPH. Just past the Colfax exit on the eastbound side of the highway – in a zone marked 45-MPH – Aguilera-Mederos’s semi-truck slammed into stopped traffic, resulting in a pile-up involving 24 cars and four semis. Several were injured. Four lives were lost.
We’ve all seen it – maybe some of us are even guilty of it – a dog’s head pops out of the driver-side window. “Can this person see?” We may think. “What happens if that animal loses its balance?” We may begin to ponder. “This is irresponsible!” We may even indignantly proclaim.
For the second time in as many years, Colorado legislators are attempting to ban all handheld cellphone use while driving. Currently, it is not illegal to use a cellphone while driving in Colorado unless a person is “driving recklessly,” a rather arbitrary distinction that may apply to anything from erratic lane changes to unusual stopping and starting patterns, but enforcement relies on drivers endangering others.
Winter driving in Colorado poses a number of challenges. Driving cautiously and paying attention is the best way to prevent causing an accident or being the victim of someone else's, but driving carefully around trucks looks a little different than driving carefully around passenger vehicles, making it very important that you understand how to minimize risks for truck accidents when sharing the road with commercial vehicles.
How many registered motorcycles are there in Colorado?
According to the Statista, there are 190,592 registered motorcycles in the state of Colorado. Many of these are in metro areas like Denver or Fort Collins, but motorcycles are popular on the plains and in the high country as well.
Allstate has just released its yearly list of “America’s Best Drivers.” To determine the safest places to drive, Allstate analyzes crash data and insurance claims from the 200 largest cities in the country. The safest city to drive in is Brownsville, Texas. The least safe?