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Safety tips for children walking home from school

Physical activity has many benefits. For example, it is a way to de-stress and unwind, and when you are doing an activity you enjoy, it is plain fun. One way that children used to get some energy out before school and after school was via walking. In fact, about half of schoolchildren (ages 5 to 18) walked or biked to school in 1969. Now, that number is about a mere 10 percent.

Your child might be in that 10 percent, or you could be thinking about allowing your child that measure of freedom. Either way, it is important to discuss a few safety tips with your child.

Should you get your car checked during fall?

Getting your car checked before summer seemed to be a clear "yes," especially if you planned at least one long road trip. After all, winter was likely hard on your vehicle, and it needed some TLC. Now, you have had a wonderful summer, and it is fall. Does your car need another look-over?

The answer is yes, it probably does, especially since an episode of winter can encroach into autumn territory.

Biking may be more dangerous than you thought

Bicycling can be a dangerous way to travel. This is clear from several accidents involving bicyclists and motor vehicles in Colorado this year. The number of biking injuries may be far more than many thought.

As reported by the Dailycamera, injuries and fatalities can result from a collision between auto and bicycle. Operator fault can vary. A biker sometimes swerves into traffic, causing the accident. Other times, a careless automobile driver is not attentive to his driving and runs into a bicyclist due to no fault of the biker.

3 catastrophic injuries that may not be immediately apparent

Catastrophic injuries can result from obviously violent accidents, but sometimes they also follow mild trauma that later reveals its consequences. No matter what circumstances precede a catastrophic injury, it’s imperative that you seek medical treatment as soon as possible.

This can be a problem, though, for injury victims whose symptoms are not immediately apparent. This is more common than you may think. There are several types of serious injuries that may not be apparent for some time after their occurrence. If you have sustained one of these, in addition to seeking medical treatment, you should consider consulting with a legal representative to protect your rights. 

3 mountain driving safety tips

Driving in the mountains is a common occurrence around here. If you are travelling up to the Rocky Mountains for the weekend, you might not think twice about it. However, no matter how many times you have taken a road trip through the mountains, you can never be too safe. It is always good to keep some safety tips in mind so you can reduce your chances of getting into an accident and sustaining injuries

Mountain driving can cause extra wear and tear on your car and can be tricky at times. Keep reading for some top mountain driving tips from the National Parks Service

What factors contribute to serious car accident injuries?

When you choose to ride your motorcycle, car or SUV in Colorado, the one thing you need to keep in mind is safety. You hear about and see motor vehicle accidents every day. You can plan your trips, limit the length of time you spend on the roads and drive defensively, but there is always the chance of traffic conditions changing or someone else’s driving errors and negligent actions interfering with your safety. 

To decrease your risk of motor vehicle collisions, you should take some time to learn about factors that can lead to catastrophic injuries. 

You can sustain a serious injury in a low-speed collision

When you consider the serious injuries you could sustain in a car crash, you probably envision two vehicles coming together at high speeds. However, you might be in a low-speed accident and still suffer severe injuries.

Many people suffer whiplash when they are the victims of rear-end collisions. Other medical issues are possible in a low-speed crash as well, and some may not become apparent right away.

Key Colorado laws to know for your car accident case

If you were in a car accident that was not your fault and are seeking justice, a lawsuit can be a helpful tool. With the right information and knowledge, you may build a strong case proving that the auto accident was the source of undue pain and losses that you should be reimbursed for. In building your case, there are a few key Colorado laws you will want to be aware of.

Your car accident case, which is a personal injury lawsuit, is subject to the Colorado Statute of Limitations, which the Colo. Rev. Stat. Section 13-80-101 outlines. In a regular car accident, you have three years from the date of the accident to file a claim against the party at fault. It can be beneficial to file your claim soon after the incident because the evidence and sequence of events are fresh, which can help build a solid case. However, if your injuries develop over time, you can still file a case for just compensation as long as it is within the three-year period. Keep in mind that if you are in an incident involving a government vehicle, you may have a shorter timeframe to file. In such instances, your local government agency can provide detailed information on your rights and the claims process.

3 qualities to look for in a personal injury lawyer

You recently got injured and are considering pursuing a personal injury claim. While you feel confident you have a legitimate basis for an injury lawsuit, you might be wondering what to do next. How do you find the right personal injury lawyer? With many options to choose from, the process can seem daunting.

Choosing a lawyer to represent you is not as difficult if you know what qualities to look for. Consider this quick guide to choosing an attorney to help you seek compensation for your injury. 

How a lawyer can help you get compensation after an auto accident

If you sustained a car accident, you will probably hear from the other driver's insurance company soon afterwards. You are only just beginning to figure out how the accident has affected you. Maybe you did not even have the opportunity to get a comprehensive checkup and proper diagnosis. Yet, the insurance representative offers you a settlement right now.

Many people may not fully understand what kind of damages they may be entitled to. They may feel tempted to accept the insurer's offer and save themselves the hassle of pursuing a case. However, accepting a settlement at this stage, without speaking to your lawyer, can prevent you from obtaining compensation you may need to cover otherwise crippling medical expenses, earnings reductions and other losses.

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