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Ford issues safety recalls for around 40,000 vehicles

When you drive your car, you want to know it's safe. If you have an SUV or car in the United States, you're probably familiar with recalls. They're often issued over small problems with the vehicle, such as a potential part defect. Sometimes, recalls are issued over major defects and problems that could lead to a crash, injuries or fatalities.

Recently, according to a May 12 report, Ford issued safety-related recalls that span around 40,000 vehicles that they released between 2014 and 2020. The models include the Ford Expedition and Ford Mustang, the 2020 Lincoln Navigator and the Transit Connect.

Hit by a drunk driver? As a motorcyclist, you're not alone

When you were out on your ride, you never expected to be hit by a car. Your motorcycle is pretty loud, and it's brightly colored. You leave your lights on, and your gear is reflective. You do everything you can to stand out, so you can avoid collisions.

Unfortunately, your efforts were in vain. A driver who had been drinking too much pulled out in front of you. You were thrown from your motorcycle and ended up scraping against the road for a significant distance. Your gear protected you initially, but you have some road rash, fractures and a significant head injury.

Drowsy driving is a threat to all people on the roads

It's no joke when someone falls asleep behind the wheel of their vehicle. Whether they're driving a semitruck or are in a small personal vehicle, they pose a real danger to themselves and others.

Drowsy driving causes a few issues. When a person is drowsy, they're:

  • Less able to make good decisions
  • Unable to react as quickly as if they could if they were awake
  • Less able to pay attention to the road and their surroundings

Car accidents can lead to harmful hidden injuries

After a car accident, many victims struggle to know what to do and how to react to their circumstances. Victims may feel a sense of relief if they don't have any visible injuries or feel serious pain, which can cause major complications later on.

Of course, everyone who experiences a car accident hopes that they can leave the scene with only minor scrapes and bruises, which is possible. However, victims who do not see signs of injury or feel any pain should still receive a full medical examination as soon as possible. Many car accident injuries do not cause pain for several hours or even days, and waiting to seek medical care may give an injury time to grow much more serious.

After a crash, it's time to work toward a fair payout

No one ever expects to be involved in a traffic accident. You were on your way to your school after a long break when you saw that a crash had happened up ahead. You focused on what was going on in front of you, but you never thought that someone would be rubbernecking and fail to stop at the upcoming intersection.

When they did that, they hit your vehicle from the side and pushed your vehicle into the path of an oncoming truck. That vehicle hit you head-on for a second crash in just moments. You were rushed to the hospital where you received emergency care, but you still ended up with several broken bones, a head injury and a potential spinal cord injury.

Struck by a fatigued driver? Consider this

Drivers should never operate vehicles when they're too tired to do so safely. For professional drivers, including truckers, this poses a conundrum. They need to drive to get paid, but they aren't in the shape to do that. Add in the deadlines that the trucking companies place on them and you can see why some truckers try to push through the fatigue.

There are no valid reasons to justify putting lives in danger because of fatigued driving. This is a preventable cause of wrecks, so anyone behind the wheel of a vehicle should ensure they get ample rest before they drive and stop when they feel fatigued.

How do you pursue compensation after a crash?

Any car crash has the potential to cause life-threatening or life-changing injuries. From a crash that results in a person suffering from a brain injury to one that results in broken bones, all victims have changes that they'll have to deal with in the near future.

If you are a victim of a crash, one thing you'll want to look into is how to receive compensation. There are many different considerations that your attorney will need to acknowledge. For example, you could be able to pursue compensation against the driver, the driver's insurance carrier, an employer or a third party.

Can you use cellphones while you drive in Colorado?

Cellphones created an instant problem when they became available en masse. One of the biggest issues is that people often use them behind the wheel, even though it's dangerous.

Yes, it's beneficial to have a cellphone with you in the case of a car crash or emergency. It could help save a life. However, if you use it while you drive, that distraction could lead to a crash and injuries or deaths.

Distracted drivers: A serious problem in Colorado

Distractions are common, but when you're driving a vehicle, you need to be focused on the road. Sadly, many people are not as focused as they should be, and the distractions that take their mind, hands and attention away from driving lead to serious crashes.

In 2018, there were 15,673 crashes that resulted from distracted drivers' inattention in Colorado. Those crashes led to 53 people's deaths. What's most interesting about these statistics is that people know that they should not be distracted. They know the risks, but they don't put away their devices or solely focus on the road.

A runaway truck ramp may save your life

Semi-truck brake failure is not exactly rare on Colorado’s many mountain roadways. If a truck driver does not obey warning signs and respond accordingly, his or her brakes may overheat. Because commercial trucks can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds, a collision with an out-of-control truck may result in serious injury or death. 

If you have ever headed west on I-70, you have no doubt seen runaway truck ramps. After all, there are a few between Floyd Hill and Glenwood Canyon. You may not realize, though, that these ramps may save your life. 

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