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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. 

Why you should never say "sorry" after a car accident

Car accidents are stressful events. You will not be in a good state of mind following a collision, even if it was relatively minor. It is for this reason that many people develop phobias and even post-traumatic stress disorder following an auto accident. 

In this flustered state of mind, you may step out of your car and say something you regret. No matter how bad the accident was, you never want to say, "I'm sorry" following a traffic collision. It may seem innocuous, but it could do more harm than good in the long run. 

Top causes of car accidents not a surprise

Driving the streets of Boulder and the surrounding area, it is not surprising to come upon a crash. They happen around the clock and in every situation imaginable.

While cars get safer, drivers do not. Over the years, patterns emerge, and it becomes clear that some driver behavior is more likely to cause a crash than others. It is a good idea to review some of the top causes of accidents across the country, so you can try to do your part in preventing them.

Do your kids use these recalled items?

Shopping for children's merchandise is very fun. The products are colorful, whimsical and interesting. They can bring a smile to your kid's face while also serving a practical purpose.

Unfortunately, for some kids, their belongings end up being sources of severe harm and even death. Defective products often do not come to light until something bad has happened. These are a few things that have recently joined the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission list of recalls for 2019.

Building a strong accident claim using the law

Accidents can be quite traumatizing for various individuals. Not only do people have to deal with physical trauma, but many also stand to face financial tribulations as well.

Thankfully, an accident claim can aid in helping parties get the assistance they deserve. For those who choose to pursue that route, there are a couple of laws to understand and utilize to build a strong claim.

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.

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