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What to do after a car accident in the winter

Getting in a motor vehicle accident is a stressful and confusing circumstance no matter what, but extreme weather exacerbates the situation. If you are in a car crash in the middle of the freezing winter, you have unique concerns. First, it is ideal to keep a winter emergency kit in your vehicle, including these items:

  • Windshield scraper
  • Gloves
  • Blankets
  • Road flares
  • Flashlight
  • Cell phone charger
  • Notepad with a pen or pencil
  • Cat litter or safety absorbent
  • Portable shovel
  • Gloves
  • Beanie

If you store these items in your vehicle, you will be much readier to handle the aftermath of a collision. Here is what to do if you get into a wintertime wreck.

Can a “surprise” medical bill lead to a lien on your home?

Imagine this: You suffer a serious injury in a car crash, slip-and-fall accident or another event, and you visit your local hospital for treatment because you know the particular medical facility is in your insurance network. In the months to come, however, you find out you owe so much in medical bills from your visit that authorities have placed a lien against your home.

It may sound crazy, but apparently, it is an increasingly common occurrence across Colorado. To date, more than 170 homeowners across metropolitan Denver have had liens placed against their homes. Here is how it keeps happening.

Top 5 things to do after a car crash

When you become involved in a Colorado car crash, your first reactions likely are shock and surprise, both of which may cause you to think unclearly. Try to get your thoughts together as quickly as possible, however. Why? Because the decisions you make immediately after your crash and the actions you take can affect you and your family for a long time to come.

Most importantly, stay at the scene until law enforcement arrives and tells you that you can leave. If you leave too soon, you face the possibility of officers charging you with leaving the scene of an accident or even with hit-and-run. While there, here are the top five things you should do.

Car crashes and mild TBI

Traumatic brain injury typically occurs after a head trauma. Head injuries can happen due to all sorts of accidents, including falls and vehicle collisions. In the case of a car crash, TBI may be present even without a visible head injury, as the high-impact stop can cause your brain to collide with the inside of your skull.

Mild TBI often does not make its presence known immediately. You will likely not receive a diagnosis during your emergency room visit; in fact, many people only receive a diagnosis several weeks or months after their accident. This is just one reason not to accept cash at the scene and to avoid settling too quickly.

3 alternatives to texting and driving

Texting while driving is much like smoking: Its dangers are well-known and it causes many deaths every year, yet people still continue to do it. It may seem like no big deal to look away from the road for a split second and respond to a text message, but in reality, this small action can have monumental consequences for yourself and the rest of the drivers on the road. 

There are several ways to avoid the dangers of texting and driving, including using safer methods of communication. Consider the following alternatives to texting and driving that can reduce the likelihood of car accidents and keep everybody on the road safer. 

Does speeding really cause more accidents?

When it comes to speeding and higher speed limits, there are mixed opinions about safety. Some maintain that higher speed limits do not cause more motor vehicle accidents while others say that high speed is definitely a major risk factor in crashes.

The issue is more complicated than a simple yes-or-no argument. This post looks at some of the statistics and studies regarding speed and safety on the roads and the role that increased speed has in dangerous accidents.

Journal documentation can help your personal injury case

Documentation can make or break a case for compensation after a personal injury. For instance, if you see a doctor immediately after your injury and the doctor is well-versed in this type of injury and how to document it, that could be a boon for your case.

On the other hand, if the doctor is not the greatest at making notes and organizing thoughts, you or your lawyer may need to take a few steps to ensure your documentation is sound. After all, it is important to be able to show where and when the injury started and how severe it could be down the road, among other things. Here is a look at how another type of documentation, journaling, can help.

Colorado offers safe driver training

The state of Colorado has a number of programs aimed at reducing car accidents and injuries by promoting safe driving practices. These programs are available online for all types of drivers, even motorcyclists.

Learning more about your driving habits and how you can better protect yourself behind the wheel can help you avoid a serious accident. Here is some more information about the Colorado Safe Driver program and how to improve your driving safety:

3 mechanical failures that can cause an accident

As a responsible driver on the road, the best way to avoid an accident is to drive defensively and follow all traffic laws. Sometimes additional factors such as weather or road conditions make even the safest drivers vulnerable, though. One of the most dangerous hazards on the road is a car's potential for mechanical failure. When something goes wrong with your car, you could be in an accident as a result.

Following are three of the most common mechanical failures that can cause auto collisions. If you have been injured in an accident where such an issue might have been to blame, you should see a doctor and consult with an attorney to better understand your options for treatment and recourse.

After the crash, do not accept cash

Although fatalities caused by car accidents have dropped overall around the country, they have increased in Colorado in recent years. 2017 saw the highest number of traffic fatalities since 2004, according to The Denver Post.

After any motor vehicle accident, even a minor one, you may groan at the prospect of having to contact the police and call your insurance agency. However, these actions are for the best even if the other driver offers you cash at the scene to sweep this incident under the rug. Getting a few hundred dollars is a tempting offer, but there are significant downsides. 

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