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Be careful with what you say after a car crash

The aftermath of a car accident is often chaotic and confusing. Aside from dealing with your injuries and property damage, you need to communicate with multiple people. You may need to talk to other drivers, witnesses, police officers, insurance adjusters and doctors.

What you say to any of these parties may impact your chances of getting compensation. Be careful with the words you use, because you may inadvertently admit fault or say something another person may misinterpret.

Flammable children's sleepwear recalls

One of the best ways to ensure children's products are safe is to regularly check the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's Recall List. This federal agency reports details about products that have known defects, what the specific hazards are for each product and how the company will correct the problem. 

When it comes to children's sleepwear, the agency frequently lists clothing that poses a risk of burn injuries. Manufacturers directly contact all known purchasers to alert them to the hazard. The CPSC's instructions provide a manufacturer's contact information so parents can receive a full refund.

Drowsy driving is a bigger problem in Colorado than you think

Accidents happen for so many reasons, and often multiple factors are at play in the incident. One that has been garnering more attention over the years is drowsy driving. While it is nothing new, it is a growing problem as Americans are lacking sufficient sleep more than ever. From overscheduled calendars to increased screen time, daily life is stealing hours of slumber left and right.

Workers with long shifts or night shifts have a high risk, but no one is exempt from falling asleep at the wheel. In fact, Greeley Tribune reports that a traffic safety contractor fell asleep while driving and sideswiped a school bus full of high school students, many who were injured in the collision.

Breaking down a Boulder man's $6.5 million verdict

Have you ever wondered how car crashes can result in multi-million-dollar awards? Car repairs and medical bills rarely reach those figures, but those aren't the only considerations. There are other factors involved, as well.

Many of these factors contributed to the $6.5 million judgment recently awarded to a Boulder man. In 2009, the man had been rear-ended while stopped at an intersection in his 1998 Ford Explorer. Such accidents are typically routine, but in this man's case, a defect in his seat caused it to collapse backward until his head struck the back seat. He suffered a traumatic brain injury and extensive neck damage.

Summer’s “100 Deadliest Days” a dangerous time to be on the road

When high school classes end for the year and teenagers start making their way to the streets and highways across Colorado, the number of car crashes involving teenage drivers increases as a result. So, too, does the number of fatal car wrecks involving drivers from this age group, which is bad news for you and everyone else on the roadway.

In fact, the influx of teenagers who drive the state's and nation’s roads during the stretch of time between Memorial Day and Labor Day makes driving during this time so dangerous that it became known as summer’s “100 Deadliest Days.” Regardless of when they are on the road, teenagers lack experience, making them more prone to crashes than older drivers. However, with so many inexperienced teenagers traveling the roads at the same time during the summer months, this period becomes a particularly dangerous one for all drivers and passengers. Just how much more dangerous is it to drive during summer’s 100 Deadliest Days?

Brake failure a frequent cause of commercial truck crashes

As someone who travels Colorado’s roadways with regularity, you have probably spotted those runaway truck ramps along the sides of some highways that are supposed to give truck drivers a place to go in the event that their brakes fail. These truck ramps should undergo use by truckers only as a last resort, however, and today’s truck drivers should typically know that they may need to rely on more than just brakes in order to navigate downhill trips safely.

Regrettably, Transport Topics reports that many wrecks involving commercial trucks result from brake failure. In fact, one study involving 967 commercial truck crashes revealed that brake failure was a factor in nearly 30% of them. While many such incidents are preventable, inexperience is a common factor in crashes involving brake failure, indicating that increased training could potentially help reduce the number of them occurring across Colorado and the rest of the United States.

Tips for talking to witnesses after a car accident

Car accidents can result in serious injuries. Two people suffered severe injuries after a three-car crash on Highway 7 in early April. Equipment was used to retrieve one of the individuals affected.

It is vital to start mounting a car shortly after the car crash. There is a lot of evidence you can gather, including photographs and a police statement. However, you should not overlook the importance of witness testimony. In the event anyone on the sidewalk saw what happened, you need to talk to them right away after the crash. 

Colorado seat-belt rates are decreasing

Wearing a seat belt seems like such common sense, and yet so many people fail to buckle up. The rates in Colorado are among the lowest in the nation, according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The rate for 2017 was 83.8 percent, slightly down from the year before and well below the national average of 89.7 percent.

Why do people fail to wear seat belts? Does this simple precautionary measure even make a difference?

4 questions to ask your doctor after a car accident

If you think there are more drivers than ever on metro-area roadways, you are correct. About 80,000 people move to Colorado every single year. With more drivers on already crowded roadways comes a greater risk of an automobile accident. Eventually, you may find yourself in either a minor or serious collision. 

Motor vehicle accidents often cause serious injuries. As such, even if you think you feel fine after a wreck, you should seek medical treatment as soon as possible. Talking to doctors, though, can be intimidating. Still, if you do not communicate effectively, you may receive an incorrect diagnosis. You may also not know how to recover from your injuries. Here are four questions to ask your physician after a car accident: 

How to know if you have whiplash after a car accident

Whiplash can occur in a variety of ways. However, most people experience it after a car accident. Ford recently issued a recall for 1.5 million F-150 pickup trucks due to a transmission issue that can cause the vehicles to lurch forward when downshifting. This can lead to whiplash. 

Whiplash occurs when a person's head violently jerks forward and then backward. In the minutes after the collision, you may not realize your head or neck is in any pain due to the rush of adrenaline. It could take several days to realize something is wrong. That is why you need to see a doctor right away and remain vigilant of common whiplash symptoms. 

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